Everything you Need to Know about Group Shots

The 3 part process to Group Shots


1 - Compose your Photography List Carefully

Make sure that you have thought about your photography list carefully a few weeks in advance of your wedding (this gives you time to change anything with your photographer).

I send couples a Photography Plan to fill out before their wedding, and one of the sections is about who you would like photos with for your “formals”. I ask for this list so that I can make sure that you have all the photographs you want for your gallery, but also so you aren’t stood taking photo after photo when you should be enjoying your day.

To make sure that you are only having the photos that will mean something after the wedding you need to be really strict with yourself and say ‘will that photo make it into an album or be printed?’ - if the answer is ‘no’, I’d say leave the photo.

Every photo takes around 5 minutes for me to capture- that’s time to wrangle everyone together and also give you different compositions, so if you had a list of twenty different images you wanted (which there is absolutely nothing wrong with if this is what you are wanting), just know that it can be a long process.

2 - Be Prepared for Bad Weather

Living in the UK we can be caught out with our glorious weather even in the peak of Summer. What I advise all couples to do (just in case) is have a back up plan for group shots.

Some couples love the idea of going out in the rain and just embracing everything about their day, but just in case some people can’t be out in the rain because of health etc, make sure you’ve discussed with your venue a great backdrop for your photographs indoors.

This year, in North Yorkshire, Katie and Andy had the most beautifully elegant wedding with drizzle for most of the day. We took the photos inside and because their venue supplied a room which had lots of charm and character, their group shots still felt like they fitted into their gallery.

3- Adding in Variety

I love LOVE L-O-V-E adding in a few chairs into group shots. You get such great variation in your images with the different heights. This tends to be best used for the bridal party shots, however you can use these for all your formals if you love the look of them.

The idea is that you give yourselves around 10/15 minutes (because organising a bridal party can take a little while for any photographer), and within that time you can have photos taken with chairs and without them, giving you once again lots of variety for your gallery.

Hope this was helpful.



Rob and Becky's Outdoor Woodland Wedding in Sheffield

So much loveliness took place at Rob and Becky’s outdoor wedding!

I smiled right from walking into bridal prep in the morning all the way through to watching Rob and Becky dancing their night away.

So much happened during the day and so much attention to the little details all added up to the loveliness of their wedding day, but really it was all about the people that made Rob and Becky’s wedding day so special. Talking to their guests on the day was such a lovely experience and everyone showed how much they really love Rob and Becky and everything they are about.

I wish I could do the whole day over again!

Pure perfection!

Supplier List:

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Wood Lane Countryside Centre

Wedding Planner/Coordinator or Venue Contact: Laura Harwood

Wedding Dress Designer: Kate Beaumont

Bride's Shoes: Rainbow club

Groom's Suit: TM Lewin

Groom's Shoes and Accessories: Shoes - Ted Baker. Accessories - TM Lewin

Florist: Moss and Clover

Stationery: Etsy

Makeup Artist/ Hair Stylist: Jenn Edwards

Bridesmaid dresses: Maids to Measure

Caterer: PJ Taste

Cake: M&S (Colin and Connie the Caterpillars)

Photography: Alexandria French Photography

Alison and Josh's Elegant Sheffield Cathedral Wedding and English Countryside Reception

Elegant and Fun

Alison and Josh are such a stunning couple! From our very first meeting we all just ‘got’ each other. I loved listening to what they had planned for their day, but as usual with weddings, I couldn’t have imagined just how beautiful their day would be!

Their ceremony was held at St Marie’s Cathedral in Sheffield Town centre- this building is fantastic. It was so lovely to see shoppers stopping in their tracks to take photos of Alison and her gals as they made their way from the side street to the entrance of the church. Within the walls of that beautiful Cathedral, Alison and Josh became husband and wife! Such a perfect service.

Then it was on to The Cricket Inn at Totley for an English Countryside Marquee reception. Alison and Josh had planned such a laid-back reception, it was amazing to just mingle with guests and see them both so in love, happy and totally at ease in their relaxed space they had created!

Everything was perfect… a perfect wedding day indeed!

Suppliers List

Ceremony Venue: St Marie’s Cathedral

Reception Venue: The Cricket Inn

Wedding Dress Designer: Essence of Australia from Emily Bridal Wear

Bride's Shoes and Accessories: Aldo

Groom's Suit: Next

Groom's Shoes and Accessories: Ted Baker

Florist: Frenchie Loves Flowers

Stationery: The Vow

Makeup Artist:Makeup by Pacha

Hair Stylist: Gemma Galley from Volt

Bridesmaid dresses: Chi Chi London

Caterer: The Cricket Inn

Cake: Jodi Baird

Photographer: Alexandria French Photography