Family Formals

Alright Dearies, time to tackle probably one of the least planned out parts of your wedding day—and therefore one of the most likely to derail your timeline and cause frustration. If there’s anything that matches the phrase, “herding cats,” it’s the formal family portrait time following the ceremony; but not if we have a plan!

 

You’ve been pronounced husband and wife, you’ve kissed, and walked back up the aisle. Either myself or your planner will have directed you to a close but secluded spot while we wait for the other guests to leave the area for cocktail time.

 

Now to get the ball rolling.

Make a family formals list and include everyone’s name AND if there’s any issues we should be aware of (aunt Sally doesn’t speak to uncle Harry so don’t place them next to each other, etc.). With this list, I can focus on photos while my second photographer can gather the next group. Also calling people by their names makes groupings so much faster

Keep the list low. Ideally 10 groupings max. Keep in mind, we will break down for quicker smaller groupings (think bride with mom and dad after doing photos of the bride and groom with her parents and siblings) unless you say otherwise. After that, let’s plan on getting those extra group photos at the reception. This way we get you with your guests—at the reception and in the photos.

Keep the list low. Ideally 10 groupings max. Keep in mind, we will break down for quicker smaller groupings (think bride with mom and dad after doing photos of the bride and groom with her parents and siblings) unless you say otherwise. After that, let’s plan on getting those extra group photos at the reception. This way we get you with your guests—at the reception and in the photos

Want to have some next level preparation? Tell the people who will be in photos that you want them to stay after BEFORE the wedding day so they’re prepared.

Family portrait time doesn’t have to take forever, and it doesn’t have to be stressful, all you need is a little preparation.

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