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The low down on groom preps

Let us not forget the boys so here is the low down on groom preps using some of our best of 2017 snaps.

It’s a pretty common remark we get that the guys are not too bothered about having morning preparations photographed but perhaps this blog will change your mind. Don’t discount yourselves guys… come on!

You are just as important as the bride. It is your day as well so remember that. So in this post, we shall fill you in on some top tips and who knows you may be swayed.

So, here we go.

Give us the time and don’t rush into getting dressed.

Often the guys have so much more time on their hands so they end up getting ready out of boredom. This means Scott can’t capture the details… which you will see further in this post.

Plus, it means he’d miss cool dudes like this guy with wonky horns. Who doesn’t love a highland cow shot?!

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This is a perfect example of just relaxing and giving Scott enough time to capture the details and some documentary photos before the day really kicks into high gear. He also had the time to find the perfect spot for the shot.

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Finishing Touches

Once the details have been captured it’s also great to catch a few snaps of you getting ready. Those finishing touches make great photos. Especially if you have a wee nephew wearing his own kilt like this wee guy below.

Need help if it’s your first time wearing a kilt? Scott has been given the nickname “legend” over and over again haha! He has a knack for jumping in and helping. He’ll show one of your groomsmen then that groomsmen can help you or the others which always makes great photos.

He is also a baby whisperer. Babies LOVE Scott so he gets all the smiles.

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Make sure Scott is around when someone puts on your buttonhole. It’s also a plus if you grab someone special to do so. Not only for the memory of it but for the capture as well.

It is also great to capture the buttonholes on their own before so this is a great thing to leave out to be photographed.

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Going back to the time issue. If you give us time Scott can get a bit more creative with the rings and perhaps catch moments unawares like the shot below. It is not uncommon for the groom or the best man to be seen working on last-minute wedding speech touches.

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Have fun!

It doesn’t take long to get ready and in your wedding attire. Why not organise something like a game of pool if there is one on hand, cards or even a pint at a pub nearby? Passes the time in a fun way and keeps those weddings nerves at bay and it also makes for great and atmospheric photos.

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Scott is often in the background and lets everyone one just get on without even noticing him at times. This means photos like these, especially the one below can be captured. Just get on with things and don’t worry about Scott. Sure he is good to have on hand as noted above but he is there to capture moments like these. These are the type of moments that could only be seen from the other side of the camera… or as an onlooker wishing they had a camera.

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Sometimes, we work with second shooters for unforeseen circumstances but let us assure you that this is actually an awesome opportunity to get shots from another professional who always sees things a bit differently from us. We love the shot above captured by the incredibly talented David Ruff.

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Formal Photos

Another great thing about being given time is the fact that Scott can capture some more formal shots meaning no need to take them later on in the day which frees up time to spend with invited guests. Who doesn’t want more time having a drink and a catch up with friends and family? it’s a win-win! Especially when it is more of a rarity when weddings actually run on time.

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Have we convinced you yet? Scott isn’t so bad to have around haha!

Some other good tips in order for Scott to be more efficient upon arrival are the following

  • Make sure you have everything you want to be photographed in one spot for him. This is stuff like your bowtie, tie, cufflinks…
  • Make sure it’s not too messy but we understand it can get a bit chaotic so don’t stress on this point
  • Make sure you relax and just chill out with the guys and have a great morning

Conclusion

It is great to have the whole story of what your wedding day was like and all about. Moments you didn’t expect or even think you wanted to be captured will be taken and will bring back loads of awesome memories.

Have a peek at some of our other work here to gain a bit of insight on how a full day wedding flows including the groom preps in the morning.

Lisa and Robert’s wedding at Wedderburn Barns

Anna and Adam at the barn at Dalduff 

Ruth and Alex at West Beer 

Emma and Scott at Strathallan Castle

Some of these weddings have varied preparation shots captured so this goes back to my point of giving us time.

Hope this has helped answer some questions for you.

 

Chantal and Scott

 

 

 

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