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The Knot Wedding: Wedding Party Group Photos

Lesson 16 from: The Complete Wedding Photographer Experience

Jasmine Star

The Knot Wedding: Wedding Party Group Photos

Lesson 16 from: The Complete Wedding Photographer Experience

Jasmine Star

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16. The Knot Wedding: Wedding Party Group Photos

Learn how to wrangle the family, bridal party and groomsmen so you get great wedding party and family portrait poses for your group shots in a short period of time.


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The Knot Wedding: Wedding Party Group Photos

So what we're about to go into is shooting the bridal party. Now bridal party portraits don't normally unfold this way but today this is what they did. I had about five to 10 minutes to work with the guys and I had about 10 minutes to work with the girls. So what we're gonna go into is how I shot the guys before the ceremony, how I shot the girls before the ceremony. And then what we did after the ceremony is we photographed the group in one area that I felt like at least I got the safe shot. If all else fails and I can't get any more photos of the bridal party, at least we got one shot of them all together. Now the goal is for after the ceremony, once we have a little bit more time and latitude is to actually shoot one more group photo, hopefully in better light, maybe in the vineyards. We'll see what light is gonna give us. So that's what we're going into. Now as far as family photos go, I knew that the bride and groom did not have a large family so I was able to work through them as...

quickly as possible. So you're gonna see how we effectively moved through bridal party photos and how we effectively moved through family photos. You're gonna see us jumping around at different parts of the day because that's how it unfolded during the different parts of the day. So hang on with us and at the end, I'm gonna bring this all back and tie it all together, hopefully with a cute little bow. Gentlemen, we're gonna make this as quick as possible so that you guys can enjoy the party later on. So this shot right now, we're gonna see if we have music goin', ambient stuff. That's right, show me the dance moves. This is good, this is really good. Okay, so guys, I'm gonna set you guys up. May I ask who the best man is? Very nice to meet you, what was your name? Jesse. Jesse, nice. That's my brother. Oh. (laughing) Good looks run in the family. Alright, guys, we're gonna have, we're gonna have Taylor and Jesse right here in the center. So Taylor, you standing exactly how you are is exactly how I want you, but turn, angle in towards Jesse a tiny bit. Jesse, you're gonna angle in towards Taylor. Now, who comes after Jesse? Down the aisle? Yes. Or in the? And who comes after, I'm sorry, what's your name? Justin. Justin, nice to meet you, Justin. Who comes after Justin? You're gonna be on this side. And then who comes, get you on this side, great. So, gentlemen, on this side can I have your right hands in your right pant pocket, your top button done? Your left hands in your left hand pocket with your top buttons done. Jesse, you're gonna come in closer to Taylor. Hands out? Uh, yeah, yeah, yeah. So, so it depends. So just make sure that the coat isn't puckering like this. They're just relaxing, just like that. Great. We're gonna come in nice and close. So what I'm looking for right now is I'm gonna have to crop out their feet because I don't have enough space and I'm just gonna have to be okay with that. I'm gonna create this as a frame. Gentlemen, can I have you guys all just scoot over about three feet? Right about there, great. Taylor, scoot back a little bit. Great, you're gonna come in this way. So, Jesse, come in closer to Taylor. Justin, come in closer to Jesse. And then step in closer to Justin. Great. Perfect. So right now I'm cropping out their feet because I don't have another option for open shade. We'll change that to 100. Hold on one sec. You are gonna be looking, I know, there's a lot of cameras, guys, don't worry. You guys, I'll be walking you through the process. Right now I'm at 400 ISO, one 16th of a second, four oh. I'm cropping out their feet because this is the options that I'm given. I wanna make sure that there's no gaps. So, Jesse, take one step in closer to Taylor. Justin, one closer, one close, this is perfect. Gentlemen, you're gonna be looking at my camera. I'll be talking you through the whole, the whole process. Now great, guys, can you guys get in a little bit closer? Stand a little bit closer? Nice, nice. JD, are you ready for Taylor? Taylor, can you look at JD? Gentlemen, you guys are gonna be looking here at me. Fantastic. Great, so now what we're gonna do is, Taylor, take two big steps towards me. Nice, great. Can you take one step back? Beautiful. Now, can you take one step back and just square your shoulders towards me? Square them towards me. Have this hand in your pant pocket. Yeah, that's great. Gentlemen, take two steps back. Takes one step back. Take that one step towards me. Fantastic. Can you square your shoulders towards me? Nice. And you're gonna be looking out in that direction. And take one step closer this way. And then, yeah, there we go. And actually, not really, you're gonna be joining. Bless you. One step out towards me. There you go, nice. (laughing) Thank you. Cool. Yeah, no problem. Eyes right here gentlemen. Nice, and then Taylor, can you look over at JD? Nice. Good. Now, gentlemen, on the count of three, I want you guys just coming up behind Taylor, just wrap your arms around him however comes natural. You gotta sneeze again? I got you. Take your time. I got it. I think I'm good. Okay, if you sneeze in the middle of my photo, I mean. (laughing) That'd be a really good photo. On the count of three, guys, one, two, three. Come up around Taylor. Nice. Nice, that's good. That's good. And then, Taylor, look at the guys. Guys, look at Taylor. Just relaxing, yeah. (laughing) Good, alright guys, alright. What we're gonna do is we are going to create a walking formation for the guys so that I can shoot head to toe because at this point I haven't been able to. So, Taylor, I'm gonna have you here. You're gonna be facing this direction. Now, guys, we're thinking that like, depending what generation you're from, Reservoir Dogs or Mighty Ducks, okay? So he'll be the apex, right? Okay. (laughing) so, I want the, I want the, yes. I want the slow clap. Ducks, ducks. That's right guys, okay, not quite yet. Taylor will be at the apex. We'll have, let's see, Jesse on this side. It was Justin, right? On that side. And then, guys, you're kind of just create the V a little bit around him. Now it's a little, exactly, and the reason why I'm doing this, exactly, I want those motions, too, is because we don't have enough room for you guys to walk all next to each other. So I'm gonna have you guys just walk in. Now, the idea is not to look like you're angry, like have angry faces. The idea is just simply to walk, enjoy, kind of create the casual type vibe. So you're gonna be looking at the guys, you guys are gonna be looking, you guys can trash talk, whatever it's gonna take Taylor to smile and enjoy. Right now I'm shooting with the, let's see, Taylor, one step this way. Guys, if you can't see my camera, the camera can't see you. So careful, 'cause they're gonna be walking to us. So I'm just gonna test the light right about now. I do understand that this light's not very good, but I'm gonna do it, I'm gonna own it and I'm gonna rock it. Here we go, I'm at four oh, 200s of a second, 400 ISO. I have just about a few feet for them to walk. So, guys, on the count of three. You guys can start with your left foot first, taking it nice and slow. One, two, three, talking trash, enjoying the moment. We have just about this amount of room to work. We're gonna be good, here we go. So, in three, two, one. Left foot, Taylor, looking at the boys. Guys, there you go. (laughing) Okay, pause, pause, guys, come up all around Taylor. Back up, Matt, back up, Matt. Guys, nice, come in nice and close, just casual, casual, casual, yeah. Very good. Nice, guys. Thanks, guys. This is great. This is good, thank you guys so much. If there's other casual shots that you guys want, JD