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How to Create Your Wedding Day Photo List



How to Create Your Wedding Day Photo list


Your wedding day is almost here! Home stretch, you guys!! One of the most important details left to do is to create your photo list.


WHAT IS A PHOTO LIST?

A photo list is a list of the special people who will be present on your wedding day that you would like to take a photo together with.

I want to begin by very strongly encouraging you that you and your betrothed are uniquely you. Your wedding day is uniquely yours. Your wedding photos should also be uniquely yours. That being said, please please please understand that wedding blogs, pinterest, magazines, and other influences are there for inspiration, but not re-creation. That being said, a photo list is not a list of photos that you want to re-create.

Who Should I Include On This List?

Think about the days, months, and years following your wedding. Envision yourself revisiting your wedding album and all of the additional wedding photos. It happens to nearly every couple: "I can't believe I forgot to get a photo with ____."

The best way to avoid having this happen to you is to have your guest list in front of you when you create your photo list. Begin with family members. Add any additional guests to your list as you wish.

What if I want a photo of everyone?

I love being a yes person. I love telling my clients that taking a portrait with everyone is no problem. Can it be done? Oh absolutely. The truth is, unfortunately, it is just not realistic - at least, not without a bit of creativity. Why? LOTS of reasons!! People need to get up to use the washroom, to have a smoke, or to call the babysitter. Tracking them down may end up being challenging or even impossible. You and yours WILL get photo exhaustion (it's a real thing, and you'll appreciate how difficult it must be to be a model after your wedding day, I guarantee it). EVERYONE will want to talk with you and your new spouse, and they will want to talk with you for as long as possible. The list goes on.

So how can you capture photos together with as many guests as possible? Some tips:

• Consider a photo 'booth'

• Consider having a dedicated photographer taking portraits of your receiving line if you opt to have one

• Consider table shots (but PLEASE ask me about a much faster, fun, and more contemporary way to achieve this. I promise that we can photograph as many as 250 people in 10 minutes or less.)

• Have your DJ make an announcement after everyone has been served dinner, and take any additional portraits on the dance floor. Be sure to make this quick so that you don't delay dancing.


Amy's Photo List Template


PLEASE add to this as much as you want. This is a very loose formula that is meant to be customized. ADD ACTUAL NAMES HERE!! This is important!!! To make gathering large groups of people easier, simply call them by their last name - Jones family, the Smith Family, etc. Please remember to adjust for mixed family situations.


Getting Ready:

Bride

Girls together in their robes

Girls together in robes toasting mimosa

Bride's accessories / details

Bride's mom helping her get dressed

Bride's sister helping her put shoes on

Bride, mom, and sister

Bride with each bridesmaid fully dressed

Bride with all of the girls (then add mom and littles)

Bride with doggie friend

Bride first look with Dad

Portrait together with Bride, mom and Dad

Add siblings

Just mom and bride

Just dad and bride


Groom

Groom's details

Groom getting dressed

Groom with Dad

Groom with Mom

Groom with mom and dad (then add brother)

Groom with each groomsmen, fully dressed

Groom with group of groomsmen


Family Portraits / Just after the Ceremony

1) Bride, Groom, and Father O'Malley (the priest)

2) Bride and Groom with flower girls and ring bearers

[add any special needs guests here, meaning those with time sensitivities, health issues, etc]

Bride’s Side:

a) Bride and Groom, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Grandparents, Parents, Siblings, and all of their spouses and kids

b) Bride and Groom, Grandparents, Parents, Siblings, Spouses, Children

c) Bride and Groom, Grandparents, Grandchildren

d) Bride and Groom, Grandparents

e) Bride and Groom, Parents, Siblings, Spouses

f) Bride and Groom, Siblings, Spouses

g) Bride and Siblings (no groom)

[Individual shots with each sibling may be added here]

h) Add parents

i) Add Groom

j) remove Siblings (just Bride, Groom and Bride's Parents remain)

k) Remove Groom

l) Just mom and Bride

m) Just dad and Bride

n) Just mom and dad by themselves

o) Bride, Groom, Bride's Parents, Groom's Parents


Excuse Bride's Parents. Groom's side:

a) Bride and Groom, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Grandparents, Parents, Siblings, and all of their spouses and kids

b) Bride and Groom, Grandparents, Parents, Siblings, Spouses, Children

c) Bride and Groom, Grandparents, Grandchildren

d) Bride and Groom, Grandparents

e) Bride and Groom, Parents, Siblings, Spouses

f) Bride and Groom, Siblings, Spouses

g) Groom and Siblings (no bride)

[Individual shots with each sibling may be added here]

h) Add parents

i) Add Bride

j) remove Siblings (just Bride, Groom and Groom's Parents remain)

k) Remove Bride

l) Just mom and Groom

m) Just dad and Groom

n) Just mom and dad by themselves

o) BRIDAL PARTY

p) Bride and Groom Solo


Portraits to be taken at reception:

a) Bride and College friends

b) Groom and fraternity friends

c) Bride and groom with Sally, Jimmy, Becky and Bobby.

d) Bride's Parents and neighbors

e) Groom's Parents and their high school friends


Other important photos to please capture:

• Please take photo of memorial area for family and friends who have passed away

• Bride will be wearing an heirloom piece of jewelry. Please be sure to capture

• Our rings are engraved

• Our cake cutlery is engraved

• The groom will be dancing with his grandmother at the reception. Please capture this.

• We would love to have a sparkler sendoff


I believe you get the idea from here! Simply be as complete as possible when creating your list.

Having a photo list is EXTREMELY important, and should not be an afterthought. It not only ensures that you get all of the portraits that you will want, but also gives your photographer a to-do list. Remember, your photographer does not know your guests at all. Give them a guide to help them capture all of the important people who will be celebrating with you! Please also remember that while your photographer cannot guarantee that all of these requests will be possible, they will always do their absolute best to try!