Bridal Party at Scottish Country Estate

5 Tips for Stress Free Family Wedding Photos

Nov 8, 2022 | Wedding, Wedding Planning

Get your Group Shots Done in 30 Minutes

I’ve put together a list of 5 Tips For Stress Free Family Wedding Photos. Just the ticket if you’re looking to get your Family Group shots done in 30 minutes or less, read on! I know how important your family photographs are to you. After all, it’s not often all your loved ones are all together in one place, looking fabulous! With this in mind, read on for some handy hints!

Family gathering for a photographer at a garden wedding

1. Give Your Photographer A List

Firstly, I will be sending you a detailed questionnaire before your big day asking you about your timeline any ‘must-have’ photographs you would like. Secondly, I’ll also ask you about any family situations I should be aware of (such as divorces, guests leaving early or anyone with special needs, etc). Overall, group photographs generally take between 3-4 minutes for each set up, so it’s important to stick to the list and have all those to be included nearby.

2. Let Your Family Know Where and When

I recommend family groups are either taken at the beginning or at the end of your drinks reception (just before you and your guests head into dinner). Never underestimate how guests can miraculously just disappear as soon as they’re needed for a photograph. All of a sudden they’re either at the bar, in their room or in the loo! Also, organising ‘little ones’ for photographs first in case they get tired.

3. Keep Your List To A Minimum

In general, try to keep your list to a minimum for a relaxed and stress free day. Family Group Photographs can easily spiral, especially if you’re having a large wedding. To sum up, I find this is the best way to get those special photographs of your closest family.

Suggested List –

  • B + G with Bride’s Close family –
  • B + G with Parents together
  • B + G with both sets of parents
  • Siblings
  • Grandparents
  • B + G with Groom’s family
  • B + G with Groom’s Parents
  • Siblings
  • Grandparents
  • B + G with Bridesmaids & Groomsmen
  • Bridal Party All together
Bridal Party having fun at wedding for photograph fromals
Prestonfield House

Please note, this is just a suggested list and I am always happy for you to add any other requested or important family group shots you think you might like, just be sure to factor in some extra time! I will always capture lots of candid photographs of you with your close family and guests throughout the day. Equally as important, if there’s anyone who’s not immediate family, (aunts, uncles, cousins) and you definitely want a photograph with them, pop them on the list too. Likewise, if you’re looking for additional photographs of say… the girls from your hen party, men in kilts, you with your sports team or uni friends, just pop them on the list and we’ll fit them in at some point throughout the day. There’s usually a window after dinner for some informal, fun group photos too!

Bridal Party at Scottish Country Estate

4. Designate A Helper

Before your wedding day – designate a helper, either the Best Man, Usher/Bridesmaid or trusted family member to help you with gathering the people required for the photographs. Ideally, someone who knows who everybody is, as I won’t know everyone personally. If your ‘helper’ has the same list as me or my assistant, we can work together and get the ball rolling!

Bridesmaids in a field on a rainy day

5. Factor in extra time for a Whole Group Photograph

I would only suggest an ‘all guests’ group shot if there is space at your venue. They can take up to 20 minutes to organise at a larger wedding! If I can hang out of an upstairs window at your venue, place guests on steps or go up a step ladder myself to shoot from up high. If you think you would like a group photograph with everyone, this is best taken straight after your ceremony or just before heading into dinner. With the help of your Celebrant or venue co-ordinator, we can let everyone know where to gather and organise everybody for the ‘Big Group Photograph’!

Family at a wedding having a photograph taken
Bride covered in confetti at her wedding
Sometimes group photos turn into confetti photos!
Wedding Group throwing confetti at bride and groom

Have fun with your groups!

Overall, have fun with your groups, they don’t have to be boring, I prefer to mix it up. Stick to your list and don’t stress too much about the location or having a certain backdrop. It all depends on the weather – rain and bright sunshine can all be reasons that we may have to move somewhere else where the light is more kind and flattering. I will advise on the day where I think is best, giving you plenty of time to get back to your guests to enjoy the party!

Groomsmen jumping in a field at a wedding

Follow my 5 Tips for Stress Free Family Wedding Photos on your wedding day and you’ll be back enjoying the party in no time!

If you’re looking for an Edinburgh Wedding Photographer with a natural, laid back style, I’d love to hear from you. Get in touch.

With love

Julie x


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