will hang out with you guys all day. If you guys just wanna chill and relax, that's okay. I'm gonna get one shot of Taylor, then I'm gonna go shoot the bride. Taylor, I'm gonna shoot you just around, Tay, I'm gonna shoot you just, right now we're gonna add you in that photo. So I'm gonna shoot this at a 2.0. I just need to get a solid shot. I'm in mud right now, wow. I just need a solid shot of the groom. Man, this song and everything is just firing. Okay, Anise, can I get you to take, like, one step to the left? Sure. I'm so sorry, love, so sorry. Nice. Taylor, can you look out towards? There we go. Nice, chin down a tiny bit. And then eyes here. Nice. I'm just loving this music, man. This is great. How are you feeling, Taylor? Good? Good. Wait 'til you see your wife, your future wife. She is looking so good. That's good. Can I have you button your jacket? Unbutton it, unbutton it and then button it. Now look down. Now look off towards the side, towards that portico. Yeah. Eyes down, back at the coat. Slight smile, looking at the portico again. Oh, there we go, homie, there we go. Eyes here, atta boy. Thank you, thank you. Okay, let's do that, that photo. Thank you, Taylor. Okay. Here we go, here we go, girl time. Now that the guys are safely tucked away and enjoying their drinks and enjoying the day and JD's hanging out with them, I can rest assured that that's being taken care of. I'm about to shoot the girls right now. The bride will get into her dress, we'll have it, keep it light, keep it fun and keep it directive. Once we have everybody in, we will be stepping outside to two locations to shoot bridesmaids' photos. I will make sure that they get two variations of the bridesmaids' photos and keep them very candid. The Knot has a penchant for posting bridesmaid photos not in the traditional sense, but them just enjoying and laughing. And because I know that, I wanna make sure that if this thing gets to print, those are the types of photos that they're gonna be using and wanting. So having said that, the next move for, would be for us is to get her in her dress, go outside to two different locations to shoot two poses in both of those two locations, get them back tucked in, and then once we do that, I will then be shooting set up detail shots for the ceremony. So that's what's going on. So ladies, I'm going to have you grab Sam's dress. Maybe not. I'm shooting at a 2.5 500 ISO, one 60th of a second. So, actually, whoever needs to be in the room, can you be in the room? And if not, we're gonna close these doors. And if you could stand in front of the doors so people can't see in? Thank you. Great. I'm gonna turn around. Got it, yes. So this is what happens if I'm working with a male videographer. He'll stay in the room if she's okay with it, and Sammie's okay with it. And she's, he's looking away and I'll call him when he's ready. So, Sam, I won't be shooting you until you're fully covered. There will be no cameras on you until you're fully covered and then we're gonna put on them. Okay, cool? Yeah, no, no, no. And you can keep your robe on until you're fully covered and then we'll open the doors, we'll have Matt turn around. Okay. So if you hear me shooting, I'm just shooting things that are around you, not you. Okay. And so ladies, if you guys wanna hop in the frame, in, out of the frame, however you feel most comfortable is exactly what I want. Tammy, you can be shooting too. I switched my ISO, 'cause it seemed to get a little bit darker. The light in here is really weird because they have video lights going on because of the filming for The Knot. So I'm just trying my best to really work with this. So, she's getting into it, so I'm gonna stop shooting. Oh, I should put my shoes on. No, not yet. Oh, no? No, we'll get this. Oh, yeah, 'cause I want people to help me. Yes. So ladies, what you wanna do is you wanna get the dress as low as possible so she doesn't have to hurdle it. And then we wanna make sure that we can see the floor all the way at the knee, just like this. Gorgeous. Oh, that was me, sorry. Okay. There we go. Oh, excellent. So once we get her covered, she's gonna remove the robe and then I'll have Matt turn around. Once you're covered, you take your time. I lived in a sorority house with, like, 50 girls, so I have lost all dignity (laughing) a long time ago. (laughing) So we're gonna put, drape those items behind the sofa. Thank you. So, Samantha, whenever you're ready, whenever you feel comfortable, you tell. Oh, yeah. Okay, so Matt, we're good. Thank you. So pull down her dress, 'cause it's gathered around her belly. (laughing) Sam, look me in the face, night and light and happy. Beautiful. So what's happening right now is The Knot is putting on a mic and so we're just trying to, like, wait it out. I think I just lost the time for the bridesmaids' photos before the ceremony, which totally bums me out. I'm gonna still try to fight for them, but, just depends how things here unfold. So we'll see. Yeah? So ladies, what I'm gonna each have you guys do is grab maybe her shoes, a jewelry, her handkerchief so then you, once the mic is on, we're gonna pop her in, we're gonna set you guys up outside as quick as possible. Take one step back, Sam. Great, so Leigh, are we good? Yeah. Thank you. Just how does it feel? We'll have time to adjust the mic before we go down to the ceremony too. Fantastic. Thank you, thank you. So, we're gonna, okay, if you guys can unbuckle her shoes and then. I could hold up the dress. Great. Fantastic. Princess, can you stand over here? Thank you, princess. Oh, you look so beautiful. Thank you, love. And now you can look at Sam. Oh, how beautiful. Oh, you're gonna come down and get her into her shoes. Oh, I was just gonna say. So I have to be careful. Samantha's arm is cocked in such a way that I don't think it's, but I'm just gonna be patient with it 'cause her right arm is just not gonna compliment her. So I'm not gonna fire off too many. I'm gonna wait until she's elevated. Oh, right there. She, nope. I'm just not gonna shoot because her arm is cocked in such a way that it makes it distracting. So I'm gonna wait until she's in her left shoe. That brings her body up and relaxes that right arm. Yeah. So, Sam, we're keeping the face nice and light. Beautiful. My focal point's on the bride. And I'm shooting at 2.5, 640 ISO, one 60th of a second. Now she's lifted up and her arm is relaxed. I'll shoot that. Toe down. Toe down, there you go. Why, 'cause it? My dad dancing. So ladies, we're gonna go into jewelry. Put it on however. (laughing) Am I putting them on her? Is she? Which one is this? (chattering) Oh yeah, the veil. Oh, yes. Let's put on the veil before we go down to the ceremony. So we'll do bridesmaids' photos, fingers crossed, without it and then this'll, it'll be a nice little change of look. Okay. Who's putting on the veil? We're gonna do that before we go down. If you can put it on, that'd be fantastic. Okay. Where do you? Are you supposed to pin this or just? You can wrap it around the bouquet as you walk down. Oh, that's great. Thanks for telling me. (laughing) So, the bride is getting touched up right now. She just had a beautiful, evocative moment of reading a letter from her husband-to-be. I instructed the bridesmaids to get their bouquets and meet us outside because the bride will actually get there faster if she sees her friends out there going en route. We'll be right outside. I've instructed and cleaned out a certain small area. We are working in very small areas today, but I think that we'll be able to rock that out in hopefully seven to 10 minutes, 'cause that is all that I have before I have to shoot the ceremony. So here we go. So I'm just kind of adjusting the dress a tiny bit. I do have other stuff here. I want you, let's see. Yeah, there you go. Oh. You'll just relax it. Relax the elbows, bringing that in. I'm gonna need everybody to back up. I'm getting a, a shot from back here. I need, yeah. So, Sam, take one step forward. Samantha, take one step forward. Right there, perfect. Beautiful. Just relax, you're gonna be looking out there. Beautiful. I'm just gonna get a bridal portrait with her. So I'm at 320 ISO. Beautiful. Samantha, relax the bouquet slightly lower. There you go, boo. Thank you. Gorgeous. Beautiful. Look over you left shoulder. Down at the