Schedule your family photos before sunset.
When you schedule your family photos before sunset, you get the most natural light. This makes for a more flattering look on everyone and also gives you an opportunity to see how things are going in terms of lighting as opposed to waiting until it's dark outside and trying to take pictures with artificial lights only (which can be tricky). Also, we are sure everyone will be partying right after, so we want to make sure everyone looks their best.
Have a designated coordinator to organize the family photos.
The most important thing to keep in mind when organizing family photos is to designate and assign someone as the coordinator. This person can be anyone—a family member or friend— so long as they are able to keep everyone together and on task. This will make it much easier for everyone else involved in the photoshoot since he or she will have an idea of what needs to happen next (in other words: No one is left behind!).
Of course, if there isn't anyone available who fits this description, then we encourage you not to let that stop you from taking pictures with your loved ones! Just try not to get frustrated by any delays or setbacks that may result from trying to get everyone together.
Make a list of photos you want to be taken.
It's important to have a list of photos you want to be taken because it can be easy to forget what you want during the chaos of the photoshoot. Your photo list will also help your photographer know what types of things might be helpful to bring in order to achieve certain looks.
If you don't already have a good idea of what kinds of pictures you want, start by making an inventory of family members and then listing out which ones would look best together in various settings. You don't need to get too specific here since your photographer can guide you when it comes to the actual shooting, but this helps set a few expectations so everyone knows what they should expect from each other (and themselves) during the shoot!
Family photos don't have to be stressful, but you need to plan ahead.
Family photos are an important part of keeping a family history. However, they don't always have to be stressful. By planning ahead and thinking about what you want your photos to look like, you can make sure that your photos turn out perfectly. Whether it's one year or six months before the wedding day, start planning now so that you're not scrambling at the last minute trying to figure out where everyone should be.
That’s it! You’re ready to take some amazing family photos on your wedding day.