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Chapter 8: Group Portraits

Taking the group portraits can be the most difficult task to tackle during the wedding day. Shooting a good portrait of a single subject can be tough, but when you start adding more people into the shot, it can become chaotic. Some of the most common problems that can arise when you are trying to take group portraits include people looking away or off in different directions, people blinking during the photograph, people missing from the group, and having to deal with different emotions and personalities.

However, if you want to be a successful wedding photographer, you will have to master the group portraits, because no wedding album is complete without them. There are many different group portraits, from ones of the bride’s family and the groom’s family to ones of the whole wedding party, as shown in Figure 8-1. Each group configuration is a little different, but with some planning, you can take them all so you get the best results in the least amount of time, and the clients and their family and friends can go on to enjoy the wedding.

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ABOUT THIS PHOTO The whole wedding party poses for a group portrait. Taken at ISO 1000, f/3.5, 1/160 second.

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