Family wedding photography tips

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Family pictures are valuable reminder of the people that wanted so see you for the day you say “I do” to you love. It’s not a requirement and some photographers don’t do this portion of the day, but for those that do, there are good ways to plan for it.

The most typical and in my opinion the best time, is after the ceremony. Generally the most important people in your lives are going to be there. When they are in the same room, it’s  good to take advantage of it. Technically you’re in the same room at the reception. Although  at this time is when celebration starts, People start to mingle, they go for drinks at the bar,  and at this point it’s hard to get people together.

The other option would be before the ceremony. Not so much a church wedding, they have a schedule to keep up with mass or other events. Ceremonies at locations similar to or at the same location of the reception, would not be so constricted with time.

When finally photographing the family, the photographer would go through a familiar order to get through the family members as such.

Bride and Groom
Bride and Groom, Bride’s Mom and Dad
Bride and Groom, Bride’s Mom and Dad, and siblings.
And so on.
And so on.

The list would continue further and then switch off to the groom’s side.

No one knows you family better than you do, especially the photographer. We’re just going through the motions based on what we’ve done before. So if you need specific shots,  providing a list is the best reference we can be given to assure that we have everyone you  would like to be photographed.

If you are forming a list, it is a good idea to assign someone may copy of your specific shot request. This is actually helpful for the photographer to help round up people as needed. It makes things more officiant sometimes when the person with the list knows a lot of your  guests.

There are request for much bigger groups of people. Depending on the size of the ceremony location, it can be done. If not, alternative spots need to be considered. The front of a church for example usually provides enough room for such a massive crowd. If need be, then the  other option would be at the reception through the DJ’s or band’s announcement. It works, but it’s not a for sure thing that everyone will be there. People disperse at this time, whether its drink, bathroom, or outdoors socializing. Regardless, this would be an opportunity to get everyone in the big party out on the dance floor, for a photograph.

Make want to capture what you want to remember for years to come. So important notes are made to make sure we do. SO it’s good to always communicate what you want.