3 Secrets to Creating Beautiful, Meaningful Family Portraits on your Wedding Day


I believe wholeheartedly that on your wedding day, you should make connections not photographs. Don't get me wrong, I love delicate lace gowns and soft peony bouquets as much as the next wedding photographer, but it's the connections - the real, raw, emotional moments - that I love to capture the most. However, I also appreciate the importance of having simple, classic family portraits from your wedding day, and I approach these portraits with the same care and reverence that I use to document the rest of your day.

Here are 3 tips to help make sure your family portrait time is relaxed and meaningful.

1. Schedule your immediate family portraits before the ceremony

Even if you're not doing a first look, plan on having your immediate family portraits before the ceremony. This gives you time to truly relax with and enjoy time with your family while we create these portraits, and you won't have the added pressure of squeezing them in before the reception starts. If you can, give yourself at least 15-20 minutes so that you don't feel rushed.

2. Make personal contact with each family member you want to feature in a family portrait.

Don't assume that your brother or grandmother will know that you want them in one of your portraits. A few days before the wedding, make personal contact with the people who are most important to you and let them know when to be ready for family portraits. A text message or email directly to that person goes a long way. Consider it an opportunity to share your gratitude and love for that person. You can steal this message: "Hey, I love you, I'm thankful for you, and I would love to have a pictures made with you on my wedding day. Please meet us on the front steps of the venue at 4:15pm for family pictures. I can't wait to see you!"

3. Make eye contact. Give them a hug. Speak words of love.

I understand that every person shows love differently, so whatever love language you speak, make sure to speak it to the ones you love on your wedding day. You don't want to look back in 10 years and think, "I wish I would have..." Yes, look at the camera for a classic portrait with your mom, but before you let her walk away, show her your love. Look into her eyes. Squeeze her hand. Speak words of life to her. You will never regret taking the time to show love to the people who matter. 


Hello, lovely! I am an Atlanta wedding photographer who specializes in providing an authentic, uncomplicated wedding photography experience to couples who love classic, romantic images. I offer FREE TRAVEL to weddings in the continental US, so if you're planning a wedding in Atlanta or in another city, I'd love to chat with you! Visit my portfolio to view more of my work, or visit the contact page to discuss how I can be part of your wedding.