Wedding Day Family Portraits

Wedding day family portraits can sometimes be a bit overwhelming for our couples. To ease some of the stress, we have created this guide to help you plan and organize this part of the wedding day. Working from a well organized and pre-planned list is a great way to ensure a low stress approach to these important family portraits while ensuring that no one gets left out.  Additionally, working from a list can help everyone be more efficient and allows us to spend more time taking photos of the newlyweds during the beautiful sunset.

Before we get to the list, there are a few helpful tips I want to share about scheduling your family photos.

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 Try to schedule all of the family photos in the same block of time.

Instead of doing some of theWedding day family portraits before the ceremony, and some of them after the ceremony, I suggest that we do all of them at one time. Splitting them up into two different times will mean that the lighting and locations of the portraits will be different. If we do them at the same time, then it will look much more pleasing and consistent to the eye if the look similar. Additionally, it will also look much better in your wedding album.

Secondly, we would love to do a family photo that includes both sets of parents in it. If you have each family scheduled during different parts of the day, that may not be possible.

Lastly, this will also avoid duplication. Occasionally some couples decide on doing immediate family before the wedding ceremony and extended family after the ceremony. Since the immediate family would most likely be included in both of these groupings, this may be inconvenient and frustrating to be present for both blocks of time.

Schedule time Immediately following the ceremony.

Although we can do the family photos before the ceremony, we have found  better results when we do the family photos after the ceremony. This helps guarantees that all family members will be present and on time. Thus, there is less stress on the couple worrying about whether or not the family member can arrive early enough for the photo.

Let people know ahead of time.

There is nothing more frustrating for our couples then when setting up a Wedding Day Family Portraits and realizing that an important member is missing or has gone off to cocktail hour. Notify everyone you want included by sending out a message via phone call, email or massive group text and let them know how much you want to have a photo with them. Let them know that you really want them to be included in the family photos and would love for them to hang around the ceremony site and not wander off after the ceremony has finished. This would help us avoid having to send out a search party to find the missing member.

Sample Family Portraits List

I have used the following formula to be the most efficient during wedding day family portraits.  The goal is to minimize how many times we need to ask people to step in and out of the photo. Although there is some overlap, I have found formula keeps it overlap minimal and everyone happy.  Every family has a different dynamic so this list can always be modified to fit the dynamic of your family

  1. Bride and Groom
  2. Bride and Groom with Officiant
  3. Bride and Groom with parents of the bride (names separated by comma)
  4. Bride and Groom with parents of the bride, siblings of the bride  (names separated by comma)
  5. Bride and Groom with parents of the bride, siblings of the bride, spouses and children of siblings.  (names separated by comma)
  6. Bride and Groom with parents of the bride, parents of the groom
  7. Bride and Groom with parents of the groom.  (names separated by comma)
  8. Bride and Groom with parents of the groom, siblings of the groom.  (names separated by comma)
  9. Bride and Groom with parents of the groom, siblings of the groom, spouses and children of siblings.  (names separated by comma)
  10. Bride and Groom with siblings of bride and siblings of groom.  (names separated by comma)
  11. Bride and Groom with Bride’s grandparents.  (names separated by comma)
  12. Bride and Groom with Groom’s grandparents.  (names separated by comma)
  13. Bride and Groom with Bride’s parents, Brides Siblings, Brides Grandparents. (names separated by comma)
  14. Bride and Groom with Groom’s parents, Groom’s siblings, Grooms grandparents. (names separated by comma)

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