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Wedding photography tip No.27. Making sure the couples get the right shots. Should a list be made?
As in most areas of life, there is never a yes or no answer, and this question is a typical example of that. As an experienced wedding photographer I know what works and indeed, does not work and the type of wedding photographs people want based on a lot of years of wedding photography. Of course each family are different and our photograph lists will reflect this based upon the meeting we always have before the wedding day.
We of course try to cater for the couples wishes, however on one occasion the bride handed us a 5 page list of all the photographs she wanted on the wedding day itself, this totalled 197 photographs and then doubled it by saying “Oh yes, can I have all those again with my husband’s family”. The result was that we spent the whole times allowed for photographs shooting her list. This included all the table place settings, the venue’s staff etc. What the lady didn’t realise was that time goes very quickly and the time she allocated for wedding photography ran out. Some of the family photographs didn’t get taken. The main family photographs were shot after the wedding breakfast when everybody just wanted to party. Trying to gather family and guests together was extremely difficult because the bar was open and the formalities were ebbing away.
So what do you do?
As a very experienced wedding photographer I have a standard shooting list. We have built this up over many years of photographing weddings and it works well. We then present this to the couple at meeting a couple of months before the wedding day. We ask them to add or subtract anything they want. We tell them the time the list takes and we work thing out from there. So yes, we have a list, but it’s carefully managed.