Kristen Browning Photography
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Family Photos

Family Photos

When I photograph family photos, I like to keep them on the traditional side. I think these are the photos that will preserved and passed down to future generations.


Who should you include in your family photos?

I always encourage clients to include immediate family only. This keeps it simple and puts less stress on you and your family during the day.

I really encourage my clients to keep family groupings to 10.

For example, here is a list of 10 different groupings:

Bride's side:

  1. Bride, Groom, Mom, Dad, Siblings, Grandparents
  2. Bride, Groom, Mom, Dad, Siblings
  3. Bride, Groom, Mom and Dad
  4. Bride, Groom, Siblings
  5. Bride, Groom, Grandparents

Groom's side:

  1. Bride, Groom, Mom, Dad, Siblings, Grandparents
  2. Bride, Groom, Mom, Dad, Siblings
  3. Bride, Groom, Mom and Dad
  4. Bride, Groom, Siblings
  5. Bride, Groom, Grandparents

This is just a typical list, however I understand that family dynamics will vary and this list is not something that I set in stone for my clients. It is vastly different for everyone!

(When I send out my wedding day questionnaire, you will be prompted to write out your groupings for family photos)

When Do I photograph family photos?

There are a couple of different options on when to photograph family photos:

  • Before the ceremony (if you're doing a first look)

If you're doing a first look and we block out time in your wedding day schedule, you could have your family photos done prior to the ceremony. This is a great option if you're family is organized and always on time. However, if members of the family tend to run late, this may not be a good option for you. It's also a great option if you have a very short list of people that you would like in your family photos.

  • After the ceremony

Photographing the family photos after the ceremony usually guarantees that everyone will be present for the photographs (since they are already there at the ceremony).

My Advice

Keep all family photos till after the ceremony. I highly suggest this for several reasons. First, it will ensure everyone will be present. Second, it will cut down on the amount of time needed to gather people who were photographed before the ceremony and again after the ceremony. Third, you will have consistency throughout your gallery of photos with only one background (instead of two).

How long will it take to photograph family photos?

This largely depends on the amount of people that you are including in your family photos. Typically I can photograph family photos within 25-30 minutes.