Planning for Family Photos During Your Wedding


Let’s be honest, taking family photos for your wedding day can be a little on the stressful side. There are kids running around everywhere, or Aunt Sally is wandering off somewhere on the property, there’s always something. So, what can you do to ensure things go as smoothly as possible for your family photos? 

Timeline Planning

Having a timeline for your wedding day is essential. Whether you have a wedding coordinator or not, creating (and sticking to!) a timeline will help everyone make sure they stay on track for the day. So when it comes to carving out time to take your family photos, there’s a few tips you should keep in mind!

First off, figure out if you want to take family photos before or after the ceremony. This will depend on a variety of factors, including your venue (check out my faves here!), what time your ceremony starts, if you’re doing a first look or not (if you haven’t decided, check out this blog post!), and how much time you’ll need to get ready. If you’re unsure, don’t be afraid to reach out to your photographer and ask them for advice. Make sure to build in extra time for missing family members as well, because you just never know who you’re gonna have to send out a search party for. 

Family Groups

As much as we would love to say all of our family members get along, unfortunately that’s not always the case. Especially when you’re merging two families together, a little bit of tension is bound to build up! This is why you should let your photographer know if there’s any pairings or groups that they should avoid. Trust me, we don’t want to cause any unnecessary drama on your wedding day, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. This also applies to any special relationships or close family friends we should be aware of. You can even create a sample shot list that outlines all the pairings or groups you know you want photos of! This will help your photographer know what photos are the priorities, and it also gives you a chance to figure out what family photos are most important. 

As a photographer, my job is to make sure my couples have all the photos they’d want to look back on 10, 20, 30 years from their wedding. Feel free to reach out here with any questions or inquiries for your wedding! My team and I would be more than happy to chat. 

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ABOUT Alyssa

At home near the sea. Ever-focused on beauty and the thrilling art of creation; found in the moments that leave me breathless and in awe. 

Growing up, photos always fascinated me.  I was raised to be inquisitive, ask questions, and appreciate history.  What better way to peak someone's interest than with a photograph?  

I always thought I would end up in the pages of Vogue (though I still hope!), but after the tragic loss of my mother, I turned to wedding photography on a whim and fell in love with the energy that can only be found when two people decide on forever.  The overwhelming joy, nostalgia, and attention to detail captured my heart in 2012, and I never looked back.

I squeeze clients meetings in between nap times, and I drive my kids to school and daycare only to run into meetings with designers, florists, and beautiful clients before racing back to gather them back up again. The most amazing part, is that I feel most alive in this environment. Wedding days are chaotic, just like parenting.  Couples and families require empathy and genuine care, just like my children.  

I expertly navigate your wedding from my extensive experience in this industry, and what this offers you is the peace of mind on your wedding day to relax and enjoy what you have created. Booking with Alyssa Morgan Photography allows you to sit back, enjoy your party, and trust that every part of the day is going to be handled with ease, grace, and a whole lot of laughter along the way.

Adventurer.  Traveler.  Mother.

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