Welcome back for the second and final part of the Groom Series!
1. Play Photo Booth
When you have the groom and any of the bridal party, there isn't a better way to get memorable photos than to play photobooth. It's really easy! Before shooting, tell the group that on the count of 3 everyone has to strike a pose and that you'll do it several times just as if we were in a photobooth. Around the 3rd or 4th round, the group really gets into it and the resulting photos are fantastic.
2. Choose good light
Whether it's a gift-opening or getting ready details, situate the groom in great light (usually near a window, on a porch, or a naturally-lit room) and capture those details! Also, keep in touch with your couple as the wedding approaches so you know if a last minute gift or new tradition is added to the day.
3. Keep 'Em Moving
I know, I know...the fellas are all dressed up in fancy clothes and boy, do they feel...well, really, really dressed up! It's natural to feel somewhat uncomfortable, (there's a reason we don't live in suits 24/7), so I like to get the guys moving instead of arranging them in a line, snapping a few pics, and calling it done. Often I will line them up, especially when there's a large group, snap a few pics, and have them walk towards me while continuing to shoot. They are free to interact as they walk, or simply look at my camera the whole time. After a few steps, I halt the walk and by this time they have loosened up and feel more natural, so the resulting 'line photo' is rather fine :) Movement is one of your best tricks for relaxed, happy, pictures.