How to Take Super-Efficient Family Wedding Photos
This past week we spent quite a bit of time chatting with our future brides about their weddings, specifically their timelines. One reoccurring theme was Family Portraits. Our goal as we shoot wedding formal pictures is to keep things as fast and fun as possible. No one wants to spend all of cocktail hour standing around for 20 combinations of group pictures. No one! We try to breeze through family photos in 25-30 minutes, and bridal party photos in 25 minutes. If your desire is to make those family wedding photos fly by, easing the stress and making sure you get to enjoy as much of your party as possible, here some ideas.
MAKE A LIST
Set aside a night, open a bottle of wine, and think through the combinations of people you really want to get. Don’t forget to actually include people’s first and last names!
Bride & Groom with immediately bride’s family
Bride and Groom with Bride’s Parents
Bride and Groom with Bride’s Siblings
Bride & Groom with immediately groom’s family
Bride and Groom with Groom’s Parents
Bride and Groom with Groom’s Siblings
Bride & Groom with extended bride’s family
Bride & Groom with extended groom’s family
Bride & Groom with G&B parents
Bride & Groom with siblings
Bride & Groom with wedding party
Bride’s Parents Alone
Groom’s Parents Alone
GIVE IMMEDIATELY FAMILY MEMBERS A HEADS-UP
Your family may expect to be included in pictures, but they won’t know where to go unless you tell them. Make an announcement at the rehearsal dinner, telling their family where and when family photos will take place. Telling them where to be will make gathering everyone infinitely easier the next day.
TAKE VIP GROUPING EARLY
We always suggest to take these shoots earlier on in the day, so you don’t have to add them to the list later. A beautiful picture with your mom or with your best friend will be a treasure to cherish forever!
THE BEST TIME
We suggest our clients to do family wedding photos immediately after the ceremony and during the cocktail hour. This way you’ll be able to get the pictures done without having to hunt down anyone during the reception.
Getting dozens of people to listen when there are drinks a few steps away can be tough, so get those huge groupings done quickly! Start with your entire extended family, then slowly release people.
LET SOMEONE HELP YOU!
This is the one time of day when you want everything goes fast and smooth. Choose a bossy friend from each side (Bride and Groom) to give clear instructions and reach the people you need. In turn, these assistants will have our eternal devotion!
ENJOY ALL THE LOVE!!!
Being surrounded by so many loved ones can be overwhelming and stressful but the more calm and focused you are, the faster it will go. Take a deep breath and stay present. You’ll look your best when you’re relaxed and happy!