Getting beautiful family photos on your special day doesn’t have to be hectic or overwhelming. I know it may be daunting to try to get all your aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers, sisters, and parents to stand together and smile at the same time, but have no fear! Over the past few years specializing in wedding photography, I’ve nailed down the perfect timeline for capturing family wedding photos. Read on to find out how I streamline family photos at weddings without adding any extra stress to your special day!
Typically, family formals are scheduled for about 20-30 minutes right after your ceremony. One of the most important things when it comes to capturing these easily is making sure I know the names of everyone you want a formal photo with. Leading up to your wedding, I will send out a document for you to fill out with all of the names of your family members. That way, when we get to shooting photos, I know who to call on for what photo. It makes everything ten times easier on me, my second shooter, your wedding coordinator, and most importantly, you!
Choosing the right location for family photos is crucial to making sure there is enough time to get every photo you want on your special day. Typically, it’s easiest to capture family photos right after the ceremony in the same spot it took place. That way, family members are already present, they can sit in the rows of chairs used for your ceremony, and time isn’t wasted trying to get everyone to move to a different spot around the venue.
Like I mentioned in the last section, it’s best to take family formals in the same spot your ceremony took place. I always ask my couples to let their family members know before the wedding day that after the ceremony. Something that is also SUPER helpful is asking your officiant to remind immediate family members to stay for photos after the ceremony!
Over the past five years as a wedding photographer, I’ve learned so many great tips for getting beautiful family photos. My first and most important tip is placing the bride and groom in the center of every shot. I live by this because I want your family portraits to be as least stressful as possible. By having everyone huddle in around you, we can eliminate time and get the beautiful photos you desire!
My second tip is making sure that family members are balanced on each side. By making sure that an equal number of people are on either side of the bride and groom, we can keep your photos balanced and symmetrical!
Lastly, my third tip is having your day-of coordinator ready with the list of your family members by my side to call out names. If a coordinator isn’t available, I have my second shooter help me with this part. Doing this ensures that everything runs smoothly. This is where the document with your family member’s names REALLY comes in handy!
This should go without saying, but the bride and groom always come first! My goal is to make your family wedding photos as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.
I hope this blog post proves helpful in answering any questions you may have had about how I navigate and streamline family wedding photos. My inbox is ALWAYS open for questions you may have. P.S. If you’re curious to see what a full day in my life as your wedding photographer is like click here!