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The Groom’s shoot – Timeline Info

We have to talk about Grooms.  How much time do you allocate on your wedding day for your Groom prep and just as importantly when does or when should the photographer do the Groom’s prep before the ceremony?  Do you even need photos of your guy getting ready?

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Groom Prep or No Groom Prep?

The more and more I get asked to photograph the guys the more I love the Groom prep.  But the decision to have me there while you’re getting ready is completely up to you and your fiancé.  If the Groom doesn’t feel comfortable about having their photos taken during the dressing then that should be respected.  That being said part of my job as your photographer is to make you feel comfortable with me, so hopefully that wouldn’t be an issue (but I do get it).  Some Grooms may not feel like they will have time to have the photographer there.   As you will read further below there are ways around the timing of the Groom prep.

brisbane groom timeline infoSo what happens during the Groom prep?

From my personal experience with “Groomscaping” when I arrive to start I’m hoping that all the groomsmen are there (Groom included!) and have already settled in with their gear or perhaps they’ve stayed over the night before.  My first job is to introduce myself and start to blend in with the furniture.  I want my groom prep shots to feel natural and unobtrusive so I start with the Groom’s details (shoes, rings, tie, cufflinks, tie pin, aftershave etc…) and let the guys interact around me.  Maybe they’re having a beer and a laugh and I will capture that too.
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If my Groom has a specific profession or interest that they’d like to represent that in the detail shots then I definitely want to encourage that.  I also keep in mind with the details that some of these shots may be in the wedding album and so I want the Groom’s shots to tie in with my Bride’s details.
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Justin’s super hero theme was really cool!  I brought along some comic books for the background on the details to emphasise the theme.

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When there hasn’t been a mention of a specific theme I will use whatever there is handy at the Groom’s location.  Brad got ready at home and I used this beautiful chest for the detail shots.

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Adam had only just received the keys to his new apartment with Bec and this chair was a good choice.

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Getting dressed

Once I’ve finished the detail shots (approx 15-20 minutes) and if they are hanging around together talking I will take a few candid shots of them.  After an appropriate lull in the conversation I ask the guys to get dressed.  I instruct the guys to go get their suit pants on (and have their privacy if they feel like they need it) and then come out to finish putting their shirts on and everything else on.  While they are getting dressed I will photograph the closer in detail shots and hopefully some fun groomscaping shots because it’s meant to be kind of fun getting dressed on your wedding day!

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As always with any portion of the day I’m building images to create a story of your day.  The details form an important part of that.

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Formal/Informal Portraits

Once dressed, I like to get the more formal individual portraits of the guys and then focus on the Groom a little more.  Following the individuals a couple of “formal-esque” group shots and more relaxed group shots.

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And ladies, in my nine years of photographing weddings I have observed that there is always that one groomsman who loves to play up for the camera – he’s actually very cleverly distracting the Groom from his pre-wedding nerves and raising the whole mood of the day  #takingonefortheteam!  And so I salute you sir!  (Plus he looks awesome and why would I stop shooting?!)

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I’m not normally a fan of the buttoned up arms around the back shot but this was a spontaneous group shot and the grins are genuine.  To me that’s much more important.  So if the guys are going to do something off the cuff, I am a big fan.

Brisbane Grooms_0017And that’s about all we have time for.  The Groom’s shoot usually takes between 40 minutes to an hour which in reality is less time than what I took to write this post!

Timing during the day

When you get to know me, you will see that I like to keep it as genuine as I can.  However with the Groom prep its not always possible.  If you are getting ready in a very short proximity to your fiancé (for example a couple of streets away or in the same apartment complex) then we can do it in real-time.  Otherwise unfortunately guys I will ask this hard question – “can I come to you first in the day?”  Meaning that the grooms party will most likely get dressed, undressed and dressed again closer to the ceremony time.

There’s benefits to doing a kind of trial run on the day with your photographer:

The Missing > If anything is missing, socks, cufflinks, undies, jackets etc… then you will know early on in the day and can plan to pick up said missing items before the wedding begins.

Get on with your day > If you have lots of things to do, say you have to set up part of the ceremony then organising your photographer to come early will free you up to get on with your day.

See it totally rocks for your photographer to come early (?!) Hehe.  And it’s perfectly natural that even if you are geographically close to your fiancé that you may opt to have the groomscaping session first up in your day.  Plus there’s always beer. 😀

 

Topiaries Wedding Day – Justin & Natalie are married!

Holy matrimony Batman!  This Topiaries Wedding Day was unforgettable.

