Post # 1
My photographer has suggested that I come up with a list of family formals that I want taken after my wedding ceremony. To also fit in our shots with our wedding party and pictures of just FI and me during the cocktail hour, we’re pretty limited in the time that we can spend on formals — which isn’t necessarily a problem. Right now I can only think of the obvious shots:
(1) FI, me, and my parents
(2) FI, me, his mom, and his stepdad
(3) FI, me, and his dad (plus maybe dad’s girlfriend)
Also, we should probably do shots with the flower girls and ring bearers at this time, since the rest of the photos with our wedding party are going to take place down the road in a different location.
What other formals do we need take? What am I forgetting?
Post # 4
I have one sister (my MOH), and FI has no siblings, so that one should be pretty easy. Maybe we’ll do a picture w/ me, my parents, and my sister? ..other than that, pictures with my sister will be taken w/ the bridal party shots…
Post # 5
Anyone else have any input on family formals? I’m really hoping for some help here. I’m not sure if there are other pictures that we’re supposed to take…
Post # 6
Grandparents? You should probably do one of the combined families for a nice big shot as well. Maybe pics of you with your in-laws and DH with his? Id also take ones with you alone with your parents and him alone with his.
Post # 7
Each of us alone with our parents sounds like a good idea. Our living grandparents are elderly and can’t travel to the wedding 🙁 Also, FI’s parents are not on speaking terms with one another, so I think we’re going to stay away from the combined shots with everyone’s parents all together acting like one big happy family.
Any other combinations that I’m forgetting about?
Post # 8
grandparents? siblings? godparents? Just FI alone with his family? Just you alone with your family?
Both families together with you two?
In all honesty, I had every possible combination of family portraits taken at my wedding and the only one that we have ever printed off is the one where my family is combined with his family and the two of us are in it too of course!
Post # 9
My photog gave us a list of all the possible shots, including formals, i looked at it and said, no way! We might do a group shot, and of course mom/dad ones, that’s all. Too much time wasted on formals is not for us LOL
Post # 10
Usually, from both the photographer and the bride’s point of view, the fewer formal shots you have the better. So don’t feel the need to come up with this long laundry list of things that you don’t really want…just because you might feel like you “should” have more.
Just shots with your immediate family is all you really need. Other than those, you should have plenty of great candid shots of you with everyone else.