Weddings used to have a serious note, and although the ceremonial part is still binding and in most cases traditional, the rest of the wedding is an environment that’s very suitable for change. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with turning your wedding into the party you always wanted it to be, but there are still a couple of things you should do to contribute to the fact that a certain family is growing and welcoming new members.
A wedding photographer should invest a certain amount of the efforts into capturing memories that showcase the importance of family. If you’re looking for the right way to create a photo like this, my suggestion is to gather all the couples from both families that are joined by this matrimony and make that moment eternal.
To do this right, you should do some research and make sure that you’re not wasting any time when the photo session comes. I’m sure that you’re already familiar with the fact people can get nervous if it takes too long to make a certain photo, and the next suggestions will enable you to get exactly what you want, and it won’t last any more than necessary.
Get to Know Your Audience
This is something that I suggest to every photographer who plans on building their career doing wedding photos. If you want to create a unique story out of every one of your projects and make each new client happy with your work, you need to find a way to emphasize important details.
The only way to know what you should make the main focus in your photos is to get to know the people you’re working for. There’s always a bride, and she’s mostly wearing a white wedding dress, a dressed up groom, bridesmaids in matching dresses, etc.
Details you need to pay attention to are usually hiding in the plain sight, which is why you need to know exactly what you’re looking for. Therefore, you should talk to your bride and groom and ask whether she’s wearing a piece of jewelry that has been in her family for generations now.
With this knowledge in mind, you’ll be able to steer clear from generic photos and take photos from such angles that you’ll enable those fine details to come to light.
Create a Schedule
When you want to include several generations of couples in the same photo during the wedding itself, you need to be aware of the fact that things will get crowded. In most cases, photos like this don’t include only the newlyweds and parents on both sides, and grandparents, of course, but also close relatives with their families.
Perhaps you should make a setting for both, so you have a wider selection in your library, and so that you can provide a variety of different images as the final result to your employers. However, you need to coordinate this properly, so you don’t end up with a dozen people in front of you and everyone having a question for you.
Set Up a Concept
You should find a way to introduce some order into this photo, so it doesn’t end up like an image of randomly gathered people standing in a crowd. My suggestion is to make your bride and groom the centerpieces and have them standing in front of everyone.
Naturally, you should position the bride’s parents next to her, standing a step behind and do the same with the parents of the groom. My suggestion is to find a nicely ornamented staircase so that your final photo has layers and texture. If you do find such setting, place each next couple a few steps above the previous one.
This kind of branching system should also be used for grandparents of the newlyweds – basically, you need to place each couple behind their child. If there are close relatives included, you can introduce age as a factor. So, if a bride has a sister, you should place that part of the family on the bride’s side, but a step behind the newlyweds and have their parents among them, and again – another step behind.
Introduce a Theme
If the couple getting married decided to have themed wedding, I’m sure that’s something you’d be notified of in time. However, you can still suggest that you have some fun with colors, for example. There’s a ton of ideas you can experiment with here – all men can wear a matching tie, and all women can wear dresses in the same color (apart from white, obviously). That way, your photo will have a certain harmony, which will contribute to the overall elegance of your work and the whole wedding.
Consult Newlyweds before Editing
Before you actually begin editing, which is a necessary part of finalizing your work; you should definitely consult the newlyweds about what kind of motif they’d like to feature in their memories. Some couples prefer black and white photography, while others decide to go with gentler effects.
No matter the case, you need to be able to finish your work by providing a quality editing service to your employers. If that’s not really your expertise, you should definitely consult an expert in the area of wedding photo editing services and have them do the wrapping up for you. This might be a necessity if you’re still in the early stages of development of your editing skills because you can mess up the whole project by doing a poor job in the end.
I think we covered everything you need to know when it comes to taking a wedding photo of couples that belong to different generations within a family. One last piece of advice – make sure that you take at least a couple of spontaneous ones while you’re setting up the whole atmosphere because those usually turn out to be the best pieces.
About the Author
Isabella Foreman is a content writer by profession and enjoys writing on travel, photography, photo editing services, home improvement, and cooking. She spends her off-work time with family and travel to explore new places!