4 Tips on How to Make Your Family Photo Session Less Overwhelming During Your Wedding
Family photos are probably one of the most overlooked and rushed parts of the wedding day but it is also the most important. There are not a lot of opportunities when an entire family or families in the case of weddings where everyone is present and available for a group photo. But how do you get everyone in one place for the photo? How do you corral all the people needed for these photos? Here are some tips to help make your Family Photo Session at your Wedding go smoothly!
Tip #1 – Have an organized “shot list”
A “Shot List” is what we photographers refer to as a list of must have photos. These are usually detailed in what photos the bride and groom want to see in their portfolio apart from the photos the photographer is going to snap up throughout the day. This list is especially helpful when it comes to photographing the families as it makes it easier on the photographer to call out the names of the individuals needed for the group photograph. This list should have the different groupings of people the bride and groom would like to have their photos taken with.
Bride + Groom and all of the Brides immediate family (list of names)
Bride + Groom and all of the Grooms immediate family (list of names) and so on.
This list will make it easy for your photographer to navigate difficult family dynamics and allow them to call out the names of those in each photo grouping.
Tip #2 – Family “Wrangler”
Because your photographer does not know your whole family it is always nice to give them a little helping hand and have a friend of the family or sibling or cousin who is a little bossy and knows everyone. This way when the photographer is calling out names they can go grab those lingering around the bar or who are in deep conversation and pull them into the photo. This will help make the photos go by in more timely manor.
Tip #3 – Keep the Alcohol out of Reach
This might seem like a party pooper thing to do, but I assure you it will make the family photos a breeze. I am not saying you need to shut down the bar all together, I am only suggesting to either open it after the photos are done or take your family photos somewhere away from the bar so that your cousins, aunts and uncles don’t gravitate to the bar after the ceremony and miss out on the family photo opportunity.
Tip #4 – Get the Kids and Grandparents Done First
Kids and grandparents have a limit on who long they can stay patient. And when you add heat, long waits during the ceremony or lack of seating to rest, they can get tired fast. I recommend a little snack for the little ones before the family photo (keeping the sugar to a minimum) and having water and possible seating for the grandparents. After that, your photographer should be able to navigate through the sequence of photos to help get those with kids and your beloved grandparents photographed so they can go rest up for the reception festivities.