Family Portraits, also called Family Formals, are a very important part of the day! These are some of the most treasured family heirlooms and we want to make sure we don't leave anyone behind.
I split these in quick portrait sessions throughout the day to avoid the overload of images that must be taken during cocktail hour. That moment right after ceremony is such a special moment for you, so why not focus in optimizing the time for the two of you, alone.
There will be three short sessions:
Bride's Family & Bridesmaids
These will be taken prior ceremony, during the Bride Portraits time of the day.
* Bride + Mom
* Bride + Dad
* Bride + Mom + Dad
* Bride + Mom + Dad + Siblings
* Bride + Siblings
* Bride and Bridesmaids (group and individuals)
Groom's Family & Groomsmen
These will be taken prior ceremony, during the Groom Portraits time of the day.
* Groom + Mom
* Groom + Dad
* Groom + Mom + Dad
* Groom + Mom + Dad + Siblings
* Groom + Siblings
* Groom + Groomsmen (group and individuals)
Family Portraits with both Bride and Groom
These are family portraits done with both bride and groom, usually taken immediately after ceremony if there is no first look.
In Florida we usually only have the cocktail hour to do all of the family formals and photos of the couple together, plus bridal party which gives us about 20min total to capture all combinations you want. That is not a lot when you are trying to put groups together. Efficiency is key!
Realistically we can only fit your immediate family and grandparents (parents, siblings and grandparents). Extended family and larger groups require more time. Please make sure to contact me so we can plan ahead for those.
People often underestimate how long it actually takes to put large groups together for a photo and end up running short on time for their portraits as a couple. It is REALLY IMPORTANT to really plan ahead.
In case you have any divorces or situations on the family that we should be aware of, it is a good idea to discuss which combinations you want prior the big day, and send us a list - we will make sure the process goes as smooth and fast as possible! Here is a sample list:
Reminder - extended family and larger groups require more time.
* Bride + Groom + Bride's Parents
* Bride + Groom + Bride's Parents and Siblings
* Bride + Groom + Bride's Parents, Siblings and Grandparents
* Bride + Groom + Both sets of parents
* Bride + Groom + Groom's Parents
* Bride + Groom + Groom's Parents and Siblings
* Bride + Groom + Groom's Parents, Siblings and Grandparents
If one of the parents is re-married or has a new significant other, it is important that we discuss how you would like them to be included on these before the wedding day.
Did I mention larger groups do take longer to organize? Let's plan that ahead so we can find the perfect time to capture those. Some venues to offer the option to extend cocktail hour but that needs to be planned ahead with the caterer. People tend to scatter after the ceremony. So if you want larger groups during this session, make sure everyone is aware and stay close for these. Larger groups take 3-5 minutes each to organize and shoot.
Extended family photos can also be taken during reception if you opt for a reception coverage.