Please Help- Organizing Family Portraits – WWYD

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
Member
852 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

 

Here is a few suggestions….

  1. Create a spreadsheet of photos that you want.  Label each photo with a name and also include the names of people you would like in each photo
  2. give the list to the photographer (s) and have them help you gather the people necessary for each of the photos  (bridal party may also be able to help with this)
  3. Family shots do not take as long as you think they will…. the immediate family shots I took at my wedding took no more than 15 minutes.  We really did not take that many. We also had everyone available at the specific time (thanks to the spreadsheet) so there was no wandering around looking for people
  4. Take a few photos with the step sisters…
  5. take a few photos with the step mom…
  6. consider doing a first look….. it is a great time to get photos with just you and the FI….. your hair/makeup/dress will all be fresh and this time is where a lot of great photos happen…..

I look back at all the insanity I put myself through with the photos.  I was so anxious about not leaving anyone out of photos.  In the end, most of the group photos did not happen (cousin photos, aunt/uncle photos, table photos) and I really could care less.  Most of these guests were more interested in putting photos of themselves on FB anyway…. I also look at most of the photos that we took on our wedding day and all of my favorites are just the DH and I.  The bridal party and immediate family shots are ok (very hard to get a group of people to all smile, have their eyes open and look at the right camera at the same time). 

 

 

Post # 5
Member
42546 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@sugarpea:  I think the safest thing is to do some with the stepsisters and some without. Ditto with the stepmom.

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