Group Portrait Ideas

 

To enable your day to run smoothly I always make sure I have your requests prior to the day. We'll discuss which combinations are important to you, location preferences and any specific ideas you have when we meet at your venue approximately 3 months before the big day. 

My style of working is to set the portraits up in the traditional way but then make them natural and relaxed.

Below you'll find some of my suggestions for group portraits which can be customised to suit your special day. When and where they are taken will be flexible to suit your timings, venue, weather and the flow of the day.

 

Before Guests Arrive

Approximately one hour before the ceremony I meet with the Groom, his Groomsmen and immediate family. This is an ideal opportunity to capture some portraits as they await the arrival of the guests.

Portrait combinations can include:

  • Groom
  • Groom and Best Man
  • Groom, Best Man and Ushers
  • Groom and Parents
  • Groom and Mum
  • Groom and Dad

 

 
     

Arrival of the Bride

When the Bride arrives at the ceremony venue there is often five minutes or so to efficiently take a few portraits with her bridal party and parents outside. For Bride's getting ready at the ceremony venue there are photo opportunities en route to the registrar's interview or the ceremony room. 

Portrait combinations can include:

  • Bride
  • Bride, Bridesmaids, Flower Girls and Page Boys
  • Bride and Parents
  • Bride and Mum
  • Bride and Dad
 
     

Ceremony

At most ceremonies the officiant will hand over to me to quickly arrange a few portraits of signing the register after the legal documents have been signed.

If you are having a church service it is advisable to discuss with your vicar who you'd like photos with as often you'll walking out to a side room as part of a procession during a hymn. 

Portrait combinations can include:

  • Bride and Groom
  • Bride, Groom and Parents
  • Bride, Groom and Witnesses
 
     

Post Ceremony Portraits at the Church or Register Office

The majority of portraits usually take place at the reception venue where there are drinks and canapes for the guests to have beforehand, however it can be possible to stay longer at the church to take the group portraits there or in a nearby park if there is limited options at your reception venue.

Portrait combinations can include:

  • Bride and Groom
  • Bride, Groom and the Bridal Party
  • Bride, Groom and Parents

 
     

Large Group Portraits

10-15 minutes after your ceremony or arrival from the church or register office is the best time to do the large group portraits before the adults wander to the bar and the children run off to play! 

Portrait combinations can include:

  • Everyone
  • Bride's extended and immediate family
  • Groom's extended and immediate family
  • Friends
 
     

Smaller Group Portraits

Once portraits with the majority of guests have been taken I then continue my way efficiently through your requests. If some have been taken at a different ceremony venue you can have them repeated if you wish.

Portrait combinations can include:

  • Bride, Groom and her immediate family
  • Groom, Bride and his immediate family
  • Bride, Groom and all Parents
  • Bride, Groom and her Parents
  • Bride, Groom and his Parents
  • Bride with her Parents, Brothers and Sisters
  • Bride with her Brothers and Sisters
  • Groom with his Parents, Brothers and Sisters
  • Bride with his Brothers and Sisters
  • Various combinations of the Bridal Party

 

 
     

Bride and Groom Portraits

I like to take some relaxed contemporary photographs of the happy couple away from their guests. This usually consists of a short walk around the venue grounds to take some natural portraits. It is also an opportunity to spend a small amount of time somewhere quiet out of the spotlight to enjoy some precious time together.

 

Additional Requests

After the wedding breakfast there is often a short wait whilst the venue gets your evening reception room ready. This is the ideal time to for some additional requests and more variety of Bride and Groom portraits.

Portrait combinations can include:

  • Bride and Groom with Grandparents
  • Bride and Groom with Godparents
  • Bride and Groom with different friendship groups
  • Couples and family groups
 

 

There is no limit to the number of combinations and variety you can have. Once I have your advance portrait requests taken it is then up to you if you would like more portraits or prefer to socialise with your guests.

If you have any questions about portraits at your wedding please do not hesitate to contact me.


 


 

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