(Closed) What did your ‘must shoot’ photo list consist of? How specific where you?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
2561 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I kept my must shoot really simple – just the pictures I would die without. I think that if you get too crazy with craploads of “must shoot” pics, the photographer will be too tied up with that and will miss the spontaneous/fun pictures. Also lots of posed family pics take tons of time to get done … 

Edited to add: I only requested family pics that had both me and FH in them. I think that if people want pics without us in them they can take them on their own dime.

Post # 4
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i would write EVERYTHING that you want. if you don’t write them, then he/she won’t know to take the pictures. don’t plan on telling them that night, you’ll have too much to think about so you’ll probably forget.

Post # 5
2249 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I would prioritize maybe get a must shoot and a we would like list, so you don’t miss anything

Post # 6
751 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

The “must shoot” list our photographer asked for was just for the posed pictures taken either before the ceremony or before the reception (depending on your schedule) so ours was limited to group shots of our families and wedding party. 

Whatever you do, make sure that you give that list to someone in your group who knows everyone and can help make sure your photographers get the shots you want.  Our photographer only took 12 of the 17 shots we had asked for and missed some big ones (like a picture of my family and his family together!).  I was so distracted being the bride that I wasn’t thinking about it and dearly wish I had given one of my bridesmaids the list too so she could have kept track and made sure they got everything. 

You could argue that with a great photographer you don’t need a back up list, but better safe than sorry!!  It doesn’t take much effort for a bridesmaid (or someone trusted) to cross off pictures as they are taken…

Post # 7
1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Oracle, I have written post after post about “must have” shot lists, and how they really don’t do anything but stress out your photographer and possibly cause you to miss important spontaneous moments throughout the day. Another photog wrote a great post about it recently as well. Something along the lines of “Do you want a photo of your centerpiece or your 80-year-old grandmother cutting a rug? A photo of your garter or you Maid/Matron of Honor as she walks in and sees you for the first time, bursting into tears?” I always encourage my brides to keep it to things that you would actually be devastated and in tears if you didn’t have, and things that are unique to your wedding that I might know about. I also ask for group formals, but the longer that list is the more time it takes away from your day and possibly cuts into your time for the very important shots of just you and the groom.

Since you are paying for the photos, you certainly have a right to include requests for photo groups of different relatives, but as a general rule I don’t personally believe weddings are the time and place for group shots that don’t include the bride and groom. As someone else already mentioned, they can take those on their own dime. Best of luck editing your list down, I’m sure your photog will greatly appreciate it!

Post # 8
3866 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I have only a very few things that I would want.  Pics of me, the groom, the guys, the girls (the ones in the wedding party), all of us together, my two kids, one family pic of us (me, Fiance, and our three kids), the five kids in the wedding, and one of me and my Fiance. 

after that, he’s free to suggest pictures and to take what he wants.  of course, we’ll be doing the “cake cutting” and garter toss, bouquet toss, and stuff like that, but he’s free to take the pics the way he thinks are best. 

he’s doing it for free (he’s a great friend and a pro photog) and we want him to be as creative as possible.  Oh, and I’ll ask for a couple of me in each dress (one slightly more traditional than the other that I’m wearing for the ceremony before changing into a different one for the reception) to appease the family (and for us, lol) but that’s it. 

I’d suggest giving a general idea of what you want and letting the photographer have fun with it.  It’s what they get paid to do, after all!  If you have more specific pictures (like of the cake, decorations, etc) maybe ask a family member or friend to take the pictures? 

Post # 10
1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Oracle, I was glad to help, but I’m sorry to hear that you think your wedding may be the “last event” for some 🙁 While you can certainly include the older family members in groups as well, I think the photos you’ll truly treasure are the candids of them, but I DEFINITELY would share what you just told us with your photographer. I also ask for a list of “important people to receive special photographic attention,” so if your photog asks for one, that’s the perfect place to put it. Or just throw it into an email with the rest of your must-haves. Best of luck with all!

Post # 12
1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@oracle: hehe, sometimes I could swear they invented bridesmaid dresses just for us photogs! Obviously attire helps us recognize the importants from the rest, but that won’t be of any aid in this case.

I think bringing snapshots to the e-session might be overkill as well. The easiest way for me to remember who is who (like brides parents/grooms parents) on the wedding day is to have someone point them out to me when I arrive. I can usually figure out parents on my own, but others can be more difficult.

Then I take a mental note of them. What they are wearing definitely helps with this more than anything else, so in that way having them pointed out on the day is much better than trying to recognize a face from a photograph. I would designate one of your BMs to point these people out to the photog. I assure you your photog will appreciate it SO MUCH when a person comes up to them when they first arrive and starts pointing out the important people for them. For now I think a heads up to the photog that you’ll be having someone do this will suffice. Hope this helps!

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