Congratulations, Group Photos & Family Photos
So, we are outside (weather dependant) and all the guests are flooding out of the church or ceremony area towards the bride and groom. There are a few shots that I really like to get here:
- general wide angle shots to show the atmosphere and size of the crowd
- close ups of the couple being congratulated by their parents and siblings
- and then I make an effort to run around the crowd and get photos of people in groups as a family or a group of friends.
**Business Tip** Although running around getting shots of everyone can be a lot of work, I find it’s a really awesome way to meet people and get photos they were not really expecting, and then most of the time those people will visit your website to have a look at the photos (and maybe purchase) on your web gallery! Great for website traffic and marketing!
Then usually 1 of 2 things will happen that you need to keep an eye out for! People will slowly start to leave or disperse OR I’ll notice the bride is starting to get a little fed up with all the hugs and kisses. If I notice either of these two things happening, I’ll grab the couples attention and check if they are ready for the group photos!
The Group Shots
Time to get up on that trusty ladder and put your public speaking to the test! When I was starting out I used to HATE doing this and was terrified of being the centre of attention in front of 50-300 people! But like with anything, over time you get better at it and build confidence, and now I love it! Again it’s a great marketing opportunity where you get to put yourself out there in front of everyone, including potential future wedding clients 🙂 So I usually crack a few jokes and get everyone laughing, and take a few different combos of photos for variety.
This was another part of the day that I used to dread, but with a bit of training and a good system, I can now do it with my eyes closed! I find this is usually a part of the day where the bride and groom can get a little frustrated and impatient with their family members, so it’s your job to step up and take control of the situation.
**Tip** At the end of the group photo, make an announcement that you will be doing family photos, point to where you will be doing them, and then make it very clear that you require all the immediate family to make their way over. This was everyone knows what is going on, there is no confusion and will make the family photos way quicker and easier to coordinate!
Set up the bride and groom in a good location, ideally with their back to some greenery, or the prettiest background you can find. Be aware of the sun and the shadows it is casting on everyone. Try and get everyone in the shade if possible. If not, put their backs towards the sun to prevent squinting and just watch for flare in the camera! Once the bride and groom are good to go, start calling out the combos. Another quick tip, always take 3 or 4 photos of every family just to make sure you get one where no one is blinking, even count them in, 3, 2, 1, shoot!
And we are off again! Back in the car to nibble on some food, drink some agua and off to my favourite part of the day, LOCATIONS!