Groom and Groomsmen photography. The advantage of a second shooter at a wedding

May 05, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Congrats to J+A



In this blog post I would like to talk about the bridal party photos and especially the groom and the groomsmen photos, and the advantage of having a second shooter at your wedding day.

You want to capture every moment of your wedding -  from the bride and the groom getting ready to the cutting of  the cake and the party. But does your photographer can cover  both - the groom and the bride before the First Look at the same time ? I have done it many times, but only if the wedding has one location and everyone is getting ready there. But what do you do when the bride and the groom are getting ready at two different locations and you would like to capture these such emotional moments professionally? In this case, you might need a second photographer, someone who will help the main photographer and it will be equally capable  creative and professional to do the job. Someone who works together with your main photographer on a regular bases as a team.

That what happened to me shooting Joy and Andrew’s wedding in Walnut Creek, CA. Rikki W. was covering the bride with the bridesmaids and I was shooting the groom with the groomsmen. Great! In your wedding album you will have a complete story of what happened that day. Isn't that awesome?


What I liked a lot about Joy and Andrew's wedding was the fresh colors for their bridal party they picked - light yellow and dark grey. The bridesmaids' bouquets were just simple and elegant one, enough to be a part of their accessories and make it stand out by themselves. It’s the same with the boutonnieres- the groom and the groomsmen’s flowers. One thing, I would like to emphasise here, it’s a question of interest that many times I have been asked by the grooms 'On which side do I pin the boutonnieres?': the groom and the groomsmen wear their boutonnieres on the left side , close to their hearts. The groom also will give boutonniere for the closest male members of the wedding, like the groom’s father,grandfather and brother. This way they also feel important to the wedding.

The official wedding ceremony was held at the Queen of All Saints Catholic church in Concord, CA

Andrew took  the first family photo of him and his wife Joy with  his iphone 

The wedding reception was held at the Shadelands Art center in Walnut Creek, CA 

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