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Wedding FAMILY Group Photos

Do you want them? Perhaps. Do you need them? Most definitely. Want to know how to get them done quickly and effortlessly? Yes please!

I get asked this a lot: “Would you mind taking a few wedding family group photos?”

Maybe there are stories abound of egotistical photographers who are less than enthusiastic when asked to organize a few formal photos,  because it goes against their ‘artistic vision’ and I really hope I don’t come across as that sort.

Admittedly, these formal photos aren’t the most exciting part of the day with the job being more akin to a herder of humans than a photographer of them, and it’s a bit of a downer for the newlyweds too, having just gotten married, all they want to do is to celebrate with their loved ones.

However, for some people (often parents and and grandparents) these pictures are important and as they are a part of your day it would be nice for them to feel involved and have something ‘official’ to take away from it.

wedding group shot.  bride and groom with grandparents.

As you can see from the pictures scattered around this page, formal pictures don’t have to be stiff and awkward.  Getting people into close proximity with each other gives plenty of opportunities for moments to develop and in the hands of an attentive observer, some wonderful snapshots can be taken.

family wedding photos.  bride and groom with parents.


A little prep goes a long way:

1) Choose a specific time when the relevant people are gathered in the same location.  Traditionally this is straight after the ceremony.  I don’t recommend doing this when canapes are floating around or close proximity to a free bar, if it can be helped.

2) Make sure people who will be in the pictures are told, texted and emailed days in advance, and that there would be hell to pay if they’re not in them.  

3) Give your photographer a shot list in advance.  They’ll be able to give you guidance on what’s manageable in your timeframe and how much help they’ll need to make things go smoothly.  Which leads me to…

4) Give your list to someone (or someones) who is organised and likely to know the family.  Failing that give it to someone who can shout loud. They would be responsible for ushering in the next group as the current group pictures are being taken.

Easy peasy, isn’t it?  And cheeeeeeeese…. 

wedding group photo


Keep it simple.

  • Couple with each of each set of parents
  • Couple with both sets of parents
  • Couple with siblings
  • Couple with each set of grandparents
  • Couple with close family members
  • Couple with extended family members


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