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Family drama in the family photos?


“Not asking is there family drama… but IS THERE FAMILY DRAMA?!”

~ Amanda, Photographer

Weddings are wonderful because they bring everyone together. It’s an amazing time to capture that big family portrait that will live in your family for generations. But photographing your relatives can reveal dynamics in the family, dealing with your divorced parents, and other dramas that can arise. 

This is often glossed over on traditional wedding sites and magazines, but let’s face it, it’s a real issue for most families. You are not alone in your frustration that your Aunt Sarah is not speaking to Aunt Kelly, yet your mom insists on a big family photo.

Wedding experts and newlyweds give advice on how to deal with family dynamics during the “family photos” part of the wedding.

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“Not asking is there family drama… but IS THERE FAMILY DRAMA?!”

~ Amanda, Photographer

Let’s talk about divorced parents, family feuds and all the other drama that happens when you put all the people you are related to in the same room – and photograph – together. 

This is something that is often glossed over in the traditional wedding sites and magazines, but let’s face it, it’s a real issue for the majority of families out there. Yes, majority – you are not alone in dealing with problems like Aunt Sarah not speaking to your Aunt Kelly but your mom insisting on having a big family photo at your wedding. 

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    Robin Sloan, The Uncorked ProjectVerifiedRobin Sloan, The Uncorked Project

    Nobody enjoys taking family portraits on their wedding day. But it's so critical to capture these group photos~ they are what will live on after the day is over. It's extra stressful when you have to navigate parents that are not talking to each other or other family drama... but there are solutions. As a wedding photographer, I would recommend organizing two different times to shoot each group (before and after ceremony) or break up the timing. EX: start with FOB side, then move to grooms side so FOB can leave the room, and finish with MOB side. What is your family situation? I bet our pros can chime in and help with this one...

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    Robin Sloan, The Uncorked ProjectVerifiedRobin Sloan, The Uncorked Project

    I have been asked this so many times... does the wedding industry inflate prices when they hear it's a wedding?

    Here is my honest answer (as a former wedding photographer)... NO. Did I charge more for a wedding than a 50th birthday party or a family portrait session? Yes, absolutely. I charged A LOT more for a wedding.

    Was I taking advantage of the emotional sell? Absolutely not.

    The main reasons I charged more for a wedding were: the unseen amount of work involved in the 12+ months leading up to the wedding, the skill level needed on the day, the INTENSE pressure to create perfect "portfolio level work" no matter what the reality of the situation- but mostly it is to compensate for the time AFTER the wedding in post production.

    Little known fact about wedding photography - the real job is sitting at a computer editing photos. Photographers spend many hours behind the computer carefully selecting and editing photos. They make adjustments, crop, and adjust colors to ensure each image it's best. Don't forget the time it takes for batching, renaming, importing, exporting and uploading the photos and preparing them for delivery.

    Do you think this justifies why photographers charge more for weddings than for other types of shoots?

    AvatarCody Pettengill

    Couldn’t agree more! And on the videography side its an absolute ton of data + editing discipline.

    Its a double sided coin- weddings are extremely high pressure but also high reward when we nail it.

    Our products (photo video) in particular are the only thing that genuinely will last forever . Having fun and ALSO nailing the product is worth the price of entry and frankly more.

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