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4 Tips to get the most out of your family formals

Family portraits are often part of the wedding day. The bride and groom as the centre, looking their best with their family and friends gathering around them. Family portraits can be a time consuming effort and a challenge to plan without the couple having to freeze their smile.

If you want effortless family formals and get the most out of your formals consider the following:

Choose a spaceous location

That is easy to say but consider the garden of the wedding location. Choose a location with some space so large groups can fit in easily without people feeling squeezed in. Outdoor locations are the best possible option. Don't let a couple of rain drops scare you. One of the group images below was take while some rain drops fell, they held on and what beautiful images it turned out to be.

Background

We will always try to find locations that have some depth in the background. It adds even more space to the image but can also help focus on the group in the centre of the image.

Have fun

Real laughter shows in an image. I always try to get that genuine smile that laughter that makes a great family formal because family formals do not have to only be formal.

Make a list

Yes I am actually advising a list, I know it sounds grazy coming from me the person who despises shotlists. But the only part of the wedding day to make a shot list of is the family formal. If you consider before hand who you want to have in a separate family formal will help speed up taking the actual image. Family formals can take up to half an hour to forty five minutes with big families and friend. With a list and your maid of honor or planner help gathering all the family member can speed up this proces considerably.

I hope this helps just one person while planning your wedding day. Have a great weekend!



Sappemeer Wedding: Lieneke + Patrick

He was a little tense he had to admit when he stood there waiting in front of the door waiting for her to open it. What would she look like? And would she like his beautiful suit? All expectations were exceeded when they first saw each other. It was so nice to see the looks of admiration when Patrick looked at his bride. That look showed how lucky he considered himself to be able to marry such a beautiful woman. En that feeling was mutual because Lieneke couldn't hide the look of admiration and happiness that she was about to call this handsome man her husband.

All of their family and friends shared in their happiness and did everything in their power to make this day as unforgettable as possible. En wat a champions they were. At lot of couples would not have stayed outside during family portrets with little raindrops falling down but not Lieneke and Patrick. A little rain wouldn't hurt them and it showed in the result of all the images.

Lieneke and Patrick. You are a special couple and I am so honored that I was allowed to capture your wedding day. Wishing you lot's of love and happiness !

 

Want to see more of this wedding click here for the slideshow

Weddingshoes: Pink

Jewelery: Zinzi

Suit: Hugo Boss

Photo location: Hortus Haren

Wedding location: Borgje Welgelegen



Amsterdam Portrait: Karin

Category: Photography | Portrait

Today the full result of Karins session. She came really prepaired and had some accessories and wardrobe changes to give her images a different look and feel. I always advise my clients to bring additional clothing items to add variation to the images. Further Karin wanted to give her portraits a business feel so she can also use them for her work. I say that this really worked but it doesn't mean the images can radiate some fun as well.

As you can see in the results.



Amsterdam Portrait Preview: Karin

Category: Photography | Portrait

We know eachother for years. A while back we set a date to meet for a drink and catch up on what is going on with life. Karin asked me if I could shoot some portraits and even though it is exiciting to shoot people you know it is also kind of scary but I said yes.

Last week we met in the outskirts of Amsterdam, which is really rural area, for her portraits. We had such a great time during her session and even with a some rain in the air we managed to keep the majority of her session dry. Today a preview of Karins portrait session.



Great locations

Category: Photography | Portrait

Sometimes you arrive at a place and everything is right. The bench, the gravel, the trees and the leaves, the way the afternoon sunlight is filtered through the trees. All you need to do is compose and shoot. Every once in a while I encounter such a place and that is why I love open shade and sunshine. The images look so much more pleasant when there is some sun to be seen. So that is why I try to find a location that has it all and when I do I can get images like these.