Ok, so now the fun begins and you need to be on the ball!
Once you have finished the details look around the house and find the best spot to position all the boys for the getting ready shots. I usually do the following series in one location to keep the backdrop consistent so the photos and album flow nicely.
** TIP ** Ideally this scenario would have the photographers back to a window and shooting straight ahead towards the boys. Although, usually this is not the case. Just try and find a backdrop that is clean and clutter free with even light, NO direct sun!
Shoot them as a Group
Positioning the groom in the middle, here is a list of the shots I get:
- Groomsmen helping the groom with his cufflinks
- Groomsmen helping the groom with his tie
- Everyone putting on their vests together (if applicable)
- Going a cool Roger David jacket over the shoulder shot
- Everyone putting on their jackets
- Couple of group shots of all the groomsmen
Shoot them as Pairs
Now that we have done a whole bunch of shots of the groomsmen together let’s break it down and get some combos! Remember, it’s all about variety, so I would get a few shots of each groomsmen with the groom as pairs.
Shoot them Individually
The pairs are done, the final piece of the puzzle are the individuals. I like to finish this section of the grooms coverage with single portraits of the groomsmen, with the groom last.
The easiest way to do this is to find a window with no crazy sun light beaming through it, and set up the dudes one by one. Have some fun with it, try and get the guys to laugh or do something silly!
Let’s finish with the groom. I like to spend a little bit more time with him just to make sure we get a few more combos.
Feel free to take your time, I get the following:
- Some details again, adjusting cufflinks and maybe a close up of the tie or any other cool stuff that he is wearing
- A few shots of the groom looking in different directions
- A few shots of the groom looking at the camera
- I also get a few headshots too at f/2.8
** TIP ** Get the groomsmen to make fun of him!