How to Make Formal Portraits Less Stressful

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Sullivan's Steakhouse Houston Wedding Photographer (61)

Formal family portraits are definitely not the most fun thing to photograph, but there is a way to make it easier for everyone involved. Here's a few tips I've developed to help you out:

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Brazos Springs Wedding Photographer (67)

1. Make a list of the groups of photos that you would like. For my couples, I'll send them a shot list form to fill out a few weeks before the wedding, so they can make sure to include it on there.

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Crystal Springs Houston Wedding Photographer (27)

2. Get some done before the ceremony starts. If you allow opt to do a "first look" we can get some or all of those family and bridal party pictures done ahead of time. Thus, freeing you for more reception time instead of making your guests wait.

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Walter Hall League City Wedding Photographer (47)

3. Recruit the bossiest family member on each side to keep everyone in the photo area. Give them a copy of the list of photos you want and get them to organize it. They know everyone in the family and they're not afraid to tell them to hurry it up.

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4. Plan for enough time. There's nothing worse than feeling rushed during this time. Plan for spending 40-45 minutes on formal portraits.