Every Formal Portrait You Should Take at Your Wedding

Updated 01/18/15

Marisa Holmes

*If there's one must when it comes to your wedding photography, it's portraits. These are the pictures that stand the test of time, after all! But, overwhelmed with choices — from first look, to getting-ready shots and candids at the reception &,dash; the number of portraits you should take, and of whom, can get tricky. Here, all of the portraits you should be taking of friends and family. *

Before any wedding you should be providing your photographer with a "must-have" shots list. Portraits are tricky because no two families are alike, and, the traditional set-ups may not work for your modern relatives. As formal photographs go, there will definitely be a solo shot of the bride and groom each and, of course the bride and groom together.

Then, you'll want to do the bride and groom with their respective parents. If your parents are divorced you can do one with each individual parent, or if they're remarried, each of your parents with the respective stepparent together.

Next, you'll need to get the attendants involved. First, the bride should have a shot with her maid-of-honor only. Then she'll take a group shot with her entire bridal party. Same goes for the groom, who will take one snap with his best man and then one with all of his groomsmen.

Last but not least, you should include the extended family. The bride and groom will sit in front of the bride's family: parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins. The same goes for the groom's family. Then, once that's done, you'll take a "generations" shot of the bride with her parents and grandparents, and the groom with his parents and grandparents.

Of course, this is your wedding, and if there's a close friend of the family that's not technically related to you but you wish to include, by all means do. Same goes for any friends who aren't in the wedding party but you'd like to be included as well.

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