SHOULD YOU HAVE A SHOT LIST FOR YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER?

SHOULD YOU HAVE A SHOT LIST FOR YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER?

An experienced wedding photographer will have a great understanding of the flow of events and the finer details that may be of importance to you. From your pre-wedding discussions, your photographer will be gaining a clearer vision of how your day will pan out, the time he/ she has to capture different sections, finding out if you have any surprises for your guests, and also helping you allow for possible delays – something I will post about! 


It is also for your photographer to capture the more sentimental details of the day that you have put so much thought and care into, such as the dress, table setup, or any meaningful items of jewellery from family members. These key little details all add to the storytelling and making your day unique so should not be missed out.   


The most essential detail your photographer will help you plan is the family portraits.  Not only does this mean that you do not have to worry about anything on the day, putting your full trust in your photographer, but it also ensures you do not miss any key family members!  I have a template I send to my couples in advance for them to fill in and revise, it generally takes me between 15 to 20 minutes to complete this list.  Although these photographs are of utmost importance for your families and should be photographed beautifully, I like to get through them promptly so you can get on with enjoying your day, spending as much time with your guests as possible.


I believe that making the best of your photographs is all in the preparation.  Through consideration of the points above, your photographer allows themselves as much time as possible to naturally observe the day, capturing the ‘candid’ moments that portray the atmosphere of your wedding.  This freedom allows a photographer to get a feel for the day, without time pressures or constantly referring to a long shot list.