The coining of the word “Best Man” undeniably has warm and deep-rooted connotations. The best man, who is the confidante and aide of the groom and the one who has seen him through the highs and lows in life, makes the perfect liaison, for you as a photographer to know your subjects better. As the wedding is announced you will find that the Best Man and the Groom closely observing all the big day preparations. And as a photographer, you will definitely wish to capture some of the moments, which are not only ceremonial but also some candid shots, which reflect the camaraderie. Here are a few tips, which could help you with the process:
Tips for photo-shooting the Best Man:
1. Build Rapport
The best man, the friend and confidante of the groom would be the best individual to have some first hand information of the event, the schedule and the updates for the big day. The best man would also know the friends and family of the groom. For planning the shoot and for a smooth photo shoot on the big day, it is important that you build rapport and stay connected with the best man.
2. Organize Groomsmen, identifying groups
As a photographer you would have planned for the photo list. Family members, friends and wedding guests are an integral part of the photo shoot. The best man could help you identify the groups and also be the coalescing factor, organizing and bringing together the groomsmen for the photo shoot.
3. Ceremonial photos
With the best man taking charge and being assigned responsibilities for the big day, you will find some really good photographing opportunities. A few shots which are inevitable like the best man standing with the groom beside the altar, signing for the marriage license as witness, bearing the groom’s rings, and giving the toast. Get yourself acquainted with the wedding rituals, research well, and just be alert for your clicks. Respect the sanctity of the rules if any, during the wedding vows and follow them.
4. Candid shots
The ceremonial shots are inevitable, but you would also be on a lookout for some shots with the groom and the best man, which would, make some great shots for the photo album as memories. So the informal moments with the best man and the groom, the best man escorting the maid of honour. The fun moments whilst the best man dancing with the bride and the maid of honour will all make some perfect captures. So be prepared and have fun capturing them.
5. Request Poses, Have fun
You could request some poses with the best and the groom. Just make sure that the folks are enjoying and having a fun time as much as you and you will find your perfect clicks.