It’s been tradition for as long as couples in love have been getting married that the focus and attention seems to all revolve around the bride to be. Her hair, her make-up and more importantly that special dress and shoes bought for the occasion.
But what about the groom?
As a wedding photographer here are a few of the points that I think about on the wedding day to pay the groom some attention.
- Capture the early morning nervous jokes and banter between the groom and his best man.
- As they get ready some great candid shots can be had as the best man helps him get ready.
- Most likely nowadays there are lucky underpants and socks involved with a quirky design so use these as a fun element to relax the gents and get some fun images.
- Shoes are usually matching, again use this as a way to get some abstract images placing the gents into some fun poses.
- I find the hotel bar/lobby or outside the groom’s house is a better back drop to shoot than the room they actually get ready in.
- If a bit of Dutch courage is needed this can be a great chance to capture laughs, jokes and nervousness. Always consider the need for flash when moving inside.
- Some of the most precious images I have captured is of the groom and his party greeting friends, family and loved ones as they wait at the church for the bride’s arrival. Keep your eyes wide open to capture natural happiness as these encounters happen in the blink of an eye.
- The wait! Capturing the groom and his best man standing at the front of the church with all the guests sat behind him makes a great image, but make sure you don’t take too long as a huge mistake is that you miss the bride arriving with her father in the car.
- The look! Think about your position as the bride walks down the aisle as the groom turns round to see her. Will your focus be on him as he looks or her as she walks down with her father? Or both!
- The speech! Capture the romance of both as the groom talks and the bride as she loves what he is saying. Think about capturing the expressions of all the top table during this short time of importance.
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