When considering your wedding photography timeline, family portraits on your wedding day are generally the most challenging part of the day to organise. These photographs need to be formal, yet at the same time, you want everyone to be their natural self. How do you do that?
A few tricks and tips certainly help make the entire formal family photography session easy! Check out these suggestions on making formal family photos at weddings fast and easy for everyone.
There are two reasons why formal family photos are usually a fundamental part of any photo album, especially on your wedding day:
Make a thorough list of all your family members and ensure your photographer has a copy. This will ensure your photography schedule goes to plan. Some crucial categories for family (and sometimes friends) pictures include, but are not limited to:
As your wedding photographer will be meeting your family and friends for the first time, they won’t know who is who. To make the process fast and straightforward, it helps to put two people from your wedding party in charge of the list. They will be responsible for introducing your family members to the photographer. Helping family members to get ready for the photograph and ensuring everyone is present and accounted for.
Let your wedding photographer worry about the background and environment of your images. You can easily miss important moments from your wedding day when searching for a spectacular backdrop! No matter what the environment is behind you, photographers always look at the background, every time. Rest assured, when you hire a wedding photographer, they know to check out wedding venues and find suitable spots to take your formal photographs.
A favourite wedding venue, which is perfect for those formal family photographs, is Rhinefield House Hotel.
Not everyone feels comfortable in front of the camera. So, you may have disappointing photographs if you try to impose posing on your loved ones. Instead, why not let everyone be natural. Allow them to show their raw and honest emotions when the lens finds their face in the crowd. Just let your guests be themselves, and in the photographs, you will easily remember them in their most natural form.
Organising your formal family photographs can undoubtedly be a challenge. However, with the right strategy and an excellent wedding photographer by your side, I guarantee that you will be the proud owner of the best family photographs after your wedding day.
However you decide your unique way is to document your day, you will never regret asking your wedding photographer to take those family photographs. Whether you choose intentionally posed family portraits or candid group photographs. I promise you that you will be gushing over the pictures in your wedding album for years to come.