GROUP-FORMAL PORTRAITS

When putting your group portrait list together, please keep in mind that the more group portraits you request, the longer it will take. The group portraits can go anywhere from a 1/2 hour to 2 hours long. If you choose every suggestion from the example list below, it can take around 1 1/2 hour if everyone is organized and ready to go. Group portraits can be taken before the ceremony, afterwards, or even split (before and after the ceremony). This decision is definitely up to you and largely dependent on whether the bride and groom plan to see each other before the ceremony or not. Keep in mind that some ceremony locations require that all group photographs be taken before the wedding ceremony.

I am open to any suggestions or requests that you may have. If there is something specific that would be important for me to document, please let me know! Some examples are; ‘Bride handing bouquets to bridesmaids’, ‘Mother adjusting bride’s veil’, ‘Mother pining boutonniere on groom’, ‘witnesses signing marriage license’, or the ‘Dress hanging up’ shot. Most of these examples I naturally try to incorporate into your photography coverage, but even so, please let me know if these images would be important to you!

The following are suggestions and examples for your group and formal portraits.

Wedding Party:
Bride and groom with the wedding party, ushers, and attendants
Bride and groom with the wedding party (women and men split)
Bride and groom with the wedding party (mixed together)
Bride and maid of honor, groom, and best man

Bride with bridesmaids and flower girl
Bride with bridesmaids
Bride with bridesmaids individually

Bride, groom with flower girl and ring bearer
Bride with flower girl
Groom with ring bearer
Flower girl and ring bearer

Groom with groomsmen, ushers, and ring bearer
Groom with groomsmen
Groom with groomsmen individually
Groom with ushers

Groom with bridesmaids
Groom with bridesmaids in a silly pose
Bride with groomsmen
Bride with groomsmen in a silly pose

Bride and groom with officiate
Bride and groom
Bride and groom in a silly pose
Bride and groom sitting and relaxing
Bride and groom sitting and kissing
Bride (full length & close up)
Groom (full length & close up)

Both Families:
Bride and groom with both immediate families
Bride and groom with all parents

Brides Family:
Bride and groom with bride’s immediate and extended family
Bride and groom with bride’s immediate family
Bride and groom with bride’s parents
Bride with parents
Bride with her mother
Bride with her father
Bride’s parents
Bride and groom with grandparents on mom’s side
Bride with grandparents on mom’s side
Bride and groom with grandparents on dad’s side
Bride with grandparents on dad’s side

Grooms Family:
Bride and groom with groom’s immediate and extended family
Bride and groom with groom’s immediate family
Bride and groom with groom’s parents
Groom with parents
Groom with his mother
Groom with his father
Groom’s parents
Bride and groom with grandparents on mom’s side
Groom with grandparents on mom’s side
Bride and groom with grandparents on dad’s side
Groom with grandparents on dad’s side

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