Wedding Party Photos

I invented the phrase "relaxed directed portraits" to describe the amazing images that I'll capture of you, your fiancé, and your wedding party.

It's "relaxed" because I want to make sure that everyone has a good time as we're involved in taking photographs. In other words, I don't want us to all run frenetically from place to place as we try capture really cool photographs. It's "directed" because I'll be gently guiding you, helping you to look absolutely amazing in your photographs. Although we'll do just a bit of traditional posing, most of our time will be spent creating the candid-looking, fun, and quirky photographs that you've come to expect to see in my work.

Wedding Party Portraits

Who You Should Include

Relaxed directed portraits typically include you, your fiancé, and the immediate wedding party typically consisting of you and your bridesmaids or groomsmen. Family members, flower girls, and ring bearers are typically not present as those folks are most commonly photographed during the Family Portraits portion of your day.

How Long It Takes

After the First Look, I usually spend half of the allotted time photographing you and your fiancé with your wedding party. The other half of the time you've set aside for relaxed directed portraits is spent with you and your fiancé alone.

If you'd like me to do my best work, please set aside an adequate amount of time for relaxed directed portraits. If you budget adequate time for relaxed directed portraits, then I'll have enough time to create amazing portraits. If you don't provide me with enough time, then the quantity and potential the quality of portraits will suffer. If it happens that we don't have the recommended time available for portraits, although you may look at those photos after your wedding and think that they're awesome, I'll always know that with more time they might have been even more fabulous.

For a wedding party of up to 3 bridesmaids and 3 groomsmen, most couples should budget at least 1 hour and 45 minutes for relaxed directed portraiture. For a wedding party of 4 or more bridesmaids and 4 or more groomsmen, budgeting 2 hours is typically recommended. For wedding parties of 20 or more, I'd ask you to allocate 2.5 hours.

Although I can certainly create amazing photographs with less time or when you're running behind schedule, if you'd like an abundance of fabulous photographs, it's always best to provide me with as much time as possible. As an aside, if these recommended times can't be met, you might consider forgoing typical wedding party portraits and reserve the relaxed directed portraiture time for just you and your fiancé. For just the two of you, I typically recommend that you budget at least 1 hour and 15 minutes for relaxed directed portraits although 1 hour and 30 minutes is preferred.

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