(Closed) Were there any shots that you “missed” during your wedding? What are your must

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Post # 3
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Sugar bee

I don’t have any “must have” shots that I’ve given to my photog.  I trust her for the professional that she is and I’m sure she’ll capture everything I like.  I suppose if it was somone new to the biz I’d do this, but not a pro.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Yes you should have a list of must shots.  Most photographers will have a checklist of photos that they normally capture and you can add to it if you want.

My SIL didn’t complete her list for her photographer and was later upset that she didn’t get a photo of their rings, a nice portrait photo of the two of them (although I disagree on this with her), and then she wanted photos of the bride with groomsmen and the groom with bridesmaids. 

So if you have something invisioned you need to let them know so they can get it.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Our photographer has a list we can pull from and add to, so I need to do that to make sure we get everything we want.  And the album we’re giving our parents will be the same pics and the same layout as our album, just smaller…..that’s just the deal the photog was offering, so we’re going for it (3 40 pg professional albums for $800).

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I went the other way around and other than the group shot list I gave our photographer I didn’t give him any direction.  We hired him because we liked his style and approach to catch the moments (and the moments in-between).  Honestly I had no idea where he was most of the time…and the only shots we didn’t end up with that in retrospect I would have liked were photos of our rings.  I think it comes down to really talking with your photographer and getting to know what they normally do and then ask them to include anything you are afraid they might overlook.

Post # 8
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Wannabee

As a photographer I can tell you you must arrange photos that are not in the normal run of things. If Aunt Betty didn’t get her shot with the bride that’s not the photographers fault. He is expected to get the close family but not the extended family or friends without prior instruction. Everyone want’s the photos and most outside the ‘must haves’ are handled by guests with their cameras so a pro wont be looking to get them. I recommend make a list in advance because on your day there are a million things happening and you might forget. I would also as one of your wedding party who knows whos who, to liase with the photographer. It’s saves time which leaves more time for you to party!

Another important thing is, hire your photographer based on the style of photos you want. If you hire a photo journalistic specialist you can’t expect to get a whole bunch of formals too, and vice versa. Some photographers will offer to shoot a balance of both styles which in my experience is the best compromise and everyone is happy.

Contact me through my website (in my profile) if you’d like some advice I’m happy to help if I can.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I am definitely giving my photographer a “must have” list.  It helps them to know the names of people in your family so that they can herd them er I mean coordinate people in the family photos. 

Someone can be a fabulous photographer but unless they have done a ton of weddings they won’t necessarily know what shots are the must haves. I’ve had this happen to friends before. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I highly recommend a must-have shot list, and put someone in charge of calling out and checking off the list.  I’d be happy to send you our list (which may be incomprehensible if you don’t know the first names of me and everyone in our family) but there are several good templates on the knot, martha stewart weddings, etc.

I’ve recently realized that we’re missing a couple of really stupid shots to forget.  There is not a single photo of just me in my dress.  I didn’t want an all-out photo shoot, but I do really regret not having a portrait of JUST me.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Oh, I almost forgot.  We did all of our formal photos before the wedding, which was great.  We got to attend cocktail hour, I didn’t have to put up with much of the insanity after we were married, AND our photographers were really smart.  The people that were important enough to us to be in the formal photos were well documented throughout the night.

AND, my BIL & SIL didn’t have a shot list when they got married three years ago.  I’d been dating my now-husband for more than 5 years and there is ONE photo of me at the wedding.  Taken by an uncle.  There are ample shots of my younger BIL with his high school girlfriend (now out of the picture), but none of me.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I loved my photog – and they specialize in photo-journalistic style photography.  So the only “picture list” I gave my photog was for my formal photos.  All in all, I was SUPER pleased with my photography and body of photos – but there is ONE photo that I don’t have because everyone forgot:

I have NO pictures of me and my Mom.  None!  Can you believe it!?!?  Of course I have pics of me and my Dad (first dance, before the ceremony giving me a gift, etc.)  but not one with my Mom!!  To this day, i wish I had one and I would have stopped in my tracks to pose for one if I had just remembered!!!!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Believe it or not, there was no formal shot of the entire wedding party! Or of our hands with the wedding bands.

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