floor. Beautiful. With your left hand, can you get the back of your dress and slightly adjust it. Yeah, like that. Bring it up to your hand, now lift the shoulders. Lift it? Yes, like this. Beautiful. Looking out the window again. Beautiful. Relax your hand. This hand? Yes, and then the other hand. Drop both hands, to, back to the bouquet. Back to the bouquet, atta girl. Good. Pause. I'm not, like, leaning back, 'cause I'm holding myself up, but is it making me look? Not at all. And your bouquet is there, too. So take a deep breath, relax that left shoulder, peel it on back. Beautiful. And there's somebody in the background, okay. Relaxing the shoulder, looking down at the bouquet again. Beautiful. Chin towards me slightly. Beautiful. Then bring your eyes here. Atta girl. We're going, here we go. Do I look angry? No. You look fierce. I'm smiling so much. So we're gonna have you peel out this way and we are gonna get you tucked away. So everybody on this side please. I'm gonna be shutting these doors. Okay, I can't move the carpet. So, let's see. Sam, I need you centered here. I need your feet there. Beautiful. Now ladies, there are a total of five, correct? Can I have your sister stand here? Yeah. So you're gonna turn your body in this way. Your sister is going to stand here. Who is the third in line? Me. Perfect, I'll get you right over here. One step out towards me, love. Beautiful. I'm gonna have you come in right here. I know. Let's go, let's go, we're keeping on time. Beautiful, I'll have you right over here on this side. Gorgeous. Do you want me slightly behind? No, we're gonna be in front of the portico. Okay. So you're gonna be angling yourself in towards, I'll fix this. Oh, the button popped off. Let's just tuck it in right now and then on the break we'll have it adjusted. Right there. Turn it in this way. Ladies, you're going to, I'm gonna take your, yes. Can I have your cell phone? Tammy? Ladies, I'm gonna have your bouquets here. Bring it on in this way. I'm gonna bring you over here. And I'm dividing up the brunettes on this side, lighter hair on this side. Beautiful. So turn out this way towards your sister. That's okay. Oh, the mic was just coming off. Should I put my hair in front? Uh, one side. You know I'm a big fan of the one side hair. That's fine. Okay, good, I'm glad we all agree. So turn in towards Sam. Beautiful. So, ladies, relax. Come in this way, come in this way. Take one tiny step out towards me and then, ladies, your bouquets are gonna be in your left hand. Ladies, you're gonna be in your right hand. Sam, you're good there. Okay. Line up the bouquets to match up with Sam's height. Gorgeous. Beautiful. Okay. I'm shooting at a four oh, I'm shooting at ISO 160. Gonna get a test shot. This is the light that I like. I'm at three 20th of a second. So ladies, what I want you to do is, oh, let's get princess in there, how could I forget? I saved the best princess for the last. Can you come over here, princess? Flowers? Yes, flower girl first. Oh my God, her hair is so cute. Get that. Oh, you look so beautiful. Yeah, we'll leave Katie out. Okay. Cloud coverage? I got cloud coverage. Okay, so, beautiful. Everybody, ladies, take a deep breath and then relax the shoulders. So abdomens in, relaxing the one hip. All ready, ladies. I'm just loving this. Gorgeous. Beautiful. Relax. I'm shooting at horizontal convertible. Face just slightly lower, just a little bit. There we go, there we go, Jeannie, thank you. Beautiful. Now, ladies, take a deep breath and everyone's just gonna chat with each other. Yes, there we go. (laughing) So I'm doing this primarily to get candid photos as well as for the videographer. That's great. Now, lovely, ladies we you laugh, just be conscious of the ha ha ha. We have to do the ha ha ha. Okay? So, right, right, exactly. There you go. Beautiful. Oh, this is so beautiful. Hi, princess, can you look here? Oh, yeah. Hi, love. Oh, so beautiful. Okay. So now what we're gonna do is, ladies, while you guys have your bouquets, we're gonna just kind of create, one tiny bit, step out. Okay. Beautiful, turn out, square your shoulders towards me. Now, ladies, you guys are just gonna be looking at Samantha and you can maybe fix the back of her dress. You guys are just kind be, doing slight little jooges and modifications. Jooges, that's right. So, light change. There's a light change, I have to compensate for that because of the light in front of him. Yes, please. So this right here in front him is a natural reflector, and so I just need to make sure that I'm compensating for that light. Sam, flip your view to the other side. There you go, girls. Beautiful, now everybody kind of come in. Come in nice and tight, nice and tight. So we're gonna get, I'm sorry, forgive me. We have to make room for your sister. We're gonna do the quintessential sorority pose. So, Samantha, queen, yes. I know. I'm gonna bring you on this side to Sam. You're gonna fit your feet underneath her dress. Beautiful, lovely. Angle in. So remember, ladies, oh yeah, pop your knee. I'm gonna take that, pop the knee. Pop the knee. Pop the knee. Come in, come in. Come in here, baby. Oh, yeah. Come in this way, come in this way, come in this way. Hey, Sam, I approve of that, I really do. Okay. I talk loud enough. I know. (laughing) Exactly. You just broadcast your voice. Exactly, exactly. So, JD, you ready? Okay, so I shot in mind, then I want JD to go. I'm at 4.0, three 20th of a second, 160. Got it, got it. I'm at 500th of a second. Beautiful. Ladies, eyes here. Leaning in for that sorority pose. There we go, ladies, beautiful. Take a deep breath, relax it out. You're gonna lean in and then everyone's going to be looking at me, and Sam, when I have you look at JD, I'll tell you when. Right there, there he is, hey. (laughing) None of the cute stuff yet, none of the cute stuff. Okay. Everybody take a deep breath, relax the shoulders. Leaning in for that sorority pose. Oh. And Sam, at JD. Beautiful. Thank you, ladies. Pause here, bouquets all down. Princess, can I have you stand right over here with me? Beautiful. Line up the bouquets here. JD side. Can you guys line up the bouquets here to Sam? There we go. Come in, come in, come in, come in. Beautiful. Beautiful, ladies. So I'm getting just the bouquets but I want you guys to sell the upper body. So lean it in. Beautiful, that's it, ladies. Girls, girls, girls. Okay, other side so we can get you away from guests. So let's pop in. I think I saw some guests back there. Um, Tammy, can you pop out and verify that there aren't guests on the other side? (laughing) Way to set it up, Sam. They're like no, yeah, no. (laughing) So, this is what just happened. We're in one location with two to three different poses. Now we're gonna go to the second location and get two poses there. I feel confident that even if we didn't get to the other side, it would be okay. But so far, I'm gonna take it and maximize it so that I can get time to shoot the ceremony. So we're on our way. Okay, ladies, we'll pause here. We'll pause here, beautiful, beautiful. This light, I mean. Yes, please. Great. So, I'm noticing that there's not the best light that I want and not enough space so I'm gonna create kind of like an arc. So we'll have the bride in the front, ladies behind her. So we're gonna, think of classic outside, traditional outside, a little candid. Now we're gonna do something a little bit more editorial. Okay, so think of Vanity Fair, think of Vogue. So you don't wanna be looking pissed in the photos, but you wanna be looking fierce. And if I see you looking pissed, I'm gonna call you out. But you already got this down, don't act like you don't know, like. She has introduced me to a whole new world. Smizing, yes, smizing with the eyes. That's exactly, that's exactly what we're doing. So what, and while he's prepping her, can I have you pop her around this way? Sam, you're gonna turn around this way and he's gonna follow you. Twist, twist, twist, twist. Great, so now what we're doing is we're maximizing time. And I think right here is gonna be great. Let's see, I'm gonna get her sister on this side. So, ladies, the way that you had lined up on the other side would be fantastic. So I'm just actually gonna get one girl on this. I'm gonna get you right over here, Olivia. You're in nice and deep. Step in