Group Shots – Which to Have and How to Tackle Them on The Day
For your guests (and you) it’s probably the most boring part of the day. Lots of hanging around waiting to hear their name and smiling for the camera when really, your guests just want to get to the drinks!
It can also take FOREVER depending on how many group shots are arranged and how many people are in each, on average 5 – 10 minutes for each photo by the time you’ve tracked down Uncle David who’s just wandered off to get a drink and Gran who’s popped to the bathroom.
For this reason I would always say plan these and limit it to 10 where you can. It’s also a good idea to ask one of your wedding party to help the wedding photographer get everyone together as they’re more likely to know faces than the wedding photographer is. Whilst your wedding photographer is taking the photo, your Usher can be ushering the next group into the same place so they’re easy to find when they’re needed.
It’s quite often that couples ask me for help when they start the group shot list, so I thought you’d appreciate my top group shots I’m most often asked to do:
Bride, Groom and Bridesmaids
Bride and Bridesmaids
Bride, Groom, Best Man and Ushers
Groom, Best Man and Ushers
Bride, Groom and both sets of parents
Bride, Groom and Bride’s parents
Bride, Groom and Groom’s parents
Bride and Dad
Groom and Mum
Bride, Groom and Grandparents
Bride, Groom and family
Bride, Groom and friends
Bride, Groom and children
Of course, there may be a couple more that you would like, but don’t forget some of the above can be covered early on during the Bride preparation, such as the Bride and Bridesmaids photo and Bride and Dad. The same can be said for the Groom preparations if your wedding photographer is covering them, or you have a second wedding photographer. Chances are, family are a big part of your lives so they’re the photos you’ll want to focus on in the groups. Granny will love a photo of you on her wall and you’ll want to frame the photo of you and your parents.
On the day don’t forget to look at the wedding photographer during these photos! It’s easy to get distracted with all your guests trying to take photos too but don’t forget who you’re paying and why. Your wedding photographer is the one who will get the focused photos, with eyes open (hopefully, there’s always one guest who can’t help but shut their eyes for the whole process).
Hope this has helped with group shots but if you’re not sure, have a chat with your wedding photographer and they’ll help you out.