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Monday Wedding Madness: Family Portraits

Today on Monday Wedding Madness I will give you some tips on how to make your family portraits more organized, faster, and two options on locations.

Family formals are images that everyone loves. Your mother, grandmother, aunts, uncles, etc will love to showcase these photos to remember your wedding. Family portraits are sometimes stressful for brides because they are not sure what to expect or how to make sure everyone is present for the family portraits. I will give you a few quick tips to help make the process go a little smoother.

1. Make a List

Before the wedding, make a list of all the different groupings you want for your family portraits and give it to your photographer. This will make sure that your photographer takes all the portraits you are wanting and also allows them to read off the lists to get everyone into position.

2. Notify Your Family

Notify the family who you want for your formals and let them know that they will be needed. Let them know when you will be taking the portraits and where they will need to be. Letting them know before the wedding will allow them to make sure they are in the correct location for the portraits. This will help your photographer and save time because they will not have to chase down a certain family member who may have started going to your reception.

3. Designate a Helper

Designate a friend or family member who knows your family to help the photographer. The photographer will not know who Uncle Tom is. Having a friend/family member who knows who everyone is can help the photographer look for people who are needed for each portrait.

4. Location

Decide on a location for your family portraits before the wedding arrives. Most couples opt to take their family portraits at the altar, however you can also take your family portraits outside. Most wedding venues are beautiful on the outside and can make an excellent backdrop for your portraits. Plus, natural light is always better than artificial light.

5. Trust Your Photographer

When if doubt, ask your photographer. Your photographer has photographed many weddings and many family formals. If you have any questions or need help with planning your family portraits let them know. Most photographers are happy to help!


Monday Wedding Madness is a blog series that occurs every Monday and answers the questions you have about wedding photography. Have a question you would like to have answered or something that you wish you would have known before your wedding or are you a wedding professional who would like to contribute? Send your questions to



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