The Guidebook | #9 The Group Shots

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Wedding Guidebook - Hochzeits Leitfaden - Hochzeitsfotograf OberösterreichIt’s already March and with spring right at our doorstep we are practically full speed ahead into the wedding season. Therefore, it’s only fitting to start off the last few installments of The Guidebook.

As one of those last bullet points I’d like to talk about the group shots you might want to take at your wedding. Starting off, there are basically two different kinds of group shots. The one with all your guest in them and those of you and some smaller groupings like your parents, your grandparents, your childhood best friends and / or your favorite co-workers.

A few things to consider for a great group shot
  • You want one total shot of you and every single guest at your wedding? Awesome! Just please be aware, that with 50+ people in one shot it’s pretty much impossible to see every single face in the shot. Per my experience the limit for group photos, in which you recognize and see every person, lies at about 20 people. Give or take.
  • Plan enough time for group shots. You might want to take photos of you and your respective set of parents, grandparents, bridesmaids, grooms men, siblings, co-workers, neighbors… the list goes on, and it obviously takes a while to get them all on camera. So plan about 30 minutes for that. Maybe during the reception, while people are standing around chatting anyway.
  • Start out with the biggest group and keep subtracting people. To make this part of the wedding day as easy and seamless as possible, it’s best to start out with the biggest group of people and then going into smaller and smaller groups. Usually the last ones are the photos with your closest family, while the rest of your guests is already happily drinking champagne.
  • Make a list! It seems unnecessary and you might be thinking, ‘Oh I know who I want to take photos with anyway’, but in the hustle and bustle of your wedding day it’s so easy to forget someone. And let’s face it, you don’t want to explain to your favorite great aunt why she’s the only one who doesn’t have a photo with the happy couple, do you? 😉 So even if it seems unimportant, take a few minutes to write a list of all the people that you want to take photos with and hand it to one of your bridesmaids. She’ll be happy to round up the necessary people once it’s picture time and make sure you don’t forget your lovely great aunt. 😉

Have you already seen Part 1-8 of The Guidebook? No? Then click here. 😉

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