Group photographs are traditionally a part of any collection of wedding photographs and are something that a portion of the day is always given over to. But are the groups really necessary? Is it better for your photographer to just capture those groups as they naturally occur? Let’s step into the ring and see if we can find the answer!
In the Red Corner, devising poses and fighting for the big group shots, she once organised 42 groups in an hour, had time to spare and lived to tell the tale, it’s our one (and definitely only!) Dom “the tog bride.”
In the Blue Corner, looking for those natural groupings and leaving the posed groups behind, he was once guest at a wedding where Dom was the photographer and made him kneel down in some goose manure! (…ahem *cough* I didn’t know!) It’s Matt ‘The Gormless Groom”.
Posed Vs Natural
Dom: However hard your photographer tries it’s virtually impossible to get photographs of all the groups of people you want without artificially placing them together. After all, that group of people may never physically stand near enough to one another on the day and even if they do happen to stand together your photographer may be occupied elsewhere.
Matt: But although group shots are always requested they rarely make the most interesting shots and are hardly ever chosen for couple’s wedding albums. Isn’t it better to just not bother and get more natural shots of the events of the day?
Dom: Until my own wedding I tended to agree, but actually when it came to it having a few shots of our families together turned out to be really important to me! You don’t need to get a shot of every single person that was present at your wedding but having a few is really important.
Matt:But they take up so much of your time! Your time is already so precious on your wedding… do you really want to spend 30 minutes standing in a line!?
Dom: Only if you don’t know what you are doing! A professional photographer can work efficiently and quickly and can have 8-10 groups photographed within 20 minutes max.
Matt: But they are so BORING!! A firing line of group after group.. all in the same pose!
Dom: Groups don’t have to be like that! With a small amount of time and lots of imagination you can create amazing groups, dynamic, unusual, fun and most definitely not just in a line!
Matt: Ok, fair enough but do they really show the true story of the day? I want my pictures to show truly what happened, not an artificial version!
Dom: You can have both, especially if there are two photographers, one can capture whats happening whilst the other concentrates for a very small amount of time on groups.
Matt: That’s fine when there’s plenty of room and places to go, but sometimes the groups can bring proceedings to a standstill with everyone waiting around to be called for their photograph and nothing for anyone to do.
Dom: You do realise if we had no group shots our lives wouldn’t be worth continuing… our parents would have KILLED us!
Matt: True… but we could have told them it was either cut the groups or cut the allocated tea time, that should do the trick!