Let's talk about group photos! I always try to make this process as stress-free as possible but with the best will in the world... it can be a bit like herding cats. It's really important to keep your list of photos short and sweet because the more time we spend doing group shots, the less time you have to spend with your guests and the fewer natural shots I will be able to take. I'm guessing you're looking forward to actually getting to enjoy your wedding, taste the canapés, hug those people... so how do we make more of that happen?
My top tips for group photos:
- Make a list of up to 8 group shots. This is usually enough to allow for a few different family combinations, a shot of everyone, friends and wedding party, without it becoming too much.
- Trust me to find a space that works for the shots. If we're outdoors on a bright sunny day I will try to find an open, shady spot. Don't worry if the weather seems a little disheartening... so much of wedding photography is problem solving and I love a challenge.
- Have at least two people on hand as your designated photo helpers. Pick people who know names and faces, arm them with the list and then while we get one group shot they can be gathering the next.
- Relax! This bit doesn't have to be all fixed grins and eyes front... I'll also shoot the moments before and after the photo, when people are chatting and giggling... sometimes that can lead to some really natural moments in amongst the posed bits.