The Formal Portraits are one of the must from your list when it comes to your Wedding Photography.

These are the pictures that stand the test of time, framed by your family, printed on the albums, shared by friends. 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 and have your maid of honor helping the photographer with it.

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.

The bride should have a shot with her maid of honor and each bride maid. Then she'll take a group shot with her entire bridal party. Same goes for the groom. Last but not least one shot of the bride a groom together with entire bridal party.

Next, you should include the extended family. The bride and groom whit 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.


Ideal time allotment: 30-45 minutes

Ideal time of the day: Right after Ceremony ends

Ideal location: On-site location