Following up from our Bride getting ready in last week’s Wedding Tip Tuesday, I thought I would share some tips on planning for your Groom photos.
Typically on a wedding day if you have booked a second shooter, they will hang around with the groom until the ceremony, but on occasion when there isn’t a second shooter, there are little tips you can implement to make the shooting experience fun and stress free.
Start the day Fresh
Much like my tips for the bride getting ready I also encourage the grooms to start the day off in a relaxing manner. Have breakfast with your groomsman, enjoy the fresh air, basically just ‘hang out.’ A calm start to the day will set the tone for the remainder of the day
Light Light Light
Where at all possible ensure that your getting ready area is uncluttered and filled with natural lighting. I recommend to clear up any things laying around a few minutes before the photographer arrives.
Usually the photographer will only be able to spend a half hour or so with the groom, so I recommend to be all showered and ready to get dressed, if you are semi dressed that’s good too, but personally I like to photograph some of the excitement that occurs before the dressing starts if the time and location permits.
Location Location Location
Where at all possible try to get ready at the same venue, or have the groom get ready at the venue. It is much easier to pop over to the groom after shooting the décor, than leaving the venue to photograph the groom at another location and then coming back to photograph the bride.
If the groom is getting dressed somewhere else, try to find a lovely spot that isn’t more than 10 minutes away from the venue where possible.
In order for everyone to feel as unhurried as possible and to just soak up the day, choosing your locations is key. A lot of driving around between bride and groom will result in less time photographing either and even less time soaking up the excitement of the day.
As with the bride, try to keep the groom’s details in one place ready to be photographed. The less time you spend photographing stuff, the more time you have to photograph the people and emotions
I hope you find these tips useful and if you have any questions you are more than welcome to email me.
Happy Wedding planning!