1. Keep the number of shots to a minimum
A group shot can take a few minutes to compose. The bigger the shot, the longer it takes to get everyone standing in the right place and looking the right way. If you have more than 6-8 group photos to take, you’re going to need to set aside a chunk of time to make sure they’re done.
2. Do the big one first, immediately after your ceremony if possible.
Getting everyone together is hard, but if everyone’s already there as they’re leaving your ceremony then that’s the hardest bit over! Do the big ass group shots before the bar opens.
3. Keep your list of group photos short
As a wedding photographer I’ve quickly learnt what does and doesn’t work for group shots. If you’ve hired me to take relaxed photos with a creative twist, then I’m not going to be able do 22 group photos and fulfil the rest of my brief. We can usually get everything essential in 6-8 group shots, and then you can have more time enjoying yourselves and catching up with old mates instead of standing around in front of a camera.
4. Give the list to someone with a loud voice.
A groomsman, usher or bridesmaid is perfect for this. They usually have a good idea who is who at your wedding, and they’re invaluable in terms of rounding people up. It seriously saves a lot of time!
5. Don’t be afraid to show your personalities.
I’m not one for really staged photos, but I do love a group shot that’s not just about standing stock still, staring at the camera. Lisa Devlin is amazing for getting creative in her group shots, and I’d love to try something out like this (click to see awesome group shot inspo).