While there is a place for staged shots that look exactly that and the obligatory group photograph from above, there is also plenty of opportunity to make your group photographs more natural and fun!
As couples continue to break from tradition in almost every element of their wedding days, here are five ways to do it with your group photographs…
Whether you walk, run or jump, moving while your photograph is being taken will help you to feel more natural and relaxed. Rather than holding a rigid smile and pose, you’ll have something else to distract you with, so, even if you’re jumping on cue, your expression will be more natural. Let’s not forget the greatest moving group photo of all – the confetti shot! Here’s all you need to know to get that fairytale photo just right.
PROPS TO YOU
Don’t be afraid of introducing props into your group photographs. While this again involves a staged element (would you be holding a heart shaped umbrella like that normally?), it gives you something else to interact with. Have your photographer keep snapping while you arrange yourselves, and just have some fun! Let the shots capture your high spirits as newlyweds – find the perfect props in the Wedding Ideas shop.
TURN YOUR BACK
Group photographs might traditionally mean a carefully lined up arrangement of the bride, groom, bridal party and family members, front on, but that’s not the only way to do it. And, while this may be a useful photo to look back on to recall each of your guests, but it can also appear overly formal.
Mix things up a little in your group photographs with smaller numbers by turning your back or turning towards each other rather than facing the camera directly. Not only does this add another dimension to your photograph, it will also give you the chance to show off the gorgeous details on the back of your and your bridesmaids’ dresses! And remember, you don’t all need to do the same thing here, in fact, it’s better if you don’t!
You might have noticed a bit of a running theme here – subtle staging in a more relaxed, natural style can really help to give the more boring staged shots the boot while still getting everyone in that needs to be. It can be as simple as arranging your group members in a variety of more casual poses, some sitting, some standing, and with a mixture of people looking and laughing with each other and others making eye contact with the camera.
And if we’re talking bridesmaids-only photos, these are the ones you just have to get with your best girls.
CENTRE OF ATTENTION
While the bride and groom are often in the middle of group photographs, these are also opportunities to allow other aspects of your wedding day to become a focal point. Have you got a wow-factor venue? A feature wedding car (check out these 5 ways to feature your limo in your photos!)? Gorgeous flower arches? Then why not highlight your more special surroundings in these group photographs? You chose your venue, flowers and décor for a reason, after all!