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| p.3 #9 · Why did we forget how to take good portraits? |
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?
Most of the weddings I've shot, despite asking the bride and groom to inform the family to stick around, and despite asking the officiant to make an announcement, things just haven't gone to my plan. Uncle John runs away to get a drink. Aunt Betty can't close her mouth. I've become more and more of a boss about it, being polite, asking for attention, but some people find it an inconvenience to be in a wedding photo with their family/friends. I find that annoying. But they make it clear that they don't want to be there. Nicely done portraits are awesome, but I get extensive lists from my clients. And I try to meet their wants.
Something I've been doing more and more of lately is telling them, "Give me a very short list of nice family formal images you want, and then throughout the night, if you see someone you'd like a photo with, grab me and we'll get a less formal one. It's more fun for you, and the guests this way - and it saves you time!"
That seems to help out.
I'm perfectly my art and my business.