As a wedding photographer in Chicago, I get asked all the time by my clients, “can I please have an example shot list to base mine off?” So in turn, I have created an outline that you can use to base your shot lists off of! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts in the comments, and to see if this perspective was helpful to you 🙂
Flower girl, ring bearer, bride and groom
Both sets of grandparents with bride and groom
Mandel immediate family with bride
Mandel immediate family with bride and groom
Bruggeman immediate family with groom
Bruggeman immediate family with bride and groom
Both immediate families with bride and groom
… and so on!
2. List for your photographer any important relationships that you would like highlighted throughout the day (I.e. sick relative seeing you walk down the aisle, first look with bridesmaids, etc.) From there, I always have found it best to trust your photographer for their artistic eye. After all, if you loved their work, they will provide that same aesthetic and emotion in the photos for you too 🙂
3. Getting ready shots, ceremony shots, bridal party shots, and reception shots: please leave this to your photographer’s artistic judgement. We all have our own unique styles and will do our best to capture the emotions of your day, as well as our favorite go-to shots of your bridal party, and you as a pair. If there is a long list, we may end up missing a really cute shot because carrying a long list can take us out of the moment, and we want to do our best to provide you with an amazing experience and photos!
Key Takeaway: If you are to provide a pinterest board for your photographer, please understand that wedding days move extremely quickly, and it is super challenging to recreate the moments that you see online. These can certainly be used for inspiration 🙂 When booking your photographer, book them for their style and portfolio that you have seen from them specifically. This way, everyone ends up happy and no one is let down!
I hope that you have gained some insight into the world of wedding shot lists! If you have any questions, please list them in the comments, and I will reply shortly 🙂 Thanks so much for reading!
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