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| p.3 #1 · Why did we forget how to take good portraits? |
The photo you posted is classic. It's well posed. Everyone paid attention. And they probably knew they had one take at it.
Formal portraits today aren't "I want one or two photos". It's more like, "Here's my list of 40 different groupings. I want them all. And I'm only going to give you 10 minutes to do it, because I'm the bride, I will run late, I will take my sweet time, I will have unrealistic expectations, and - oh yeah - my family doesn't listen, so they'll be scattered."
If someone gave me a list of 4-5 groupings, well thought out, and gave me 20 minutes to do it, I could create perfect family formals with perfect lighting.
But on average, my family portrait list is 15-20 groupings in less than 30 minutes.
Truth be told, despite my best efforts to educate my clients, I blame them for crappy family formals.
Why does it take you 5 minutes to set up 1 shot? It doesn't take more than a minute if you know what you are doing.
Also, There's actually no need to do all that creative posing for every group shot. I certainly don't do it as IT WOULD be very time consuming. I just do it for the immediate family and maybe friends.
So, in your case, out of those 15-20 groups, only 3-4 will need to be setup that way.
Does that sound more manageable?