this way. Beautiful. Square your shoulders towards me. All the way. Yeah, remember, we're thinking Vanity Fair, we're thinking of looking good. I'm gonna take you over here, love. And have your hand here and the bouquet down. I love where your bouquet is there. You're, I'm gonna be staggering the bouquets. So give it to me real quick. Let me see what we're doing here. No, no, no, the look. The gorgeous look. Okay, good. Take one step in closer to Sam. Beautiful, good. Okay, good. Now, instead of putting it back, I want you to rest your back. There you go, darling. Pin it in right here. Great. Morgan, can you come right over here? Whenever you're ready I'm gonna have you stand just like this. Okay. So shoulder to shoulder, beautiful. Beautiful. I'm gonna take you right in here. Bouquet in the other hand. Beautiful. And then I'm gonna take you right over here with your bouquet all the way down and your hand here. So, Tammy, can you hold up the, the diffuser above the fuller parts of the dress? Even if I could just save a bit of one. Even if I didn't have the diffuser in this situation, it wouldn't bother me whatsoever. So, Tammy, I'm gonna have you on the opposite side of the tree. So I'm gonna shoot this at ISO 200. I'm at 4.0. Great, I'm at 200th of a second. I'm gonna get one last minute of jooge. This is beautiful. Tammy, lower it. To the left. Um, to the left. I'm sorry, to the right. And Tammy, actually, let's pass it, let's pass it. Let's pass it. Beautiful. So, Sam, your shoulders are squared to me. I want you to turn in slightly towards JD. Turn your, beautiful. So turn your hips and shoulders towards JD. A little bit more. Put your toes at him. Point your toes at him, there you go. Now bring your shoulders to, there, there we go. There we go. There we go, beautiful. Now, everybody, now, we have to be very conscious that this is not the look. Oh, we have somebody behind us, we're just gonna ignore right now. Here we go, everybody dealing with me. And, yes, slight smiles. Slight smiles. Sam, relax, that's beautiful. Take a deep breath, relax it on out. Pop the hip, pop the hip, think sorority and fierce. In three, two and one. Beautiful. Beautiful, gorgeous. Now, take a deep breath. Now, everybody can just lean next to the next person. Just kind of like however it happens. Uh, yes, I want you to turn in towards your sister. Yeah. Link your arms with your sister. And pop in, come out closer to Sam. There you go, beauty. Oh, ladies, I can't even deal with this right now. I'm sorry, can I have you back up a bit? Okay, we have princess in the shot. We're gonna keep princess in the shot. We're just gonna roll with it. She's gonna turn towards us. Beautiful. There we go. We're leaning and we're feeling great. Oh, ladies, I can't. Looking at each other. Gorgeous. Now what we're gonna do, ladies, nice and slow, in a cadence of three, two, one, you're gonna be walking towards me, looking at each other. Sam, you can link arms with your sister or you can have it down, whatever you feel most comfortable, but I need you to do a three, two, one, exactly, so we're relaxed, we're feeling good, we're keeping the faces nice and light but we're not doing the ha ha ha. Then, you're keeping the faces light. So it's not like this. Just pleasant. Okay, here we go, guys. We're gonna relax. Beautiful, and we're gonna start with your left foot first in a cadence of three, two, one, side to side, looking, enjoying. And starting in three, two and one. Left, side to side, slow, slow, ladies, slow. Oh. (laughing) We lost one, we lost one. And that was good, though, you totally owned it. Let's back it up. Let's back it up and we'll do it one more time and we'll get you tucked away. One more! That was good, that was great, there's no apologies. But you guys, look what we gave her, we gave her nothing. I feel so bad. Good, so you guys, squeeze in a little tighter so that we get room on this end. Beautiful, ladies. Squeeze it in nice and tight, squeeze it in so we're not losing anybody in the process of us going. You got it, are you going? Yeah. Great. Okay, ladies. Beautiful. So, this light is amazing, so ladies, we're looking at each other, going even slower than we did last time. So in three, two, one, left foot, go. Lovely, looking side to side. Beautiful. Beautiful, we're not falling. We're not falling, this is good. Beautiful, everybody lean in, just casual. Gather 'round however it works, however it works. Gather in, gather in. Get in nice and close, get in nice and close, get in nice and close, get in nice and close, eyes here, eyes here, oh, ladies. So right now, I'm just trying to pick off the important family members because this is the time that we have, that very short, limited amount of time for family formals. So I want to make sure that we have everybody, so I'm not spending time wasting looking for people. I'm gonna get the couple in the shade as much as possible. So this is not an ideal situation, but this is the only situation we have right now, so this is where they brought the couple. So we're gonna try to do family pictures as quick as possible. Oh, actually, look at this area. Can we squeeze everybody in, you think, for family photos? Uh, you know, (mumbles). Let me check, let me check. This area is super tiny. I have literally about a foot of shade, but their families aren't that big, so I'm gonna try to keep them here. So, JD, can I get her sister, please? Sister, yeah. But we'll, since her dad's here, Mister, Mister, where's Mr. Karrish? Oh, Mr. Karrish, I'll take you right over here. Sam, I'll take you here. You know, and my aunt, I may get a picture. Absolutely, absolutely. So where is your, where is your aunt? She's making her way over here. Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic. Did it all go okay? Oh, brilliant. Yeah? I know, we're gonna try to keep you guys in the shade. It is warm, I know. So we're gonna try to do this. Um, let's see, JD, I also need the scrim, please. So, Sam, I'm gonna have her just right behind her. Sorry. That was perfect. Fierce. So, dad, I'll have you right about here. You timed it so good. You're gonna stick your feet in underneath her dress. Yeah, or just, yeah, and then Sam. Make it look a little casual. Absolutely, absolutely. Beautiful, this is, Taylor, you're gonna turn in towards Sam. So, you know what we'll do while we're waiting for your half of the family? We'll just do photos real quick. Yeah. Right here, okay great. So, Sam, you're gonna turn towards me. Dad, you're gonna turn towards Sam. Taylor, you're gonna turn towards, beautiful. Relax the bouquet. Diffuser or balance? Diffuse, please. I just need, I just don't wanna, with that broken light. It's okay, I just need facial as much as possible. So this lighting is not the best, and I understand it but it's just something that I have to go through. I'm gonna have you peel in as much as possible. You're gonna stand off to the side. Yeah, and then just kind of, great. And so, Mr. Karrish, I'm gonna need you closer to Samantha right now. <v Mr. Karrish>Okay. So even closer, even closer, beautiful. That's nice. That's, oh, fantastic. I'm gonna give him a kiss real quick. Great. So, JD, I'm ready for you when you are. Taylor, can I have your hand in your pocket? The use? Yeah, there we go. There we go, everyone's looking here. Everyone's looking here, beautiful. Beautiful. Nice. Gentlemen, can you put your arms around Samantha? Just around that backside. Mr. Karrish, you, there we go. Nice. I got it, I'm good, thank you. I'm good, thank you. Great, so now what we're gonna do is we're gonna add your, the rest of your family in. Okay. So Taylor, you're just gonna scoot in closer to Sam. There we go. Yes, a lot, thank you. Princess, can you stand over here with Uncle Taylor? Thank you, you're such a good queen. Oh, yes, please, please. The only thing I ask is if you remove your sunglasses. Okay. Jasmine? Yes, love? Oh, sorry. You tell me, hun, when you want me out of the picture. No, no, no, is this? Okay, would you like it as group shot if not? Why don't we do it without me? We're all good with it. Okay, great. You're not hurting anybody's feelings. Thank you, fantastic. So, Taylor, I'm gonna get you on this side. Mr. Karrish, I just need one more photo of you and Samantha right after this one. You're so sweet, you can