Inspired by / images by Jordanna Marston Photography
You don’t like them*, but you think you probably want them*. For your mum, or your gran, or his auntie and all the people who love the family gathering aspect of weddings above anything else. You dread them* – but secretly you know that in 20 years time you will have a tear in your eye as they* become rare and treasured memories of your loved ones. And you worry a little, because you’re not sure if taking them* is going to be a bore, or a bit shouty and embarrassing, or if your uncle Raymond is going to disappear for a fag while it’s all going on (true story!) – but you know it’s a thing and it has to be done
* You guessed it – “they” are wedding group shots. And they’re a bit of a thing!
Even though we don’t often show the big formal family group photo on wedding blogs, we know it’s still important. Group shots capture the very essence of your day: the most amazing thing about a wedding is having all of your friends and family together in one room – for you! And your group photos are the ONLY shots which include everyone.
But the old school, formal style group shot (everyone stand outside the church, stop hiding at the back, force a smile at the photographer’s jokes, and say “cringe”…) isn’t your only option.
The trick is to make group shots look great (and that’s great for 2020, not great for 1985).
The secret is to book a good: human, fun, friendly, genuine, respectful – wedding photographer. Find one who’s a people person. Find one you could easily become friends with, who’d fit in with your family and friends group like a natural.
The challenge – easily overcome by an awesome wedding photographer – is to nail your group shots beautifully in the minimum amount of time so you can get back to partying! And by the way, that awesome wedding photographer won’t be bossy about your group shots because you’re going to book a pro who will respect and relate to your guests without being all headteachery or rude!
And what you need above all is a wedding photographer who understands what group shots mean to you now, and how important they might be to have in twenty or thirty years’ time.
The collection of frankly brilliant group shots above and below are by London wedding photographer Jordanna Marston. I hope you love them as much as I do!
Many of my couples come to me because they want creative and relaxed documentary coverage of their wedding day and this is why you don’t see loads of group shots in my portfolio but I totally understand that friends and family are not often together and that group shots are important to some. Instead of them being stiff, awkward and looooooong I say, let’s have a bit of fun with them, get them done quickly and inject a bit of personality too. ~ Jordanna Marston Photography (London)
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