Family Portraits can easily become a little chaotic if there is no preparation done. But when you’re working with me, I make sure we’re good to go! Here are some tips for making your family portrait time go as smoothly as possible!
As mentioned on other pages, I will send you a Wedding Day Questionnaire a couple months prior to wedding, and in that Questionnaire I will be asking you to list out all of your Family Photos Combinations that you want me to capture on your wedding day. I then have that list with me on wedding day so when that time comes, I can easily call out the names of those in each photo. This DRASTICALLY helps create order and cuts down on time! If we don’t have a list, you will feel like you are having a million people tell you a million different combinations they want. With a list already in place, I know combos are most important to you and we don’t have any Aunt Sally’s taking over and cutting into your Husband & Wife Portrait time! (Because after all, you’re my top priority!)
Family portraits do not have to take over 20 minutes! However, this is only possible if we are organized beforehand! I’ll ask you to list your top 8-10 groupings for family photos.
**Keep in mind, I estimate about 2 minutes of “photo set up” per grouping**
1. Bride and groom with Bride’s parents (Mark, Cindy).
2. Bride and Groom with Bride’s siblings (Peter, Kelly, Mike).
3. Bride and Groom with Groom’s parents (John, Suzy).
4. Bride and Groom with Groom’s siblings (Kim, Kate)
If you have a very large family and more than 10 group photos, I suggest prioritizing them just in case we are short on time. Worst case scenario, we can get more photos during reception of any combos we miss during “Family Portrait time.”
***Another reminder: I will make sure I get both the bride with her immediate family, and the groom with his BEFORE ceremony! The groupings I am asking for at this time are the ones where you want BOTH the bride and groom in for AFTER the ceremony!