call him Bob. Okay, Bob, okay Bob, okay. (laughing) You're gonna step in this way. You're enjoying Mr. Karrish. Beautiful, you're gonna come in this way. Princess, can I have you stand right over here with Taylor? That's okay, that looks good. Actually, that looks really good. Turn in towards Sam. Beautiful. You're gonna take a step in this way. Get in closer, beautiful. Okay. Sorry, sorry. It's okay, Sam, you take, you take the time you need. Jay. This light is not my best friend, but this is the best I have. Everyone's looking here at this camera. Beautiful. Everyone's here. Beautiful. Hi, princess, looking here. Everyone's here, beautiful. Get her to lean in. Beautiful. Princess, can you look here, sweetie? Oh, thank you. Okay, that's great. Okay, great, great. Sorry, Jasmine. And you got a photo of her and her sister by their selves? I did. Okay, perfect, great. So then I just need Bob and. Okay. Samantha. Yeah. Actually, you know what? Could we just do some side profile shots? Actually, I can have Tammy do that and I need you to get the side profile shots, thank you. You're gonna to turn in towards Bob. Bob, you're gonna put your arm around her waist. There you go. Bob, can I have your hand in your pant pocket? There you go, beautiful. Oh, that's nice. Beautiful. Tammy, I need it on her nose. Beautiful. Eyes here, everybody looking here at this camera. This camera, beautiful. This camera right here. Lean in a little closer to your dad. Beautiful. Sam, can you get up on your tippy toes and give your dad a kiss on the cheek? Cute, thank you. Beautiful. Thank you so much, lovely, great. Anybody from, anybody from your family that we're missing right now? Did you want to do your aunt? Janet, yeah, and maybe my dad. Janet? Janet? May I? Do you want it you, Janet, Taylor and your dad or just you, Janet? Oh, yeah, Taylor. Taylor and Janet. You could, it's my sister. Of course. Taylor? I'm gonna get you back here with, Bob, I'm gonna have you take a step out. Janet, love your dress. Thank you. It looks cute with my sandals. Janet, you look beautiful. Come in a little closer, it's your sister. We're all friends and family. And then, Taylor, can I have your hand in your pocket? Tammy, can you just lift it up, just straight up? Oh. I'm sorry. Beautiful. Eyes right here, everyone's looking here at this camera. Beautiful. Everyone lean in nice and close to Samantha and Taylor. Lean in. Bob, lean in, lean in a little, there you go. Oh, this is it. Thank you guys so much. Thank you, thank you, I appreciate it, thank you. Where's Jim and Carol? Great. So I'm gonna have Carol, Jim and then Jesse, cool? Yeah. Jesse, can I get you on that side? See? Beautiful. Fantastic. Ooh, okay. So, let's see. So, Carol, I'll have you stand over here with Samantha. Can you lift up your left foot, Sam? There you go, beautiful, beautiful. Carol, you're gonna stick your feet right underneath. Beautiful. Beautiful. So you're gonna hold the bouquet, and when you're holding the bouquet, at your time, you're just gonna rest your hand on her elbow. You're gonna turn in towards and you're gonna have your hand in your pant pocket. There you go. Yeah, just like casual, handsome, I like it. I'm liking this. Jesse, can you turn in? Nice, hand in your pant pocket. Beautiful. You guys create such gentlemen. I mean, truly, truly, truly. Let's see. Tammy, I need you standing up on this chair and then back, so you'll cast a bigger shadow. I got it. I know, love, sorry. It's okay. And my focus is basically on the bride and groom. I understand that. Okay, it's okay, we're just gonna, it's okay, we're passing. Great, everybody's gonna turn to Jesse. Take one step in towards Taylor. Beautiful. Oh, this is beautiful. Everybody, eyes here, gorgeous. Beautiful. Can everybody take a deep breath, relax the shoulder? There you go, oh, beautiful. Everybody lean in. Nice, beautiful. (shutter clicking) Beautiful. Now, we have your boutonniere is competing with Samantha, yes, it is. It's a big boutonniere and you're so tiny. So, Sam, can you take a step forward. There we go, we're gonna do this. Turn in slightly towards, Tay. Oh, towards Taylor? Yeah, just a little. Step in this way. Beautiful, there we go. There we go. Beautiful. (laughing) Yeah, beautiful, eyes here. Gorgeous. Thank you guys so much. Beautiful. So now what we're gonna do is Jesse, we're gonna have you take a step out. Sam, you're gonna turn in towards, beautiful, yes, Carol, you're gonna take a step out. I'm sorry, out of the frame. Forgive me, Jesse. Nice, yes. Oh, sorry, have you step in this way. Beautiful. Jay, are you getting the side angle? Yeah. Okay. Beautiful. Relaxing the bouquet, Sam. I know it's heavy. It is heavy! Right. (laughing) Beautiful, eyes here, everyone at this camera, beautiful. Thank you so much. Oh, this is so stunning. Thank you so much. Now what we're gonna do is Samantha, we're gonna get you out. We're gonna do a couple shots with Taylor and his parents. Good. JD. Are you sure? Okay. Can you grab this, please? Actually, Taylor, do you mind if maybe we have your mom in the middle? I always think it's nice to have the lady by her men, by her boys. Hand in your pocket. There we go. Beautiful. Oh, this is lovely. (shutter clicking) Jesse, we'll have you come in. Right hand in your right pocket. Fantastic. Everybody, you're looking here. Gorgeous. (laughing) Eyes here at this camera, beautiful. Beautiful. Now what we're gonna do is we're gonna get a photo of just Taylor and his mom. I know, Taylor, we're powering through, we're powering through. Beautiful. Eyes here. Gorgeous. Good, can you guys do me a favor? Can you just look at each other? There you go, nice. Thank you, guys. Okay, so this is what I'm gonna do. I'm gonna shoot a safe shot and then I'm gonna keep the bridal party after, because I notice that the reception's already getting set up and I don't want guests to touch it. So, so Samantha, bridal party, real quick, you guys, what we're gonna do right now is we're gonna just do one bridal party photo. We're gonna keep it on the safe, on the safe side. And then we'll get time for press. Give me five minutes for here and then after the reception, we're gonna do another more casual, kind of vineyard style bridal party photo. So we want you guys to get hydrated, get some drinks, have some fun, give me five minutes and then the rest you guys are partying until after the ceremony, reception. Perfect. Cool. Oh, I love you. Gosh. We're gonna walk behind in the shaded area so we can try to keep everybody cool. So what I'm looking for right now is natural reflectors. We have this big natural reflector. This is a really, really dark area that's not my favorite but I'm gonna get the safe shot. And then hopefully later today to get a shot that I'm actually a little bit more happy with. I'm gonna bring you out here. Right about there. That's great, thank you. We're gonna start placing the guys in relation to where you guys stand. Let's see. Taylor, Jesse, we'll get Samantha, yeah. (laughing) Ladies, we're gonna get you on this side. Let's see. Ah, let's see, Samantha, we're, ladies, we're gonna line up everybody right over here in the order in which you are standing. Okay, okay. Take your time, Sam. Can we make sure we get a picture with Tim? Yes. Yes. Then you know what I'm gonna do is, let's see, I need somebody to get the officiant. Oh, thanks. I'm, Taylor, I'm gonna have you here. Brilliant. Sam, I'll have you here. Now, Sam, there is like a slight little incline. Okay. I want you on that incline, give you a little, boom. There we go, there we go. Yes, Bob, we'll have you right there. Right back there, beautiful. So, ladies, I need you lined up in the order in which you guys descended down the aisle. Oh no, that's okay, that's okay. We're gonna do, we're gonna put it right behind her, right about there. Thank you so much. That's brilliant, thank you. So we're, ladies, we're gonna get lined up so that when the bouquet arrives, we'll leave a little bit of space for her. We're gonna pop you guys right in. Ladies, kind of lean on in. (chattering) You're gonna come in this way. You're gonna put your feet, you're gonna stand one tiny step behind Samantha. You bet, right under the dress? Yes, and then get in closer. Atta girl. Oh, wow. Why don't leave it over there? We don't know where that came from. Come in this way. Oh, sorry. It's okay. It's been a long day and it's hot. You guys are gonna get drinks right now. Okay, princess, you wanna be in these photos? Of course. We're gonna have you stand right here next to mommy. Thank you, I'll hold this for you and then you'll get it back to me, okay, or I'll get it back to you. Okay. So, gentlemen, can you guys line up after Jesse? Jesse, can you get on this side of Taylor? I need to make this interesting. Turn in this way. And, gentlemen, can I have your right hands in your pant pockets? So come in a little, slightly towards me, nice. Good. Let's see. Alright, hand, now, Taylor, Taylor, yeah, there we go. Can I have your, all four fingers in your pant pocket? I'm gonna shoot this with the 35. So, gentlemen, I need you to angle in a little bit more. Can I have you take one step out towards me? How about one baby step more? Boom. Ladies. Boom. I'm moving her 'cause she had a major hot spot on her chest. And I'm gonna just sacrifice a tiny bit now. And that's okay. I'm gonna crop out the, the, I'm gonna crop out the natural reflector in front of them. 