Highway to Happiness: Family Pictures

Posed, formal family portraits were pretty low on my photography priority list, but even I can see that they’re nice to have—I just didn’t want to spend a lot of time taking them! I may have rushed our photographers a bit, and I appreciate their patience as I called out the groupings, adding one more person per group after each handful of shots.

all photos by Pink Shutterbug Photography

All photos by Pink Shutterbug Photography

We started with just us and Mama Leadfoot, then added in Dr. Aunt.

Originally SiL (blue dress) stood on the other side of her husband but my need for symmetry kicked in and I asked them to rearrange themselves.

Originally SiL (blue dress) stood on the other side of her husband, but my need for symmetry kicked in and I asked them to rearrange themselves.

Then my brothers got into the picture, finally adding my sister-in-law. Mom sorta missed the everyone-stand-at-an-angle memo, but it’s all good.

Then we switched to Roadie’s family, starting with his mom, then adding his dad in too. Roadie’s parents are divorced and don’t really interact all that much of their own volition, so we were a little concerned about how tense this day might be. We needn’t have worried, though—they either took an oath to be shiny, happy people this day or their ire has mellowed over the years.


And Roadie’s sister completes the picture.

A funny thing happened with one of these pictures. Roadie’s dad posted one of the group shots on his Facebook page, and a few people got really confused since he was wearing a white jacket and standing next to me. Someone on his friends list asked, “D, you didn’t?!” And we always thought it was the women wearing white we had to worry about!

Looking back on the photos we do have (more than this, but I limited the ones in the post since, well, they only really matter to the people in them), I do wish I’d asked for one with us and both sides of the family together, but there’s nothing to be done about it now. It’s not a full-on regret, just wish I’d thought of it then.

At this point we were getting close to the start of cocktail hour, so I sent our families up to the Gathering Hall so they wouldn’t have to rush (and so Mom could get some coffee). The golf cart would be coming down for us, and we wanted time to take some staged getaway pictures with it before we arrived at cocktail hour ourselves.

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Mrs. Road Trip

Wedding Date:
November 2013
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    Mrs. Llama 236 posts, Helper bee @ 4:52 pm

    I’m with you on the not-taking-too-much-time to take posed photos. I have a list of the photos I want, but I’m trying to crunch it down to the bare minimum- I want to spend the day having fun with everyone, not taking pictures! You look really gorgeous, RT – so happy!

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    msfilly 827 posts, Busy bee @ 3:55 am

    Great photos! I agree, formal posed shots are pretty low on my priority list, but I know I’ve got to do it. Looks like your photographer was really efficient at getting through all the different groupings.

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    Mrs. Milk Cow 197 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:44 am

    Excellent strategy for the photos! I’m excited to have nice family photos, but I want them to be as quick and painless as possible.

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    pyramid 95 posts, Worker bee @ 5:10 am

    That’s so funny that someone called your FIL out on his jacket! Looks like you were able to get through all of the pictures with not too much fuss. I’m trying to prep our list of formal pictures, and its…extensive.

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    msbicycle 718 posts, Busy bee @ 5:52 am

    We zoomed through our family photos, too!

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    Mrs. Barn 43 posts, Newbee @ 6:23 am

    I love that you zoomed through family photos! Mr. Farmer wants to go as quickly as possible so I imagine we will be zooming through them as well!

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    mspalmtree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:30 am

    Ha, I love that someone called out your FIL. I honestly didn’t even give it a second thought!

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    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:30 pm

    Love your strategy on family photos! I also love Roadie’s suit- what a great color on him!

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