Have you ever been to a wedding where the family photo session seems more like the hokey pokey? You know, when people are being pulled in and out of shots, and no one really knows what’s going on? Time passes so quickly on this day, that it seems like everything has to be done quickly so that nothing or no one gets forgotten. Let’s take a brief moment and solve this one:
The most valuable timesaver you can use to complete this task with ease is to come up with a detailed list of who you’d like in each shot. Number them in order, so your photographer can just go down the list.
Now what should the order be? Glad you asked.
Start with a big group shot that includes everyone. Then peel everyone away except the grandparents, great aunts and uncles, and everyone else who has trouble walking or standing. It’s a good idea to use them in all of the first shots, so that they finish first, and then either sit down or head over to the reception/cocktail party where they can relax. It’s considerate to them, and besides, people who are more mobile won’t mind as much if they are asked to sit down and stand up at least a few times.
Next, take shots of extended family with immediate family, and any extra shots that you’d like before dismissing extended family. Finally, finish with immediate family, and then feel free to dismiss them to go over to the reception.
After that, feel free to capture shots of the bride and groom with the wedding party.
Follow these guidelines, and you’re sure to save time and be able to join your guests at your reception sooner rather than later.