'Cause I don't want it to be a distraction. The light is just, it's pleasant, it's fine. I don't think it's anything magical, but they're also not in the sun. So can I have princess look here at me? Ladies, line up your bouquets. Beautiful. There you go, oh, how beautiful everybody is looking. Okay, everyone look here at the camera in three. Princess, can you relax your dress a little bit, relax it, relax, oh, just like that. Everyone looking here at three, two, one. Everybody take a deep breath and lean in. Thank you, oh, there we go, there we go. Beautiful. Sam, come out to me a tiny bit, boo. There you go. Nice. Love it. Thank you, okay, so that's the classic photo. We're gonna be okay with it. After, just give me one five minute photo, vineyards, fun, beautiful light. Yeah. Just hydrate, have a good time. Thank you guys so much. Hydrate. Yes, hydrate properly. Thank you guys, thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you, guys. So, if you guys wouldn't mind, can I have everybody just step like, maybe four or five steps over this way. Just a, JD, can you please remove? Yep. Those four items? Yep. I'm gonna get you on this side. You're gonna turn in towards Taylor. Taylor, you're gonna turn in towards Sam. I'm gonna get you. (chattering) Oh, that's no problem, I'll position them when they arrive, just so that we can save time. I'm gonna, so your daughter and her boyfriend are still coming? They're right there. Perfect, then great. Then we'll have this right over here. So, perfect. I'm gonna have you guys take a step back. I'm gonna get you on this side of, actually, forgive me, I'll get you on this side so that I can bring in, we'll keep both families. I'll have you step in this way. You will come right in here. Jesse, I'm gonna have you right over here. Oh, here they are, here they are. Yes, yes. So then we're gonna have you here. Did we find the boyfriend? Yeah. Yeah, right? That was impressive. Can I have you remove your sunglasses? Beautiful, so you're gonna angle your back. You're gonna angle in towards Sam. Beautiful, you're gonna angle in towards this way, have your hand in your right pant pocket. You're gonna turn in towards him, this way, and you can rest your, you can rest your hand on his elbow. Beautiful. Yeah, right. Awesome. Have your hand in your pant pocket. If I can get you to remove your sunglasses. Thank you so much. Take a step in towards me here. Take a step. This is beautiful. Everyone will be looking here at this camera. This is lovely. Four oh two, 50th of a second. 320 ISO. Everyone's looking here, beautiful. You're gonna shoot the vertical and I'm shooting a horizontal. Fantastic, thank you. Let's, let's see. Let's do bridal party, let's do bridal party. JD, yes, talk to me. What about the boys and the parents? I don't think you got. Did we? Yes, I think you did. I think we did do that. Of course they did. Samantha, don't worry. I'm not, I'm thinking of things. I don't even remember them. Okay. Not yet. Can I get a photo of the two of you and then we're done? That will be the last shot. There it is, the best looking shot. Here we go. Mister and Missus, we're gonna. You wanna ride the bus? We're doing bridal party. Janet? (chattering) Sorry, Jesse, five, Jesse, five minutes, five minutes. You guys are gonna be looking here at this camera. This is beautiful. Thank you guys, thank you. Taylor is gonna appreciate that photo, I know he is. Thank you guys so much. Okay, great, wedding party, here we go. We're gonna make this quick, we're gonna make this easy, we're gonna make this fun. As fun as possible. Let's see. JD, I also need my 50 on deck. For some reason, it's not in my bag. So, Sam. Sam? Yes. Let's get you right over here. Right here, lovey. This light is stunning. I'm gonna bring you in right over here. You're gonna turn in. Ferris? Okay, thank you. Here you go. This guy's. He's a little sad. Aww, well, turn it towards you. Exactly. Taylor, I'm gonna have you come in right over here. Ladies, can I have you line up starting with the Matron of Honor? And if I could have you remove your sunglasses. Thank you. What am I doing? You're gonna come in right next to your wife. Ah! Yeah, I know. Taylor, I'm gonna get you on that side. Great. Bridal party, bridal party, bridal party. So, gentlemen, remove your sunglasses. We'll pop you guys right in right here. Actually, I'm loving right there. You guys are just kind of staying. Actually, let's switch the positions. Jesse, I'm gonna get you closest. Ladies, we're gonna stagger you guys behind the bride and groom. This is very similar to what we did. Thank you, yes, darling, yes. You guys are ready for this. They threw one bouquet, so I don't have one. Oh. Oh, no, hey Ferris, we're missing a bouquet. What do you suggest we do? Just one of them? Yeah, 'cause we tossed it. Yeah, I know. So? But I'm on the end so I didn't know if that was okay. We're gonna stagger. (group chattering) I see, you get me. We're on this. Like someone's kinda behind. Yeah, this is it, this is done. This is great, perfect, okay. That's fine. Okay, so ladies, what we're gonna do is we're just gonna stagger. Like this is, this is very, this is the Vanity Fair kind of like from earlier today. Can you switch your shoulders towards me? Face them towards me? Toward you? Mm hmm, take one tiny step back. Beautiful. You're next in line, correct? Yeah. You're gonna be right up next to her, 'cause by height. Now you're gonna drop this bouquet all the way down. Up right there. Beautiful. Back it up, back it up, back it up. This way. I'm sorry, this way, this way, this way. Have you right about here with your bouquet down, or actually up. Up? No, we're gonna have you separate. We're gonna have you up, we'll have you down. Just like this, beautiful. Yeah, I like that. Or, inter, let me see? Interlocked? I like that, that's good. No, you don't have any. This angle, it's good. Just. Y'all, I am not like, I am not a reconstructive surgeon. But you guys don't need this. You guys don't need it. We're good. Oh, well, I mean, you guys don't need it. It's on a need-only basis and you guys don't qualify. I'm gonna have you guys step in this way. Step in. That was really sweet. (laughing) Thanks, but, I'm gonna have your hand up. Are you sure? And then you're gonna turn your shoulders out a little bit more towards me. Beautiful, and the chin is gonna be towards the camera. Beautiful. So gentlemen, this is kinda gonna be, kind of setting up a little bit angular. It's kind of like cover of like a record or a magazine. Jesse, we have the flask, I mean, that's looking pretty fierce. Classic, right? That's classy, I mean, I'm not lying. You're gonna hang in, see, Sam, take out one step. Beautiful. Right about there. And then come in this way. Hand in your pocket. Nice, beautiful. Jesse, I'm gonna take you out this way. Square your shoulders. I'll take this, I'll take this. It will come back empty. Here we go. Can you keep this up? Jesse, square your shoulders towards me. One step back. There we go, hand in your pocket. Justin, turn in towards him. Come up a tiny bit. Square your shoulders towards me. Square, can you square your shoulders, turn, yeah, square your shoulders towards me. Yeah, there