5 Simple Steps to Create a Wedding Photography Checklist

One of the most important decisions you will make prior to your wedding is to create a wedding photography checklist. You only get one wedding so it is really important to capture all the special moments that come only once. You want to avoid wishing that you had a photo of you riding in the classic convertible, six months after the wedding. The best photos will not only give you the emotion, and the mood experienced but will also include the entire elements in the actual moment… minus the flaws and embarrassing moments, of course!

With the right photographer, you can get themed photos that are taken and edited according to your specifications. However, the most important thing is to ensure all the special moments are captured in an exceptional way that will guarantee a nostalgic feeling years after the wedding.

Are there too many beautiful moments throughout the day? It may be quite a task thinking of all the special moment photos that you must have, some of them happening simultaneously. Here is how to create the best photography checklist for your big day:

1. Have a vision, a story to tell
The first thing you must think about to create a wedding photography checklist is the story that you hope to tell. You must have a vision that will direct the composition of the photography. This way all your pictures will connect and have a relation to each other.

Moreover, anyone looking at the photos will be able to tell the atmosphere you had at your wedding. Take any story you fancy, it may be inspired by a fairy tale, a movie, or even your favorite city; nevertheless it should be something that you really love.

2. Visualize your wedding
You may have already visited your wedding site a dozen times before, however, you need to visit it one more time to create your wedding photography checklist. You should also consider your wedding program and know all the different settings you will have based on the various phases in the wedding.

Visualize your big day while at the site and pick the spots that you must have in your photos. What made you choose the venue? Is it the big trees or the country inspired signage? Or maybe it’s the hanging flower gardens. Make sure all these invaluable details are included in your checklist. Will you dress up at the same venue or home? Will your photo session be in a different location? Well, make sure you take a day to premeditate the whole wedding ceremony and note down the most important moments.

3. Get inspired; Borrow ideas
Have you included everything that you would like in your wedding photography? This is the best time to get more inspiration from the couples that have done it before and from the photography experts. Ask your friends and relatives for their wedding albums. You may even visit your photographer to view his detailed portfolio. But, to avoid last minute confusion, this must be done prior to compiling the final list.

Try searching for ideas from the Internet. If you Google wedding photography, you will get thousands of inspiring photos that you can choose from. Needless to say, the Internet is the best place to get poses and photography trending in the wedding scene. Note down the trends that you fancy and mash them up with your own ideas.
Trending ideas that you may get include pre-wedding or engagement shots, getting ready shots, hanging wedding dress, jewellery, rings, programs, place cards, decor, cake among others.

4. Compile your checklist
Now you are ready to create a wedding photography checklist. Compile all the details you have included and make a checklist that has a flow to it. Start with the happenings at the beginning of the day flowing all the way to the end.

Make sure it is realistic and that it will not interfere with the wedding schedule. Go through the checklist with your partner and maybe your best couple to ensure that you have included everything.

5.Communicate your plan
Discuss this plan with your photographer, and listen to his/her ideas for the perfect execution. With the right tools and efficient planning, you can create a wedding photography checklist that will give you the best photos to be proud of many years to come.