Use a bench

You have to have Family group photos whether you like it or not. Believe it or not, they will probably be among the most important photos to you and your […]

You have to have Family group photos whether you like it or not. Believe it or not, they will probably be among the most important photos to you and your family post-wedding. But how do you avoid having photos where everyone is just standing in a line looking bored?

6 should be the maximum number of people all standing in a group photo. If the group contains any more than that you need to think about using some seating.

I like to use a common or garden bench (2 or 3 seater). This is mainly because most gardens/venues have one and they are usually the perfect size. Armed seating works much better than normal chairs. Bench is best, then 2 x armed chairs, then normal chairs.

The bride and groom sit on the bench. A girl/lady perches on each arm with their inside arms along the back of the bench. Everyone else gathers around. With you both sitting on the bench and the ladies perching on the arms the photo immediately becomes much more relaxed and informal. It also means that I can get in closer whilst still ensuring everyone is in the photo. You can also ask people to squeeze together.

So…

  1. Does your venue have a bench available? If not and you’re in a marquee at home would you consider buying one, maybe as a gift to whoever is letting you trash their garden? If not a bench then what other seating is available?
  2. Can it be moved about?
  3. Is it clean? If not you’ll need to think about getting a table cloth from the caterers to sit on or something.
  4. Keep it dry before the wedding. You wont want to sit on it if it’s damp.
  5. More than 6 people in the group shot? Use the bench.
  6. More than 15 people in the group shot? us 2 benches with the bride and Groom standing in between them.
  7. Let your photographer decide on the location of the bench.

To be honest, your excellent photographer should take care of this. if he/she isn’t quite so excellent it might be worth suggesting this to them.