– making them as quick & stress free as possible!
Let’s talk about group photos! I always try to make this stage of the day as stress-free & quick as possible but with the best will in the world… it can be a bit like herding cats.
It’s really important to keep your list of photos as short and sweet as possible because the more time we spend doing group shots, the less time you have to spend with your friends & family and the fewer natural shots I will be able to take. I’m guessing you’re looking forward to actually getting to enjoy your wedding, taste the canapés, hug those people… so how do we make more of that happen?
These images can be quite boring but they are important – sometimes its the only time in years that you are all together in one place. Parents and Grandparents love them, and you will too in years to come!
I like to add to the picture so when you are writing your list…. (example)
Parents of groom
Parents and siblings of groom
Parents, siblings & extended family of groom
My top tips for group photos:
I send you a form to complete 4 weeks before the big day. On there is a section about the group photographs – make a list of up to 8 group shots. This is usually enough to allow for a few different family combinations, a shot of everyone, friends and wedding party, without it becoming too much.
Trust me to find a space that works for the shots. If we’re outdoors on a bright sunny day I will try to find an open, shady spot. Don’t worry if the weather seems a little disheartening
Have at least two people on hand as your designated photo helpers. Pick people who know names and faces, arm them with the same list you have given me and then while we get one group shot they can be gathering the next.
Relax! This bit doesn’t have to be all fixed grins and eyes front… I’ll also shoot the moments before and after the photo, when people are chatting and giggling… sometimes that can lead to some really natural moments in amongst the posed bits.
If you are getting married in Church then you may want them outside the church before we head off to the reception? Or you may prefer to have them at the venue just before you go in for the wedding breakfast?