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wedding day family photo checklist | grand rapids wedding photographer

while most of your wedding day is about documenting those unplanned moments or those ‘just married’ snuggles, I realize that family photos are just as important. these people are your ride or dies and probably some of the most printed photographs of the day. below are some important tips to help the family portrait part of your wedding day run smoothly!

 Berkshire Estate Massachusetts Wedding (C) O'Malley King


We are talking about light again. Brainstorm ahead of time where you would like your family portraits. Somewhere with natural even light. Think shade, not bright sun, and somewhere with a non-distracting background. Plain walls or greenery usually work great for this.

inform your peeps

Make sure everyone who is in the photo knows where to be and when. There is nothing worse then waiting for dad who is yucking it up with his old work buddy while we are trying to bust through some photos. Dads...gotta love ‘em.


This goes back to what I said about getting your posse ready to go. We only have a limited amount of time to get through all these groups so we can focus on the two of you and your bridal party, so make sure all the ducks are in a row.


Be sure to let your photographer know of any family tensions or special circumstances beforehand so we can avoid any family brawls . . .just kidding . . . kind of ;)

bonus tip

If you are wearing a veil, make sure to inform people standing next to you to put their hand under so they are not yanking your head back every two seconds. Also tell people to not be afraid to get close to you and go ahead and tuck their feet right under your dress.

 Downtown Detroit The Eastern Wedding (C) O'Malley King
 Downtown Detroit The Eastern Wedding (C) O'Malley King

Here is my standard family shot list for wedding day family portraits. these are the combinations that I always do at every wedding. If you are wanting any other family groupings, let your photographer know. Keep in mind that this will usually add more time, so plan accordingly.

Want an extended family photo? make sure everyone in the group knows the photo is happening and consider saving it for during the reception! are there special people not necessarily involved in the wedding party that you want your photographer to pay close attention to? Let them know that too so we can focus on them and not random 2nd cousin Bill who got an invite and is partying a too hard on the dance floor.


Bride w/ Mom

Bride w/ Dad

Bride w/ both parents

Bride w/ each sibling

Bride w/ all siblings

Bride & Groom w/ all siblings

Bride & Groom w/ Bride’s Immediate Family

Bride & Groom w/ Bride’s Parents

Bride & Groom w/ Brides Grandparents

Bride w/ each Grandparent


Bride & Groom w/ Both Sets of Parents

Bride & Groom w/ Both Immediate Families


Bride & Groom w/ Groom’s Immediate Family

Bride & Groom w/ all siblings

Bride & Groom w/ Groom’s Parents

Groom w/ both parents

Groom w/ Mom

Groom w/ Dad

Groom w/ each sibling

Groom w/ all siblings

Groom w/ each Grandparent

Bride & Groom w/ Grandparents

 Morton Arboretum Wedding (C) O'Malley King
grand rapids provin trails forest engagement

grand rapids, michigan | sarah + caleb

its been almost two and a half years since we moved to grand rapids, but it feels way less than that. its been so fun exploring new places in the city for engagement sessions. provin trials is a prime location for all things forest photos. sarah and caleb are great friends of ours and have headed off to adventure california, but before they left we wanted to squeeze in a little anniversary session! we woke up at the butt crack of dawn and headed to provin trails forest for a boho sunrise session.

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the eastern detroit warehouse wedding

detroit, michigan | lauren + matthew

the eastern detroit near downtown detroits eastern market is an industrial wedding photographers dream. A warehouse with open ceiling and exposed brick walls cant be beat. not only that but laurens decor vision was absolutely on point. from the matte black goblets, to the pampas grass center pieces, to the beautiful copper arbor, laurens florist, detroit design co, absolutely killed her vision. if you want to know how to kill some industrial, yet soft reception decor, first hire detroit design co, and then check out laurens designs. her dress was stunning as well. the scallop lace details on the sleeves were so perfectly intricate, and her wedding dress even had a detachable skirt….i mean come on people!!

I may be a little bit biased because matthew is my cousin, but the whole day was so stunning and even with the rain we were able to get some pretty awesome downtown detroit portraits. if you missed their engagement session, check it out because its probably my favorite.

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Venue: The Eastern Detroit // Florals + Rentals: Detroit Design Co. // Planner: Simply Brilliant Event // Hair + Makeup: Primp Beauty Concierge // Videographer: Sight and Sound // Dress: The Wedding Shoppe // DJ: Prime Event DJ // Tent: Delux Tents and Events

midwest wedding at morton arboretum

lisle, illinois | karlee + mark

this year went so fast! traveling all over the midwest, photographing weddings while learning the ropes at being a new mom looks a little different these days. who knew you would need to schedule in time to pump at a wedding. all of my couples have been so chill and understanding and I couldnt have asked for anything more!

speaking of chill…that defines karlee and mark (on top of ridiculously ridiculously good looking). karlee was dying to have an outdoor ceremony, and if you have seen morton arboretum you totally understand why, but the forecast had other plans. the park ranger (yes they have a park ranger) insisted we move it inside and thank goodness we did because the sky opened as soon as karlee walked down the aisle.

if i could bottle up the way mark looked at karlee i would. he would steal hand kisses and just hold her whenever he got the urge. it was presh.

luckily the rain stopped at soon as the ceremony was over and we were able to get some amazing couples portraits throughout the arboretum.

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Venue: Morton Arboretum // Florals: Petal Play Design // Cake: Susies Sweets // DJ: Robbie Matteson