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.
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.
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!