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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!

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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.

Why group photos are such important heirlooms years after your wedding day, image credit Amanda Karen Photography (7)

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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.

Why group photos are such important heirlooms years after your wedding day, image credit Amanda Karen Photography (1)

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Words & Images by Liam Smith Photography

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In my many years of photographing weddings, I have been incredibly privileged to witness what I have. Such genuine emotion touches the soul and allows one to be completely and utterly immersed in a moment, collectively sharing joy and happiness with a congregation of brand new acquaintances. Here are a few tips and tricks I have picked up along the way for dealing with group photographs. Everyone wants them, however it is the one thing that guests continually cite as the one thing that they dislike about a wedding day. I make a point to all couples to make sure that this part of the day is timetabled and organised as efficiently as possible: when done correctly, group photos can actually be a lot of fun and present opportunities for great candid moments.

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If you’re a regular wedding blog reader you might think group shots are a thing of the past… but they’re as important today as they ever were. Your wedding day will be the one day of your lives when all of your friends and family are together – just for the two of you – and that’s such a special thing for every bride and groom.

Contemporary wedding photography and group shots, with Benjamin Toms (2)

I asked my lovely blog friend (and super fabulous Kent wedding photographer) Benjamin Toms if he had any advice or tips about group shots, and he had some really useful ideas to share.

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Traditional group shots can almost be thought of as being for our parents’ generation. When up to 80% of parents still pay a generous chunk of the wedding budget, this makes group shots even more important. It’s a rare occasion when all the family comes together, and so we want to preserve and treasure those memories.

Contemporary wedding photography and group shots, with Benjamin Toms (3)