Bad pun, sorry. But yes, he is in b&w and is reading. When I shoot in familiar spaces - it can be...a lot of the same. I always try to look for new angles, use of light, positions, anything. The family is unique, the photos should be as well.
I actually don't care if family members want to take photos during the rehearsal. I will happily use their phone and take the photo for them. It's their moment. It's ok.