Post # 1
I’m trying to work out which family shots I want and a question occurred to me. In addition to the shots of “bride+groom + bride’s parents,” etc., do you do shots of just “bride + bride’s parents,” “bride + bride’s siblings,” “groom + groom’s parents,” etc.? Or is it weird to separate the bride and groom like that, and should they be a “unit” in all the formal family pics?
Thanks for your input!
Post # 3
A wedding is about a couple joining and becoming 1! Sounds courny but its totally the truth! And its about joining the families. Bride and groom should be together unless you are taking single shots. Like I will take one with just me and my mom and just me and my stepdads.My handsome groom will take some single shots too with just him and his mom. But any group shots to me should be taken together with the groom. He is part of your family now.
Post # 4
I think its nice to have all sorts of picture combinations. You probably wouldnt frame a picture in your house of just you and your parents, but your parents might and you might include it in an album. Thats the great thing about digital, you can do with it what you want or do nothing at all.
Post # 5
We’re having these taken before the ceremony to save time, but yes, we want some “Bride with her parents/siblings” and “Groom with his parents/siblings” shots. I also want some photos of me with just my mom and just me and my brother and some shots of my groom with just his dad.
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I knew our family members would want some individual photos, and that was fine. So I have a photo of my parents and I, Mr. Lk has a photo of just he and his Gramma, etc.
Post # 7
We did some alone with just our respective families. Not weird at all IMO.
Post # 8
Our photographer did every permutation of families possible, me with just my parents, me with just my parents and sister, me with just my parents, sister and her husband, then Darling Husband, me, and my family, the same for his. But mostly I ended up using the pictures of all of us. The exception was I got pictures of my sister, dad and I and one of my mom, sister and I that I love!!
Post # 9
I can see it both ways — on the one hand we’re becoming a unit and I like the symbolism of staying together in all the pics; on the other hand my parents raised me, not Fiance, so I think it would be nice to have shots of me with my family of origin and him with his, etc. Of course I don’t want to spend my whole cocktail hour taking pics of every possible combination! But at least now I know that I won’t be committing a symbolic faux pas if we split up for some family pics.
Post # 10
Just remember that every combo you do is going to take time and you should plan accordingly for it. Also, make sure that anyone who is going to be in the photos knows well in advance they need to be at that certain place at a certain time.
Post # 11
@PizzutiStudios: Yep. We tell our clients that they can schedule family photos until their heart’s content, but the big thing to keep in mind is they aren’t enjoyable for you or your family. Have a list with all of your combinations, do them in an ordered manner by adding and subtracting people from groupings instead of doing them randomly. Make sure the people who are going to be in the photos know when and where to meet. And understand that even when things go perfectly you should budget at least 2 minutes per pose. If you allow other people to stand behind the photographer taking photos the process WILL slow down and inevitably someone will be looking in the wrong direction because they will be confused at which camera to look at. If you don’t have a list a family member will inevitably start suggesting combinations on the fly. You will end up doing the same shot multiple times, or the variations will be so small. Your extended family members also love to get a free family portrait out of this time, so keeping to a list can help maximize your photographers time and keep the focus on the wedding.
Post # 12
We are doing shots with just our parents and siblings pre-ceremony and mixing the families with us included post-ceremony.
Post # 13
We did photos of just us alone with our families and then photos of us together with our families.
Post # 14
@PizzutiStudios: and @continuumphotography: Thanks for the professional opinions! I agree about how family picture sections often go down (chaotically), based on being in them as a guest in the past.
Post # 15
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
First, why do you have to worry about this? A godo photographer will direct this whole thing (and fast) so that you have every possible arrangement. Second, you should get some of just you with your parents and family and just him with his. You may not care, but it will be nice for his parents and yours to have these photos too. You are a unit, but you are also individuals.
Post # 16
@mrsSonthebeach: My photographer sent me a list of suggested family portrait groupings and asked me to add to/edit them, and I noticed that all of her suggestions were bride+groom + other people, and she didn’t have any bride + bride’s parents type categories, so I got to wondering whether it’s typical to have the bride and groom take separate pictures with their families. I wanted to suggest it, but not if it’s going to unnecessarily eat up time. I was just curious what most people do!