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Dear Inspired: Should I give my photographer a shot list?

Posted by Casey Harrison  March 4, 2013 11:04 AM

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Dear Becca and Casey,

I have been reading lots of wedding magazines that suggest giving your photographer a list of photos to take. Do you think this is really necessary? It just seems like another thing to get done before the wedding, and I'm nervous I'm going to run out of time!

Thanks in advance for your help!

Laid-Back Bride

Dear Laid-Back Bride,

Thanks for writing! I definitely do not consider shot lists mandatory, and I do not specifically request them from my clients. Every photographer has a list in their head of the "don't-miss" shots (dress, shoes, standard family groupings, etc.), and they are careful to capture these moments.

What I do suggest is creating a short list of things that are unique to your wedding. If you spent weeks making a custom display of photos that will be in a corner of the reception, or if there is a scrap of fabric from your Grandma's dress sewn into the lining of yours, it can be helpful to give your photographer a heads-up. Likewise, if you have fifteen aunts and uncles and want photos taken with each of them, it can be helpful to make a list of family photos that we can cross off as we go.

A huge shot list can even be detrimental to your photographer, as it can limit the amount of time they have to take candid and creative shots of your wedding day. A brief one warning the photographer about out-of-the-ordinary shots should be all you need!

Best of luck!


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Becca Olcott has a thing for old love letters and good old-fashioned romance. Bringing daily wedding updates and advice is second nature to Becca. She spends her days working with the brides of New England designing tablescapes full of lush florals and antique gems through her business Petal Floral Design.
Casey Harrison is a wedding and portrait photographer in the lovely city of Boston. She spends her days scouting the countryside for beautiful locations for shoots and taking photos of couples in love through her business Hello Love Photography.

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