Weddings are the perfect opportunity for lasting portraits with your family members. Everyone is together, all dressed up, and let’s be honest- who knows when it’ll happen again?
If you are doing a first look, we have the option of doing family portraits one hour before the ceremony. This is a great option if we are limited on daylight, or if you want to maximize your time for sunset photos and cocktail reception mingling. It’s also great for brides and grooms who have a particularly long list of family portraits.
If you are not doing a first look, or if your family members cannot arrive early, we will do family portraits immediately following the ceremony. I will use the list you provided, and take the portraits in the most efficient way possible.
Tip: One thing you should keep in mind is that we can take extended family portraits during your reception so they don’t take up your husband and wife portrait time. This is particularly helpful if you have an especially large number of groupings.
Once you send your list to me, I also recommend sending it out to your family members. I’ll also have a copy on the wedding day, and if you’d like me to share it with others, just let me know! Communication is key when it comes to helping family members know who should stick around for photos.
In general, I set aside 20 minutes for family portraits. They don’t have to be stressful!
I hope this helps you prepare for your family portraits! I provide even more information to my couples in their KGP Wedding Day Guide and during their pre-wedding consultation before their wedding day!