(Closed) Photo must haves…

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Commenting so I can see the list 🙂

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I didn’t provide a long list to our photographer because I figured she would know for the most part.  But I did tell her I wanted a picture of my now husband at the ceremony when he first saw me.  I also did a lot of DIY projects so I made sure to tell her to capature pictures of that stuff.  I also gave her a list of who will be taking our family pictures with us that way she knew what to expect.  I get my pictures back on Tuesday!!!  Can’t wait to see them!!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Don’t give your photographe a big list. We KNOW you want a photo of you and your new husband, your parents, your bridesmaids etc… ONLY give them a list if you want anything that’s not obvious like… I dunno, detail shots, food, specific guests… On the day make sure your photog knows who the families are, and who the bridal party is. Any professional knows all the ‘must haves’. We’re professionals, not idiots.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Our photographer asked for a list of specific people (like I wanted one of my sister,  dad and I and this specific pose my sister cousin and I have years of us together doing) and anything special like our table with family wedding pictures and an heirloom table top. But I would just give them the things you would die without having that are outside the norm (no wedding photographer is not going to take THE kiss for example) but also trust their skill. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I didnt provide a list and REALLY wish I had, so this is a good idea. They forgot a lot of major pictures. I had a dessert station and didnt get one photo of the whole thing I had worked very hard on. I didnt get photos of my hand made table numbers. I also didnt get solo shots of myself or my hubby. I didnt get one with my grandma and step grandpa either, who had to arrive a bit late. They missed an outside shot of our venue.

I would make a list of “detail” shots; things you worked hard on and want to make sure are documented. Or the vendors/ food itself. I am an avid scrapbooker so I wanted to put our menu with the food shots but we have 0. I have no shots of the quartet we hired.

We were on a limited time (6 hours, w/first look), but I thought these were obvious. My advice to you: err on the side of caution and write EVERY shot you want even if you think its obvious. The photog can cross these off the list the day before if he/she thinks it is an “obvious” choice. I always think its important to lay out your expectations clearly so each party knows what is desired and there are no forgotten shots. You cant get this day back.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Working on my photo must haves as well!! need ideas..

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I started a thread about this months ago, didnt really hit off like I thought, but i will share mine

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I also started a thead like this awhile ago… basically just a bunch of people telling me it’s not a good idea.

Reguardless I still have a list, I’ll be crossing off the ones that they’ll catch anyway, but keeping the ones that I have a feeling they’ll miss – [the candy buffet before it’s touched.. the tables before guests arrived, ect].

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

I think it’s important to let the photographer know if there are any special friendships/relationships that you want documented…eg. My grandmother is getting older/frail and I want a photo of her on her own as well as me with her. I also want to make sure I get some shots of me and my son, my son and Fiance and the three of us in a particular spot…I want the flower girls but just the group of them, no individuals. I have a relative with a partner that we don’t expect to still be in the picture in 12 mths and don’t want them through out out album (harsh, maybe but true!). As for beyond family photos I think you can give direction like candid, documentary style and images we can have on a huge canvas…a good photographer knows you’re not going to put a giant picture of you signing the registry on the wall! But a picture of you embracing on the hill top with your veil caught in the wind…far prettier and wall worthy. If you want details tell them you want a strong focus on all the details but again a good professional photographer knows the money that goes into the day so you shouldnt have to write a list for that sort of thing. People are the tricky part IMO (I’m a photographer but not weddings so heck I could be wrong!)

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

I sent my photographer a list of all the groups we wanted by name. Everything else she can figure it out. We just wanted to make sure people weren’t left off.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Not this thread again!  Professional photographers want a list of family photo combinations.  We want to know if there is a particular detail that means something to you that might not escape our attention.  We assume that you trust our creative vision because you hired us.  We want to be able to give you something unique that we are not forced to copy from another photographer.  

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Guys if you hire a professional you have nothing to worry about. The photos who miss the classic shots are NOT professionals. It’s THAT SIMPLE! Only tell your photog who your family is and if you want anything really alternative.

Sometimes I think people think pro photogs are idiots. It’s not our first day (and if it is, you haven’t got a pro and it’ll be a disaster).

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I didn’t give my photographer any must have shot list. I figured he’s the pro and knows what pics to take. In terms of family combinations, I let him know during pictures.

Giving a “must have” list like @Pokemon:  listed I think is really unfair to your photographer. That’s not a must have photo list, that’s a list of copied photos off of pinterest. You should give your photographer their own creative license and you will get some amazing creative shots that you haven’t seen before. A photographer is a type of artist and a professional, as such, they do not like to straight up copy some other photographers work.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@PuntaCanaBride:  +1 million.  Copying off of Pinterest is not being creative.  I can almost guarantee that the photographers these images are sourced from are not on Pinterest trying to steal ideas from other photographers.

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