Even as shooting flat lay details is a “must have” for every bride’s photo list, the groom’s details are just as important! When my husband and I got married, our photographer didn’t take any bridal or groom detail shots during our wedding. We got married almost a decade ago, so that concept wasn’t quite popular yet. However, as I’ve photographed more weddings as a second shooter and lead photographer, shooting bridal details such as the shoes, invitation, and rings has always been included in the day. These photos help tell the story of the couple. A wedding day involves TWO people getting married and celebrating with family and friends. That’s why it’s just as important to include the groom’s details on the wedding day!
I think one of the reasons why groom details are photographed is simply because “grooms don’t care.” While that may be true for some grooms, it isn’t true for all of them. Even if the groom may not really care about his details, you need to photograph them anyways. It’s true that a photo of a groom’s details isn’t something that a couple will print to frame in their house. However, including these type of photos in your album will help you remember your special day.
Just as a bride has special items such as her grandmother’s earrings, so too does a groom have special things that he wants to include. It may be a watch that belonged to his great uncle or cuff links that were given to him by his bride. No matter the items, they should be included in the shot list during the wedding day.
I LOVE shooting bride details! I could honestly shoot them all day long! I even practice on my back porch with items I have at home when the golden hour sun starts going behind the trees. But this also means that I love shooting groom details! There is a reason that the groom picked out that tie or wears a certain cologne. I like to approach a wedding day from a storytelling mindset. All of the portraits, the pieces, and moments from the wedding day tell the complete story. Without the groom details, there would be a missing piece to the couples’ story. There are certain memories that are being preserved by capturing both the bride and groom details from the wedding day!