Wedding photographers love snapping shots of dapper grooms with their groomsmen on the big day. And while groomsmen typically like to keep photo sessions short and sweet, photographer Comfort Witcher says capturing high-quality groomsmen photos isn’t just doable—it’s quick and easy. She captures the creative and classic shots she needs, then lets the groomsmen go off to enjoy the festivities.
Meet the Expert
Comfort Witcher is the owner and head wedding photographer at Comfort Photography based in Columbus, OH.
Witcher plans her groomsmen photos well before the wedding day. “Beforehand, I ask about the wedding party in general,” she says. “Knowing their personalities can help me anticipate what poses will work, and it lets me get creative while staying true to the couple. It’s important for me to capture the authentic spirit of the day.”
A question groomsmen ask Witcher all the time? What to do with their hands. Witcher gets this conversation out of the way early in the day—either during groom prep or at the beginning of the groomsmen photo session. And, like most photographers, she’ll correct groomsmen if they look silly or uncomfortable as she’s photographing.
Her recommendations include crossing hands in front, crossing them in back, or putting them in pockets.
Witcher’s groomsmen photo shot list varies from couple to couple, but she does have a few can’t-miss staples. During groom prep, this includes tying ties and helping the groom with his tie or cuff links. This part of the day is more candid and provides the photographer with a lot of flexibility depending on the groomsmen style choices.
She takes the majority of groomsmen photos pre-ceremony—which only takes about 10 to 15 minutes. This includes group and individual photos with each groomsman and the groom. She’ll also capture creative group shots, such as congratulatory poses (where the groomsmen give kudos to the groom) and walking shots with groomsmen in formation.
Of course, Witcher says this hardly scratches the surface of groomsmen photos. Here’s a collection of groomsmen photo ideas to get those wheels turning.
The Personality Pic
One of Witcher’s favorite parts of photography is capturing the spirit of the wedding day, and few times does that come out more than groomsmen photos. Knowing about the couple’s personality ahead of time helps her cue the groomsmen up for photos that show who they, and the couple, truly are.
The Hands-in-Pocket Stance
For groomsmen worried about where to put their hands, the hands-in-pocket stance is a great option. Photographers will instruct the bridal party on what to do with their hands, and will often try to get a few photographs where groomsmen place their hands in pockets in unison.