Groom getting ready photos

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.

Portrait after groom getting ready photos

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.

How I photograph the groom getting ready photos.

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.

Grrom and best men prepare for a toast

A couple of ideas for the groom getting ready photos

  1. Sometimes the bride and groom exchange gifts or cards or both. This is another lovely and often very emotional moment. The gift can be very touching and the sentiments and feelings in a few words on a card can be very special moments for you. Especially as the person who gives you the gift will love seeing the photos of your reaction. So if you do receive a surprise gift/card try and open it WITH the photographer present.
  2. Once you are all ready it’s a common tradition to have a toast. This offers another great photographic moment. You can prepare for this by bringing that bottle of something special! Your favorite single malt or whatever you prefer will do fine. Better yet, if you also have suitable, matching glasses or tumblers for everyone it makes the photos even better. Having a toast is a spontaneous moment and let’s face it… a shot of the good stuff will help settle any nerves too!
  3. If it is very hot on your wedding day you can carry a white cotton handkerchief with you. You can use it here and there during the ceremony to make sure you face isn’t getting too sweaty.
Special note for the groom! Please don’t carry your mobile phone in your pocket. The outline of an iPhone is not very romantic. Placing it in your jacket pocket it can create an imbalance in how the jacket falls. In your trouser/pant pocket it just looks awful! Give your phone to your bestman! The best is to not have anything in your pockets.

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.

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Jules Bower

Italian and destination wedding photographer Jules Bower photographs weddings in Italy, Europe and worldwide. His unique approach and expertise arrive from not only an obsession with photography but also because he owned one of the first and most successful wedding planning agencies in Italy.

“Extraordinary exists all around us. Photography should not make it mundane.”

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