(Closed) My Extream photography wish list.

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
Post # 17
333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

At the moment my photographer has roughly 100 photos for ideas and inspiration that i have sent him that i like (his idea and i think it is brilliant). He just puts them in albulm on his ipad to take with him everywhere and will try do the shots that he can(i have been prewarned that not every shot will be possible even though he will do his best). We are also going to compile a small list of shots that are needed of family and giving them to MOB and FMIL and hope that theres people that arent missed. Giving the list to a person on each side of the family will help with organising people for their photos as the photographer wont know them and it can cause chaos and stress. 

Photo lists are a great idea in my books whether they be long or short. Just dont get your hopes up if every shot can’t be done.   

Post # 19
2424 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Honestly, that list, wish list or no, is too long to give a photographer. Most of those pictures are common sense that they will get. I would just give a list of things specific to your wedding that may not be obvious that you want, like the pinky promise, etc. If you give a photog this list, they will either miss a lot of the shots, or will spend most of their time on the day checking the list and thus wasting time at the wedding itself!

Post # 21
184 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

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@alishaloo:  Does your photographer use Pinterest?  Mine told me to make a board of shots that I want, so I’m doind that for some of the “concept” shots (like your pinky promise).  They’re probably faster to scan through quickly.

Ya, the “first look” question is tricky, and it’s totally a personal decision.  The thing that really convinced me is when my photographer pointed out that we won’t have talked to each other until after the ceremony otherwise.  It felt weird making such big promises to each other without having any intimate conversation yet.  I guess this is why you are doing the exchange of letters and talking to each other through the door?  It’s great that you still get that moment!

My photographer also told me that the grooms tend to say more specifically why you are beautiful that day. They can gush about your hair and dress.  They can’t say that at the alter and she said the initial, raw reaction is gone by the time you are finally alone and it usually becomes simply “you look beautiful”.  I’m a girl that likes to be complimented 🙂

Post # 23
109 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I feel like if I received this list, as a photographer, I would feel like my client thought I didn’t know what the hell I was doing. Like, oh really? You want a shot of the kiss? Good thing you let me know!


Give a list of your must haves and non-standard shots. 

Post # 24
4192 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

With such an extensive shot list, I think you’re going to be spending more time having your photographer direct your shots, then you are enjoying the reception!

I would cut out things like this:

  • Groom throwing bride over shoulder***
  • Groom holding bride in arms/like walking over threshold***
  • Grooms men pretending too ooogle over grooms ring**
  • Bridal party pretending to be out of control while getting ready and bride covering flower girls eyes**

And give your photographer more freedom with the getting ready shots- applying eyeliner isn’t so pretty, but lipstick, yes. And the groom putting on cuff links may be more interesting than fixing his hair.

Post # 25
4438 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

Love the idea of seeing you in the church from outside the church!


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@happyface:  I think OP means this kind of a picture, am I right, OP?

My list is just as long, photographer’s seen it and didn’t say it was a problem.  Of course they know the obvious ones, I’m sure she’ll go thru and highlight the not obvious ones and she specificially asked for a list. 

Post # 26
883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

most of the things on the list were on my I DO NOT WANT THIS list.

The last thing I wanted was all of the “posed” shots; I really don’t like being photographed and could not think of anything worse that I wanted to waste time doing on my wedding day.

We did a few of the Posed shots, prior to the wedding – a few of just myself, one with my sister helping me put my jewelry on, a few on the stairs of the beautiful hotel we were in. 

Other than that, all were candid, and they represented exactly what I wanted to see from my wedding day. 

The only had to haves were pictures of my Dad and, of him and his children and grandchildren, of my husband and his children, one of all my cousins.  That was it.

I wanted to enjoy my party, and not worry about having to spend most of my day, which is already a short day, posing for a whole bunch of pictures.




Post # 27
1215 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I do agree with the concept of photography shot lists – our photographers mailed us their standard shot list to make sure we don’t forget any family “groupings,” and there is space to add a few extra must-have photos – but I think this list is a little too long, and agree with the PP that it might take away from your enjoyment of the reception. Some of these photos sound a little staged – like the groom looking at his watch? Are the photographers going to tell your Fiance, “Ok, now look at your watch!”? and “Groomsmen pretending to oogle over groom’s ring”. I would go over the list with your Fiance if you haven’t already, and see if there are a few photos you can nix – so you can leave plenty of time for candid photos! I think a LOT of the popular photos on Pinterest were candid photos that captured special moments really well, and re-enacting them doesn’t have the same effect. Just relax and have fun!! And congrats in advance – ahhh less than a week!!! 🙂

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