Tips for a smooth group photo session!

When it comes to the family and friends group photos, you may be split down the middle as to weather it's too much hassle, or will you regret not having any later?
Luckily for you, I have some tips to help you have the perfect stress free group photo session.

What are group family and friend Photos?

These photos are semi posed, lined up, everyone smile, 3..2...1...done photos, very formal and generally in a line. They may not be the most exciting, but they do have their place.

Why have family and friend photos?

It is not often that you will get an opportunity to have all your friends and family in the same place, so while you are here you may as well put together a few group photos that you can look back on over the years.

They can end up being some of the only photos you share with certain family members, as we never really take photos with loved ones even if we see them often.

Some of your friends and family have also dressed their best, and come along way, and they would love to have their photo taken with you!

How to plan your group photos?

Every family is different, and therefore so should your group photos be. It is really that simple.

If you have grand parents you adore, consider having Bride and Groom with Grandparents, if your Siblings are special to you, consider Bride and Groom with the siblings.

You can also alternate a quick photo by taking out the Bride or the Groom from any of the photo groups you choose, to add a different dynamic with a quick one in one out change.

The staples! (B&G is Bride Groom)

  • B&G + her parents
  • B&G + his parents
  • B&G + both parents, siblings & partners + kids
  • B&G + bridal party (bridesmaids, flower girls, best man, ushers, page boys)
  • Bride on her own + bridesmaids, flower girls
  • Groom on his own + best man, ushers, page boys

As I mentioned before, even though this is a good set of photos to have, don't forget to include in the list- members that mean the most to you- grandparents and long distance relatives esepcially.

If you want you can even finish the List with an EVERYONE photo (where I stand on a chair, or find some high leverage)

How many photos should I have in my list?

I would keep the list it short and sweet! Groups can take a while to gather together, and those smiles you keep sharing will start to fade away after the tenth photo and a few members have gone hiding, or popped to the loo!

I would say aim for 10-15 different groups to have photographed.

Every now and then, extra photos can be squeezed in while the groups are changing over and awaiting others to join the next group photo.

When and where should we have out group photos?

The best time is usually about half hour or an hour after your ceremony, it varies on your locations, but generally I would say between ceremony and sitting down to eat while everyone is mingling with drinks.

I will find an area with space, likely under some trees and in the shade, to avoid mid day sun blinding everyone causing squinting in the photos and the shade just produces better colours and softer skin.

I try to keep it close to the venue, so that it does not take too long for everyone to walk over, preventing the photos from taking a long time.

What will make your photos easier to organise?

With every wedding, I always recommend you have your list of friends and family written out on the computer, which is easy to re order and edit, then print off two copies. One for me, and another for someone who is helping you on the day such as the Best man, who will know more of your friend and families than I do.

That way, they can gather the next group, while I photograph the current group, speeding up the process, and allowing me to focus on the groups at hand giving you a more enjoyable experience, and before you know it, we are done!

And lastly, there's always time for more group photos when the party starts!

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