5 Tips for Keeping Family Wedding Portraits Stress Free | M Harris Studios
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5 Tips to Keep Family Wedding Portraits Stress Free! | VA Wedding Photographer

Fact: Wedding days can be stressful. Fact: They don’t have to be if you’re prepared. As your wedding photographer, it’s important to us that your day is beautiful and as stress-free as possible. Having a relaxed day means you can enjoy the day you’ve worked so hard to create. After years of  experience, I’ve noticed that one of the busiest parts of wedding days tends to be family formals. Today’s blog is all about a few quick tips to make wedding family portraits less stressful for you and your fiancé (and your families!).

how to keep wedding family portraits stress free with M Harris Studios

1)  Designate someone who knows your families to help. Sometimes this is a family member, bridal party member or a planner, if they know everyone well enough. Their main role is to help us gather those in pictures and know which name goes with who on your list.

2)  Make your list detailed for your photographer. This makes sure that we can run through the list quickly and efficiently.

3)  Keep formal portraits to those closest to you – we can always get the others during the reception! We recommend aiming for 8-10 family formals. Smaller breakdowns can either occur during this time frame or the reception. This honestly depends on how well everyone listens!

4)  Try to find somewhere to send the rest of your guests (Hello cocktail hour!). If you don’t, they’re going to be hanging out, watching, in the background or generally just being distracting. It also makes it SO much easier for everyone to focus on the photographer and not be looking at their random friends.

5)  Encourage other family members to let the photographer be the sole camera. Although Uncle Joe may want a family portrait, remind them that you’ll get your images and be able to share them. In today’s digital age, it’s even easier to do that than ever before.  When other family members or friends try to grab the same shot, those in the portrait get distracted too.

how to keep wedding family portraits stress free with M Harris Studios

Family formals don’t have to be stressful if you plan ahead. Be sure to ask your photographers for more tips and pass along the list you’ve created! I’m here to help!