Your perfect wedding day is not the right time to improvise, and everything should go flawlessly. Here are 8 wedding photography tips that will help you have a perfect groom preparation photo shoot.

1 The Bow Tie and Boutonniere Challenge

This is a big one! Guys rarely tie a bow tie, so on the wedding day it is one of the most common issues the groom faces.

Here is a video on how to tie a bow tie. Enjoy it and have it handy on your wedding day! Ideally, you might want to learn how to tie it before your big day…

The same applies to boutonnieres. Here is a video on how to make a DYI boutonniere and how to pin it.

2 Make Sure All Important People are Present

Often the groom’s parents are so busy organizing the special event that they don’t take the time to enjoy the day and take photos.

Please ask your parents to be there with you and to take 10 minutes to join us for a quick photo shoot.

Also, all the groomsmen should be present and dressed up so we can start shooting…oh, and most important, the groomsmen should be sober-ish.

3 No Bachelor Party the Night Before Your Wedding

Bachelor parties can go a little wild when alcohol is involved…let’s leave it there for now. How should we put this nicely? Please do not have your bachelor party the night before your big day. Some side effects include headaches, a blurred vision, and a slight alcohol breath.

In instances when the groom had a night out with the boys or a bachelor party, the gentlemen’s photo shoot was a disaster. The guys were late, hungover, uncooperative, looking extremely tired and unhappy, etc.

Our point? The night before your wedding is not the best time for a wild party.

4 Open The Gifts When The Photographers Are There

Often the bride and groom exchange gifts on the wedding day, the most common one being an expensive watch, a letter or a bottle of liquor. If that happens, please give your wedding photographers heads up before your wedding day or before you open it so they can capture your reactions. That will make your getting ready photos special as they capture genuine moments of your big day.

After you open it, please keep the gift handy so photographers can immortalize it as it is part of your big day.

5 Keep Your Room Clean

If the room is tidy, that will show in your wedding photos. Common sense? Sure, but when you are under time constraints, you will forget about keeping your room clean.

If the getting ready room is a mess, (hey, it happens to all of us), go to a bar or a park if the weather cooperates.

6 When Photographers Arrive, You Should Be Wearing Your Pants and Shirt

To save precious time, try to be dressed when photographers arrive. That way they can start taking photos of you as opposed to wasting time. The same applies to the groomsmen.

7 Have Your Wedding Details Handy

Please have all the wedding details waiting on a table. More specifically, the watch, belt, shoes, bowtie, etc.

If you somehow run late, photographers will start taking pictures of those details instead of killing time.

8 Large Rooms Facing North Are Perfect

If we could design the perfect room for the groom preparation, it would be a large room with huge windows, facing North. Also, the walls would be dark coloured to create the perfect background for your wedding portraits. On the other hand, if you like the airy look, choose a room painted in bright colors.

10 Take Photos With Each Member of the Family

We understand that you are busy preparing the wedding day, but by no means should you skip taking photos of your family members during your preparation.

11 Ignore the Camera

Most people are camera aware and when you look at the camera, those images look very posed. This is where a skillful photographer steps in and creates scenarios where you can be yourself. Posing in motion is all the rage these days, and it gives images a natural feel.

12 Be Yourself, Not a Perfectionist

You and your wedding party do not need to look perfect. Of course, give the wedding photographer great moments she can capture, but don't forget to have fun. After all, this is the best day of your life and it revolves around you, not around your wedding photography. This is your wedding, not a photo shoot.

13 Have a Wedding Photography Checklist

If you want to take certain photos (alone or with the bridal party) prior to your wedding ceremony, prepare a shot list and share it with your photographer. Make sure you take a photo with each groomsman (you should have that on your list).

Ideally, you and your bride would discuss each wedding photo idea you have with your photographers so that they prepare and ensure they can create the images you want. Often photographers need certain pieces of equipment (lenses, lighting) to create various looks you like.


A perfect groom prep photo shoot takes place when you feel comfortable with your photographer. If you trust in their talent and ability to capture beautiful photos, you will be more relaxed, will enjoy the day and will have amazing preparation photos.