There are lots of resources out there and I know it can get a little overwhelming, especially in the planning stages. So, I've come to help take a little bit of the stress off your shoulders, Brides.
Every wedding is unique and with that, each event is different in terms of timeline, number of guests, and what gets photographed and what doesn't. A seasoned photographer will have a mental checklist of all the details they should be capturing through out the day and will aim to get them all. Sometimes, brides have very specific photographs in mind and most often than not, forget to communicate that with their photographers. Resulting in missed shots that the bride would have loved.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
For example, at my last wedding, if the bride hadn't told me about her something blue, I would have missed it completely - even though I carried those shoes throughout the whole suite for 30 minutes and never noticed! I'm glad she said something and I was able to get that shot. From now on though, I will be looking at the souls of all future brides' shoes just in case ;).
It's an honest mistake and no one is to blame, however, it can totally be avoided! In order to make sure to get the photos you truly want, I've created this checklist for you to fill out and hand over to your photographer the next time you meet.
In my personal experience, I don't mind getting these back from brides at all because it's so important! Sure, 99% of the items on the list I already photograph and make sure it gets into the gallery. However, there is that 1% that might slip through or that one shot that is most important.
Wedding Day Photo Checklist
EXPECTATION VS. REALISTIC
You've handed over the checklist and now you are expecting all of those photos to be included. Let's be realistic, your photographer will have 99% of that checklist already in their heads as they are photographing your wedding, however, some of those shots are just a no go on the actual day of your wedding. It could be a lighting issue, a location issue, maybe that person didn't show up on time. There are countless reasons, so it's good to always stay a little flexible.
Being able to stay realistic about the photos on the checklist on your wedding day will not only relieve a bit of the stress off you, but will allow your photographer to make changes or improvise and make the best possible photographs with what is happening the day of.
And sometimes, being a little flexible gives you even better photos than you imagined! Your photographer is experienced and will know how to handle the situations as they present themselves during an event. We have pretty much seen it all when it comes to this kind of stuff!
So there you have it! A little handy checklist to help you get the photos you really want on your wedding day. Just remember to stay flexible and enjoy your day!
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