Bi-Weekly Discussion Thread: Group (Family & Wedding Party) Shots

AgnieszkaAgnieszka Photoshopping ...Between Denver and BostonRegistered Users, Retired Mod Posts: 3,262
edited February 15, 2012 in Weddings
Let's inspire each other and post some bridal party / family photo line-ups. There are tons of ways to do it, some work with certain groups, some others don't. Let's post some line-ups and discuss.

Here are a couple key-words:
- the classic line
- the scattered
- the fun
- the funny
- the candid
- the cool
- the dynamic (walking / driving / ...)
- the unplanned

- guys only
- girls only

- bride with the guys
- groom with the girls

How do you handle:
- big groups
- small groups

- huge height differences

Best posing for family photos


HOW DO YOU DO IT / What are YOUR must-haves? :lynnma
P.s. I'll have this thread up for a bit longer than usual as I will be swamped for the next month or so .... So let's see what you got! :D

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  • smurfysmurfy Major grins Registered Users Posts: 343 Major grins
    edited August 11, 2010
    Ok, I know these are not as good as some regulars here may have, but just to get this thread rolling, here goes:

    Guys alone:

    1.
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    2. Girls-used the line up for this group to hide parts of bigger gals behind others in the bridal party.
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    3.and one of my favorite group shots from two summers back-
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  • KinkajouKinkajou Major grins Registered Users Posts: 1,240 Major grins
    edited August 16, 2010
    For a group of fun guys... they decided that they wanted to do a crazy jump-kick thing, so I laid on the ground and this is what happened:

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    For a group of girls... I saw a shot (I think here) that inspired me, so I got all the girls to get their heads right up to the bride's shoulders. We did a normal version and a not-so normal version:

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    For the guys with the bride, we did a guys-blowing-kisses shot that was pretty cute.

    As far as family shots go, I do in a row or two and just try to rip through those as fast as I can while still maintaining quality. I think that is one of the most boring parts for everyone at the wedding, so if I can be quick, professional, and energetic, it helps everyone survive :)

    Would love to hear other ideas for groups that can be pulled off quickly. Florida is *HOT* and it doesn't take long for people to be ready to get back inside into the A/C.
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  • FoquesFoques He who caN Registered Users Posts: 1,948 Major grins
    edited August 16, 2010
    good good good stuff!
    Thank you miss Angie for creating this thread.
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  • AgnieszkaAgnieszka Photoshopping ... Between Denver and BostonRegistered Users, Retired Mod Posts: 3,262
    edited August 16, 2010
    Foques wrote: »
    good good good stuff!
    Thank you miss Angie for creating this thread.

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  • AgnieszkaAgnieszka Photoshopping ... Between Denver and BostonRegistered Users, Retired Mod Posts: 3,262
    edited August 26, 2010
    First of all, thanks to smurfy & Kinkajou for posting some of your images ....

    Toooo bad we didn't get more posters, but ooooooooh well ne_nau.gif

    Here are some from my past 2010 weddings (in no particular order):
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    2:
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    3:
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    4:
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    8:
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    9:
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    10:
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    11: Uhm yeah, that was a HUGE and fun group. I had to work a bit until they all loosened up, haha! But I got them in the end!
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    12:
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  • KinkajouKinkajou Major grins Registered Users Posts: 1,240 Major grins
    edited October 8, 2011
    Bumping - anyone have anything else to add? Would love some more inspiration :)
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  • zoomerzoomer Major grins Registered Users Posts: 3,688 Major grins
    edited October 10, 2011
    Kinkajou love your brides making faces picture.
    Angie your work is always good....my favorites are Always the shots where the people are having fun and being natural and themselves 8 10 11.
    To bad a lot of wedding parties just won't go there :).
  • AgnieszkaAgnieszka Photoshopping ... Between Denver and BostonRegistered Users, Retired Mod Posts: 3,262
    edited October 10, 2011
    zoomer wrote: »
    Kinkajou love your brides making faces picture.
    Angie your work is always good....my favorites are Always the shots where the people are having fun and being natural and themselves 8 10 11.
    To bad a lot of wedding parties just won't go there :).

    Tell me about it ne_nau.gif ... but every once in a while I get lucky. It always depends on if you click with them or not + it's always easier if you've worked with one of them before, kinda opens up the door immediately. I always try to do a couple traditional, line-up ones and then I try a couple fun(ny) ones, so the couple can choose later ...
  • AgnieszkaAgnieszka Photoshopping ... Between Denver and BostonRegistered Users, Retired Mod Posts: 3,262
    edited October 10, 2011
    A couple more from me:

    13: My favorite one from this year, probably less because of the pose, but because of the drop dead gorgeous location:
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    14:
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    15: One fo the sweetest brides EVER. I have a couple other ones of her stand out a bit more, but I like the casual looking smiles :D
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    16:
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    17:
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    18: The guy on the far left was the best man
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    19: The guy on the far right was a goof. No way I could have him strike a normal pose ... oh well.
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    20:
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  • FoquesFoques He who caN Registered Users Posts: 1,948 Major grins
    edited October 11, 2011
    Ang, are you shooting from the knee or you're just really short? :D

    in #11, what did you tell them to do?
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  • westinwestin Beginner grinner Registered Users Posts: 1 Beginner grinner
    edited February 15, 2012
    Foques wrote: »
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    Ang, are you shooting from the knee or you're just really short? :D

    in #11, what did you tell them to do?

    Amazing work! I love the last shot. Actually, I love every shot!
    The color of the bridesmaids dresses look amazing in the photos!
    Love, Love, Love your work!!!
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