Often the groom and the bride prepare themselves in completely separate locations - so far apart that it is not practical to shoot both Groom and Bridal Preparation. We overcome this problem by engaging the services of our associate photographer. Along with other shooting responsibilities during the day, our associate photographer will have complete responsibility for shooting the Groom’s Preparation. If the bride and groom are preparing themselves at the same location or very close to each other then it may be possible for me to photograph both but this is unusual.
So, a lot of what I have mentioned with regard to Bridal Preparation can also be applied to the Groom’s Preparation. However, there are a number of significant differences.
Bridal Preparation images tend to be more romantic, elegant and even sensual – whereas the Groom’s Preparation images tend to be more fun. However, grooms are starting find their voice and they too are starting to indicate that they would also like some of those stunning macho male model images that you see in fashion magazines and why not it is about time that we males had the opportunity to contribute to the selection of ‘magazine’ shots taken on the wedding day.
As with the Bridal Preparation images it is important to have a clear plan of the groom preparation images that you want to take and which you feel fit the brief of the bride and groom. If you are not used to setting up portrait shots, then look though images taken by other photographers, select the images that you feel fit your style and fit the brief and then practice, practice, practice. On the wedding day you cannot afford to practice, you have to get it right first time.
Lastly, the other thing to remember of course is that the Groom or Best Man is more than likely to have the rings – I like to us this opportunity to get a nice creative shot of the rings.
Ok, Groom and Bridal Preparations complete, it’s time to pack up, get in the car and without breaking any speed limits get yourself to the church to take the guests, groomsmen, bridesmaids and brides arriving. Take a deep breath for the next three or four hours its non-stop – lots of decisions to make and very little time to do what is required.