How to Take Family Portraits at a Wedding

Aside from the bride and groom, on the long list of shots a wedding photographer has to get, few rival the family portraits in terms of importance. If you would like to ensure you get all the shots you need, check out this helpful video tutorial that offers a range of practical and actionable advice along with some behind-the-scenes footage of how one wedding photographer approaches the task.

Coming to you from Jana Williams, this excellent video tutorial offers some useful advice on taking wedding family portraits. As good as it is to know as much of the family as you can before the ceremony, as Williams details, whether due to size or availability, sometimes, that just is not possible. This is when it pays to not only have a list that breaks down every combination of family members needed for the various shots, but someone beside you who knows at least most of the family and can help you get their attention and corral them efficiently to ensure you don't miss anyone and that you make the most of what is usually a short period of time in which to get all your shots. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Williams. 

If you would like to continue to learn about wedding photography, be sure to check out "How To Become A Professional Commercial Wedding Photographer With Lee Morris and Patrick Hall!"

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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Alex, I'd love to see you post a written article instead of finding videos on Youtube and reposting them here.