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Weddings, even with the most precise schedule, are usually running behind. Why? I will share my thoughts on that in one separate blog post later, but here, let’s talk about family pictures to make the day more efficient and stress-free.
Family pictures are important. It is, in fact, part of the history of a family. It usually takes place right after the ceremony, where everybody (hopefully) is available.
In my questionnaire that I send to my couples, a week prior to the wedding, I ask to list the immediate family members to make everything easier.
Right after the ceremony, I quickly set up my light for the family pictures. (The ceremony is shot with ambient light, for flashes are not allowed because it is distracting)
First, I make sure to take a posed picture with the bride and groom, standing in the chapel, then, I move forward based on the list. Easy 🙂
I ask someone who knows everyone to call people based on the list, for example, the bride’s sibling or best friend, otherwise the family pictures take forever and we may lose the time to get enough couple’s portrait pictures after the ceremony.
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Here are the things you can consider while making a list of your family:
List only the immediate family, and very close friend who are like your family.
You have time later, at the reception, to have pictures with all of your guests.
Consider the elders first! Grandparents and parents should be the first people on your list, so then they can leave, possibly rest and regain energy for the reception.
After elders, photograph families who have kids. They get impatient soon.
Make a list of the combination! If you want to have pictures with your family in different combinations, mention it on your list. Here is an example:
Bride and groom
Bride, grandma, grandpa
Bride, grandma, grandpa, bride’s parents
Bride, groom, grandma, grandpa, bride’s parents
Bride, and her parents
Bride, groom and her family
Bride and her mom
Bride and her dad
Bride, Parents and siblings
All the above combination for the groom side.
One big group picture of the bride and groom and all the immediate family from both sides
Bride and her siblings
Groom and his siblings
One big group picture of the bride and groom with both side’s siblings.
As you see there is an order into designing the combination, which saves some time. It also assures you didn’t miss anyone.
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For formal pictures, I ask men to stand side by side, shoulder to shoulder, and button up the top button of their suits, and have their hands into their pockets to make everyone have a unifies look.
I also ask the girls to stand up in a line, just like men, and hold their bouquets in front of them. If they don’t have a bouquet, I instruct them to strike a formal pose, usually holding one wrist with the other hand works the best.
I take three (sometimes more) shots of each group just to make sure that no one has blinked, and I ask everyone to be patient, since it takes about 3 seconds for the flash to fire again.
As you see, I have plans throughout the day and I stick to them. I try to be clear with my clients prior to the wedding, educate them as I can, by sharing my experiences
I hope you have found this blog post helpful.
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