Amazing things can happen at the hairdressers.  Never underestimate a hairdresser and her networking super power.  In this case it was her matchmaking super power.  When Natalie’s Mum’s Hairdresser heard that Natalie could do with a nice man or at least a nice date with a nice man, Natalie’s Mum’s Hairdresser knew of such a nice man that could very well be good for Natalie.  (Full disclosure, I’m pretty sure Natalie wasn’t involved in or even aware of the asking, just the subject of the matchmaking.) Enter Brisbane’s version of Clark Kent.  With…out the glasses.  (Well I was going to say Bruce Wayne, but his parents are still alive and he’s not a billionaire – that I know of!).  Justin, a lovely, sweet man, mega fan of all things sci-fy and adventure and perfect for Natalie.

It’s safe to assume (because you are looking at a wedding blog) that Natalie & Justin found a beautiful love in each other.   I met them at a Topiaries open night for the first time and after that we met and had a long chat and I was the lucky one they decided to have as their photographer.  They booked Natalie’s Uncle, Geoff Mazlin to be their celebrant for their beautiful Topiaries wedding day.  I had Matt Ward photographing with me that day and we started our day together with Natalie getting ready at Topiaries.  I asked Matt to stay on with Natalie while I went to visit Justin and his groomsmen before getting back in time for Natalie to get dressed and the ceremony to begin…

Justin & Natalie had amazing vendors… here’s the details:

Celebrant:  Geoff Mazlin from I Do Creative Ceremonies

Ceremony, Reception & Bridal prep venue:  Topiaries at Beaumont

Reception styling & florals (including bouquets):  OneStop Wedding Shop

Hair & Makeup:  Velbella 

DJ, MC & awesome performer:  Brent from Decibels

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It was so lovely to see Toni doing Natalie’s hair!  Toni did my hair for my wedding day.

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Before taking off to see Justin I quickly took some shots of the beautiful reception setup.

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Enter the comic book zone… I loved doing a bit of a super hero styling for Justin.  I brought along a few of hubby’s old favourite comic books as backgrounds…

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And to make it pretty for Natalie, I did a more traditional bridal shot of the rings.

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It was an emotional day for everyone.  Natalie is her parent’s only child and Justin is his parent’s only son.  This wedding was very important for these families.

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I really love how Geoff involved both sets of parents during the ceremony.

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When Natalie & Justin spoke their vows to each other they faced their guests, I thought it was a lovely idea.

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Planning Note:  I wanted to show you these family shots, the light there was so pretty.  Family shots are usually fairly standard but its good to see how they look in different group sizes.  In smaller groups I always like to do a full length shot and a waist up shot (up to six people) and in larger groups I only do the full length. It’s great if there’s enough room to have one row for larger groups like there is here.

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I loved these “selfy” styled shots… they are so cute!

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This beautiful keepsake of Natalie’s Grandparents is so lovely.

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Hehe… you know you’re always going to end up on a blog somewhere if you do funny things around a camera!  This is a “who wore it better” shot hehe…

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Brent from Decibels provided the awesome signing on the wall and the cool mint lighting.  He was also the MC & DJ for the night.

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Part of the reception coverage is taking the table shots and this is what I do (as well as provide some cheeky entertainment for the guests while I’m going round the tables!)

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Ah Nat and Justin, you guys mean so much to me!  You are so funny and kind and generous of self.  I’m so grateful that you’re in my life and that I got the opportunity to witness one of your most awesome days ever.  I wish you decades and decades of blissful marriage and lovely life together. xx

If you loved Natalie & Justin’s wedding day, chat to me about your super wedding day plans!

Main Beach Maternity Session – Tenille and her family

This main beach maternity session is so pretty, light and airy.

My gorgeous friend Tenille was a bridesmaid for her sister Astin who’s wedding I shot just over two years ago now.  That’s how we met and we have kept in touch.  It was lovely to be asked to photograph Tenille’s main beach maternity session and this little morning session with Tenille’s family was so fun and pretty!

I met Tenille & her family while they were on holidays at a quiet little entrance to main beach, Gold Coast just past Palazzo Versace.  I love the outfits that Tenille brought with her, they really suited the session with the beach and kept it fresh and modern.  The kids were so much fun and they cracked up so much.  I love all the different “pinteresty” poses we tried with them, they were so cute and sweet with their Mum.  All the shots I took with Tenille’s hubby Rohan were just so romantic and sweet, its so lovely to see people in love!  I guess that’s why I shoot weddings. 🙂

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To Tenille & her boys, thank you so much for having me along on your holiday to photograph your maternity session!

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