So, as promised, photographing group shots at weddings...
Before every wedding, we will sit down with you to discuss whether there are any must have shots or group shots with family and friends you would like us to capture. Once I received a list with 90 photo requests on it! This was a little bit extreme and it did cover the whole of the day, which in hindsight we captured anyway.
Specifically in this blog, we would like to talk about group shots with family members and friends.
For a traditional wedding I would expect to receive a photo request list like this:
- Bride, groom, full wedding party
- Bride, groom, bride's immediate family
- Bride, groom, bride's parents
- Bride, groom, groom's immediate family
- Bride, groom, groom's parents
- Bride, groom, both sets of parents
- Bride, groom, both immediate families
- Bride, groom, siblings
- Bride, groom, all grandparents
- Bride, groom, each grandparent or all grandparents together
- Bride and groom with all extended families
- Bride, groom, maid of honour, best man
- Bride, groom, flower girl, page boy
- Bride with ushers & best man
- Bride, groom with Best Man
- Groom with bridesmaids
- Bride with bridesmaids
- Bride and groom with bridesmaids
We always try and capture the big group shot first, as this means guests who are not required for any other shots can grab a drink and relax rather than wait around (sometimes getting grumpy). With good organisation that list could easily take 40 minutes to photograph. When undertaking such requests, one of us will organise the people in the photo, one will take the photo and the Best Man or Maid of Honour will be helping us to ensure all of the people are in the photograph as per the order on the list.
We wanted to talk about this as it's worth considering if you want all of these pictures? What will you use them for? Will they all be in your album or printed for the wall? Or will they only be used for social media? Do you need all of these images?
We usually only have a certain allocated time of 60 to 90 minutes after a ceremony before the wedding breakfast or evening reception start. This usually includes travelling time if at a different venue. So, you need to bear this in mind when we are discussing group shots.
We are happy for you to run your day as you wish and we will always do this. However, if you want to spend some time taking some beautiful portraits together, we would suggest leaving at least 30 minutes for this as well. We don't want to upset the catering staff at your wedding breakfast!
Another key thing to consider is that you are hosting the biggest party of your life - you want to be involved in it and to enjoy it! So it is a good idea to allow time to welcome and mingle with your guests.
We would recommend that you have a maximum of 6 to 8 group shots and to maximise your time together for individual and couple portraits, plus time to mingle.
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