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3 Reasons to Forget the Shot List

May 16, 2017


We’ve all been there. It’s 1am and we cannot seem to stop scrolling through Pinterest, adding things to our “wedding” board, and coming up with every perfect picture we can think of.

This blog post is coming from a Pinterest addict. I’ve got more Pinterest boards than my golden retriever has tennis balls (and that’s saying a lot)!

However – I’m asking you to take a step back with me and consider why sharing every cute Pinterest picture with your photographer might not be the best way to ensure your wedding is captured exactly the way you want it to.

Trust Your Photographer.

Picking a photographer to capture your wedding day is an immensely important decision. Each photographer has a specific style, philosophy behind their work, personality, and distinctive ways they set themselves apart. As a bride, pick a photographer you trust. Pick someone that aligns with who you are as a person, so that going into your wedding day you have 100% trust that they will tell your story the way you want it to be told. Doing this will allow you to not stress on your wedding day because you have full confidence in what you can expect from your photographer.

DO Communicate and Plan with Your Photographer! 

One month before every wedding I set up a meeting with each bride. I have them fill out a detailed wedding day questionnaire, tell me everything about their wedding, and create an outline of their wedding day. We go through every aspect of the wedding day, at what time which pictures are going to be taken, and what the bride is wanting each part to look that! Planning is an important aspect of each wedding day! I create a timeline so that I can serve each bride to the best of my ability.

Let Your Photographer Live in the Moment with You, so You Can the Rest of Your Life. 

The difference between a shot list and a timeline is that there is freedom in the timeline. In the time that it takes your photographer to take out the list and check things off, is the exact amount of time a precious moment could be happening. As a photographer, these are the moments that aren’t in a shot list, but make your wedding unique and special to you.

To recap: Take your time to pick your photographer. Your photographer will set the pace and tone for your wedding day and it’s extremely important to have someone you can wholeheartedly trust. Communicate and Plan with your photographer. Let your photographer know specific things about your wedding day that you desire to be captured, without sending them a list 1,000 miles long. And finally, rest in knowing that because you spent time researching and talking with your photographer that can entirely trust them to capture every aspect of your day that makes it unique and special to you!




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