I started describing my client questionnaire in last week’s blog. This week I’m writing about the second half of my wedding client questionnaire.

  1.     Family Formal Shot List

A family formal shot list is a list of the various combinations of people the bride and groom want photos with. A wedding is a great place to get family portraits. However, without an organized list, taking photos with different groupings of people can easily dissolve into chaos. I have my couples sit down and come up with a list of the different arrangements of people they want photos with. Day of, we stick to this list and go down the list to ensure that each grouping gets photographed.

  1.     Must-have shots

This is a list of shots the couple really wants to get. I don’t guarantee these, but it helps me know what to prioritize on the wedding day. This is also a place for my clients to share any special details they want captured. For example, I recently had a bride whose mother hand-stitched and embroidered handkerchiefs and a pillow for the rings. I paid special attention to make sure I got plenty of quality shots of these details.

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Credit: Kylie Nicholson

Similarly, the bride and groom hand made these save-the-dates, so I made sure to capture them.

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Credit: Kylie Nicholson
  1.     Venue/ Photography Restrictions

I like to know ahead of time venue restrictions on photography. For example, some churches don’t allow flash photography inside. Knowing this ahead of time allows me to prepare alternative options.

  1.      Vendor List

I ask my couples for a list of all the other vendors at the wedding. I do this for a few reasons. First, I like to be able to reach out to the DJ ahead of time to coordinate timelines. Second, I like to credit all of the vendors when I blog the wedding, and it’s much easier to get all this information now rather than having to track it down when I’m trying to publish my blog.

  1. Additional Information

Here I ask “Is there anything else I need to know?” Here’s the spot for my couples to share any sensitive information with me, or other things that would influence the day. For example, sometimes family members have passed, or relationships with certain family members are strained. It helps me to know this ahead of time to better navigate relationships and pairing people together for photos.

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Kylie Nicholson
Kylie Nicholson is a travel and destination wedding photographer based in Los Angeles, California. When in LA, she photographs concerts, musicians, weddings, and portraits. People are her passion, and she seeks to capture personalities through crisp, vibrant images. Her work has been featured in BMI, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and most recently Cosmopolitan Magazine. She will travel (and does) worldwide. Kylie loves answering questions and working with other creatives- so feel free to get in touch! Connect with her on Instagram @kylienicphoto and Twitter @kylienic13. View her work at www.kylienicphotography.com