Formal Family Photo


Weddings are one of those occassions where families come together and getting some formal family photos are an imprortant part of the day. But family photos at a wedding can be a crazy and potentially stressful part of the day, particularly if you have a large wedding, a large family, family politics or if there are just a lot of people to photograph.

Generally speaking family photos happen after the wedding ceremony and after people have congratulated you. So here are some tips to get through it unscathed.

  • Don't worry about the location of the photos. I will look for a location around the church or ceremony that has good, even light and a background that is not too busy. 
  • If you have a complicated family family (ie divorces etc), then consider writing a list so that we get all the right combinations. 
  • Write the list on the back of the program, so family & guests know exactly who is required for photos.
  • Enlist the help of the Bridal Party, MC and/or extroverted family members to help round up family & friends as I have no idea who anyone is. Finding missing family members is one of the most time consuming factors with family photos.
  • To work out how long family photo take, just add 2 minutes of shooting time for each combination. So if you have ten combinations, then it will take approximately 20 minutes.

If you don't have a list there is no need to worry. I will run through the standard combinations in my head.

This is pretty much how I do it, so feel free to adjust and tweek to suit your families needs.

  • B & G with Brides parents
  • B & G with Brides parents and siblings
  • B & G with Brides parents, siblings & Grandparents
  • B & G with Brides extended family
  • B & G with both parents
  • B & G with Grooms parents
  • B & G with Grooms parents and siblings
  • B & G with Grooms parents, siblings & Grandparents
  • B & G with Grooms extended family

The big group photo of everyone at the wedding is not a photo that I will offer to take. If you would like me to do it, I am more than happy to photograph it for you, but I am not a huge fan of it.

  • It stops the flow and vibe of the wedding as it requires me to use a big loud voice and interrupt everyones conversations to tell them we are taking a photo.
  • Often there is very limited space particularly around church grounds.
  • It can be tricky getting even light on the entire wedding.
  • A photo of 40 - 200 people all looking at the camera is not a great photo. You will see the first row of people well, and you will see the faces of the second row, but you can barely make out everyone else behind.
  • I would much rather take group photos of your guests ie your work friends, your uni friends, your school friends etc. But again, if it's something you really want, then I am totally happy to photograph it for you :)