Do you do group shots at the wedding

December 21, 2014

Marcella & Nic's weddingMarcella & Nic's weddingMarcella & Nic's wedding at St Fillan's Parish Church and Kilrie Granary in Aberdour, Fife.

Their wedding was the perfect mix of fun, laughter and music within the majestic backdrop of the Fife hills.
Often, when we meet couples looking to hire a wedding photographer we get asked, "Do you take group photos?" Well, the answer is yes, we do.

Group photos aren't the main part of the work we do. The way we approach wedding photography means that the body of photographs we produce are of the events of the day. We aim to capture those moments and present them as a story (which is really best done in an album, but that's an article for another day).

However, your guests are a big part of that day and group photos can really add to the story that we create but it's always good to keep things balanced. Group photos can take a long time if you want lots of combinations so it is a good idea to think about what you really want from the groups when you decide which ones to do.

What's involved in group photos?

Through experience we know that the time between the end of the ceremony and the start of the meal is about two and a half to three hours. We've also discovered that it takes about seven minutes to do a group shot with gathering guests, arranging the photo, taking the picture and then setting up for the next shot. This means we could fit in 8 groups if we spent one hour formally photographing guests. We like to take about 45 minutes to an hour photographing you as a couple too so in total that's about two hours of formal photography for the day.

I like your informal photos. Do we have to have formal shots?

Not at all. The choice is entirely up to you. We find that most couples who ask us to photograph their wedding are hiring us for our skill in capturing the undirected moments of a wedding day but we also think it's a shame not to arrange for a few formal shots too. They add a really nice touch to a photo collection and are a nice experience for you both too!

 

If you need some help with choosing group shots, here's a list of eight to get you started (assume you both are in all these groups)

  • Everyone
  • Bridesmaids
  • Groomsmen
  • Both sets of parents
  • Groom's side of the family
  • Bride's side of the family
  • Grandparents
  • Celebrant/Officiant
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