How to Smoothly Get Through Family Formals
How often do you get all your loved ones together to celebrate in one place? Weddings are the best time to capture family portraits. Have a designated helper have the order of family ready. We send a pre-wedding consultation prior to the wedding to get the family list and organize all the combinations. It’s always a mission trying to find the bride’s mother, or the groom’s brother is missing.
Each group combination generally takes about 3 minutes to organize, get everyone to look at the camera, and let guests get their paparazzi shots. Have the helper ensure all family members are present, especially the immediate family: siblings, parents, and grandparents. We like to breeze through family formals so you have more time to enjoy time spent together. If time permits, we love to add on the extended family but reserve that and photos with the guests during the reception.
Never underestimate the value of family formals. Keep the people that mean the most to you close and be sure to capture a moment with them. We recently shot a beautiful Dana Point wedding for Lesley and John. They were the sweetest couple and their intimate gathering was filled with the most down-to-earth family and friends. A few weeks after their honeymoon in Cabo, I received an email saying John’s father had passed away. While dealing with the loss of a dear one, Lesley couldn’t help but thank me for capturing their family with John’s dad. It’ll be an image they’ll use and remember him by.
You never know when a moment will become a memory, so be sure to have enough time for family portraits. They’re the ones that count the most!
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