Wedding Photography Tips Part 5: Family Formals

Family formals. That bit that everyone sort of dreads? Or the bit that some people don’t realise are still done (A groom asked me once!) because photographers don’t often post these images on their blogs.
It doesn’t have to be like that! Family formals can be quick, easy and even fun if everyone knows what is going on.
Having a family member or close friend who knows everyone on hand to organise family members would be ace! If you have any random combinations you would like just let me know before the day so I know to do so.
Typically the combos go a bit like:
B&G
+ Parents (together and individually)
+ parents & siblings (+partners)
+ parents & grandparents
+ wider family group (aunties, uncles, cousins, etc).
Family photos are definitely an important of the day, as these will one day become useful for referencing family history and your grandmother always loves one of these to put on her bookshelf. Typically I like to use a natural backdrop such as green shrubs or trees, so take also take this in to account when looking at ceremony venues.

As you can see in the images below, the background has a large effect on the outcome of the images.

 

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For more on my wedding photography tips:
Wedding Photography Tips Part 1: Booking your photographer
Wedding Photography Tips Part 2: Engagement Session
Wedding Photography Tips Part 3: Preparation