(Closed) Brothers and sisters in formal portraits?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Are you including your brothers and sisters in your formal pics?
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  • Post # 3
    18645 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I would get them all at the end of the ceremony/beginning of the reception.  Since they aren’t in the wedding, they shouldn’t have to go on location with the people who are in the bridal party.

    Post # 4
    3285 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    We did; but, here’s the thing, I only have one sister and he has one sister – and they were both in the bridal party.  Family pics took very little time though, so either way, I’d make the few minutes possible to get some nice pics with your whole fam.

    Post # 5
    1482 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    What about telling them they all need to be at the park at a specific time (maybe half an hour before you actually want them there?) for formal family pictures.  Put someone in charge of organizing the shots that you want (maybe a friend, or bridesmaid) and make a list.  Ie, Photo #1: Bride with all sisters (Sally, Jane, etc), Photo #2 Bride & Groom with all siblings (list all people in photo).  Have the person in charge gather the people who are in the next photo and organize them while you are taking the photo prior.  This should make things go smoothly and quickly.  You could also pass out your “Photo Schedule” to your family beforehand so that they know how many pictures they need to organize themselves for.



    Post # 6
    7975 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Yep, but we only have one sibling between the two of us! (Well, J has a half sister, but we don’t have high expectations for her to come, even though we hope she will!)

    I read advice once about portraits that said you should assign one friend to be like a drill sergeant, and things would go a lot faster. Basically you make a list of who needs to be in each picture ahead of time, and then your friend (let’s call her Amy) gets everyone lined up and ready to move in as soon as the photog is ready. While you’re taking pictures with your inlaws, Amy is running around yelling to all your brothers and sisters to get ready because they’re next, and scaring them straight into waiting so they can slide in as soon as the photog dismisses your inlaws. Then while you’re with your siblings, Amy is corralling your maids and men and making sure they all know who they’re supposed to stand next to, etc.

    It’s not an easy job, but I’ve heard it can make the portrait part of pictures go a lot smoother.

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