by F. Ferguson Photographers
Think of your photography shot list as the “must-haves” – it’s a reference of sorts to ensure your photographer captures all the essential wedding shots and details that you absolutely want. It’s vital that your photographer fully comprehends your vision and can get the shots most important to you; a shot list can help him or her do just that.
- Express exactly what you like and what you want (and on the flip-side, what you don’t care for if anything). Not quite which shots to include? Ask the photographer if they have a stock shot list that you can pick and choose from.
- Don’t forget to include the pre-wedding festivities – the rehearsal dinner, getting ready on the big day, etc.
- Be sure to include specific people you want shot, as well. Your photographer won’t know to get a picture of just you with your favorite aunt unless you say so!
- Designate someone (e.g. a family member or one of your bridesmaids) to assist the photographer by rounding up people for the group shots and telling them who’s who.
- Are there any special heirlooms, items, or decorations you want photographed? A few things you may want to include: your hair, your shoes, your jewelry, and any gorgeous details of your dress.
- Indicate any particular moments during the ceremony that you definitely want photographed (clear this first with your officiant if you are getting married in house of worship).
- Don’t be too nit-picky about each and every shot; you want to make sure you still give the photographer plenty of creative license to allow them to do what they do best!