The Top Secret to Streamline Your Family Photos
YOU HAVE A BIG FAMILY AND A LOT OF PEOPLE TO PHOTOGRAPH TOGETHER, BUT DON'T STRESS BECAUSE HERE'S THE TOP SECRET TO STREAMLINE FAMILY PHOTOS ON YOUR WEDDING DAY
Weddings are such an amazing experience because it's not only about bringing two families together, but also about seeing so many of your own family and friends together at once- sometimes for the first time in a long time! While so much is happening on your wedding day, the number one way to not leave anyone out and make sure everyone is photographed, is by creating a shot list.
WHAT'S A SHOT LIST?
A shot list is exactly what it sounds like: a list of people who need to be photographed. On this list is every iteration of people that you want photographed together. For example: Bride/Groom + Bride's parents, G/G + Groom's parents, B + Bride’s parents, G + Groomsmen, B + MOH + sister, etc. Any and every iteration of people you must have photos with!
HOW DOES THIS HELP?
You know all of your family and friends best (of course) so we always ask our couples to create this list before their wedding day for us to have. Sometimes we'll print the list out, but more often than not we'll have it typed out on our notes so we can cross people's names out as we go. When the time comes to shoot, we'll have 1 person shooting, and 1 person with the list coordinating and calling names off of your list to streamline everything.
HERE'S AN EXAMPLE
Georgia and Mark had their wedding in Monemvasia, Greece, last summer and considering so many people were flying across the world to be celebrate with them, they didn't want to leave anyone out! We asked them for a shot list before we arrived in Greece and it looked a little something like this:
PS. Don’t feel intimated by this list! G+M’s wedding had about 250 guests and obviously weddings with a smaller guest list will have a smaller list! Some lists we get are 20 people long and some only include immediate family- every wedding and every list is different.
Lists like these help your photographers stay on track, never miss anyone, and keep things running on time! As always, we hope to that this little trick can help you stay organized and streamline your family photos on your wedding day! If you have any questions about shot lists, feel free to leave them below, we're always happy to help!