Dread the thought of taking family portraits on your wedding day? I’ve put together my personal recommendations to help make your family and group portraits as painless as possible. Stick to these few tips and they’ll go as smooth as silk.
Allocate around 30min to take all the necessary group portraits. Stick to your immediate family (parents, siblings, grandparents) and bridal party. If you want more groups that’s totally fine! Just be prepared to spend longer taking the photos.
It’s best to take the family and group photos at one of your wedding locations, either the ceremony or reception. Let your best man or maid of honour worry about rounding up the troops, but let them know prior to the day that they will have that job, and give them a list of who needs to be part of the photos.
Have a predetermined time and location. Be sure everyone knows the plan. You don’t want anyone heading off after the ceremony if you plan to take the photos at the church.
When possible take these photos outside. The softer colours of nature or a neutral building work better in the background with everyone’s attire than a busy interior. Plus the natural light is more flattering!
Minimize your group combinations. The main purpose is to document that you were all present on the day. My recommended combos are: b&g with parents, b&g with parents / siblings, b&g with grandparents / parents / siblings, bride with bridesmaids, groom with groomsmen, b&g with bridal party.
When in doubt, trust your photographer 😉 Happy planning!