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    Groomsmen and Groomsmen effectively

    The post how to set groom and bridesmaid effectively appeared first at Digital Photography School. It is written by Jackie Lamas.

    Wedding days are not just about the bride, even though it may seem that way. As photographers, we also have to take photos of the groom alone and with his groomsman friends – whether they like it or not.

    Only the groom posing

    If you only introduce the groom, you often see stiffness and sliding eyes because most men don't feel comfortable taking their pictures. It is therefore worthwhile to start a conversation that has nothing to do with the wedding to relax them and calm their nerves.

    Find a nice background in which you can photograph the groom on three different crops: full body, half body and close-up. These three crops provide variation in your portraits and give you more options when choosing the best portrait that you can deliver to your customers.

    For example, window lighting can add depth and depth while the groom adjusts his tie or watch or buttones his shirt. Let the groom look out of the window, or on his watch or tie. This keeps his hands busy, and because he is not looking at the camera, he does not feel so vulnerable.

    When you are outside, you can have the groom lean on a wall or just stand in the middle of a walkway. To help him pose in a natural way, tell him to stand as if he were alone and did not take his photo.

    Also remind him to breathe. The stiffness is often caused by the groom holding his breath. It will also help him relax his shoulders and general posture.

    Photographing the groom with three different crops is a great way to add variation to the final images.

    If the groom usually puts his hand in a pocket, let him put the furthest away from the camera in his pocket. This can help to make the portrait feel more natural. If the groom looks behind the camera at different points (on the side, behind you or even on his shoes), he can reduce nerves and stiffness and feel more comfortable.

    While you take the portraits of the groom, you can joke, talk about things they like, or just compliment. This can make them feel more comfortable and naturally come to life smiling and laughing, and fill the silence.

    Sitting is another great way to pose the groom. Have him sit on a staircase, a short wall, or a chair. This makes the groom feel less stiff and he can concentrate on various details of his outfit, such as his shoes or socks, if he chooses something special.

    Portraits of the groom while he was with the bride

    But the groom does not have to be completely alone in his portraits. A beautiful portrait of the groom with his bride can isolate him while he places him in the overall story of the wedding day.

    Contrast the couple and ask the bride to put her head on his chest or arm to raise her face slightly. Then have her close her eyes while you let the groom look at the camera.

    Another great portrait is that the groom is at a 45-degree angle, with the bride behind him. Ask her to put her head on his back / shoulders and either look him directly at you or look away from afar.

    He doesn't have to smile. He can even look a little more serious. But the big picture will still look romantic and show that the couple is sharing a special moment.

    You can move the bride and groom from there and make variations where the groom is:

    • in focus
    • on the front
    • look directly at the camera
    • the main focal point in the photo.

    These will all make great portraits of the groom and help him to pose with his bride.


    Groomsmen are great fun to photograph. Usually they are buddies and they will joke a little, which can lead to great candid photos. But it can also mean that they don't take the photo shoot seriously.

    One way to make them listen and work together is to let them know the faster they get through the photo session, the faster they can have fun. But do not use this trick until you have recorded a number of candids that show how they all work together, because it will be nice for the groom to have them too.

    Keep in mind at least three different groomsmen settings before you photograph the wedding. You can find inspiration online and save those inspiring photos on your phone to recreate or build on them. This can save you a lot of time if you have never started with wedding photography.

    Try to keep the conversation light and easy. It will help the groomsmen relax and you will get much more authentic expressions from them.

    Group cuddles and cuddly toys are great ice breakers and can lighten the mood if you feel the pictures become a bit stiff or if the groomsmen lose steam. A slow-moving photo is also nice to have and having them look at each other and talk is a great way to make them all laugh.

    A spread photo, either on a staircase or in a large area, can provide you with more varied poses for your final photos. If you have enough time, receive a photo of each groomsman with the groom. Keep the photos moving by keeping the groom in the same place and keeping the groomsmen standing next to him in turn.

    Keep everyone's height differences in mind when taking photos of the groom and his groomsmen. Longer groomsmen may have to lean further back. If there are large height differences between the groom and his groomsmen, place the ones about the same height next to the groom, or bring the groom closer to the camera. This can help isolate the groom and make him the focal point of the photo, and that is exactly what you want.

    Keep everyone moving and try to get the ' s photos ready quickly. Groomsmen are usually quickly ready for the next event and get sick of the camera much quicker than the bride and bridesmaids.

    If the groomsmen have ideas for attitudes, go with them. It might be a joke or something that brings them closer together as friends. And it's usually the photos that they like to remember.

    Also always ask if the groomsmen wear something special or have a gift from the couple – watches, socks, matching shoes, flasks, etc. These items have much more significance when they are photographed in the hands of those who receive or are they wearing.

    These groomsmen all received personalized bottles from the groom, so a toasting photo was fun to take for them, along with a close-up of one of the flasks.


    Grooms and groomsmen are fun to photograph during a wedding. But it's best to have a few postures in mind so that you can work quickly because they often don't like taking their photos and can get tired quickly. By keeping the mood light and fun, they have a great experience and look back on the photos with great memories.


    The post how to set groom and bridesmaid effectively appeared first at Digital Photography School. It is written by Jackie Lamas.

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