we go, yeah. We're having your hand in your pocket. However you feel most comfortable is where I want you. Right about there. Square a tiny bit towards me. Towards me, and then your face is gonna come up towards my camera. One step in. Right about there is fantastic. Okay. Okay, bridal party, here we go. Here we go, the faster we get this done, the faster everybody's drinking, except for you guys 'cause you guys are trouble makers. So that's not happening. Yes, I just called you guys out on that. Okay. Yes, they are just crazy, all kinds of crazy. Okay. Beautiful. I want you, yeah, a little bit, now square your shoulders this way. And then put your right hand up on her shoulder. And then with your left hand, I want you, no, just holding the side of your dress. That, like that. And then just relax the hand a little. Beautiful. Thank you, darling. Okay. Here we go, everyone's looking here at this camera. Everyone's looking here, beautiful. Beautiful. Gorgeous. Now what I want everybody to do is to come in closer to the bride and groom and then what we're going to do is we are going to walk, super casual, yes, Jesse, a little less of that. (laughing) You guys are gonna, yes, the cadence, don't steal my verbiage. I worked 10 years on this stuff. Okay, that's right, friends. Let's get this together. Alright, you're gonna start with your left foot forward. Everyone's gonna be looking at each other. So, guys, we're thinking Reservoir Dogs, flying V. Ladies, cover of a magazine, we're walking nice and slow. We're working it. We're enjoying this. Okay, so don't, well, it depends. If he's so far ahead of you and you guys are looking like this, that doesn't make sense. Right now, looking at him makes sense. If he comes out a little too far from you guys, just look side to side. We're gonna just need one frame. So, and ladies, remember the laugh. Smaller laughs, not bigger laughs. Okay, that's right. Just like that. Everybody look at her. Let's laugh that way. Okay, guys, in three, two, one. Left foot, go. Looking at each other. Taylor, Sam, looking at each other. Can you, Taylor, Sam, can you guys kiss? Can you back up, Matt? Matt, back up. One more kiss, one more kiss, friends, one more kiss, one more kiss. That's it. Praise, praise, friends. Okay, bridal party. Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Great, thank you guys. Get some drinks, guys. Boom, high fives all the way. Thanks, guys. Thank you guys, thank you guys. Jasmine? Yes. Can you do a picture of me with the guys and him with the girls? Let's do that. Let's hammer that out real quick. So what are you envisioning for this, Sam? Oh, anything. I just want a picture with good looking men. Okay, well, if she had a vision. So, let's see, guys, hang out with me here. Taylor. Now ladies, come up this way. Ladies, come out this way. They should be, like. So, come in, so Taylor, I kind of want you to square your shoulders towards me. This way, nice, hand in your pocket. Undo the top, the bottom button. Now ladies, you're just gonna come in and I think that those, kind of like over-the-top, like, don't sell as well as you guys just having fun, poking fun, just kind of looking good. Okay. We're gonna bring it in right around, however ladies. Just get in nice and close. But go ahead, you're right here. Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. Yeah, pull it out. Oh, that was organic. There we go, boom. Everybody, like, lean in. Taylor, put your arms around the ladies around you. Taylor, act like you're happy, bro. Nice, thank you guys. Beautiful. Great, we're good, we're good. Ladies, sorry, bride, gentlemen. Yes, lady. Okay, okay. Yeah, whatever you suggest. Okay, so what we're gonna do is, gentlemen, we're gonna have Samantha in the front, front and foreground, and then we'll do, I have a feeling you want to do something, like, silly or big. I'm all about it. I'm. He's a very serious guy. (laughing) So, take one step back. Take one step back. Jesse, take out one step right over here. Take one step back right about there, nice. So, Samantha, you're just gonna be here. Gentlemen, however, if the coats are open, your hands are in your pockets, however it looks good. Samantha is gonna be the focus, you guys are just gonna be her entourage. Are we looking at her? You're looking at me, you're looking at me. And we're doing that light smiles, relax that bouquet, Sam. Beautiful. Gentlemen, can you come around Sam? Put your arms around her, however, whatever happens happens, it's all good. Good. (laughing) Nice, guys. That was fantastic. Okay, great. That was great, that was great. So, what you saw was me probably at my most frantic throughout the day because we were on very strict time constraints, but I found a way to make it work. And so how we actually saved time was traditionally on a wedding day, I get about 30 minutes to shoot the bridal party and I get about 30 minutes to shoot the family. In this particular situation, I had a total of 25 minutes to shoot everything, so my time was cut in half. So how I was able to save time was to instead of me photographing the bride and each bridesmaid and the groom and each groomsman, I delegated that to JD and I came in and handled most of the lifestyle kind of group photos. And him being able to take those reins freed me up intensively. So the photos that you see in the gallery from that perspective will belong solely to him, which is amazing, and I'm extraordinarily thankful for. Now, what happens is I had about 10 minutes with the girls and they just fired through. Now the way I was able to get through bridesmaids photos so quickly is because I knew what I was doing far before I'd gone into it. We took them outside in that portico area, and I told myself I have about six minutes to get about three or four different poses. And then I came out to the backside in front of the gate, and I knew that this was where I was gonna get a little bit more of like a, an editorial feel. Editorial, not an editorial magazine, but editorial feel into what I like to do. So the girls are standing a little bit edgier at angular postures. We had them walking. So that was the plan going into it. If I didn't have a plan, if I didn't know where I was going, if I didn't know what the lighting was, I probably would be so stressed and I probably would be able to fire off one pose, which in my mind, isn't enough for me for the magazine, isn't enough for me as a photographer, and is not enough for me in regards to the bride. Now the guys, the guys photos were just okay. If I'm going to choose where I'm gonna send more time, it will always be with the bridesmaids, because traditionally editors have a tendency of choosing a little bit more of brides and their bridesmaids' photos. So as long as I got a couple cool photos of the guys walking and talking trash, hanging out, that's gonna be great and I know that JD is taking care of it and more of like them hanging out and drinking beer earlier in the day. I'm just gonna let it go. Because I was working with limited time, do I want to shoot more groomsmen photos? Yes. Did I have the time for it? No. So I'm gonna let it go and say I did the best I could given that parameters. Now, family photos. We were shooting family photos at 12:30. I literally had about a foot and a half of shade. I put family members in the shade. Thankfully, they didn't have, like, 15 to 20 member families. It was basically just siblings and parents and I was able to keep about up to six people in like, a foot and a half by three feet space. And are those photos the prettiest photos you've ever seen? Probably not. But are they good enough to end up on a Christmas card and are they good enough for the bride to use on Father's Day to tag her dad in a picture? Yes. Do I stand by the photos? Yes. Do I wish I could have done it better? Yes. But again, I stand by it, because on the wedding day, I have yet to shoot a wedding that was 100 percent perfect from beginning, middle and end. So I'll take an 80 percent day given what we were given today, and run with it any day. So with that, I'm gonna give myself grace. I'm gonna encourage people that as you deal with hot messes throughout the day, have a plan, execute the plan, and still stand by it knowing that you did everything you possibly could, the best way you possibly could do it.

