Here's the first of two posts with tips on how to capture fantastic photos of the groom & groomsmen! Being an assistant photographer means I often get the privilege of photographing the gentlemen, and we have a grand time :)
1. Expressions & Angles
For a classic portrait I'll stand the groom in good light (i.e. avoiding light blotches on his suit and squinting eyes), feet at a comfortable stance, ask for hands in pockets or one hand in pocket and the other hand on the wall/holding the edge of his jacket. My aperture is set at 2.8 so the background blurs, and I'll walk in a semi circle around the groom to get various angles and ask for smiles and serious looks ("okay, no teeth for this one!" <-- easy and natural serious face) interchangeably.
2. Include Natural Elements
Structural and architectural elements add texture to your backgrounds, and give the groom something to casually lean or sit on.
3. Get Details
Boutonnieres & suit/tux details, socks & shoes, watches, tie pins, cuff links, etc. are all part of the wedding day story!
Stay tuned for next week's post on candid groom photos! To be notified when a new post is up, simply enter your email in the box in the sidebar :)