My approach to Wedding Group Photos

September 6, 2018

Family Wedding Group Photos

In these modern times you could be forgiven for thinking that traditional family wedding group photos are a thing of the past and it’s true, not every couple wants them taken.  This is possibly because they have been to too many weddings where the photographer takes forever to organise the groups and guests are left standing around for ages while the seemingly never-ending list is ploughed through!

However, the majority of Couples I work with still want some group photos as a memento of who was actually there on their big day so I decided to try and quicken the process of accomplishing theses group images and varying backgrounds and scenery at the same time.   Here’s how I approach this part of the wedding day.

No matter what list of photos I’m asked to take by Clients, I always start with a photo of everyone – no matter how many that may be, and I usually try to do this soon after the ceremony has finished while everybody is still nearby and haven’t begun to wander off.   This won’t necessarily work for a photographer who is uncomfortable standing in front of 100 people and getting them to do what they’re told but it works for me.

There’s always a few ‘hiders’ at the back and to be honest, in a large group, there really isn’t much you can do when someone is determined to avoid the camera but, having taken a few photos of everyone and getting them involved, I then separate the bride and groom’s families from the main group and ask them to move to a previously chosen spot.   This leaves the Bride and Groom with their friends and makes for the second group photo.

By the time I finish with the friends and move the couple to each of the families, I often find that they have sorted themselves into a group of some sort so only some minor adjustments are needed to get them into some semblance of order.   It’s now much easier to take any special family photos such as with Grandparents or particular family members who may have travelled from afar and before you know it family photos are done.

Of course, some may choose to have both families together rather than separately but this method makes that easy and is easily altered to accommodate any list a couple may come up with.   I usually suggest limiting the number of photos to 6 or 8 but a list of wedding group photos such as this (everyone, friends and both families) can easily be achieved in 10 minutes – something the couple and guests will thank you for in the long run!