chapter 9

ELEVATED FAMILY PORTRAITS

There are different schools of thought regarding family portraits. Some photographers think of them as an impediment to their photographic style. Other photographers think family portrait sessions should be completed as quickly as possible without much thought because they are the least creative segment of a wedding. I have not met many photographers who love the family portraits’ part of their job.

For many years, I thought that taking family portraits was something I just had to do, but I felt I was keeping the family from mingling with their guests at the cocktail hour. I was very wrong! I now consider the family portraits’ segment to be the second most important part of the wedding coverage—after the ceremony. ...

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