There is nothing more chaotic than wrangling a group of people together for a photo and then having to set up perfect lighting, poses, and expressions. These are some of the most valuable images you will capture during a wedding day and we know just how stressful they can be.

Here are some helpful wedding party photography tips that come straight from our workshop Photographing Group Portraits. Watch the trailer below:

1. Find the Ideal Background

It’s important to scout for a location that aligns with the vision your clients requested for their photos. For example, in the image above clients wanted to take a more editorial group portrait which required a classy background with minimal distracting elements. Here are some additional resources to check out to learn more about location scouting for wedding party photos:

2. Show Your Subjects How to Pose

A great way to get your subjects into their poses as quickly as possible is to physically demonstrate how the pose is supposed to look. Put down your camera and step into the role of a director. This is also a great opportunity to engage with each subject until he or she is in place, and maintain a happy vibe to create a positive experience.

3. Spread Light Evenly Across The Group

Decide on what lighting modifier you will need to help you light the group evenly. When working with larger groups it can be difficult to light each person equally, especially if you don’t have enough light power. Here are some articles to help guide you on our favorite lighting techniques for group portraits:

4. Double Check Facial Expressions

The last thing you want is to zoom into a wedding party photo and see one person looking absolutely depressed while everyone else is smiling. This is a small detail that many photographers overlook but can be caught by taking a second to look at the image on the back of your camera. Get a greater payout for the time and effort put into setting up group portraits by capturing multiple expressions for each setup.

Quick Recap On Tips For Shooting The Wedding Party: 

  • Find The Ideal Background
  • Show Your Subjects How To Pose
  • Spread Light Evenly Across The Group
  • Double Check Facial Expressions

For more tips on shooting the wedding party check out  Photographing Group Portraits