(Closed) Family photography fights

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@Sevillealaube:  Most photojournalism-style photographers will catch your posed shots too.

Post # 4
17 posts
  • Wedding: August 2013

Uhm, your mom had her wedding day. This one is yours. I say make the decision YOU will be happy with. Like the other poster said, candid style shots also come with posed photos as well.

Post # 5
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Be sure you get a photographer that you like. If you don’t love their style, you won’t love your photos.

I agree that the still-posed photos are kind of old school. That’s what I think of when I think of my parents wedding!

The casual, fun ones are the best!

Post # 6
309 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My photo-journalistic wedding photographer does both. Mostly because he realized that parents/older generation want the group photos to hang in frames. So when we do cocktail hour family photos they will all be posed, but otherwise his shots will be much more candid for the rest of the evening.

Post # 7
3569 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I like your style of photography also, both parents wanted family portraits. My photographer assured me she could knocked them out quickly. It’s not a black and white thing. You can easily take a small amount of time to take portraits.


My Wedding planners are going to gather all the inlaws, extend family members and siblings, and we plan on knocking out family portraits in about 20-25mins. The rest of the day is going to be captured naturally.




Post # 8
484 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@mrsSonthebeach:  + 1 /end thread

 @Sevillealaube:  The thing that you or many brides might not realize when looking at a photog’s blog is that while they do not showcase boring posed family photos (because they are uninteresting to look at)… that DOES NOT mean that they were not taken.  They almost definitely were, if the photographer you choose has any clue what they are doing.  A posed photo with grandma might be boring to take, and boring to look at on the photog’s website, but that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t seriously miss it if it wasn’t on your CD.  And grandma will DEFINITELY miss it too, because that’s the photo she wants to frame.

The compromise here:

1.  Find a talented, well reviewed professional whose style really moves you.

2.  Ask said professional to share with you some of their boring posed family shots from a few weddings that they’ve done.  Show those to your mother.  She’ll be happy, you’ll be happy.

End thread… lol.




Post # 9
1880 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Yeah, most all photojournalistic style photographers can do posed shots too. My mom just wanted posed shots whereas we like the photojournalistic style, but our photographer can do both really amazingly well. We told her to suck it up, we were throwing a fancy party and wanted pics of the party too. We’ll do portraits with the bridal party and with the family, and the rest of it will be photojournalistic style.

Post # 10
790 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Posed bridal/family portraits All photographers shoot, its just standard wedding practice. All other parts of the day is were our “style” is used. Thats the part you need to like and hire them for; style/work. Dont worry you’ll get the standard portraits for your mom.


As boring as they are, those “posed” portraits are needed and the most printed/framed pictures from a wedding day.


Post # 11
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Yep, what all of the photographers said.  30 minutes to an hour of boring as hell family photos that are totally posed that everyone (including the older generations that have to have them) are totally standard at every wedding we shoot.  Seasoned photographers will have systems for getting through them as quickly as possible.

Post # 12
814 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Why are you asking your mum’s opinion on this anyway? It’s not her wedding.

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