It’s a good idea to make a list of the group shots you would like and to include the names of people in each of the groups.
Organising people for group shots at weddings is like herding cats! To avoid this it’s best to:
A very efficient approach to organising the group shots in advance can save a great deal time and leave you more time to enjoy the day.
Of course you can have as many variations and combinations of groups you’d like – extended family, grand-parents – but just keep in mind, the more groups you have, the longer it will take.
It will take roughly 2-3 minutes for each group and longer for larger groups more than 8 people. A list of 10-12 group shots will take 20-30mins. Taking the photographs themselves is relatively quick – getting people to where we need to photograph them is the bit that takes time!
As for where to do the formal shots, I usually tend to say that during the reception once everyone has had a chance to have a glass of champagne, is a good time to do the shots. But as every wedding is different, the groups shots can be done at pretty much anytime after the service depending on your locations. This is some thing we can discuss closer to the day itself.
A lot of magazines and wedding blogs often put together “shot lists” for couples to give to their photographers. These can be long lists which usually include a lot of things I would expect to photograph as standard. I tend not use long lists as it means I will be referring to a list rather than concentrating on the important thing of photographing your wedding.
But, there are always a few key things or moments that you may want that are important to you so please send these through to me. From mother of the bride doing up the dress, father of the bride seeing the bride for the first time, confetti shot, sparklers to details I might not know about, personal touches, important jewellery, surprises …whatever is out of the obvious, please let me know, I’d hate to miss these.