Keeping up with my recent blogging promise, here is another!
When choosing your group portraits, please have a think about which shots are special to you. Which ones you'd pop into your album or hang on the wall. These days (and for future bookings) I'll request a set amount of group portraits depending on which package you book with me. For example, in my Apollo package you can choose 15 group portraits. These group portraits are separate to your newlywed portraits. What 15 group shots would you choose?
Here's a sample list:
Now, 15 group shots is quite a lot of shots and you can capture a lot in those 15 shots. This is just an example group shot list but it may prove helpful for any of my couples for the future.
One thing to remember is that your guests will need to be hanging around for these photographs, so it's essential you do provide me with your list (at least one week before the wedding). This means that everything with me more organised on the day, which in turn will help things flow a bit better. Also your guests won't be waiting around too long and can continue to enjoy your day sooner rather than later.
From now on, I cannot keep adding new group shots to this photograph list on the day. I know sometimes I have the odd couple requesting a quick shot of (for example) Bride with Uncle Jerry from Canada, which is fine, however it begins to become slightly chaotic (and time consuming) when suddenly having to arrange five additional group shots involving another 12 or so people. So I hope you can understand why I've made this little rule! Plus, there's always one guest who has popped to the toilet, another who's gone to get a drink, perhaps someone has nipped off to change a nappy, it can really hold up your newlywed portraits which, to me, are one of the most important parts of your day.
The more time we have for your newlywed portraits, the better. We can take our time, relax, not rush around as we have to get back in ten minutes for the wedding breakfast and so forth. (Plus another thing to remember is that at register office weddings there's quite often another wedding straight afterwards which gives even less time at the register office for portraits too.)
I recommend making sure you allow for at least 45 minutes to one hour in order to capture all of your group shots and newlywed portraits. This time frame is usually quite sufficient for me to capture the shots you require and for us not to have to rush around. Even longer would be better too! Please do ask if you would like any other guidance for your group shots.
I do hope this blog has been of interest and helpful.
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Until next time...