Every wedding has time set aside for family portraits. You know, the time when the whole family gathers outside to stand side by side and smile as if we were taking your elementary class picture. Inevitably, we have to take more shots than you would think necessary to make sure everyone has their eyes open. After seeing the portraits from my own wedding, I've determined that portraits are only taken for genealogy purposes. While it's nice to have everyone in the same shot, it doesn't show you anything other than who was at the wedding. There's such little emotion, and I am all about the emotion of photographs. Thus, I no longer think of family portraits this way.
If you're a bride, you may think you're asking me to take family portraits because you want the group shot. But you're not. Not entirely. You're asking me for this...
Because this is what you want to remember.
The truth is, your family portraits get you away from the crowd... away from the neighbor you had when you were two, the people your parents invited that you may have met five times, the cousin you don't really know but had to invite... and are meant to surround you by your closest family members. It's your chance to forget about the schedules and the craziness of your wedding day, the chance to celebrate with your family.
After all, weddings constitute the joining of two families.