Rocking Family Photos

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Family Photos… I was talking with another Watson Bride just a couple weeks ago when the question came up, “How can we make sure family photos run smoothly and efficiently?”

It’s such a good question to ask! And after over 150 weddings, I have a couple of ideas. 😉


First, why family photos? They may not be the most exciting or creative photos, but they’re some of the most important photos!

It’s not every day the whole family gets together AND looks top notch. You’ve got to take advantage of it while you can. Plus Grandma looks amazing! 😀

They’re also important because honestly, sometimes these photos are the last photos people have of their loved ones. It breaks my heart when I get these emails, but I’m also so grateful to be able to share images to help family and friends remember their loved ones.


So if we know family photos are important, how do we rock them out? What can we do in advance so that family photos run smoothly and we get your loved ones over to cocktail hour?

I’m so glad you asked! Here are my top 5 recommendations. 🙂


#1. Make your family photo shot list in advance. While I don’t usually recommend a shot list, for family photos, it’s one of the best ways you can knock them out quickly AND make sure you don’t miss any must have family photos.

Bonus: Watson Brides, I know how overwhelming this task can sometimes feel.

No worries! 2-3 months before your wedding, I’ll send you a final questionnaire with a starter family photo shot list. While every family looks a little different, this will give you a great place to start and often includes all the shots you’ll want to get!



#2. Run your family photo shot list by each side of the family. Your Mom or another significant figure will be so grateful you did AND you’ll know we’ve got everything covered.

Pro Tip: Remember it’s about 3 additional minutes for each set up added. I’m pretty quick, but it still takes time to get everyone in place and make sure we can see everyone. 😉


#3. Be ready to flex. As prepared as we can be, there will still be things that come up on your wedding day. That’s okay! The typical flow I go through takes about 20 minutes. However, I try to set aside 30 minutes for family photos. This way if something comes up, no worries. We have the time. 🙂



#4. Remember, have fun! I’ve got ya. We’ll run through the combinations, make sure everyone looks good and knock it out. At the end of the day, it’s about you, your man and the rest of your lives together. Enjoy the day. Enjoy the unexpected moments. Your wedding will go by SO FAST!


#5. Have your officiant remind family members. Your family is going to be so excited to see you two say, “I do!” They’re probably not thinking about what comes next. They’re enjoying the moment. (As they should!) A little reminder after you walk out, perfect.


Family photos may not be the first thing you think about when it comes to wedding photography, but it’s an important part of the day. I hope these 5 quick tips were helpful and let me know what you think! I always love hearing from you. 🙂


Much Love Friend,

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