Scrap the shot list.
A shot list will give your documentary wedding photographer a little more structure to follow through with somewhere along the way but it can also restrict his creative tendencies and it will defeat the purpose of hiring out such a specialized wedding photographer in the first place. You will be in a better place if you just let your reportage wedding photographer right off the bat what type of vibe you would like to get out of your wedding photos and let him follow through with the sequence and events of the day as he goes along. Don’t keep looking over his shoulder and don’t keep second guessing what he is about to do or what he is doing while you are at it. Creativity is not the type of thing that you put up perimeters for and the sooner you are able to understand this, the better your relationship will be with the documentary wedding photographer that you have hired out for the coverage of the big day will be.
Go with the flow.
Live in the moments and enjoy them as they come along because this is a one in a lifetime type of thing and not something that you would have to keep worrying about while you are in it. Although it might seem a little nerve wracking to imagine the idea of you letting go of the controls a little bit while you are getting things mapped out accordingly, it doesn’t have to be a main cause of concern. Make sure that you are entrusting certain tasks to people that you can trust or to a professional that can really follow through on things for you and then move on and enjoy the rest of the day while you are at it. It will help clear your mind and help you look better in the shots that your professional documentary wedding photographer takes of you and of your partner during the day of the wedding.
Don’t be afraid to get a little dirty.
Your reportage wedding photographer might be the type who will ask you to jump around or roll around in the grass during the engagement photo shoot and although things like this might come off as a little weird and awkward, you can trust in the fact that the photos are bound to be amazing so yes, just go with it and don’t be afraid to mess up that dress every now and then. If you have a particularly expensive wedding dress that you wouldn’t want to soil, pick out another equally beautiful off the rack dress as well that you wouldn’t mind getting dirty to get those picture perfect shots that you have always wanted at the end of the day.
Stop the posing.
Posing just goes against the grain of the ideology of any documentary wedding photographer out there and is bound to make for really awkward looking candid shot attempts so just scrap it all together and keep it authentic as much as you possibly can.