Family portrait shot list

March 29, 2019

After your grand exit from the temple on your wedding day, you’re surrounded by your closest family and friends that are so incredibly excited for you! Some of them may have even traveled a long way to be there to support you on one of the best days of your life. So the next thing on the agenda is family and group photos with your guests! As your photographer, I gather everyone and instruct them through portrait time. Which, if we’re being totally honest, is usually everyone’s least favorite part of the day. But it’s so important, because you want to remember everyone who was there with you! Because of this, I like to be on the same page with the bride and groom before the wedding day so we can work super quickly and efficiently during this time. I send all of my couples this sample shot list so they have something to work off of, and then have them add or remove any group combinations that they would like. But I’m sharing this on the blog because I hope that it’s helpful and saves you some time when planning whether I’m your photographer or not!

I’m writing this in an order, which in my experience has been the fastest and most efficient way work through family portrait time:

  • Large group photo of all guests

Bride’s Side:

  • Large group photo of all guests from the bride’s side with Bride and Groom
  • Bride and Groom with Bride’s family (parents, grandparents, siblings, in-laws)
  • Bride and Groom with Bride’s Grandparents
  • Bride and Groom with Bride’s immediate family (parents and siblings)
  • Bride and Groom with Bride’s siblings
  • Bride with bride’s siblings
  • Bride with individual siblings
  • Bride and Groom with Bride’s parents
  • Bride with Bride’s parents
  • Bride with Mom
  • Bride with Dad

Transition:

  • Bride and Groom with bride’s parents and groom’s parents

Bride’s side of the family may leave except for bridal party – now it’s Groom’s turn!

  • Large group photo of all guests from the groom’s side with Bride and Groom
  • Bride and Groom with Groom’s family (parents, grandparents, siblings, in-laws)
  • Bride and Groom with Groom’s Grandparents
  • Bride and Groom with Groom’s immediate family (parents and siblings)
  • Bride and Groom with Groom’s siblings
  • Groom with groom’s siblings
  • Groom with individual siblings
  • Bride and Groom with Groom’s parents
  • Groom with groom’s parents
  • Groom with Mom
  • Groom with Dad

Groom’s side of the family may now leave except for bridal party, because they’re up next!

  • Bride and Groom with bridesmaids and groomsmen
  • Bride and Groom with bridesmaids
  • Bride with bridesmaids
  • Bride with individual bridesmaids
  • Bride and groom with groomsmen
  • Groom with groomsmen
  • Groom with individual groomsmen

Congratulations, you’ve made it through! Now it’s time to go party.

In this example, I started with the bride’s side of the family. However, I typically like to start with whichever side has a larger family, or more children, so those people can start leaving sooner. Sometimes the groom’s family has to leave first so they can go start working on the luncheon, in which case we do his side first! It just depends on the situation. However it works best for you! There will always be some waiting around for people, but this list is designed to eliminate as much waiting around for as many people as possible.

 

 

XOXO

McKenzie

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