Class Materials

Bonus Materials: Shooting Guides

The Complete Wedding Photographer's Experience Keynote
Gallery Access
Shooting Guide: How to Pose a Curvy Bride
Shooting Guide: How to Shoot a Tall-Short Couple
Shooting Guide: How to Shoot in the Worst Light
Shooting Guide: Shooting with Intention

Bonus Material: Syllabus


Ratings and Reviews


Do not just watch this video. Eat it up, live it and breathe it. I am a recent Jasmine Star convert (a.k.a. evangelist) and a newbie photographer. I was looking for inspiration online and her name had come up before in conversations with another photographer and I am SO GLAD I stumbled upon her blog, her store and her Creative Live classes. I have to say that in the 9 months now that my business has been in operation, she's been with me every step of the way (in internet spirit) and although I've never spoken to or corresponded with her, her online presence has served as a guide for many steps in my business. I am not a high-end photographer or teaching my own classes, like I said I'm brand-spanking new to the industry, but her blog and this class has helped me develop a clear vision and plan for my business, and to me that is half the battle. If you want to feel good about your business, know what you stand for, your style of photography…if you want to know your 2-minute why-hire-me speech in an elevator full of brides or whoever your audience is, listen, really listen to what she has to say. Then DO DO DO what you need to do for yourself a successful business takes a lot of work. But if you love it and it's a passion of yours, then you can make your business what you want it to be. Thank you, Jasmine Star and JD for being an amazing beacon of light to many photographers around the world and for being my wedding day warriors who amp me up on the mornings of my professional shoots! All the best from Ohio, Donna May


Remember when Magicians kept all their secrets to themseves ? Well its as if Jasmine said enough is enough I'm doing a 30 day class on the A to Z of Wedding Photography and I'm not holding anything back baby!! I'm even going to wear a mic and speak my thoughts out loud! Is this really happening? Creative live said its free the first time around? Am I dreaming? Jasmine your giving us a wealth of knowlege and I cannot thank you enough I love and look forward to your teaching everyday Talk about step by step! Jasmine your the Tony Robbins of Wedding Photography, You've inspired me to pick up my camera once again Thank you so much for doing this course for us and explaining everything so clearly and sharing every tip you know with us I feel like i'm shadowing you on the shoots :) Thanks to creative live and JD too An awesome class that I will be buying Highly recommend!

Charlie Ketchen

WOW! So inspiring! This course really shook things up for me! I've never seen a live wedding, meeting, engagement/bridal shoot before and it was so valuable. Edited nicely, easy to follow and so relatable. It's been truly inspiring to watch this over the past few weeks. I purchased the course and I am so glad I did, the course materials saved me making 1,000s of notes, but I still had documents open to make notes because EVERYTHING she says is helpful/moving/game-changing. Don't skip the Q&A's at the end of each session, or the last sessions as she either recalls and compounds what we learned over the 30+ lessons and there is value in all of it! I can't be thankful enough for Jasmine, JD & the CL team for bringing this to us in a shiny, clean format for us to enjoy. For bearing all, for wearing your hearts on your sleeves and pulling back the curtain on how the J* brand operates and came about. So so so so inspiring. BUY IT!!!

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