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| p.1 #12 · Why did we forget how to take good portraits? |
Ryan Britton wrote:
We do and have always done family formals, but like anything on the wedding day it is tough to get overly creative when the couple springs on you more family member combinations than will realistically fit in the time provided. We do try and try to get all of this information up front so we can give them a realistic expectation of what can be done in the timeframe provided, but there are always some who try to fit 20 different groupings in a ten-minute span with random people wandering off in every direction.
That said, I am probably not going to place adults on the ground like in the sample photo above. It's a wedding, they wore relatively nice clothing, and most of our weddings are at outdoor venues. They don't need to get dirty. This doesn't leave many posing options beyond the standard line, but we try to do even that the best we can. We thoroughly light everyone so eyes look like eyes and not black pits from the shadow of the brow. A large number of our online print orders are family formals.
You'd be surprised how willing people are when they trust it's needed for a good photo. When I started doing it, I was surprised how many "yah, no problem" I was getting. Yes, not everyone will want to do that, but a lot of folks will still be happy to be sitting on chairs or doing SOMETHING OTHER THAN STANDING IN LINE.