The man in your life - and your wedding
Many wedding photographers will tell you that the wedding day is all about the bride. The groom is necessary, but really, all eyes are on the woman in the white gown. Most grooms know this and are ever so happy to let the woman they love shine on.
While the bride has spent many hours finding the gown that's perfect for her, the groom and guys get something off the rack, usually approved with a quick "yeah, that looks OK".
So when it comes time for the posed portraits, the family groups, and the directed-action walks hand-in-hand along a tree-lined path with his beautiful bride, the groom can suddenly feel way too self-consciousness.
It can be a photo killer. But it can be tamed.
For the more intimate photos like the looking into each other’s eyes, the hand-in-hand walk, the photos that require a display of closeness and affection that men usually reserve for private moments, I tell the groom to do this:
Remember what it was that made you so attracted to her the day you met;
Remember the time you looked into her eyes and said to yourself ‘ I love this woman, I want to marry her’;
Remember the day you proposed to her and if something funny and heart-warming happened then;
Look at her now and know that you’re making her the happiest woman in the world at this moment;
And remember that now, you can do no wrong in her eyes – women love totally and you are the center point of that love.
Finally, I tell both of them to forget I’m there; talk to each other, remember the day he asked and you said yes. Find something funny that happened with someone in the bridal party and tell each other about it.
Acting naturally in front of the camera doesn’t come naturally; yet with help, guidance and gentle direction from a caring photographer it will shine through in the final photos.