I’m really looking forward to your wedding! It would be great if you could help me to plan your group photos by reading the following information and filling out the form below.
A word on timings
I recommend we do your group photos straight after the ceremony, if possible. From experience, if the guests disperse to the bar and start tucking into canapés, then gathering them together again will be both slow and stressful! Let’s make good use of time and get the group photos out of the way, then you can have a well-deserved break from the camera!
Which photos really matter to YOU?
I once did a wedding where the couple gave me a list of 20 group photos, with around 10 people in each photo. It took forever and the bride was totally cheesed off by the end of it. I tell this story to make you think about how long you want to spend on this and which photos are truly important to you. I recommend you prioritise your closest family members and the wedding party, and try to capture everyone else in the ‘whole group photo’, if you’re having a picture with all your day guests.
Let’s aim for 10 (but no worries if you need more or less!)
I normally recommend we do up to around 10 group shots, so that it doesn’t take up too much of your time. However, I appreciate that some families, especially step-families, might need more than this. I’ve provided space for 10 group photos in the form below (and extra space in case it’s needed). Please don’t feel that you have to have 10 photos… it’s fine if you only want six!
Give me the lowdown
It really helps if I can get a handle on people’s names and their relationships to you, so I know where to direct them when setting up the group photos. It would also be very helpful to get a heads up on anything I need to be sensitive about, e.g. key family members who are sadly no longer with us, divorced parents, etc., and anyone with mobility issues.
Bear with me if I re-jig the order!
Thanks so much for doing this! I might re-jig the order, e.g. to minimise the amount of time kids or the older generation are standing around for, or to reduce the amount of times someone has to step in and out of the photos!
Who can help gather people together?
Once I’ve decided on the order, I’ll type up the final list and print a few copies to bring with me on the day. I want to focus on the photography, and not be the one running around looking for stray wedding guests! So, it would be great if you could nominate two or three people who you trust to round up guests without getting distracted! They’ll need to know who your family members are and it helps if they have a loud voice!! Please let them know in advance, so that they can be on hand when needed.
Thanks for your help!
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