Unplugged portraits… besides being a word for a no-phone zone, it might also be the perfect word for the less orchestrated parts of a wedding day.
It’s always hard to get everyone in the same mood for a good group photo until someone, usually a small someone, begins to act up a little. In this case, our rabble rouser was the young one in the grey suit.
One last shot of the family before dinner. Right? We needed an easy place to do one with a late arriving grandmother. The dance floor at Abigail’s Garden was the perfect spot. Well, this group unplugged like professionals while we waited for grandma to get escorted over to us. The best part is that each person reacted so easily… the ones laughing rather than mugging just makes the mix better. We all knew that we had done plenty of the normal ones earlier… unplugged was just right. ;0)
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Weddings are a great place to stage family photos… think about it, how often do you have everyone in the same place all dressed up? Wedding photographers do a ton of these staged pictures every year and it’s great when the subject matter goes off on it’s own little tangent. Believe it or not, this was started by one of the grown-ups instead of the kids… just for the fun of it.
Two of the most important tools in my kit are the Homework Assignment and the Timeline. The assignment for my clients is to send me a written list of the family groups they want. With that on the table, we can build a timeline for the wedding day that has enough time set aside at the right spots for getting the staged pictures done. It doesn’t take a long time if you have an idea what you need going in.
This lovely wedding was in Abigail’s Garden at the Abernethy Center and we had done most of the formal groups in the shaded garden earlier. This one was pulled together on the dance floor, just before dinner, to take care of this combination that wasn’t on our original list… took about two minutes to make a normal one and this wonderfully silly shot. ;0)
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