Wedding Photography

The Wedding Photo Checklist: Part 4 – Family Portraits

Family shots are a little more formal than the fun romantic shots that are reserved for the bridal party. It is best to take them immediately after the ceremony and you will most probably do so at the church, or wherever the ceremony is held so that you don’t have to worry about getting a whole bunch of people to a distant location on time. Though these photographs may seem like a bit of a boring formality, they should be treated with no less care than any of the other photographs taken throughout the day. For most people families only rarely find themselves gathered in the same place at the same time so a wedding is a great place to get some good family photographs.

  • Bride with her mother
  • Bride with her father
  • Bride with both parents
  • Bride with grandmother
  • Bride with grandfather
  • Bride with both grandparents
  • Bride with each sibling
  • Bride with entire immediate family
  • Bride and groom with bride’s immediate family
  • Groom with his mother
  • Groom with his father
  • Groom with both parents
  • Groom with his grandmother
  • Groom with his grandfather
  • Groom with both grandparents
  • Groom with each sibling
  • Groom with entire immediate family
  • Bride and groom with groom’s entire immediate family
  • Bride and groom with both sets of parents
  • Bride and groom with both sets of immediate family
  • Bride and groom with bridesmaids
  • Bride and groom with groomsmen
  • Bride and groom with flower girls and ring bearer
  • Bride and groom with entire wedding party

Do make allowances for very close families and try not to be too overwhelmed when cousins and aunts and uncles suddenly get involved in the fun. If there are nieces and nephews present it is always nice to have a few pictures of the bride and groom with the children as well. Family members can get a little “bossy” when in such a big group. Just be patient and give them what they want to keep the peace. Thankfully in this age of digital photography there is no longer the monetary waste when it comes to shooting too much film.

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