Yay! Let’s talk family group photos! It sure does seem like this is always an area of stress for couples and a concern for the wedding timeline. We know that these photos are so super important to you but we also know that they do not need to be the main focus for your photography. We thought it would be good to share how we approach family photos so our couples and families are never feeling stressed or missing out on the celebration!
Step 1: We communicate with you BEFORE your wedding day! We talk about who your family is (by first name of course), all the different groups we will be photographing and where your photos will take place; minimal walking and a non distracting background in the shade is always our favorite. So on your wedding day, you don’t have to worry or try to remember any of this and we can be super efficient.
Step 2: We have a system. We organize our photo list in advance so there are minimal moving parts. This keeps us all moving quickly and gets everyone off to the celebration quickly. We like to keep our family group portraits to 10 minutes or less. Sounds good right?
Step 3: Keep it simple. Let’s talk about what photos you will actually want. Don’t use that check list you found someplace! Your wedding isn’t a checklist kinda event! Who are your people?! What photos do you want to display in your home or include in your album? Are you (or your parents) sending a holiday card or thank you cards and want a photo? You do not, I repeat, you do not need to do a million different combinations of groups. Let’s focus on what is most important and get to the celebration! Because that right there is where we get to capture all those candid moments and where you get to have a cocktail.
We absolutely LOVE when a couple infuses so much personality into their wedding celebration! Jordan had the pleasure of working with Jesse and Geoff and upon learning of their plans for their big day was immediately excited…who wouldn’t be?! The couple talked about wanting to give their guests an authentic Portland, Maine experience and cruising around Casco Bay on the Bay Mist for their wedding ceremony was just perfect. The whole day was sprinkled with such fun details: a vintage taxi, fire engine to transport the wedding party, food stations including Asian street food and mac and cheese, a donut wall….a donut wall!!! Jesse and Geoff we wish you many more happy years together filled with good food, good company, and donuts of course!
What a dreamy day! Sunshine and ocean breezes for Marissa and Michael’s Kennebunkport, Maine wedding were just what you hope for when planning a tented wedding on the water!
The energy and excitement of this day was felt by all who were in attendance. You can’t help but smile when you are around these two and I am pretty sure there wasn’t a dry eye in the chapel when Marissa walked down the aisle to her soon to be husband. His face said it all! This was a true celebration filled with lots of hugs, laughter, amazing toasts and lots and lots of dancing! Cheers to you Marissa and Michael and may all the days ahead bring you this much joy!
When Megan and Josh scheduled their engagement session for January I was honestly a little worried! The weather had been so darn cold and it’s never a cute look to have red noses and freezing cold smiles. But when the day rolled around we lucked out! Bright sunshine and a mild day met us for a walk around Dock Square in Kennebunkport. We met at the beautiful Kennebunkport Inn for some photos inside and switched to Bean boots for a walk around town. Giant red hearts hung on the buildings as town geared up for Valentine’s Day making for the perfect backdrop for a couple prepping for their wedding day! Josh has a way of making Megan smile with just a silly look or goofy walk bringing out laughter in both of them. Playful and snuggly they made it so easy to capture their connection. I just can’t wait for their Kennebunkport wedding this August!
Jordan had the pleasure of meeting Katie and John at John’s family home for an e-session before their wedding day. Their love of the area and the coast made it clear The Cliff House in Ogunquit was the perfect location for their wedding celebration. Being right on the rocks, that close to the water, celebrating with the people closest to you is really about as good as it gets! These two are so loved! Listening to some of the most heart felt toasts and seeing everyone come together to bring the party to the dance floor, it was obvious they were all together to celebrate Katie and John. Katie and John we wish you many more happy nights together filled with friends, laughs, and nonstop dance parties!
When chatting with Chuck and Melissa about their wedding day photos we got SUPER excited that they wanted to take full advantage of all the beautiful locations that Hidden Pond has to offer. It’s one of Maine’s most unique wedding venues and one of the many reasons we love photographing there!
These two are just the sweetest. Their smiles tell the whole story. This was a celebration and the warmth, excitement and heartfelt tears kept us smiling all day long. Chuck and Melissa, it was an honor to be there to capture your wedding day! Cheers to the two of you and may all the smiles, hugs and love that surrounded you on this day be felt everyday!
May the simplest things bring the most joy!
Yahoo! What an amazing treat to see Maddy and John’s gorgeous Prouts Neck Wedding on the pages of Maine. Magazine! Their wedding issue is full of in depth wedding features and we are so thrilled to see this fantastic couple included. Their day was filled with blues skies and the best that Maine has to offer! Be sure to pick up a copy on stands right now to see it in print!
Lindsay and Zack exchanging vows on stage was surely one of the sweetest performances we’d seen.
Those nantucket skies never fail to impress.