Groomsmen walking toward the camera at Rava Wines

Let’s face it, guys don’t like having their picture taken. Well, most guys anyway. But I have a few tricks up my sleeve for making it painless for the groom and groomsmen on the big day. Most of the time, they won’t even know I’m there.

Groom Photos

The groom gets extra special treatment on the wedding day and for good reason. He’s the groom! I like to take him aside for just a few moments to focus on just him. While the groom goes through a much simpler process when it comes to getting ready for the wedding, he still has a process and I’m there to document it.

I start with the groom’s details such as his shoes, cuff links, watch and cologne. I get photos of these items much in the same way that I get photos of the bride’s details, taking the time to arrange them in an aesthetically pleasing way for photos. If there are any personalized items like engravings or hand-written notes or vow, I pay extra special attention to those.

Then, I focus on the groom. I’ll photograph him buttoning his shirt, attaching the cuff links and donning his suit jacket. Sometimes, I’ll even have him take his jacket off and put it right back on so I can be sure to get the right photos that you’ll want in your album.

groom standing with his jacket draped over his shoulder
groomsmen lifting the groom for a photo

Groomsmen Photos

Groomsmen photos usually go pretty quickly now that I have a workflow in mind to keep things moving. The guys definitely know how to have a good time, which make for some great pictures. I get a lot of candid photos when they are getting ready. They typically have a few drinks and a lot of laughs.

After they’re all dressed, we head outside for some group shots and individual photos with the groom. Toward the end of the group shots, I always ask the guys to do something fun like lifting the groom or telling some super cheesy dad jokes. Smiles always follow, which is what I really want.

And that’s it for the groomsmen. I know they don’t like photos, so I get a ton really quickly and let them move on with their shenanigans.

With a little planning and a lot of fun times, getting the groom’s photos and groomsmen’s photos can be super easy and result in a lot of laughs. My goal is always to make it as painless as possible for the guys by giving them prompts rather than asking them to pose a certain way. No one really likes the stiff, cold poses of the past and I try to avoid them as much as possible. Lots of movement makes things much more pleasant for everyone, so be ready to laugh, run, jump and have some fun while getting your photo taken!

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