Family Portrait List

WORKING FROM A WELL-ORGANIZED FAMILY PHOTO LIST ENSURES THINGS RUN SMOOTHLY ON YOUR WEDDING DAY.

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INFO NEEDED

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Please include your relationship and the first name of every person in each photograph. You don't need to include your own names. Here's an example of the preferred format:

Bride + Groom w/Bride's Parents & Siblings (Jane, John, Sally, John Jr.)

I specify this format for reasons of efficiency. With the relationships, we're better able to organize the list order. With the names, it's easier to use to call on people to make sure they're ready for and included in their photo.

SUGGESTIONS

Here are several suggestions. Most couples include eight to twelve groupings on their family photo list.

  1. Bride + Groom w/Officiant (first name)
  2. Bride + Groom w/Flower Girls & Ring Bearers (comma separated first names)
  3. Bride + Groom w/Bride's Parents (comma separated first names)
  4. Bride + Groom w/Bride's Parents & Siblings (comma separated first names)
  5. Bride + Groom w/Bride's Grandparents (comma separated first names)
  6. Bride + Groom w/Bride's Parents & Grandparents (comma separated first names)
  7. Bride + Groom w/Bride's Parents, Grandparents, & Siblings (comma separated first names)
  8. Bride + Groom w/Groom's Parents (comma separated first names)
  9. Bride + Groom w/Groom's Parents & Siblings (comma separated first names)
  10. Bride + Groom w/Groom's Grandparents (comma separated first names)
  11. Bride + Groom w/Groom's Parents & Grandparents (comma separated first names)
  12. Bride + Groom w/Groom's Parents, Grandparents, & Siblings (comma separated first names)

LARGE GROUPS

Large groups are more difficult to pose than small groups; don't worry, we'll take all the pictures on your list, but whenever possible please try to organize family groupings so that they include fewer than 12-14 people.

SCHEDULING

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Family photos are usually scheduled immediately after the ceremony. This helps guarantee that everyone is present and on time. Budget 3 minutes for every family portrait grouping. We typically recommend that all family portrait groupings occurs in the same block of time. In other words, avoid setting aside separate times for immediate family photos before the ceremony and extended family photos after the ceremony.

If you do end up splitting family photos we need to budget 5-10 minutes before each block to organize and set up. Secondly we'll need to communicate with family that needs to be present for both blocks of portraits, this tends to be confusing to some family members.

LET PEOPLE KNOW

After we finalize your list, contact each person and let them know that they're included in family photos. Include time and location where they need to arrive if doing them before the ceremony. Stress how they should not wander off after the ceremony if doing them after.

INDOOR PORTRAITS

Although most family portraits occur outside, if an indoor location is required, add fifteen minutes for lighting setup and breakdown.

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