Meet my incredible immediate family! These people mean the world to me, and family photos on your wedding day are some of the most important pictures that you will take. Your wedding day will be a unique day, because hopefully all of your family will be together in one place, and it’s definitely important to capture you all together. These are the images that will be framed throughout your families homes and the pictures you will look back on to remember the beautiful joining of two families.
Because our wedding ceremony was held outdoors, Jamie and I decided to have all of our family pictures taken outdoors. Not only did it allow for Nancy to shoot in film, but I also knew that it would give our pictures the warm and natural feel that I wanted. I encourage all brides to request to have their family pictures done outside.
If you are getting married in a church, it’s easy to automatically assume that you have to have your family pictures taken inside by the altar. While these pictures are beautiful and traditional, I love the way that outdoor family pictures have the same style and lighting as the rest of our formal portraits. The key is making sure all of the formal portraits flow together beautifully and cohesively.
Also, be sure to communicate with your photographer beforehand a specific list of the different combinations of family pictures that you want. Keep in mind that the more pictures that you would like to take and the bigger your family is, the longer this picture time will last. We like to carve out at least 25 minutes for family portraits in our wedding day timeline.
Your family pictures are going to be treasured heirlooms for years to come. Building adequate time into your timeline and intentionally choosing the location will go a long way to ensure they are the pictures that you want for your family.
Question for married readers: What’s your favorite thing about the family portraits from your wedding?
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