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Create a Shot List

Before you even leave your office to head to the wedding, you should put together a shot list of photos you’ll need to take for the wedding album, prints, etc. There are no redos at weddings, so you’d better be sure you leave with a list in hand of which shots you need, from bride and groom formals, to detail shots (the invitations, the rings, the bouquet, the bride’s shoes, etc.), to reception shots like cutting the cake, receiving lines, place cards, and more. Without a written shot list, you’re winging it, and it’s almost an absolute lock that you’ll miss one or more critical shots that your clients (the bride and groom) are going to expect to be in their album, so don’t take a chance—this little bit of preparation can make a world of difference. Luckily, you can find wedding photography shot lists online for free at places like http://weddings.about.com/od/photographer/a/Photogchecklist.htm or this article and shot list from Amazon.com at www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=13876911 (actually, there are literally hundreds of different shot lists available for downloading—just Google “wedding shot list” and you’ll have a wide range of choices). Find a shot list that makes sense to you, and although you can get creative and do far beyond what it suggests, at least you’ll have the most critical shots covered. Also, make sure you talk to the bride and groom before you finalize your shot list to ensure the specific shots they want are included (they may want shots with old friends from high school or college, or a special relative, and the only way to find out about these is to talk with the bride and groom in advance).


  

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