|Posted on September 13, 2017 at 11:55 AM|
It's a wondweful thing to be excited about your wedding photograpy, but shot lists can actually prevent you from getting the cherished pictures that you want. If you’ve ever wondered if a wedding shot list is something you need, here are some reasons why you really don’t.
If you went to a mechanic to fix your car you wouldn’t tell them how to do their job. You hired them because they’re the expert about cars! Your photographer is also a professional, which is why you’ve hired them to capture those precious moments on your big day. Instead you would have just asked a friend to document every moment with a disposable camera (if they still sell them). Experienced photographers know all the photos they need to take on a wedding day. When you sign a contract with your photographer, you should feel confident that they will document your wedding to its fullest, from your first look to that special portrait with your Grandparents!
Don't worry about getting that photo with your favorite cousin, wait until you’re hugging her at the reception instead of posing for a formal portrait outside. Most photographers’ least favorite part of the job is gathering everyone together from the bridal party and family arranging them for formal portraits. It's true that these pictures don’t allow them to utilize their creative wings. They also know that you and new sister-in-law crying together during her toast makes a much more cherished photo than standing smiling in front of the cake. Instead of spending your entire wedding day posing for pictures with your loved ones, wouldn’t you rather make more time for actually experiencing your wedding with them?
I know you may want every moment of your wedding to be perfect, those “perfect” moments you’ve seen in other wedding pictures happened naturally. If you give your photographer a shot list with pictires you've found on Pinterest of newlyweds in cute poses, you hinder their ability to capture you genuinely enjoying your own day, in your own poses. What makes those photos you love so special are the authentic moments occurring without regard for the camera. When you and your photographer try to recreate something, you lose the natural element that made the image so striking in the first place.