May 24, 2019
One of my biggest timeline questions I get during the planning process is; “How long do family portraits take and when should we do them?” Good news for my client’s; I’ve done this a time or two and I can help you execute them flawlessly, I just need a little help from you to make it happen!
Before deciding anything else, make a list. Make a list of family members who you would like to have a formal picture with during your designated family portrait time. After you’ve made the list of who, put them into groupings. I recommend 10-15 large groupings to save us from taking family portraits all day, but understand that some families may need adjustments. Once you’ve narrowed it down, you may need to cut a few groupings and move them to a less-formal time. For instance, a cousins picture at the reception.
My team and I don’t know your family, while we will pick up on names and try SO hard to remember everyones name, we need help! When making the list to give to your photographer, include names. I’ll leave an example below;
This helps my team and I get through portraits in a breeze. My assistant will have everyone lined up for their turn and get everyone to the party faster!
If you don’t let your loved ones know where and when to be included in family portraits, they may miss out! You also don’t want to be wrangling people on your wedding day, so save your self the hassle and let your family members know when you’ll need them. You’re also welcomed to share your custom made timeline with them so they’re always in the know!
Often, during family formals some family members may request additional groupings or want to add in more photos. We totally understand, sometimes their are surprises at weddings and we want everyone to feel special and get that awesome picture with the bride and groom. This is your time to politely remind them that you are on a tight schedule and do not have any time for additional groupings. But, you can tell them to grab you during the reception for additional photos instead!