During the planning phase of a wedding, the groomsmen may often be left out in the cold, except for those annoying but necessary tuxedo fittings. Groomsmen have even less say in what will happen on the big day than the groom, and he generally isn’t involved much. There is one part of the traditional wedding, however, where the groomsmen have control; and we’re not talking about the bachelor party.
The groomsmen photo is generally the least reverent shot of the entire wedding photography package, and so it should be. This is the time when the boys get to be boys and the bride is expected to stand aside, shake her head in bewilderment while forcing an understanding (or completely confused) grin.
Here are a couple of classic, and not so classic, ideas to make your groomsman picture one for the ages—or at least the wedding album.
Mimic Your Favorite Album Cover
From Motley Crue to the Rat Pack, there have been a host of classic and famous album and CD covers over the ages. Depending upon the number of groomsmen, it is possible to mimic the cover and poses in such a way that the homage is unmistakable. This is a fun way to incorporate a bit of “male bonding” history into a photo that will mark a very special rite of passage.
A Little Bit of Boxers Can Go a Long Way
One classic shot that has been a favorite over the years is the “boxers or brief” photograph. The trick to making this one a success is the facial expressions and poses of the groomsmen. Everything in the shot should be posed as though the photograph is a formal picture; except that the groomsmen as dressed in full tuxedo from the waist up, and boxers and socks from the waist down. A little irreverence goes a long way, so be sure all boxers are appropriate, and appropriately closed.
Use Props and Locations to Set the Mood
Is there a theme for the wedding? Using props that include the theme can make the photograph fun and timely. For instance, a medieval themed wedding might include a number of swords, while a science fiction fantasy wedding screams for the ever-present light saber.
Using location as a prop can also make for less boring, formal shots. A formal staircase with the groomsmen placed at different levels in casual poses can often show off each individual man’s personality better than six guys standing in a line. Be sure to look around the reception and wedding venue for interesting ideas.
Timing is Everything
There is a marked difference in the attitude of the groomsman before and after the actual wedding ceremony. Before the ceremony, they are the “guys”. After the ceremony, their “mate” has a new priority, bound in the eyes of the law, in his new wife. Try taking some shots before the ceremony, and several more afterwards, then compare the two for a great “before and after” moment for the formal album.
Olivia Nicholas has been writing for the wedding industry over 10 years and is always happy to share her passion for life and experiences through her work at Storkie.