There is still a place for family group photos – you’ll treasure them one day! By Amanda Karen Photography
Family group photos are something that time and time again is discussed with our couples, should you have them, how many should you have, what’s the point of them! Now we will admit, that it’s not always the most fun part of photographing a wedding, and to be honest it’s probably not the most fun for your guests either. However, they don’t have to be a boring chore.
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Weddings are one of the few occasions when you have all of your nearest and dearest together, and whilst candid shots of your guests enjoying themselves are fab, some people do hide from the camera. So making sure that your key people are captured in a group photo at least means that they are present in your images.
Now, that doesn’t mean that you need heaps and heaps of group photos, remember they aren’t that fun for your guests but also because your photographer will capture lots of guest shots (if you’ve booked a photographer of that style). It is estimated that each group shot takes somewhere between 3 and 5 minutes, so half an hour can incorporate 6 or 7 groups. So for instance, you may want to limit it to:
- Bride, Groom and Bride’s family
- Bride, Groom and Groom’s family
- Bride, Groom and Bridal party
- All guests
- Groom and the boys
- Bride and the girls
Your group shots are about guaranteeing inclusion of those closest to you in your wedding album, but they don’t have to be stuffy! Your group shots are a perfect chance to showcase the personality and spirit of those in the group; this is quite often the case for the bridal party shots or those with friends! Have some fun with your groups, enjoy them!
Another thing to remember for your group photos is that these are quite often the ones that the families love. In a single image you have captured a family unit, in their best finery and on such a memorable and beautiful day. Don’t be surprised if this is the image you see when you go round to Granny’s house, it’ll be displayed on the mantelpiece with pride, or up on the wall of a Great Aunt, or as a tiny print in your Mum’s purse.
My advice is to keep the number of shots small, set aside time to do it, have fun and don’t forget to have a rainy day plan!
Until next time,