(Closed) what kind of family photos did you end up with?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1471 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Hm, we did all sorts of combinations–us with his fam, us with my fam, us with our siblings, us individually with our parents, same with grandparents, all sorts. Even then, though, we had everyone right nearby (we had communicated with families ahead of time) and although I think we got close to 1,000 family pictures, I think it only took 20-30 minutes. I arranged it so we could get grandmas in and out of the picture taking quickly so they weren’t outside in the hot sun too long.

Post # 4
4272 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Not really sure how long it took. We have a pretty large family. Immediate family members, parents, siblings, grandparents, cousins…. I would say less then a hour.

Post # 5
5956 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

When we got married I was VERY adamant about NO POSING!!  For us, it was not about the photos, and more about being in the moment and remembering all of the things that came with it…I had two photographers, shooting journalist style they whole night, and after some badgering from my Grandfather, we relented and did mabe 15 minutes of family shots…all of which remind me of American Gothic….

Post # 6
484 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@vorpalette:  It definitely depends on how big your family is and how many different combinations of people in photos you want to do.  It’s not going to be a bunch of different poses of the same people, not for family shots…. maybe for the bridal party if you want to do it.  I usually say leave an hour for all formals, which is divided up between bridal party, family, and couple’s shots in the way that makes the most sense for that particular group.

Just let your photographer know how many people will be involved and then what you’d like the majority of the focus of the portraits to be on, whether that’s more family time or more couple’s time.  Then you guys can plan it out together…. that being said, she probably wants to allow more time because she knows that often, things don’t run on schedule like they’re supposed to, and that 45 minutes could wind up becoming 10.  It’s better to have too much time than too little.

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

@vorpalette:  Well then I can understand why she wants more time for family photos… but like I said, you really need to get a list of all the different combinations and that will be your time guide.  For example:

1 – just bride and groom and bride’s immediate family

1 – just bride and groom and groom’s immediate family

1- just bride and her parents

1- just groom and his parents

1- just bride and her father

1 – just bride and her mother

1- just bride and her grandparents

1 – just groom and his grandparents

1- parents and grandparents together

1- both immediate families together

1 – bride and groom and their siblings

1 – with bride’s extended family

1 – with groom’s extended family

And so and so on…. do you have to do all those photos?  Of course not!  But if you wanted to, you’d have to leave enough time for it so that it didn’t feel completely rushed.  Just think about the photos you know you’ll want taken (for example, if a photo of you and just your grandmother is very important to you).  Send a list to photog… then you guys can decide how much time you can afford to spend on it.

Post # 9
11072 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@vorpalette: We’ve got some unplanned which are better than the formal posed ones we had

Post # 10
337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@vorpalette:  Most of our pictures were candid or at least an on the spot look at the camera or do this. Other than that we did family pictures VERY quick they were posed but nice to have! I honestly wish I would have gotten more pictures with my Mom.

Also, she had gotten her makeup done AFTER me which I would advise AGAINST!!! Because once I was done with  my makeup and hair my Mom of course helped me put on my dress, do the first look etc. and she wasn’t happy with how she looked in photos because she wasn’t “made up”

Just something to think about 🙂

Post # 12
337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@vorpalette:  Gotchya, ok well then forget everything I just said haha 😛

I also should add that I didn’t ask for any specific pictures. I completely trusted our photographer and she even said there was no need to make a list.

Post # 14
4439 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@vorpalette:  My photographer WAYYYY overestimated the time she took to take photos, we ended up with TWO SPARE HOURS.  I wanted to crawl into a corner and take a nap.

We did couple with parents

Couple with parents + siblings

Couple with both sets of parents

Couple with both sets of parents + siblings

It’s just a lot of shuffling around.

Post # 15
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

You’d be surprised how long it can take to round people up. We only had like 7 people in our photos and between people being late and people being squirmy, it actually did take 45 mins-hour.

If you have time left over, you can always take extra shots of you and your Darling Husband, or individual portraits! Or, it will give your photog extra time to sneak into the ceremony or reception and get more candids/detail shots. Our photog got a lot of wonderful shots of people hugging hello and saying hi as they came into the ceremony!

Post # 16
2363 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@vorpalette:  Just to give you an idea, here is the list of combinations we gave our photographers.  It took only 15 minutes to shoot these 11 combinations–but it took another 15 minutes or so to round everyone up.

  • LittleRiver, Fiance, Mom
  • LittleRiver, Fiance, Mom, Aunt
  • LittleRiver, Fiance, Mom, Aunt, Uncle
  • LittleRiver, Fiance, Aunt, Uncle
  • LittleRiver, Fiance, Mom, Mother-In-Law
  • LittleRiver, Fiance, Mom, Mother-In-Law, Father-In-Law
  • LittleRiver, Fiance, Mother-In-Law, Father-In-Law
  • LittleRiver, Fiance, Mother-In-Law, Father-In-Law, Brother-In-Law
  • LittleRiver, Fiance, Mother-In-Law, Father-In-Law, Brother-In-Law, BIL’s Girlfriend
  • LittleRiver, Fiance, Brother-In-Law, BIL’s Girlfriend
  • Everyone together

I wasn’t super excited about posed portraits either, but our parents and grandparents really love them.  These are the photos your family members will want to frame and display.

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