For many, a wedding is a family reunion. It could be the first time a parent and siblings have been in the same place for 25 years. Or, perhaps a loved one from overseas made the long journey. For others, it’s the 4th family wedding of the season and the group pictures have been taken many times over. Each couples’ needs for family photos can vary widely based on their own desires, parent expectations, and family dynamics.
A good rule of thumb is to trim your list down to the combinations that will definitely be put in a frame or used in the album. Smiling for an hour can be exhausting so you’ll make sure you look your best throughout with a concise list. It’s a great idea to include important extended family members in your portrait session to make sure certain people are documented, but I’d suggest erring on the side of large groups that can be moved in and out quickly.
How long does it take to photograph family? To give you an idea of the timing required, here are three different sizes of lists and the exact amount of time each took.
A wedding at Oheka Castle in Huntington, Long Island is one I’m always looking forward to as it is a a magnificent place to photograph in. Adriana & Mitchell must have gathered a lot of good luck for their wedding because it rained all day but that didn’t stifle anyone’s spirits.
Where were you on New Year’s Eve? I was up in the Hudson Valley at the gorgeous Roundhouse Beacon for Julia & Scott’s end of 2018 celebration. It was an amazing event.
As I began photographing getting ready, the rain began to fall. (One can imagine snow being a factor at a December wedding upstate, not rain!) But that’s ok, the Roundhouse is rich with opportunities for photography and the time soon sped by as we made our way through their portrait session. The striking entrance to the ballroom was put on display as guests made their way for the ceremony under the beautiful chuppah. Viridescent Floral Design did an amazing job throughout and when my wife walked by the computer as I was editing a pic of the chuppah, she’s like… “that’s a nice chuppah”. Indeed. Between a great couple, the decor and Julia’s Oscar de la Renta wedding gown, the pictures took themselves.
I quickly recognized the folks from Marcus Reid Band at Hank Lane and knew they’d keep the party alive well past the stroke of midnight. This was absolutely the case as the dance floor quickly exploded with Julia & Scott’s family and friends.
The last few clicks of the shutter at the end of the year always feel profound at the end of a long season. 45 weddings this year! It was exciting to share that moment in Beacon.