Family Pictures

One of the first questions we always receive is when should we do them? Well, it is up to every couple when to do their family pictures but here are some good ideas:

  • if you are getting married at the church, we always suggest photographing the family pictures immediately after the ceremony. In that way, we have everyone there and we can easily get them together
  • If you are getting married at the venue, we always suggest to do them an hour before your ceremony starting time. We usually set them up in such a way that when we finish them approximately 15 minutes before the starting time of your ceremony, so you and your soon to be husband get a chance to take a break and refresh yourself
  • If you are getting married at a venue but do not want to do combined pictures before hand, then we should do everything possible in terms of pictures before hand and the rest immediately after your ceremony in the begging of the cocktail hour.  In this case, telling the people that they need to stay close by is a must. Getting them back from the cocktail hour will take away from the time you and your fiancee will have to enjoy it 

After this first question, the next one is who gets involved in family pictures and how we arrange them?

To answer this question here is a chart that breaks down our most common combinations that we photograph:

Bride + Groom w/ Flower Girls & Ring Bearers (comma separated names)

Bride + Groom w/ Bride’s Parents (comma separated names)

Bride + Groom w/ Bride’s Parents & Siblings (comma separated names)

Bride + Groom w/ Bride’s Grandparents (comma separated names)

Bride + Groom w/ Bride’s Parents & Grandparents (comma separated names)

Bride + Groom w/ Bride’s Parents, Grandparents, & Siblings (comma separated names)

Bride + Groom w/ Groom’s Parents (comma separated names)

Bride + Groom w/ Groom’s Parents & Siblings (comma separated names)

Bride + Groom w/ Groom’s Grandparents (comma separated names)

Bride + Groom w/ Groom’s Parents & Grandparents (comma separated names)

Bride + Groom w/ Groom’s Parents, Grandparents, & Siblings (comma separated names)

Bride with her side of the family

Bride with parent\s

Bride with sibling\s

Groom with his side of the family

Groom with parent\s

Groom with sibling\s

When it comes to organizing all this images, one important aspect is to let the people know.

After we’ve finalized your family photo list, you’ll want to contact each person you hope to have in your photos and let them know that they’re included in your family photos. To help keep the chaos at bay, I typically recommend that you ask extended family members stay in their seats after the ceremony and await additional instructions. In some cases, those instructions might be passed along by the Officiant—immediately after the recessional. In other instances, based on the peculiarities of the venue, I might return to those seats and provide those instructions to family members. Finally, for some venues, I may have a location already picked out for family photos; in that situation, you’ll be able to share that location with family members prior to your wedding day.

When you contact the folks on your list, you’ll want to stress the importance of family photos to you and your fiancé. You’ll particularly want to stress how you don’t want those family members to disappear after the ceremony. If you don’t make this kind of specific request, some family members may wander off to grab a cigarette, a drink, or visit a restroom. If you warn those folks beforehand, they are more likely to be around when we need them for their photo.

Another shot that we also do is everyone at the photo. What we normally do for that is that we speak with the dj to get everyone up during the reception. This can be a great way to start the dance set and it allows us to get it done in a very unobtrusive way.

Still have questions ? Do not hesitate to contact us at office@montclairstudio.com and we`ll be more then happy to assist you.