March 16, 2015

Top Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer and The Ultimate Shot List Guide

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TOP Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer, Wedding Shot List Guide

The photographer plays such an important role in your big day.  Their work, just like your marriage, will stand the test of time and will allow you to look back fondly on your wedding day.  On a more practical level, you will most likely interact with your photographer more than any other vendor (except your planner) on your wedding day and their demeanor and professionalism will certainly effect your ability to relax and enjoy the festivities. If you are going to splurge in any category, I recommend this be the one! A photographer can truly enhance the way your wedding day is preserved.  If you find a photographer that is cheaper than anyone else, it’s most likely because they lack experience.  So please keep that in mind when comparing packages and pricing.  Finally, It is important to take the time to schedule an interview with a few of your favorite photographers to ensure your personalities work together and you can trust them with one of the most precious memories of your life.

Here are the top questions to ask your photographer
  1. Will you have a second shooter with you to capture as much as possible?
  2. May I see three or four FULL weddings that you have personally shot? ( Do not be fooled by a photographer  who only shows you a shot here or there from several different weddings.  You want to know your photographer will do an incredible job from start to finish.)
  3. What kind of lighting are you experienced in? ( If you are having an indoor ballroom wedding or late night soiree with limited lighting, you’ll want to know they are capable and comfortable in those specific settings.)
  4. How much time does your standard package include? (Eight hours is standard for most photographers.)
  5. What is the turnaround time on edited images after the wedding?

About a month from the wedding date, it is wise to provide your photographer with a list of photo opportunities you really want captured on your big day.  This ensures that you are on the same page, and not left feeling dissatisfied with your collection of photos after the day has passed.  I also encourage you to ask your parents if there are any photos they would like taken.  This clarifies expectations for the photographer and allows them to work with your planner to schedule enough time for all the desired photos.  This will significantly eliminate chaos at family portrait time.  Below, you will find a list of traditional wedding photos to serve as a guide:

Ultimate Wedding Shot List:

Family / Wedding Party Shots:

  • Bride
  • Bride with each Bridesmaid
  • Bride with all Bridesmaids
  • Bride with Mother
  • Bride with Mother and Father
  • Bride with Father
  • Groom
  • Groom with each Groomsman
  • Groom with all Groomsmen
  • Groom with Mother
  • Groom with Mother and Father
  • Groom with Father
  • Bride & Groom with the Bride’s parents
  • Bride & Groom with the Bride’s parents and siblings
  • Bride & Groom with the Bride’s parents, siblings, and extended family
  • Bride & Groom with the Groom’s parents
  • Bride & Groom with the Groom’s parents and siblings
  • Bride & Groom with the Groom’s parents, siblings, and extended family
  • Wedding Party Photos
  • Bride and Groom Photos

Detail Shots

  • A Shot of the Bouquet and Boutonniere
  • A Shot of the Rings
  • A Shot of the Bride’s Gown and Shoes
  • A Shot of the Ceremony Before the Wedding
  • A Shot of the Reception Before Guests Enter
  • A Shot of the Cake
  • A Shot of the Getaway Car

For more wedding planning advice, check out my ebook, ThePractical Guide to Planning Your Wedding

 photo by Haley Sheffield

Chancey Charm, Dallas Wedding Planner and Coordinator and Wedding Planner NYC

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