Atlanta Family Photos | Burdetts

I recently flew back to my home state of Georgia to stay with family, hang with friends, and attend the Imaging USA conference. I reached out to my friends to see if anyone wanted some photos and heard from the Burdetts! I went to high school with both Karissa and Geoffrey, and its been so long since I’ve seen them. I hadn’t even met all of the kids! I was so happy to get to capture some family photos for them in a quick, slightly wet, session.

Sample Family Formal Photo Lists

Ah family. The most hectic part of any wedding day. I wanted to start this entry with explaining that I love family. It's one of the biggest parts of keeping a relationship together. It's also so important to them to be a part of your big day. They always want more photos. Traditionally, there is always a time to take family formals and get those posed shots for mom to hang on her wall. While some of the more unconventional Brides don't want to spend time on these, it sometimes becomes a necessity to keep everyone happy with the day.

But one of the things that makes this process go smoothly, is a clear and concise list of the family members included in each shot. Then as the photographer, I can reference this list to make sure we propel through the photo session and get all of the must have shots. So I wanted to give you an example of what that might look like below. Keep in mind to also mention any distinct family relationships that I might need to be aware of. For example, if mom and dad are divorced and will not stand next to each other because of bad blood, I need to know so I don't accidentally make a suggestion that is met with anger. Let's keep everyone happy!

Sample Family Formals

Groom's Side

Groom with Groom's Parents
Groom with Groom's Mom
Groom with Groom's Dad
Groom with Groom's Parents & Siblings
Groom with Groom's Grandparents
Bride and Groom with Groom's Parents
Bride and Groom with Groom's Grandparents
Bride and Groom with Groom's Parents & Siblings
Bride and Groom with Grooms Grandparents, Parents, & Siblings
Bride and Groom with full Groom's side of the family (extended)

Bride's Side

Bride with Bride's Parents
Bride with Bride's Mom
Bride with Bride's Dad
Bride with Bride's Parent's & Siblings
Bride with Bride's Grandparents
Bride and Groom with Bride's Parents
Bride and Groom with Bride's Grandparents
Bride and Groom with Bride's Parents & Siblings
Bride and Groom with Bride's Grandparents, Parents, & Siblings
Bride and Groom with full Bride's side of the family (extended)

Both Sides

Bride and Groom with both sets of parents
Bride and Groom with both sets of grandparents
Full family on both sides - a large wide shot of everyone

Other Considerations

Things to keep in mind during this include the kids on each side of the family, the order in which you photograph the sets, and the wedding party.

I keep the wedding party separate. These are the close friends, and most of the time they photograph better in fun, candid ways rather than formal sets. 

The order in which you do the groups can mean EVERYTHING. I usually try to start with the big groups first. That way, as they are photographed, people can leave toward cocktail hour as the group narrows down. This also cuts down on the traffic of having a bunch of people milling about.

Do you have a big family? Leave a comment below on the number of people you'd have to squeeze into a shot!

Family | A New Meaning to Marriage

Getting married to my best friend has been one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. I can come home and see someone who knows me, protects me, and loves me for who and what I am. What's great is all the extra added benefits to marriage that can take you by surprise. Chore sharing, long talks into the night, and:

Through marriage I've gained more family.

I now have a sister and two brothers. I'm an only child, and figuring out sibling dynamics used to be SO confusing to me. To me my best friend is my sister (later she would ACTUALLY become my sister-in-law), and I've had to learn sibling relationships as I go. But it is so refreshing to have siblings! The advice and love that you can get from someone close in age to you is priceless.

My husband with his sister and brother-in-law.

My husband with his sister and brother-in-law.

I know that sometimes when you get married, the in-laws aren't the best. There can be the crazy mother-in-laws, or the weird sister. But I cherish those weird moments. These family members are a part of my husband's life, and were a huge factor in his upbringing. I love being a part of a new family, just as I know he is excited to be a part of mine.

Here's me with my sister-in-law. It's a funny one because she's actually a head taller than me; I was standing on some cinderblocks.

Here's me with my sister-in-law. It's a funny one because she's actually a head taller than me; I was standing on some cinderblocks.

Maui Trip | Babies and Beaches

Maui is a mixture of amazing beaches, tropical waterfalls, and strange desert climates. My husband's sister, Brie, lives in Lahaina with her family: Casey, Georgia, and baby Isaac. We decided to take a vacation to visit them and see Hawaii for the first time. It was magnificent. The water is so blue. The weather is so inviting. And the family time was fun too! I snapped some photos of family, which I'll share below but I cannot stress enough how much we needed this break from the mainland to relax and catch up. Life can get hectic, and it is so important to take some well deserved time for yourself and your family.

The Maui ocean views are the best. This one captured a rain storm coming through.

The Maui ocean views are the best. This one captured a rain storm coming through.

Say hello to baby Isaac. He is the cutest blue-eyed nephew under age 1! He loves to touch feet and play with his sister.

Say hello to baby Isaac. He is the cutest blue-eyed nephew under age 1! He loves to touch feet and play with his sister.

Meet Georgia: a feisty young one who loves the ocean! She's already jumping into the ocean and riding the waves! 

Meet Georgia: a feisty young one who loves the ocean! She's already jumping into the ocean and riding the waves! 

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My brother and sister: Casey and Brie. These two have an amazing relationship that proves to us all that real love exists. These two souls were made for each other. They met in high school and were married in Hawaii with a small collection of family to see them unite. They truly are the #relationshipgoals to work toward.

My brother and sister: Casey and Brie. These two have an amazing relationship that proves to us all that real love exists. These two souls were made for each other. They met in high school and were married in Hawaii with a small collection of family to see them unite. They truly are the #relationshipgoals to work toward.

We did so many amazing things in Maui. We snorkeled, hiked, climbed, paddled and made waves! My husband golfed; I went to the spa. We saw a bajillion weddings that took place on the beaches every day. Every one was relaxed and time seemed to stand still.

The Road to Hana had some amazing waterfalls and jungle-like foliage. It felt like a whole different world from the other side of the island.

The Road to Hana had some amazing waterfalls and jungle-like foliage. It felt like a whole different world from the other side of the island.

The Red Sand Beach in Hana isn't so much sand as it is little rocks with a reddish tint. Definitely a climb to get here too, scrambling over rocks and hiking around sharp cliffs. I actually bruised my hands from a short fall I took climbing around the rocks.

The Red Sand Beach in Hana isn't so much sand as it is little rocks with a reddish tint. Definitely a climb to get here too, scrambling over rocks and hiking around sharp cliffs. I actually bruised my hands from a short fall I took climbing around the rocks.

Tranquil pools left us in a zen like state.

Tranquil pools left us in a zen like state.

Maui certainly captured our hearts and I have no doubt that we will be visiting again. It's hard to resist smiling faces, the beach, and the surf. I hope I can return to photograph a wedding here, I can imagine so many beautiful ideas and places to have a union. 

On the desert side of the island. Brown grasses and beautiful vistas. Good by Maui! See you again soon!

On the desert side of the island. Brown grasses and beautiful vistas. Good by Maui! See you again soon!