Weddings bring families together from far and near making this an ideal time for taking family formals. These professional photos are some of the most cherished images long after the wedding is over.
Oftentimes families are only able to get together every few years due to distance or health. Weddings bring grandparents, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins together. These life celebrations can sometimes be the last event the whole family is together before a member gets ill or is no longer alive.
When this happens the value of the photographs become priceless. It is also important to remember that the wedding is about the bride and groom. Family members can be respectful of this by being ready on time and knowing when and where they are supposed to be for family portraits.
This helps us to be efficient with our time when taking family photos so we can maximum our time with the bride and groom.Having a shot list is beneficial for the bride and groom and their photographer. This allows us to capture the important pictures while focusing on the couple. However, a shot list should be reasonable, every combination of bride and groom with individual family members is not necessary. Keeping it simple and taking group shots allows for ample time and helps keep the day running smoothly.
On the left of the triangle we start with photographing the bride alone before the ceremony, getting ready, bride with bridesmaids, and bride with her side of family. We incorporate many styles of photography to capture candid, lifestyle, documentary, and traditional photos. On the right side of the triangle we focus on the groom. Keeping in mind it is also the Groom's big day we head over to where he is getting ready with his groomsmen. Similar to the bride we photograph the groom getting ready, groom alone, and with all his groomsmen and with grooms side of family. We love to capture candids of the guys getting ready having a good time. These photos show the raw emotion of the groom before he says "I do".Which brings us to the last point of the triangle the bride and groom together. These photos typically take place after the ceremony. But we love to do a first look with the bride and groom before they walk down the aisle if they choose to do so. We do however understand this is not as traditional and comply with whatever is most comfortable for the couple.After the ceremony we take a few shots of the bride and groom with both side of the family together. Keeping it simple will allow us to focus on the bride and groom for their photos of the two together. Capturing the love of the beautiful couple who just got married is after all why we are all here.