Although I've heard some photographers complain about having to take traditional posed family portraits as part of their wedding day coverage, I actually love the idea and I really enjoy creating the kind of meaningful portraits that will hang on family members walls for decades to come.
To me, when you visit someone's home, particularly the elderly or the homes of proud parents, you will see decades of photographs gracing their walls. In some cases the photographs are clearly dated while others are timeless. I know that when I take photos like these, I'm very cognizant of the fact that this image may appear on someone's wall and live long after me. In some cases, particularly when I'm photographing children, I chuckle at the idea that the image may one day appear as a part of that child's wedding day slideshow.
There isn't anything particularly exciting or new about this portrait of a couple and their ring bearers and flower girl. However, I do believe that it is a perfect example of a traditionally posed grouping. Now when we speak of perfection, we can't do that lightly. And there are certainly several elements of this photograph that aren't perfect most notably the highlights in the background. However a few other imperfections help make the photograph better.
For example, although I often ask the groom to hide his hand instead of allowing it to show coming from behind the bride's back, in this case I feel like it helps connect the couple. Also, the flower girl has her basket awkwardly raised. However, I enjoy that pose because I know that is a natural way that a child would react when presented with a portrait like this and the rays flower basket does not distract from the overall theme of the image or of any individual subjects. And who doesn't love a cute little boy holding a chalkboard sign about his uncle. This image was created at South Coast Botanic Garden located in Palos Verdes Peninsula, California.