Dress? Check; Priest? Check; Photographer? Is that necessary? Absolutely! These days, wedding photography is all in rage. You see the bride and groom pose casually under an umbrella and on a rusty park bench. We see different types of photography – engagement, pre-wedding, post-wedding!

So, why is getting a good photographer necessary? Is it all that it is claimed to be? Here are a few reasons why you should invest in a good photographer:

You only get one chance to get it right on your wedding day. When you get back from your honeymoon, wouldn’t you like to look at all the candid moments you missed during your wedding?Your wedding album should compliment your wedding day with amazing images that tell your story. A good album will make sure that your memories are recorded and preserved well.

Will you not want to gaze at the amazing dress you wore for that one day? Captured at the right light and the perfect expression on the bride’s face, the photographs will be something to cherish.

Never trust a friend to be your photographer for your special day, No matter how much you love them or how great a photographer they are. It will never work out how you imagine. If the photos come out blurred and bad, no amount of money can salvage them. Another reason why spending money on a wedding photographer is a good idea.

A wedding photographer will work seamlessly to get great shots in the least amount of time possible to let you get on with enjoying your day with guests and family, you should also have a good time doing it.

Great wedding photographers make it look easy, but that is why they are great wedding photographers. If you have made the wrong decision, be it through budget or lack of research, your wedding day could be spoiled by a grumpy, slow, disorganised wedding photographer that reacts badly to pressure or takes up all of your wedding day taking photographs you don’t want or asked for.

Your wedding album is the only physical product that you receive from yourwedding day, if you do not have this or have an inferior album, how will you share with people in the future what is was like. Think of it as an investment for future generations to enjoy not to be embarrassed about.

There is one thing you must do with regard to wedding photography, just hiring a good photographer isn’t enough. You must tell him what you expect of him. Would you prefer a majority of candid shots? Or clear profile shots? There are so many options to choose from, and you need to make sure that you are clear in your instructions so as not to regret it later.

To help you clarify your instructions, it is necessary that you make what is called, a “shot” list. It is a list of all the photographs that you want taken during the wedding. Here are some suggestions that can never go wrong.

 The “Shot” List

  • Bride on her own in archway
  • Back of dress shot
  • Bride looking down at flowers
  • Bride looking away into the distance
  • Bride looking at camera
  • Groom on his own in archway (full length)
  • Looking into the distance together
  • Bride kissing groom on the cheek
  • the first look
  • Room shots at ceremony
  • Wedding party and parents walking down the aisle
  • Bride walking down the aisle
  • Hands in pockets looking cool at camera
  • Looking into the distance
  • Looking at his bride
  • Serious and smiling at camera
  • Bride and groom together (full length)
  • Looking at eachother
  • Nosey nosey
  • Kissing
  • Looking at camera
  • Bride hugging groom from behind (close up)
  • Both looking at camera
  • Looking into the distance together
  • Bride kissing groom on the cheek
  • the first look
  • Room shots at ceremony
  • Wedding party and parents walking down the aisle
  • Bride walking down the aisle
  • Groom’s face as he waits/sees her
  • The vows
  • Close-up of the exchange of rings
  • Signing of marriage certificate
  • Room shots at reception
  • Close-up of seating-card display
  • Close-up of centerpieces
  • Reception entrance

The point of providing your photographer with a shot list isn’t to come up with as many different shots as possible for your wedding (that’s the photographer’s job). The reason for providing the shot list is to clue your photographer in on the parts of your wedding that are unique and specific to you and your partner, so that they show up to work armed with all the information they need to shoot for your wedding.

Here is a list of a few great wedding photographers to choose from in Raipur. In case you need someone to help you plan the wedding itself and not just the photography, you can have a look at the list of wedding planners in Raipur.

Written by Sangeetha Alwar

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