Friday, February 08, 2008

Shoot pictures, not people

Technically, though, I guess it could be said that this is still shooting people though more metaphorically.


Thought you all would like to see the "shot list" that I drafted (FINALLY!) and sent to the photographers yesterday. There's a lovely little story behind it's creation if you're so interested and I will post it down below:

Check when


Wedding Shot list

Bride & Groom

Bride & Groom + bride’s parents

Bride & Groom + bride’s parents + brothers and sisters (in-laws included)

Bride & Groom + bride’s brothers and sisters + nieces and nephews

Bride & Groom + nieces and nephews

Flower Girls + Ring bearers

Flower Girls (2)

Ring bearers (2)

Bride & Groom + bride’s immediate family + groom’s immediate family

Bride & Groom + bride’s parents + groom’s parents

Bride & Groom + groom’s parents

Bride & Groom + groom’s parents + sister and brother-in-law

Bride & Groom + groom’s parents + sister and brother-in-law + grandfather

Bride & Groom + groom’s WHOLE family

Bride & Groom + groom’s grandparents

Bride & Groom + bride’s WHOLE family

Bride & Groom + bride’s grandmother

Bride + Melissa

Bride + Stephanie

Bride + Lisa

Bride + Alyson

Bride + ALL girls

Bride & Groom + ALL friends

Groom + ALL guys

Groom + Sean

Groom + Jeremy

Groom + Robert

BEFORE CEREMONY – Groom opening groom’s gift (between 1-2PM)

BEFORE CEREMONY – flower girl butterfly “accents”
and stuffed animals (dog and cat)

DURING CEREMONY – Long shot looking down aisle at us at the altar with cross in the background

RECEPTION - Converse sneaker shot
(Bride, Groom, ring bearers, flower girls)

As some of you may (or may not) know. I'm actually a wedding photographer myself. I rarely to never mention this because I feel like it has very little to do with wedding planning but I've come to find out that it's a major reason why I'm such a reluctant bride most of the time. I guess seeing so many weddings have given me enough "fill" for weddings for the rest of my life.

Because of all of the aforementioned, it wasn't until yesterday that I drafted and sent the above "shot list" to our photographers. This is even knowing how much of a "staple" it is in the world of wedding photography. But I didn't do it for good reasons...
  1. My wedding photographers are AWESOME (more so than I am)
  2. Because of #1, I implicitly trust my wedding photographers - their experience, abilities, and judgment of whatever images should or shouldn't be captured
  3. I've had extensive conversations with them (we've worked together) about how much we loathe shot lists because it can really take away from a photographer's perspective - that which you hired any given photographer for, right?
  4. I just plain forgot
I, myself as a wedding photographer, have a serious love/hate relationship with shot lists. But, I've come to know them and appreciate them for their value. This is because of the following exchange I had with the photographers that occurred last night:

Them: So... you never got the shot list to us.
Me: Oh. I kind of sort of did that accidentally on purpose.
Them: Oh?
Me: Yeah! Because I thought you and I both hated shot lists! Y'know... all of those conversations at all of those weddings about shot lists. Remember???
Them: Oh! Well... yeah. But we remember that one wedding downtown that you worked with us?
Me: Yeah...
Them: Well the couple was really happy with all of it except the bride said that the one picture she really wanted but we didn't get was a close-up of her sister's face as she was walking down the aisle.
Me: Uhhh... really????????

Now, perhaps I know nothing about what people want and this is a normal thing that should now be standard on any and EVERY photographer's shot list. Likely it's more of the case that is was that ONE shot that the bride really just wanted for no reason other than... well, she just wanted it! But that's the whole point of the shot list. Because, being a photographer, we're not psychic!!! We are very many things and can be very visionary but we are certainly NOT psychic mind-readers. And though we see A LOT of the world (albeit through our camera lenses), we certainly don't "see it all." And thus... we need a little help from those of us who know of the "little details" that we might miss - especially those that are of the most. Important. DAY. OF. YOUR. LIFE!!!!

Pardon what might be detected as mild to medium sarcasm in that last paragraph. Honestly and truly, I'm being serious. Because flowers will wilt, dresses (sadly) will yellow, but PICTURES are forever *and also don't lie!!!*

So for all of these reasons, you and I, DO need a shot list.

Hope this was helpful for you. Or, at the very least, mildly entertaining. :)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a fan of shotlists...maybe not for the obvious shots but for the shots that someone wouldn't think to take. THat being said in my sister's first wedding I was a reader and there was NOT A SINGLE PICTURE OF ME taken. Granted, this was 15 years ago when wedding photography wasn't nearly as developed but how do you not take a picture of the sister of the bride who is also a reader??? So yeah maybe a shot list for the "obvious" shots are necessary too.

Friday, February 08, 2008 12:51:00 PM  

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