A recently married bride told me that she'd been a little peeved at her sister-in-law on the wedding day.
Since everyone was all spiffed up for the big event, the SIL thought it would be a great time to get a nice picture of her little family. She asked the bride's photographer if he'd take a picture of them -- "It'll only take a moment."
But the bride and groom were racing the fading light to get their outdoor portraits taken, and the 15-minute delay came at a very bad time. Plus, the photographer was distracted from his primary task. It may have seemed like a simple request, but it was a real pain.
Unfortunately, the photographer wasn't fast enough on his feet to say "No, not right now," and the bride felt put on the spot -- neither of them expected this. But you are forewarned now, so be sure to discuss this with your photographer. As Erin Melenbacker of Melenbacker Photography points out, the photographer already has a client: you. Let him be the bad guy.
Maybe you'll want to schedule some photos like this on purpose -- a print would be a neat gift for your bridezilla-tolerant siblings. Melenbacker says the formal-family-portrait time is the best option -- everything's all set up. But, she warns, these shots will take more time than you think, so be sure you're realistic about how that will impact the time left for candid photography.
What sorts of family photos are you planning to take?