(Closed) Have you ever heard of a wedding where they didn’t take formal shots at ….

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1896 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with not wanting to take pictures in the church.  It’s your wedding — and I love the idea of taking them at your reception site instead!

Post # 4
157 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Most of my friends who have recently married in a church have done it more for their parents than themselves…so they had no desire to take photos there.   All the family photos were done at the reception site instead – and I think everyone was happy with that.    So I wouldn’t feel obligated to take pictures at the church…take them wherever you want to have them done!

Post # 5
773 posts
Busy bee

I know that our photographer likes to do the small amount of posed portraits that they take at the church, just because it’s a lot easier to wrangle all the family members there, instead of trying to drag uncle harry away from the bar, etc.  


Have you considered using a photojournalist instead of a portrait photographer?  That would eliminate the need for any posed shots, giving you much more time to enjoy your party. 

Post # 7
2324 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

if you don’t want formal shots, you don’t have to have them. But what do your parents, who are paying, want? I think it’s going to be hard to wrangle everybody together during the reception, so your separate photographer might end up being a waste of money. You might be better off having your other photographer multitask before the ceremony and get a couple of group shots. 

Post # 8
21 posts
  • Wedding: January 2003

whatever you do, if you plan on hiring more than one photographer, you need to discuss your intentions with both of them, many will not approve of having another photographer shooting at the same event, but then again, they may not care, best to ask first and read your contract details.

Post # 9
247 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

We did not take formal portraits at the church.  We did do a small amount of formal portraits with just immediate family and bridal party at the reception venue between the ceremony and the start of the cocktail hour.  Do what you want!

Post # 10
267 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Jewel Box in Forest Park and Windows on Washington

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.  We are not having a church wedding, and our venue is beautiful, but I do not want formal photos at the ceremony site.  We will probably go somewhere else within the park to do photos.

Post # 11
32 posts

We have lots of clients (probably 90 percent, because we focus on candids instead of formals anyway) who don’t do formals at the church. Instead, they just tell their family where to meet them for the formals – there’s usually a special room where the family and wedding party meet before the reception. Then you can venture outside for formals. As long as everyone knows where to go, you’re good. If you want a huge family photo, you can have your DJ announce it at the reception and you’re fine.



Post # 12
14183 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I talked to my photog about this and said that I didn’t want any of those boring formal shots. After all, I commented that "my dad could take those, too!" and told her that I wanted to utilize her talent to the best of her ability. She totally understood and is really excited to use her creative freedom. She agreed with me that sometimes she wonders why people book her (photojournalistic photographer) and just go for the plain boring shots.

Our package came with 3 photographers. My main photographer, her assistant, and a portrait photographer which I’m now very relieved to have so our friends and family can take goofy shots and get pics as they choose

Post # 13
1573 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I’m the complete opposite, I love taking pictures; on my vacations I take up to 500/ vacation.


My photographer says I can keep all 200-300 proofs, 200-300?? I want 500! lol

needless to say, we’re taking formal pics before the church ceremony me and my family, after the chruch ceremony him me, both our families, and garden pics at central park with the bridal party, I’m going to shell out for a permit at Central Park Conservatory then more at the reception

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