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.
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 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 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)
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It was a really hot day in Los Angeles when the Fletcher family and I stepped out into the Arts District for some photos. I think I was melting a bit while we were shooting. But with fun in our hearts, and the cutest little girl to play with, we made magic happen. Frenchie is the most adorable little girl in her cute little leopard print dress.
The Fletcher family is definitely a hip group and fit right in with the urban atmosphere of the Arts District. Many times we stopped to look at more brightly colored buildings and cool graffiti.
Check out more pictures below, don't forget to scroll through them.