Simplify Your Wedding Day with Effortless Family Portraits

February 22, 2024


Planning a wedding is a whirlwind of excitement and anticipation. Amidst all the preparations, family portraits often stand out as a cherished tradition. Here’s how to ensure your family portraits are a seamless and joyful part of your special day.

1. Thoughtful Planning Leads to Timeless Portraits

Take a deep breath and consider the significance of family portraits. These images will capture the love and unity of your closest relationships, so it’s worth dedicating time to plan them thoughtfully. Discuss with your photographer in advance to create a list of must-have shots, including different groupings and combinations of family members.

I share a family portrait template I share with my couples so that we can easily organize their groupings leading up to their day.

Pro Tip: Start your portraits with a large group (parents, siblings, grandparents) and then ask guests to step to the side for the next grouping. It’s easier to remove members from a posed group than it is to add them in and adjust.

2. Embrace Spontaneity and Natural Expressions

At the heart of every memorable photograph lies authenticity. Encourage your family members to relax and be themselves during the portrait session. Candid moments often capture the true essence of familial love, adding a genuine touch to your wedding album.

3. Choose a Scenic Location

Selecting a picturesque backdrop for your family portraits adds depth and beauty to each photograph. Whether it’s a serene garden, a majestic architectural landmark, or a tranquil beach, the right setting can elevate your portraits and complement your wedding’s aesthetic.

Pro Tip: If anyone in your family has a mobility issue or will need assistance during portraits, let your photographer know ahead of time so they can plan accordingly.

4. Coordination and Communication

Smooth coordination ensures that your family portraits proceed effortlessly. Share the schedule and portrait plan with your family members in advance so everyone knows when and where they need to be. This minimizes stress and allows everyone to fully enjoy this special moment.

5. Trust Your Photographer’s Expertise

Your photographer is not just a camera operator but a storyteller capturing your wedding day narrative. Trust their guidance in posing and directing family members to create visually stunning and emotionally resonant portraits. Their experience ensures that every detail is captured beautifully.

6. Incorporate Personal Touches

Family portraits are an opportunity to incorporate personal touches that reflect your unique relationships and personalities. Whether it’s a beloved pet, a cherished heirloom, or a sentimental location, these elements add depth and meaning to your photographs.

7. Enjoy the Moment

Amidst the hustle and bustle of your wedding day, take a moment to savor the joy of being surrounded by loved ones. Family portraits are not just about the images captured but the memories created together. Embrace the laughter, hugs, and heartfelt moments that make these portraits truly unforgettable.

By following these tips, you can ensure that your family portraits are a breeze on your wedding day, filled with love, authenticity, and timeless beauty. Let each photograph serve as a cherished reminder of the bonds that unite you and your family as you embark on this new chapter of your life together.

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At home near the Lake. Ever-focused on the beauty of life's simple moments. 

I’ve spent years refining an approach that allows me to sincerely honor the moment — knowing when to step in and adjust a subject or environment, and sensing when to stand back and allow a moment to just be.

With me, your photographs will be an intentional representation of this time of your life — imagery that will make you feel like it was just yesterday, and yet, feel forever untouched by time.



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