3 Reasons for Formal Portraits


Why Family formal portraits can’t be missed

Ah, yes, that period of time just after the ceremony when the photographer asks all the closest relatives to gather together with the bride and groom for portraits. Its chaotic; guests are excited to get to cocktail hour and mingle with close family and friends. It can be tedious and feel like herding cats for everyone involved.

But these formal portraits are so so important. And here are our top 3 reasons they shouldn’t be missed on your wedding day.

1. The people in these photographs matter.

We often get asked by our brides and grooms who they should include in their formal portraits. Generally speaking, your closest relatives should be included. These are often the people that raised you, comforted you, and helped you become the person you are today. Additionally, these are the people that most likely helped you through the process of planning your wedding. What a gift to be in a portrait with them on your wedding day.

For most of our clients, they are as follows:

Your Parents and/or Step Parents
Your Siblings, your siblings spouses and their children

Certainly, you can opt to have other important people join in these portraits. Just keep in mind that each group takes 2-3 minutes to photograph, and we only have about 25 minutes to complete the formal portraits.

2. The formal group portraits make beautiful gifts for family members that attend your wedding, especially if you want to send them a thank you gift.

3. These photos document your family for future generations. Think about it. Years from now, your children (and your children’s children) will look at these photographs and see family members who are no longer with us. They will see family members when they were young. It’s a beautiful documentation of your family’s legacy all in a single, beautiful portrait that will be looked at for decades.