Little Pockets - Wedding Day Timing Tips No 6 : “Family Photos and Location Photos”
This is the one pocket of time that people usually allow enough time for, in fact, sometimes by allowing a little extra time here, if anything else has run late, it is during the family photos and location photos time that we catch up and get you to your reception on time!
Part A : Family Photos:
Talk to your wedding photographer, and give them the list before hand of all of the combination’s that you want. I go through this very carefully with my bride’s and grooms as I think these photos are very important to alot of people - it is not often many families are all in one spot these days and weddings are one of the few beautiful, dressy occasions that bring us all together.
Handy Tip! - In the weeks before the wedding, tell your family and friends who are going to be in the photos that they are going to be in the formal family photos after the ceremony. It is a quick phone call, and your guests will appreciate the thought, as well as appreciate that they are important. You can tell one person, say, in the McPherson Family to get their group together for you as well. People love to know that they are in these photos and I think it helps as a wedding photographer, that when the McPherson Family are called out, all 27 of them are ready!
Once again, this is discussed in detail with your photographer. For my Bride’s and Groom’s, we do a run through out on location prior to the wedding. This is great, we work it all out and I can get a great feel for you and your partner as to how you are together. We work out the path we will take, where all the photos will happen etc, so on the day itself we can just relax and enjoy.
Handy Tip! The main thing people underestimate is how long it takes to move a group of people in and out of cars. If you have a large bridal party, and you want to spend an hour doing photos, you need to allow almost ten minutes either side of the traveling time just for getting in and out of the car. Generally, Bridal cars also travel slower than normal cars, as they are moving in convoy as well. If they are convertibles, limos, horse drawn carriages or vintage cars, you need to allow time as they are a little slower by design as well.
It is also a good idea to let your photographer know if there will be a videographer there as well. Both artists will want to have their time with you but also respect the other artist.
If you have children in your bridal party and you want them to come to the location photos, please allow at least an extra half an hour. It is also best to bring someone along who is not in the bridal party, to help take care of them and keep them safe especially if they are near water.
There are lots of time tips that will be appropriate to your wedding choices as well, eg if you go onto a beach, if you want to have a little picnic, if you want to go to several locations, if it is a week day, etc The most important thing about this part of the day is to talk to your photographer and have everything planned out with some spare time so you can relax as well. Remember this is your downtime before the whirlwind that is your reception!