Wedding photography was one place I knew I didn’t want to compromise

Wedding photography was one place I knew I didn’t want to compromise. Out of everything, we’ll have our pictures the longest. Initially, I wasn’t sure who we’d use for our photographer, so I scoured the intar-webs looking at site after site. After a while, I started to notice that there were several standard shots – kinda like templates. Everyone had them.

For the record, I’m not completely against these shots. I just feel it’s important to be yourself on your wedding day and not let the wedding industry and wedding photographers in particular, dictate the tone of your pictures.

If you and your friends normally are not the run-and-jump, on-a-constant-high type, maybe you should just avoid the jumping group shot. Just sayin’.

Everyone is different and has a different flavor that they bring to their wedding day. Make sure you talk to your photographer beforehand and give them an idea of who you are as a couple.

It’s a good idea to give your photographer a list of must-have shots. Not an overbearing, super-bossy, OCD kind of list. But more like an I-would-really-enjoy-these-specific-memories-years-from now kind of list.

Look through some of your old picture albums and find the shots that you admire the most. Take your key from those. If it’s a ten year old picture and you still smile everytime you see it, consider putting a similar picture on your list.

And maybe some of the standard shots are right for you and your personality, but I find it very hard to believe that your personality fits into every one of these categories listed below.

Pick your one or two standard template shots, but keep the rest of them orginal.