Post # 1
I’m just putting together our photo list for our photographer of photos post ceremony. I was wondering on average roughly how many combinations of family/friend posed portraits you had? I’ve been told too many will really slow proceedings down, but I want to capture everyone.
Post # 2
Well I highly suggest to my clients that they keep it simple and stick to immediate family only – parents, siblings+spouses+children, grandparents. Unless you have a huge gap between ceremony and reception, there simply isn’t TIME for more. The average photographer gets 1 hour between the ceremony & reception for formals…and that has to include family, bridal party, and bride/groom photos. I encourage all my couples to do anything that includes them with their family seperately (as in, bride w/ mom, bride w/ dad, bride w/ both parents) prior to the ceremony, that way, after the ceremony the only photos needed are those that include BOTH the bride & groom.
When you start branching out into extended family and multiple variations of that, it eats away at time and you’re left rushing through bride/groom photos (which most people REALLY regret). I always tell my couples that if there is a particular family we are more than happy to take them aside during the reception at some point and grab that photo.
My suggestion is:
- Bride & Groom w/ Bride’s Parents
- Bride & Groom w/ Bride’s Immediate Family
- Bride & Groom w/ Bride’s Grandparents
- Bride & Groom w/ Groom’s Parents
- Bride & Groom w/ Groom’s Immediate Family
- Bride & Groom w/ Groom’s Grandparents
- Bride & Groom w/ Both Sets of Parents
Outside of that, I use creative liberty with bridal party and bride/groom portraits. I always do bride w/ bridesmaids – as a group and her w/ each girl – same thing for the guys.
Post # 3
you might want to ask a friend to round up relatives for you when they’re needed. My MOH’s hubby did that for us and it was so helpful.
Post # 4
Taking family formals was my least favorite hour of the whole day and I don’t even like 90% of the photos. We had a large number of requests from both sides of the family and to this day, nothing has been done by them with any of the photos. I suggest the same as starfish0116. If you have a lot of out-of-town family, you could also consider a large group photo with everyone right after the ceremony.
Also agree with the “wrangler”. My aunt was in charge of finding people for photos, and she did an excellent job sheparding people around and finding the missing stragglers. Otherwise it would have been me, my DH or my poor photographers, and I probably would have had a meltdown.
We spent an hour taking family photos. I wish it was 30 minutes and my husband and I had an extra 30 minutes to ourselves in the hustle and bustle of the day.
Post # 5
We did immediate family and bridal party only.
Bride, Brides Parents
Bride, Brides Parents, Groom
Groom, Grooms Parents
Groom Grooms Parents, Bride
Bride, Groom, Bride & Grooms parents
We also got pictures of us one on one with each member of our part of the Bridal party (me and the maids, him and the men)