06/11/2018 / Tips for Brides & Grooms, Wedding Tips

How to Take Super-Efficient Family Wedding Photos

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.
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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!

For Examples:

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. 

START BIG

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!

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