(Closed) Must-Have Wedding Pics

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@jenilynevette:  very good post!!!! Photography is a huge deal for me for my wedding, so I’m excited to see what others say. Just off the top of my head, with my wedding 18 months away:

1. me with each of my bridesmaids, and a picture with the groom with each of his groomsmen.

2. A picture of me with my cat/ my fiancé with his dog

3. The family and siblings pictures

4. A picture of my fiancé when he sees me for the first time

5. a picture of me in my dress showing off my shoes (sparkly kate spade “charm”–how can I not?)

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@jenilynevette:  Here is a list I found on Pinterest. 🙂 Hope it helps!!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you’ve hired a photographer with any kind of experience and skill please don’t give them these lists. If I had to try and look for and check off all those items I’d never have the chance to document one authentic moment from your wedding. A good photographer will get the great moments that naturally happen at your wedding. The only list a good professional photographer needs is a list of your family photos and any special things that they couldn’t possibly know unless you told them like a special momento pinned in your dress. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

So yes, a good photographer should catch all of these. However if you are on a tight budget and have hired a budding photographer or one that you could afford instead of the $5000 well known award winning photographers. Then there is need for feedback.

I think that you should have a meeting before hand (before things become stressful) and discuss that yes they will catch all these. Because even though I am very happy with how our photos turned out….  it’s the ones that are missed that bother me the most. I provided a list and few poses I liked from Pinterest and they were put in her bag and not reviewed. So be prepared. I asked her to take photos of groomette and her party getting ready and she did but the photo I was looking for the most was her Dad who flew from England with her Mom to be here for the wedding, pinning on her boutinierre. Them having a private moment together. And my Groomette being helped with her tie… instead we got a lot of awkward in the moment dressing photos and my Groomette helping everyone else? So my advice is if there is a specific photo that you want like this one or one with you with parents / grandparents … make that specification noted. Or a full length pic of you in dress and veil w/o bouquet, or DIY specific details, or your hair / makeup reveal that should be brought up in the meeting. Because at the end of the day we did not have a full bridal party photo that was formal. Only a couple fun ones, so make sure there is time for the photographer to capture what they normally would on your day, and include the ones you really want. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you really like to use lists and want detail photos taken then I suggest you ask a Bridal party member or family member with a good camera to take on your list and take photos for you of the details. The cake, the welcome table, the gift table, the reception tables etc… That is something I wish I had done. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

If your photographer needs a checklist you are seriously in trouble.  And honestly, even if they needed to work off of a list, how do you expect them to hold a clipboard and a camera at the same time?  I don’t get it!

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Some of these I don’t get. e.g. “Bride with groomsmen” and “groom with bridesmaids”

Out of the ones I got, the ones I like most were of us together (or course), the family photos, and “key moments” photos which record what happened throughout the day (getting ready, walking down the aisle, kiss, etc).

If I was getting married again, I would want more guest photos. I wish I had a photo of every single “group” at my wedding, more or less corresponding to each table. Some guests aren’t in any photos at all, except in the background.

If there was something I’d have less of, it’d be bridal party shots.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

It’s ok to have a mental note of the few that are really important to you, but don’t give your photographer an epic list. Firstly, if they’re looking at your list, they’re not taking photos (their job), plus any professional knows the list by heart. Only mention shots to them if it’s different to the usual

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

The shots I want are mostly candid. For me, (personal opinion here) I do not want the regular wedding shots but something more candid and fun. 

Although the only posed ones I want is a couple of the bridal party, us with the families etc and I want the photographer to take a picture of each table. I also want the photographer (since we are getting married in one room) to take shots of room, the decor, the food, and the drinks. 

Other than that, candid fun. 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Asking a photographer to shoot off a huge list is like asking someone to drive at 200 miles an hour to a destination using printed instructions in their lap. 

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