get the most out of the posed photos

Even clients who prefer candid wedding photography almost always want some posed family photos. After all, it is one of the few occasions where people gather from all over the country, or world,  for one event.

The best way to ensure that you will get all the posed photos that you want is to set aside one time during the day. I have found the best times are either before the ceremony when everyone is at their most relaxed, or if the bride and groom prefer not to see each other prior to the ceremony, immediately following the ceremony.

  • Inform everyone who is expected to be in the posed photos the time and location for the pictures (hint: every family has some habitually late arrivers. Tell them that photo time starts 15 minutes earlier than it really does. That way, they’ll be on time).  A great time to let everyone know is at the rehearsal dinner.
  • On the wedding day assign a family member or friend (someone who is not shy!) to be responsible for gathering people in groups
  • Make a list of all the various family combinations
  • Budget about half an hour for picture taking (a notable exception is most catholic churches, which by the time the ceremony is over and everyone has returned to the alter leaves about 15 minutes. In some cases that requires a second location for more photos).

That’s it. Follow these simple guidelines and your posed photos will be stress free!


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