Family portraits are a key part of your wedding day, no matter how big or small your family is. For me, this includes anyone you wouldn’t want to miss the opportunity to have a planned portrait taken with on your big day.
So how do you plan for this? Is this something you need to think about in advance? My answer, absolutely, YES! By planning with your photographer on the front end will save you so much stress during and after your occasion. I can tell you first hand that there were some important portraits missed on my big day (like a picture with my grandma!) and I don’t want this to happen to you. (Note: I do not blame our photographer for this, because how were they to know who is and isn’t part of my family? Right?!)
So, let me help you, and let’s plan together and make sure no key people are missed on your BIG day!
Tip #1: Make a list. Create a list for your photographer including each grouping you want photographed on your day. This list could look something like:
Bride, Groom, Grooms Parents
Bride, Groom, Grooms Parents, Grooms Siblings
Bride, Groom, Grooms Parents, Brides Parents
Bride, Groom, Both Sets of Siblings
Please don’t be afraid to be specific (including using names)! What we will do day of is call each listing as you have it written. Think of it as a role call which will help portraits run oh-so-smoothly. PS: I know this might sound a little daunting, but I promise you will be really glad you put in the effort ahead of time.
Tip #2: Share your Portrait Timeline with Your Family & Wedding Party. One of the services that come included in your wedding package is a custom created Wedding Timeline PDF. This is an excellent tool to send in advance to your family & wedding party so they know just where to be and when. I also send this off to your coordinator to ensure our timelines compliment each other. Communication across the board is key in a day ran smoothly.
Tip #3: Utilize Reception Time. Generally, we have cocktail hour to conduct family portraits, with the exception of doing a first look and having the option of time prior to the ceremony. Either way, time is brief. We suggest including the family members that are closest to you both and then using time at the reception to get everyone else (but, of course these people are important too!). Table visits is a great way to get these images in AND ensures you have a chance to say “hello” to all of your guests.
To recap, the best way to ensure your VIP family members don’t get skipped on your big day and to save your sanity, let’s plan this designated portrait time together. My team and I are here for you and want to make sure that we document your day accordingly. I always say, over prepare to ensure smooth sailing day of!
We can’t wait to plan your wedding day with you!
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