A look at Groom prep
Groom prep, short for preparation, or quite simply ‘getting ready’ on your wedding day, is something included in your wedding photos, should circumstances allow. Groom prep is the same as Bridal prep, where we photograph the Groom and his gents getting ready before they leave for the wedding ceremony on your day. Generally speaking, we try and fade into the background with our camera, and leave you chaps to get on with it, whether it’s putting your ties on, fixing your hair or liberally spritzing yourself with aftershave – all that
sissy manly stuff.
Where circumstances allow, ie when your groom prep location isn’t millions of miles from where you’re having your ceremony, me or my second shooter will snap the boys getting ready. Usually it’s the second shooter’s job, as I will be with the bride, doing the same there. As always, I take an unobtrusive, discreet approach, aiming to capture whatever happens in front of the camera as it unfolds. Photographing Groom prep is usually a really fun part of the day, seeing the guys in a state of nervous paralysis / giddy exciteableness, all of which usually culminates in a steadying drink or masculine bear hug.
So why bother photographing your Groom getting ready? Well, you have the luxury of doing that when you’ve got two photographers for your day, and it means we can capture the action at the bits that the Bride may never see. A Bride and Groom will never know what the build-up looked like for either party, and this makes me happy to know I’m securing some important images for you both.
Below are some Groom prep shots taken by me and my second shooters at my weddings, and some where I have been the second shooter:
For Groom prep, time permitting, it’s usually a nice mix of very candid, natural shots, where we simply hang back and don’t get involved in what’s happening, along with a few shots of the boys in a group when they’re suited and booted. Even if it’s just the Groom and his Best Man, or his dad, or son, I’ll always try and get a handful of those before heading off to the ceremony. And yes, you may bring your pint.
As with Bridal prep, I love to capture the details of your day before everything kicks off. This includes buttonholes, ties, cufflinks, the rings, whatever I can get my hands on without intruding on proceedings. You’ve put a lot of time and effort into getting these details how you want them, so let’s celebrate that by getting a few pics of these important bits:
Also with Groom prep, you have the added advantage of your photographer who knows what you should be doing and when – as we’re frequently asked how to put on buttonholes or pocket watches!
Of course it isn’t mandatory for me to photograph this stuff, but the option is there. Personally, the prep bits of the wedding day are one of my favourites, as it’s chock full of all the best emotions: happiness, giddiness, nerves, anticipation. These always make for great photos that you’ll look back on and really enjoy!