Wedding Photography Shotlist Tips

Wedding Planning Tips by Destination Wedding Planner, Mango Muse Events

When it comes to wedding planning and weddings in general, one of the biggie areas is photography.  Photography is usually pretty important to most couples because it’s one of the few items you’ll have after the wedding.  There are a few things you’ll have to take care of to ensure great photography and one of those areas is the photography shotlist.  So, today I’m sharing some tips from one of our amazing photography friends, Sabine Scherer.


1. Don’t write down every single shot you want.

Now, there are some pre-conceived notions on what a photography shotlist is.  The shotlist is not a list of every shot you want.  Any professional wedding photographer will know to get your bouquet, of you walking down the aisle and your first dance.  The sholist is a list of the shots your wedding photographer wouldn’t know to get.  These include portraits and groups and anything special or meaningful.

2. The bigger the shotlist, the longer it will take. 

This is a big consideration to remember when you’re working on your shotlist.  If you want to spend time mingling during cocktail hour, then you’ll want a shorter shotlist.  If you have lots of shots, that will take more time and you may need to account for it in the schedule.  The longer your shotlist is the more photos you’ll have to take.  And if you aren’t into that, you’ll want to keep it short.  Keep that in mind when you’re creating your photography shotlist.

3. Prioritize your shots.

It’s also important that you prioritize what shots are important to you.  If portraits are important then it’s ok for your shotlist to be longer.  If candids are important to you, then you’ll want a shorter shotlist.  The more time you have your wedding photographer working on your shotlist, the less time they have to get anything else.

Bride and groom happily walk down the aisle after getting married at their Carmel destination wedding ceremony by Destination wedding planner, Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Sabine Scherer Photography)

If you want to see more of Sabine’s awesome photos and the couple’s she has had the pleasure of capturing, you can check out more of her work here.

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