The Differentiator Series: Family Portraits

As we head into fall and the holidays, it becomes prime engagement and booking season for wedding photography! I always emphasize to couples when they inquire just how important it is to understand what sets each photographer apart as they’re weighing options for their day. If you’re curious about what it would be like to work together on your wedding day, please reach out! I’d love to chat more about your celebration. In the meantime, I’ll be posting some information on key areas that are of great importance to me on a wedding day!

Creating beautiful heirloom images of your family on your wedding day is of the utmost importance to me and to my couples. We’ll always create those formal images with everyone looking at the camera, but my goal is to enable my couples and their families to feel comfortable and at ease to document moments of emotion and connection as well. The key to a successful family portrait session on a wedding day is efficiency, organization and time management. I work closely leading up to a celebration with my couples to create an optimized family combination shot list, taking the lead on organizing in the most effective manner. I’ll ask you for all of the names and relationships of your immediate family and bridal party members, and then craft a sample list that we can tweak to exactly match your preferences. This process ensures on the day of your wedding, you are fully confident we will capture each of the portraits you value.

Every photographer has a different approach to the family portrait portion of your day. I always tell couples that for the most part, I’ll be unobtrusive throughout your day, with the exception being during family photos. It’s so important to me do organize this portion of the day in a way that feels efficient and streamlined, and still leaves breathing room for the organic moments and connections my couples love to unfold naturally. I learn the first names of every person in your immediate family to ensure that everyone you love feels valued and celebrated. This also helps me work through our combination list most effectively.

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