(Closed) Are the bride and groom always together in posed family shots?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Should the bride and groom be together in all the formal family photos?
    Yes, the bride and groom are a unit : (10 votes)
    16 %
    No, it's nice to have shots with just the bride and her parents, the groom and his parents, etc. : (24 votes)
    38 %
    It's completely up to you - not weird either way : (30 votes)
    47 %
    Obligatory other : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    270 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    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
    1727 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    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
    909 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    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
    5191 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • 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
    8457 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We did some alone with just our respective families. Not weird at all IMO.

    Post # 8
    3631 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    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 DH, 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 # 10
    424 posts
    Helper bee

    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
    612 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

    @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
    1874 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    We are doing shots with just our parents and siblings pre-ceremony and mixing the families with us included post-ceremony.

    Post # 13
    7941 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    We did photos of just us alone with our families and then photos of us together with our families.


    Post # 15
    5229 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • 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.

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