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Wedding Day Photography Checklist | A Reference Guide

Do you have a wedding day checklist? How about two? Make that four or five depending on what types of checklists you’re gathering. You’re prepping for your wedding day and what’s more organized than having checklists of every single detail regarding your wedding planning. Out of a 5 mile long list, I think I’ve managed to get my own down to 3 miles.  And mine isn’t even for wedding planning.

So among the five other lists you have going, you’ve now found a sixth list. One that every wedding website out there seems to suggest that you need to have. The one you probably didn’t think about. What could it be, you ask? It’s the wedding day photography checklist. “Another list?!” you say? “You’re out of your mind!”  I know. Sounds daunting, right?

Between the most common wedding websites, maybe you’ve printed out about five (In case you missed that, I like the number 5.) different versions of wedding shot lists for comparison. Who’s got the most complete list?! Bah!!

There’s so much hype behind the photo list that at this point it has become impossible to ignore. And it shouldn’t be ignored but rather acknowledged and let go of. Seriously. Release it from your grip! Please!? It has no correlation in regards to YOUR wedding.

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Wedding Photography Checklist - The Scoop:

It’s simply meant as a reference guide to help you consider what is important to you on your wedding day. Nothing more. Nothing less. Obviously, as a professional wedding photographer, and I think I can speak for my peers in the wedding photography industry, we realize everything that goes into a wedding is important. But there are even more important things that top out the rest. Allow me to clarify what I’m referring to with a few prime examples:

  • Personalized touches. i.e. Something blue from Grandma.
  • Distant relatives flying in for your wedding.
  • DIY details that add a personal touch to your wedding day.
  • Guests that might be wheelchair bound, in which case, improvised portrait locations need to be scouted.
  • Family traditions of pranking the bride that the best man lost the ring during the ceremony.

Other things to consider telling your wedding photographer:

  • Your sister is your Maid Of Honor.
  • Aunt and Uncle despise one other.
  • Parents need supervision in case they try to reach for a machete should either of them get the chance.
  • Names of immediate family members, bridesmaids, groomsmen, and out-of-towners you want included in the portraits.

I hope I’ve been able to shed some clarity on this photo checklist thing. Specifying the personal touches that make your wedding unique will make your list so much more reasonable.

Handing a long, detailed list of those standard photos that a professional Arizona wedding photographer is already aware of will not only hinder their flow and creativity, but you’ll lose out on memories already in the making because they’ll be so concerned about overlooking any detailed shot in that long list.

So, remember, as you are about to hire your wedding photographer, please keep in mind why you’re hiring them. You are hiring them because you’ve made a connection with them and like their photography. You have seen their work and trust in their ability to capture the details as well as the important moments that make your wedding day unique. Informing them of those extra special, key moments on your wedding day will make your wedding photos that much more meaningful.


Was this post helpful? Please let us know by commenting below if there’s anything else you would like to have included in this wedding photography checklist that other brides should consider as extra special moments. What special things are you including in your wedding that you would want your photographer to pay extra attention to?



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