I have lots of colleagues who work at wedding magazines but I don’t think I’m shattering any secrets when I say to you those checklists of wedding shots they publish from time to time are considered filler material to take up space between articles. Ironically, I photographed a wedding for one of those writers once and she never ever handed me any shot list.
Why would she?
“A picture of the bride and groom after they’ve changed into their honeymoon getaway attire and are about to leave the party in their car” and “a picture of the bride and groom by the punchbowl” are just about as far away as you can get from a sophisticated modern wedding in new york city as you possibly can.
And if you feel the need to tell me I must make sure to get a photo of the “bride with her parents” I would wonder why you would pay any stranger with a camera any sum of money if you’re unsure they know what to do. That must really feel terrible to not trust the expert you hire.
Besides, those checklists could never conceive of, dream of, never would list anything remotely as adorable as this…
Because it’s these little unanticipated, unscripted moments in life which make up our grandest memories which resonate with us lifelong.
Such as for the little girl in this photo to share with her grandchildren some day of this moment between her and her father… and for her dad because he’ll always treasure this moment in his heart. You know he will.
I assume that’s why you’re here. You’re wondering what shots are best to put on your wedding checklist to hand your photographer.
Now you know: It’s the ones you’d never know to list because they haven’t happened yet.
My checklist has space in it for the wedding day’s unscripted moments.
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