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How to Thoughtfully Arrange Estranged Families & Your Wedding Photography

Estranged Families & Your Wedding Photography. Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to arranging family photos. 

Firstly, it’s important to communicate with the couple and understand their family dynamics.

Secondly, identify the estranged family members and assess their relationship with each other.

Thirdly, create a seating chart that ensures they won’t be seated next to each other during the reception.

However, when it comes to the actual photography session, here are some tips to consider.

Capturing the Bride and Groom with Each Side of the Family

Start with the bride and groom and take photos with each side of the family separately. Then, bring them together for a few shots that include both families. When it’s time to take photos with the extended family, make sure to group them according to their relationship with the couple.

Arranging the Extended Family

Begin with the closest family members, such as grandparents, parents, and siblings. Next, move on to aunts, uncles, and cousins. If there are estranged family members, try to keep them separate and take their photos individually.

Scheduling Individual Photos

If there are family members who refuse to be in the same photo as others, schedule individual photos. This can be done before or after the wedding ceremony, so they won’t have to be in the same place at the same time. Make sure to schedule enough time for these photos to avoid any rush or delay in the wedding schedule.

Having a Family Member as a Liaison

If the couple has a family member who is comfortable acting as a liaison, this can be helpful. The liaison can communicate with the estranged family members and ensure they are comfortable during the photography session. This can also help to avoid any tension or conflict that may arise.

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Selecting the Right Photographer

Choosing the right photographer is crucial when it comes to capturing family photosLook for a photographer who has experience in dealing with family dynamics and can make everyone feel comfortable. A photographer who is patient and understanding can make all the difference in getting the perfect shots.

Making Sure Everyone is Comfortable

Finally, it’s important to make sure everyone is comfortable during the photography session.Encourage them to smile and have fun, and avoid any forced poses or awkward positioning.

Remember, these photos will be cherished memories for years to come. Arranging estranged families for wedding photography requires careful consideration and planning.

By communicating with the couple, identifying the estranged family members, creating a seating chart, and following these tips, you can ensure a smooth and successful photography session. Choosing the right photographer and making sure everyone is comfortable will help to create beautiful and lasting memories.

a woman sitting on the floor with a glass of wine.