A wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. You have found the one you want to spend the rest of your life with and you invite all your nearest and dearest to help you celebrate. As a wedding photographer, one of the most important parts of photographing the wedding day are the Family Portraits.
Plus look at all these beautiful little in between moments that can be captured. Such precious memories!
Why are family portraits on your wedding day so important you might ask?
Well I believe they are super important for a couple of reasons:
- How often does your extended family get together in the same room? If people are flying in for the occasion, it is probably a rarity so capturing your family together is so important.
- Wedding family portraits become family heirlooms. I absolutely love pulling out my grandparents wedding photographs and seeing them on their wedding day – what they wore and the family and friends they celebrated with. Of course, times have changed dramatically with digital cameras, so why not have the opportunity to capture a beautiful photograph of you all together.
- Photographs with your Grandparents are a rare and special thing. I know when I eventually get married, I won’t have any Grandparents there so when I capture beautiful wedding day portraits for my couples I make sure the Grandparents are captured. You never know how long they will be on earth for.
So when do the Family Portraits take place you might ask? Generally for my couples, straight after the ceremony has finished, we assemble the group for a full group shot and then head into different family combinations.
What are the different combinations you recommend?
There are so many different combinations that you could do on the wedding day, but in order to maximise time, here is a general list of what I suggest.
- Group Photo
- Bride & Groom Photo (So guests have a chance to grab a shot or two)
- Bridal Party
- Bride & Groom, Both Parents
- Bride & Groom, Brides Parents
- Bride & Groom, Brides Parents, Brides Siblings
- Bride & Groom, Brides Parents, Brides Siblings & Partners & Kids
- Bride & Groom, Brides Parents, Brides Siblings, Partners, Kids & Grandparents
- Bride & Groom, Grandparents
- Bride & Groom, Grooms Parents
- Bride & Groom, Grooms Parents, Grooms Siblings
- Bride & Groom, Grooms Parents, Grooms Siblings, Siblings & Partners & Kids
- Bride & Groom, Grooms Parents, Grooms Siblings, Siblings & Partners & Kids & Grandparents
- Brides Extended Family
- Grooms Extended Family
And then you can add in any special friends or special photo requests to the list. Again, this is only a suggestion and depending on how big your family is, will determine how many people per shot. And of course there are many different family situations, so the combinations may change a little depending on the couples needs.
Top 5 Tips For Great Family Photos on Your Wedding Day!
And lastly, here are 5 tips to keep family portraits running smoothly on the day:
- Make sure your photographer has a list of must have photographs and everyone’s first names. This makes it so much easier making sure we capture all the important people.
- Tell your celebrant or Priest to announce at the end of the ceremony that a group photo and family photo will be happening straight after the congratulations and to follow the photographers directions on where that will be happening.
- Organise a family member from each side to help round up people in the crowd. This makes it so much smoother as they know who people are.
- Don’t run away straight after the ceremony! A lot of time during family photographs people duck off to the toilet or to get a drink and we are chasing people up. If you are family, stay near the bride and groom.
- Smile – Look at the photographer who is taking the photograph and smile 🙂
You’ve got to love capturing these gorgeous little moments, especially when Nana is a little bit cheeky!