GROUP PHOTOS: HOW MANY IS TOO MANY?
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Thursday, January 19, 2017
By HoloQuest Weddings
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If we could persuade our brides and grooms to do just one time-saving thing on their wedding day, it would be to cut the number of posed group photos as much as possible.

 

Some posed family photos are great, but once you start going over 10-12 different groups, you're just asking to blow your reception timeline. We once had a bride hand over a list of 72 different groups of posed photos. If we didn't talk her out of it, she would have spent the entire wedding reception posing for photos. 

 

Consider this. It takes an average of 3-5 minutes per photo for a small group. And, it takes an average of 10 minutes for a large group photo. And, this is if everyone is present and ready to take the photo, which is hardly ever the case. Usually one of the bridesmaids has to go search for the missing family member(s), and this can eat up time very fast.

 

These group photos are usually accomplished during cocktail hour, which is only one hour. In addition to these photos, your photographer needs to create portraits of just the bride and groom. Most photographers would prefer to spend the entire hour on just them. But, there are also a variety of photos that need to be taken of the wedding party.

 

If all that information hasn't convinced you yet, think about your wedding album. What kind of photos do you want in it? Posed photos that are kinda boring? Or, a bunch of fun, in the moment, action photos? The latter will bring you back to those moments every time you look at them.

 

Here is a list of posed family photos you shouldn't skip.

1. Bride & Groom with bride's immediate family

2. Bride & Groom with groom's immediate family

3. Bride & Groom with both immediate families

 

If you have time, add these two groups...

4. Bride & Groom with all family members

5. Bride & Groom with everyone at the wedding (like this one).

 

This post may have made you question some aspects of your wedding planning. If you need help, call Melanie & Anthony at 850-797-8040 or send us a message through our website here.

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