Your wedding day will be one of the most celebrated days of your life. To ensure that we best capture what is important to you, I created these starter lists to help you create your must-have lists for the day. My "shot list" focuses primarily on the less structured parts of the day (before and after the ceremony). This list does not focus on the type of shot I will take (i.e., how I am going to take a shot), rather they focus on the subject matter and who or what is getting photographed. How I take a shot is professionally determined by me on the day of your wedding and is impacted by the location/venue, weather, what the lighting is like in that moment and the mood/theme of your event. In the questionnaire below, there is an area where you can tell me a specific shot you want (e.g., I want a sunset shot of the bride and groom standing by the edge of the water) as well as any other subjects that may be important to you (e.g., picture with the guys in my fraternity, picture with all my cousins, etc.).
The Ceremony & Reception
During the Ceremony and Reception I capture moments as they occur. There are key things I keep my eye out for, like the emotional moments--when they first see one another from across the aisle, the giving away of the bride, the slight quiver in his voice when he says his vows, her excited smile as he places the ring on her finger, their first kiss, etc. I do not have a generic list for the ceremony or reception, however I am a trained observer and make sure to capture the unique moments for each couple and their families. I treat the reception in the same manner. This is why the wedding day timeline is important; by having a general sense of what is happening next during the ceremony and reception I will be able to anticipate these moments and capture them adequately and beautifully.
Somethings to consider when putting together your timeline. Think about...
Photographer arrival time
Hair/Makeup (If having this done professionally, ask your professional how much time to allot per bridesmaid and the bride)
Getting dressed - Stagger bride and groom "getting ready" shot, if wanted.
Time to Leave for Ceremony
Ceremony time and length; elements of the ceremony
Family Portraits - before- or after - ceremony or both? I can give you recommendations based on your specific timeline.
Portraits of Wedding Party - - before- or after - ceremony or both? I can give you recommendations based on your specific timeline.
Family Portraits - before or after or both? I can give you recommendations based on your specific timeline.
Portraits of Wedding Party - before or after or both? I can give you recommendations based on your specific timeline.
Portraits of You and Your Partner - before ceremony for first look (if applicable) and after ceremony (recommend at least 30 min)
Cocktail Hour - will you be doing photos during this time? Do you want any photos of yourselves enjoying cocktail hour?
For the more planned parts of the day, please answer the questions below. I've included a checklist for the details and formal shots you may want.
Thank you so much for your time effort in filling out this (long, but IMPORTANT!) form. I appreciate it!