This creative shot incorporates everyone: your parents, his parents, and your entire bridal party. It’s worth seeking out a unique frame like this one prior to the big day — it makes the photo look that much more stunning.
Speak with your photographer about posed portraits, but make it clear you’d like a few candid ones, too. This seated family portrait is less formal than a standing one. Plus, if you're involving little ones in your wedding, it's practically inevitable that they'll have meltdowns at some point – and those unexpected moments are the ones that'll make you laugh later.
If you have a big family, it can be tricky trying to get everyone to fit in the frame of the photo. Forget the wide angle lens and take a less formal approach by having people crouch and kneel. Kids will be more than happy to sit in the grass.
There are endless combinations you can create with just one photo frame. Try having your mother and mother-in-law holding the frame on either side as you and your groom pose in the middle. You get two photos with one look when you’re the focus in one shot, and your mothers are the focus in the other.
The majority of family wedding portraits are taken in the daytime. Shooting your photos at night immediately gives them a dreamy feel. Have each family member hold a sparkler for more of a romantic touch.
Most of your wedding photos will express love, but have one that says it — literally. These light-up letters create an interesting composition and give the photo a unique light. The cheering poses suit the carefree beach wedding.
Your photographer is going to be taking lots of pictures, but so will your guests. Combine the two by having your pro photog snap some shots of you and your relatives while they are posing for their own selfies.
Ask your relatives to bring their own wedding photos on your big day, then have them hold the pics up during your family portrait. Complete the photo by holding a frame to create you and your groom’s wedding portrait instantly.
Personalize your family wedding photos by working your destination into them. This couple got hitched at the beach, so they asked all of their relatives to be photographed in their sunglasses. Their surprised expressions add to the cuteness of the shot.
It can be difficult for little ones to stand still during family portrait sessions, so ask your photographer to take candid shots with them. You know there will be lots of hugging going on during your special day, so be sure to get a few shots of the loving embraces.
Is there someone in your wedding party who is just as excited for your wedding day — if not more so — than you? Express that in the photo. The traditional standing photo gets a funny touch thanks to the bridesmaid who is crouching down with an expression of pure glee on her face.
Sparklers are popular in wedding shots because they give photos a fairy tale quality. This clever couple had their family spell out “love.” If you have a big family, adjust what you’re going to spell accordingly.
It’s your big day, so it only makes sense that you should be the one who stands out in your wedding photos. Express how you are feeling at the moment in your portrait session, like this stoked bride did.
Hand gestures can say as much as facial expressions. Let everyone express how they’re feeling with a hand symbol. This bride flashed a peace sign. Some relatives gave thumbs up, while others threw their hands up in excitement.
Look for a location at your venue that will accommodate all of your relatives and make for an attractive composition. This beautiful cottage with wooden porch is the perfect backdrop for an interesting portrait.
Hearts, peace signs, thumbs up, team hand signals. They all make for a more relaxed, intimate family portrait. Get your relatives to choose their favorites. However, make sure they keep it clean for at least some of the shots!