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How to Nail Those Group Shots

Harpers Bazarre stylised group shots of bridal party

One of the things that couples are always concerned about is group photos. They want those all important photos of their family to cherish and put in frames. But they were put off by being at weddings where they seemed to go on forever.

Trust me I totally get it, and that’s where I come in. With my wealth of knowledge and experience, I’ve streamlined this process. It’s as short and sweet as possible. Whilst achieving beautiful, natural and creative formal shots that you’ll want to show off to everyone and display on your walls.

Gorgeous Group Shots

Here are my top 5 tips for painless and gorgeous group photos

Bride and groom with family and dog

Be Selective

Be ruthless. Make a list of 6-8 group shots that you really want. Try to keep it to close family and bridal party members, and groups of a maximum of about 10-12 guests. This should take about 30 minutes. Any longer and participants become bored and irritable and your guests will think you’ve been kidnapped and quaff all the champers and eat all the canapes.

Brides family lifting bride on to shoulders during fgroup shots

Be Specific

I don’t know what your family dynamics are. If your parents are separated and with different partners I don’t know if you consider them to be part of the family. I’d been with my boyfriend 4 years and we had a house together when his brother got married I wasn’t classed as family for the group photos. My point is I don’t know who you mean when you say ‘immediate family only.’ So write down people’s names.

Bride and bridesmaids all laughing together during group shots

Delegate Or Find A Helper

Batman had Robin and Eddie had Patsy. We all need someone to rely on sometimes to help make things run smoothly. I won’t know who everyone is on your list. Finding a Groomsman, Bridesmaid or family friend who knows who people. And can help gather people up for shots is invaluable. It’s the most efficient way to get through your list. So that you can get back to socialising with all your guests. And enjoying the canapes before they’ve all been eaten.

Groomsmen walking Reservoir dogs style for group shots

Be Creative With Group Shots

Some of my favourite shots taking formal photos have been the out-take moments. Those in-between moments, not quite ready moments. The moments when people are messing about or having a joke. They say so much more about the relationships between the individuals in the group, and I love them for that. So go with silliness, go with messing about. Go with being yourselves.

Child misbehaving during formal group shots

Be Prepared

Every so often things don’t go to plan. Guests disappear, children are uncooperative, the weather doesn’t play ball.  Anticipation and preparation for the unexpected is the key to successfully navigating these little blips. So that molehills don’t become mountains.

So there you have it, my top 5 tips for nailing those group shots.

If hassle-free, gorgeous, creative group shots are something that floats your boat then GET IN TOUCH and let’s talk more.




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