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Introduction to Photographing the Groom
With most of the attention on the bride at a wedding, it’s important that we make a conscious effort to show the groom some love and attention as well. Most Grooms downplay their role in the decision making, but in reality, most of them care a great deal about the day and the pictures captured. It’s the groom’s day to be a superstar, the leader of the band, the star of the team, the man of the hour; and it’s our job to bring that out. Check out our video down below that talks about tips for shooting the groom getting ready.
Groom Preparation Tips Video
Capturing The Groom Getting Ready
It’s important not to rush while taking the guys’ photos, as it’s about getting the details and documenting the moment. It’s important to create a relaxed and fun environment so you can capture their natural interaction, their back and forth banter, and all of the great moments that happen when you get a guy and his closest friends together.
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It may not seem like it, but there are as many things to cover for the groom as there are for the bride. The one major difference between the two is the absence of the makeup and hair stylists. What that means is that there is more time to document and to shoot the candid moments, so we take full advantage of the time given.
Get To Know Who You’re Working With
In our studio the second photographer is usually the one taking the photos of the groom’s prep. That usually means that this is the first time that the groom is working with the photographer (as the engagement session was likely shot by the lead photographer). It’s crucial that trust is established and a good relationship is built, so having enough time with the groom and groomsmen is key. Also, find out who the people closest to the bride and groom are so that you can capture the intimate moments with those people during groom’s prep.
Create A Story
We tend to shoot a series of pictures which show the progression of him getting ready. Usually he’s already half-dressed by the time we arrive, so all we need to do is coach him into the order we need to cover; buttoning the shirt, buckling the belt, getting the shoes one, etc. All of these actions can be fairly mundane, so this is where we start our creative warm up. Start thinking creatively on how you would want to stage the groom and the possible interactions he can have with his groomsmen.
Aside from looking for the best light and positioning him strategically for the shots we need, we experiment with different angles and points of view. If there are significant family members in the room, like dad or brother, then we can enlist them for their help with the tie, vest, and the jacket because this will enhance our story. I’ll also take note of any notable themes, like matching socks, shoes, and any presents given to the groomsmen. If the bride sends a note or a present to the groom, we will capture his reaction in that moment. These are all storytelling moments that you need to actively watch out for.
It’s the little things that make people feel genuinely appreciated. Just a little bit more time spent with the groom goes a long way, and sets use up for a great compilation of images throughout the day.