The groom getting ready photos are important because they create a record of what the groom does while he prepares for his wedding. It’s important to document this part so that after the dust settles, you will be able to relive every moment of your special day, both together and with your friends and family.
Sometimes the groom may get ready alone. Just because he is on his own doesn’t mean that you can’t have great photos. I photograph many couples that elope and therefore I have a lot of experience with both the groom and the bride getting ready on their own. Often though, the groom will get ready together with his best man/men.
My preference is to keep the groom getting ready photos to the latter stages of their preparations. I have no interest photographing the groom and best men while they shower, shave, brush their teeth and so on. Surely it is better to dedicate more time to photographing other aspects of your wedding day. For instance, while the men are in the early stages of their preparations I can take more images of the wedding location, or create even more beautiful shots of your wedding details.
Generally, I focus more on the finishing stages of the men getting ready. I especially like the interaction, camaraderie, and emotion between them. The excitement, joy, joking, playfulness and even nerves are genuine, real, authentic feelings. These are wonderful photographic memories.
Male wedding attire is not always easy to put on, so having someone to help is easier. The person helping you is likely a best friend, brother, father, someone important to you, so the adjusting or help with a bow-tie, inserting cufflinks or putting on braces are moments that I can easily photograph and capture the feelings and spontaneity between you and the people around you.
The gallery below shows examples of the groom getting ready photos. Usually, after photographing the men it’s time for me to take the photos of the bridal party getting ready.