While the majority of the day is focused on capturing emotion and unplanned moments, I realize that family photos are just as important and I take them very seriously.
I recommend limiting to 8 to 10 family formal groupings. I know it can sometimes be difficult to get your list down to 10 groups, however, I’d encourage you to think about which arrangements are most important to you and stick with no more than 10 groupings. Family photos are often the most exhausting portion of the day, and instead of tiring yourselves out with dozens of family groupings, I recommend allowing for more time with family during cocktail hour and reception while I capture all the candid moments along the way.
When it comes to group photos, having a clean, simple background is best. If you're getting married in a gorgeous location with a stunning backdrop, please keep in mind family photos might be done in front of a grove of trees or against a clean, simple background instead. While I realize you chose your venue for the backdrop and location (and trust me.. we'll get plenty of photos there!), having soft, even light with a clean background is most important for beautiful family photos!
Bridal party and family photos...
Corralling everyone during cocktail hour is often difficult. Grandma is likely to get lost in the crowd and it’s easy for the best man to find himself at the bar instead of lining up for bridal party photos. This corralling can really eat into the time we have for portraits and for you to enjoy your reception! Prior to the ceremony, the family and bridal party are already together to prepare/decorate/get ready, which makes it so much quicker to get everyone in the same place.
SOMETIMES/MOST TIMES- above doesn't always work. Even though we limit to the "most special" family portraits, we are still working with a lot of extra people. If we don't do family photos before the ceremony, we will take them right after the ceremony. Have your officiant or put a note on your program for certain family members to stay! We will talk more about this during our talks + I was have a family photo list for you guys to make to help keep us organized.
Bridal Party Portraits:
Typically, after your first look we will move right into bridal party portraits. We'll start with everyone together, move into the girls & then end with the men!
If you decide not to do a first look, something to consider is that we can STILL knock out some of the bridal party portraits before the ceremony! After getting ready photos, I will either take you and your girls and your love and his guys outside. We will discuss what works better and come up with a plan.
TIMELINE: 30 MINUTES FAMILY, 30-40 MINUTES BRIDAL PARTY