Photographing the Groom, Best Man & Ushers
This photo taken at a hotel near St Austell in Cornwall of the men reflected in the large mirror with the logs stacked on either side has a contemporary feel to it especially when converted to black and white.
Nobody is looking in the mirror so this is very much as it happened with no staging. The dark blue suits converted effectively for this black & white version. The colour version was also supplied as always to give further artistic choice to the photography collection.
Timing before the Wedding Ceremony
The groom, best man and ushers are normally ready way before the bride and her bridesmaids so I have plenty of time to photograph them at their overnight venue, as long as it's not too far from where the girls are preparing for the big day. Often the men will perhaps have a game of golf, go surfing or visit a hostelry for a bit of dutch courage to soothe the nerves. What they get up to before the wedding depends on the time of the ceremony and how far away the ceremony location is.
Getting to know each other
The time spent photographing the groom and his groomsmen is the ideal chance for them to get used to being in front of my camera and for me to get to know them. I'll be spending a lot of time during the rest of the day with them all. I will have met the groom before his wedding day with his bride to be so I'm not a stranger on the day and to get a loose plan for their wedding photography in place together with a bad weather plan to be safe.