Blogging ,you guys, may be the hardest thing for me. I write and then delete and then do it again and again. It's honestly worse than me trying to take a selfie...which is also really awkward. So if I sound like a total fool just feel free to skip over to the photos because I'm confident you're going to love those. 

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We've heard the phrase it's all in the details, right? Well one of the best ways to not be stressed on your wedding day is to be prepared. You trust your vendors. You've expressed what pictures you want to make sure you get on your wedding day, you're good to go. Wait, what? You don't have a shot list for your photographer? No worries! Most seasoned wedding photographers are going to get you a great gallery but I'm all about being over prepared so just in case, make sure to get your wedding photographer (hopefully me **wink wink**) a shot list. I decided to share a free sample shot list with you below!

The shot list is great because it not only gives peace of mind to you, but also to your photographer. There's always something that doesn't go according to plan on a wedding day and *gasp* your photographer might be a little frazzled and forget a photo that you really regret not having. It's an honest mistake but one that could be avoided. Thus....shot list! Have I sold it yet? What? Need more convincing?


There are times when the schedule is running behind and you might think "whatever I'm fine without the shot. Let's skip it."This is the time for your wedding photographer to say "are you sure? this was on your shot list and we can make it happen!" When the day of comes, sometimes it's tempting in the whirlwind of the day to just get caught up in getting through it. As your wedding photographer, we're here to make sure you have all the shots you want after the wedding day haze has lifted!


Now you probably are thinking "I don't want to scare my photographer away seeming like a total bridezilla! But guess what? Your day. Let's not take any chances. In my opinion, if your wedding photographer is turned off by you being prepared, then maybe they aren't the wedding photographer you need. Too blunt? Oh well. This day is for you, not for them.


So instead of me dragging this blog post on forever when you just want the shot list, Let's get this to you! I'd love to hear what you think I'm missing, or items you think I didn't need in there. I hope that this is helpful while you are planning your wedding day and helps ensure that your wedding photographer and you are on the same page!


One last thing ! You'll notice that I don't have any romantic photo poses to the shot list. This was on purpose. Posing the two of you should be up to your photographer. They should be reading your vibe and posing you and your significant other accordingly. I'd recommend not sending more than one or two couples posing ideas to your photographer. They'll have you covered!


Enjoy!!

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P.S. All these photos are from a wedding I got to photograph for Alicia Lucia Photography. Check out her blog of this wedding here




Ninety percent of all my photography clients say the exact same thing right before their session starts. Any guesses?


It's always some sort of variation of this statement:

"I'm so awkward in photos...hopefully we can get a handful that I don't look terrible in"


Guess what? Unless you're a professional model (and who knows? maybe even then), pictures always ALWAYS feel awkward for at least part of your session.


BUT WHY?


It's because we are worrying so much about how we'll look in photos that we end up looking like a mix between constipated and really really hangry.


SO HOW TO FIX IT?


1. Choose an outfit that you feel REALLY good in. don't choose your photoshoot to be

the time that you step WAY out of your comfort box with. You should be choosing something that is indicative of who you are while also making you feel beautiful and comfortable. Clothing matters, people. It's amazing for your self esteem when you get in an outfit and feel really good in it. (**extra tip** video yourself in the outfit, move around, bend down, do all the things and see if you're still loving the outfit after that)


2. Practice facial expressions in the mirror or on your phone. Okay this one sounds like I'm asking you to channel your inner influencer or 15 year old getting ready to send the perfect snap chat to her secret boyfriend but stay with me here. Sometimes we feel like we're smiling, and then we see a picture of ourselves and think "ew why did I smile like I'm a total creeper asking kids if they want free candy while driving around in a windowless van?" Look in the mirror or in your phone and pay attention to which angles make you feel the best. Do you feel like you have a double chin when you laugh? Play around with what way you can turn to have that double chin less noticeable. Do you like your smile better with teeth or no teeth? Some people swear they honestly have a side of their face that's better than the other. I never see it but when my clients mention in...guess what I do? I pose them so that we get their "good side" because it's not about my opinion. It's about what makes YOU feel the prettiest and the most confident during your pictures.



3. Express your insecurities to your photographer before the shoot starts. Do you feel really self conscious in sitting pictures because you feel like those extra covid cupcakes are showing up in your tummy area? Tell your photographer. Are you self conscious about how tall you are compared to your significant other? Did you break out right before your session because preparing for pictures is SO stressful and now you have a giant pimple on your chin? TELL YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER. They can pose you in ways that complement the things you feel confident about and they can help you lessen the visibility of those things you feel self conscious about. Communication is key here guys.


4. Tell your photographer how you're feeling during your shoot. Okay this one is so important. I know a lot of you are peace keepers. The type that doesn't ask for a new plate of food when yours is overcooked because you don't want to rock the boat. But guess what? You are the client who paid for this shoot. So if you're feeling uncomfortable with a pose or you're just really not vibing with the photographer, express that as soon as it's happening during the shoot. If they pose you in a way that makes you feel awkward, tell them right then. I always preface with my clients to tell me no if they ever aren't digging a pose. And every time they tell me, I get SO happy. Yep. I'm a weirdo that LOVES when my client says "no thanks" to a pose or idea I have during a session. 1) because it means they feel comfortable enough to be honest with me and 2) I have no desire to waste time on a pose that you're going to hate anyway.


And if that was just WAY too much information to process, I made this little cheat sheet to help you remember the bullet points. Try it out and let me know how it goes in the comments below!




J+A contacted me about a month before their wedding day. I had just had a couple that had rescheduled their wedding due to covid and their original date was on the date that J+A were inquiring about. It was meant to be because I had the absolute best day with this intimate micro wedding. Before COVID crazy hit, I almost only photographed large weddings with 18 person wedding parties. Like with many of you, COVID forced me to slow down and I had the opportunity to photograph this sweet couple with just their closest friends and family.


J+A got ready at my favorite New Mexico venue, Los Poblanos. Los Poblanos Historic Farm is a gorgeous venue with sprawling lavender bushes, incredible buildings, iconic silos...honestly I could keep fan girling over the venue but I'll spare you. Go visit and you'll be part of my fan club soon, I promise.


We then headed over to the groom's family's property overlooking the Rio Grande River for the ceremony. J+A being the dream couple they were, waited until the light was perfect for the ceremony to begin and man was it worth it. What do you think? Loving these micro weddings or ready and waiting for the big huge celebrations to be back?