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A Wedding Family Portrait Checklist For Your Photographer

When hiring a professional photographer they won't work from a shotlist of images to get throughout the day. They know what they're doing. Trust them. And a shotlist will inevitably mean they're not following your story. Every wedding photographer will be happy to talk through a couple of images that are a priority for you. However, handing over a shotlist is sure way to lose the uniqueness and authenticity of your day. And to miss moments that would have been 100% uniquely yours. You hire a professional for their experience, and you will have spoken to them in depth before your big day. So trust the process and let your wedding day story unfold naturally.

However, a Family Formals shotlist IS required. Family Formals are a very important part of the wedding day. The longer we're in the wedding industry, the more we realize just how increasing in value these images are. These are the images that are framed by mums and grandmas. These are the images that record generations. These are historical documents. These are the images that generations in the future will be looking at. Not at a ring shot. Or a dress shot. But they'll be looking through images of a gathering that happened generations ago, and it'll be these images that they treasure most.

So while most of your day may be documentary or natural in style and feeling. Make sure you know just how important your family formals will be in the years to come. And make some time for them.

We fully believe in the importance of family and legacy. And a visual history of your family will be absolutely treasured.

A Checklist for Family Formals

It's always great to have a point person from each side of the family to help your photographer gather everyone in a short amount of time and know who's coming up next.

Here's a list to help you work through the family combinations and help make this important part of the day wedding day a smooth and memorable experience.


PARENTS WEDDING PHOTO LIST

1. Bride + Groom + Bride’s Parents

2. Bride + Bride’s Parents

3. Bride + Bride’s Mom

4. Bride + Bride’s Dad

5. Bride + Groom + Groom’s Parents

6. Groom + Groom’s Parents

7. Groom + Groom’s Mom

8. Groom + Groom’s Dad


SIBLINGS WEDDING PHOTO LIST

9. Bride + Groom + Bride’s Siblings

10. Bride + Bride’s Sister(s)

11. Bride + Bride’s Brother(s)

12. Bride + Groom + Bride’s Parents + Bride’s Siblings

13. Bride + Bride’s Mom + Bride’s Sister(s)

14. Groom + Bride’s Dad + Bride’s Brother(s)

15. Bride + Groom + Groom’s Siblings

16. Groom + Groom’s Sister(s)

17. Groom + Groom’s Brother(s)

18. Bride + Groom + Groom’s Parents + Groom’s Siblings

19. Bride + Groom’s Mom + Groom’s Sister(s)

20. Groom + Groom’s Dad + Groom’s Brother(s)

21. Bride + Groom + Bride’s Parents + Bride’s Siblings + Groom’s Parents + Groom’s Siblings


GRANDPARENTS WEDDING PHOTO LIST

22. Bride + Groom + Bride’s Grandparents

23. Bride + Bride’s Grandma(s)

24. Bride + Bride’s Grandpa(s)

25. Bride + Groom + Groom’s Grandparents

26. Groom + Groom’s Grandma(s)

27. Groom + Groom’s Grandpa(s)

28. Bride + Groom + Bride’s Grandparents + Groom’s Grandparents

29. Bride + Groom + Bride’s Parents + Bride’s Siblings + Bride’s Grandparents

30. Bride + Bride’s Mom + Bride’s Sister(s) + Bride’s Grandma(s)

31. Groom + Bride’s Dad + Bride’s Brother(s) + Bride’s Grandpa(s)

32. Bride + Groom’s Mom + Groom’s Sister(s) + Groom’s Grandma(s)

33. Groom + Groom’s Dad + Groom’s Brother(s) + Groom’s Grandpa(s)

34. Bride + Groom + Groom’s Parents + Groom’s Siblings + Groom’s Grandparents

35. Bride + Groom + Bride’s Parents + Bride’s Siblings + Bride’s Grandparents + Groom’s Parents + Groom’s Siblings + Groom’s Grandparents


AUNTS, UNCLES, AND COUSINS WEDDING PHOTO LIST

36. Bride + Groom + Bride’s Parents + Bride’s Siblings + Bride’s Grandparents + Bride’s Aunt(s) + Bride’s Uncle(s) + Bride’s Cousins

37. Bride + Groom + Groom’s Parents + Groom’s Siblings + Groom’s Grandparents + Groom’s Aunt(s) + Groom’s Uncle(s) + Groom’s Cousins


This list will help you get your own list ready for your photographer. You many have less combinations, you may have more. But you'll want to speak at length with your wedding planner and wedding photographer about the time considerations necessary for the number of combinations you've settled on. (And don't forget ... Mum or your Aunt or Grandma may want to throw in a couple of combinations themselves on the day! It always happens. Be prepared! Pad a little time.) You'll need to make the Family Formals a priority in the overall photography timeline of your wedding day

Finalizing your family wedding photo list in advance of your big day will ensure that your wedding portraits and family wedding photos go smoothly and, best of all, efficiently.

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