This moment is one of the highest honors as a wedding photographer and a very important part of your Wedding Day!
Scrolling thru popular wedding articles and photography Instagram feeds, you'll see beautiful events captured. You will be able to experience photographed details of engagement rings, beautifully styled wedding bands surrounded by flowers and spools of ribbon, and wedding couples strolling thru sun drenched fields.
While these stunning images are absolutely part of the wedding day ~ where are the relationships? Where is the feeling of the emotion in that day? This is what my couples receive.
It can be hard to find the images of family in photographers portfolios.
As a wedding photographer in business who needs to market my work to potential clients, I understand. Family formal portraits generally do look similar: lovely and well dressed parents, siblings, in laws smiling at the camera. When you are trying to show off your best work to potential clients, these are not the images you might naturally be inclined to reach for.
However, knowing how much my clients love their families ~ these images are absolutely the essence of what the day is all about. IF push came to shove, you would run back into a burning house for this image over the image of a detail from that day.
Simply put . . . Formal Photography of your loved ones.
Now, Family means different things to different people. Therefore, the specific desires and style will be as unique as the love between you and your Fiance'.
When working with Modern Love we help to create this special time easy and efficient so you can get back to the celebrations.
The goal here is to create a family heirloom that lives for generations to come. You are the reason why your future children and their children have life, they will want these images to remember how it all was created. Capturing your love and the loved ones around you is what they will have as their reflection on where they derived. When you hire Modern Love we take this time with great care and responsibility.
Approximately 6 weeks prior to your wedding date you will receive a questionnaire from me that will begin the process of crafting a vendor itinerary that will entail all the logistics and timing for when these special moments are captured. My goal here is to learn more about your family and the grouping you would like to accomplish.
Questions will entail:
Size of wedding party?
Bride and Groom Parents names?
Immediate family names ?
Extended family names?
Situations regarding deaths or divorces? (Great information as well, so we addressing everyone properly.)
Timing of Family formals prior or after Ceremony?
Specific people in groupings, up to 10 groupings are then crafted
Now, not to worry ~ I will also be giving you a sample shot list that will support guidance for you to simply pick from a long list of photo option to customize what is important to you to be captured.
You can consider the following that will be included in the shot list:
Parents and step parents
All siblings, spouses of siblings and children of siblings
Aunts, Uncles and spouses of aunts and uncles
Cousins, spouses of cousins and children of cousins
Godparents, spouses of godparents, and children of godparents
There are a few things I would love for you to consider when choosing your location. First, we need ample room. Based on the size of grouping we need to be able to support everyone and also move around a bit to work in the space. Consider your largest grouping when you are considering your options.
Church and Synagogue altars are always lovely, since they are usually decorated for your ceremony. Because ceremony locations are almost always "picturesque" to begin with, they make for stunning backdrops. If you are getting married in another indoor or outdoor venue, the ceremony setup at this location may be ideal.
If indoor at your venue, staircases or empty ballrooms with natural light can also be an ideal location.
I have documented numerous love stories all over the Bay Area and most often I have tenure in the venue you have chosen and am happy to carve this path for you within the itinerary.
I have looked at my own Grandparents and Great Grandparents wedding albums and thought to myself, who will be looking at my images in generations to come? At a recent wedding I documented, I wondered who are the little humans that will grow up to appreciate the images I was capturing at that very moment and would shortly thereafter be creating the album their hands would be flipping through.
Yes, this day is for you and about you. But just like us all, we came from our parents and our great grandparents and we are their legacy. When they are no longer with us- the decisions we have made during this special day with capture them for lifetimes to come. These images are also for the family you leave behind, as well.
I believe in the importance of family and legacy. I believe in family portraits not just on wedding days. I book family sessions all the time that support this same mission. This is a tangible documentation that we leave behind, a bit of visual history for family yet to come.
Therefore, yes ~ I believe they are Immensely important.
Receive . . . .
1 Hour Photo Session
Complimentary Professional Hair & Makeup
Receive all your Hi- Res Digitals when you book your wedding with us
Not sure about booking us and want your photos? No fuss- We offer affordable packages for you to purchase the images