I’ve wanted to write about wedding portraits for men for some time now.  When we meet with couples for the first time, the brides typically show up with a list of thoughtful questions for us.  The ladies are also quick to describe their vision of the day, along with anything special they have planned to add their unique touch too.  The men on the other hand, can be tough.  By the time a couple is meeting with photographers, they have selected venue, reviewed the menu, discussed the guest list, have a good idea of color selections, along with thoughtful discussions on a First Look or Aisle Reveal. At that point, men are burnt out. I’m here to tell you fellow amigos, now is the time to muster your remaining strength and make some decisions that benefit you! (Keep this to yourself gentlemen, we don’t want to take the reigns entirely).  Here are how some decisions that you’ll make about photography will impact you.  First, let’s just set aside the fact that you hate having your picture taken.  What you really hate, is having formal pictures taken that focus just on you with everybody watching.  Having photographs with your friends in a casual setting, having fun, well that will be a different experience!  Having two photographers is the most important decision for men, because that second shooter is focused on you and capturing your day.  While it’s very important to “click” with your photographers, pay attention to who will be following you around all day. My technique with men on their wedding day is to capture all the important shots in the least invasive way.  Why do Lana and I make a great team?  While she loves shooting the bride, I really enjoy spending time with the groom on their wedding day.  All of the grooms we have worked with are really just amazing people!  The list includes scientists, police officers, financial advisors, professional bowlers, mechanics and even photographers! Let’s run through some cool men photographs for you to think about on your wedding day.  Remember, guys get dressed in about 10 minutes.  So, we will have plenty of time to capture some unique photographs of you and the boys!  Here are 6 ideas to spark your creative juices for wedding portraits for men!

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Groom with Father

Whether it’s your father or the role model in your life, capturing this shot is must have!  This could also be a friend or family member.  Who is the most important role model in your life?

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Preparation

I will admit that Richard here, who is a personal friend of mine, had a strong sense of what was important to him on his wedding day.  We spent some time planning the day, which is quite important for the groom as well. 

Not every groom will know exactly what they want; and that is pretty common.  Just knowing what & who is important to you is a tremendous head-start for any photographer!  Detail shots are used for your wedding album & remember what’s important.  When a watch is handed down to a son, a photo like this shows the value of that gift.

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The Groomsmen

While formal shots are great, capturing a unique photograph of the groomsmen can be something special.  Whether its in front of a bar, fishing, by your car… get creative and discuss option with your photographer on how you can add a personal touch here and “make it your own”! 

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Casuals Shots

The fancy name is “photo journalistic style”.  It really means we take it without you looking.

Capturing casual shots is mixture of experience and effort.  First, preparation is key because the photographers need to know who is important to you.  We learn this in the pre-work and also talking to you throughout the day.  Being present also helps, capturing great casual shots is all about being prepared with your finger on the button.

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Cigar Shots

Cigar shots can be tricky to capture.  Once you capture a slick cigar shot of a father or groomsmen, men are waiting in line to get their photograph taken!  This is also a team event, which can be challenging at the end of the night.  In this shot, the groomsmen are standing along the side blowing smoke behind the subject.

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Men being Men

The name really says it all here.  I won’t get into the details of this group of troublesome men.  I would like to thank Richard and Rachel.  Most of the photos in this Wedding Portraits for Men blog came from their amazing wedding at the Barn at the Pemi last September.  We had so many great photos, but that’s for another blog coming soon!