Happy Wednesday, friends!

Just like “that bass”, we’re all about… the details. From how we photograph a bride’s perfume bottle in the morning to how we shoot bride and groom portraits in the afternoon, we strive for excellence at every twist and turn of the wedding day. And, recently, we started thinking, What’s an overlooked area of the wedding day where changing a few small details can actually make a big difference? The answer? Groomsmen photos! So, here are three of our smallest but biggest impact tips for making groomsmen photos looks just a little more polished at your next wedding!

1. Make Sure the Top Button is Buttoned
A lot of guys like to unbutton their jackets, especially when it’s hot outside, which can be an easy thing to overlook during formal portraits! The photos of the guys look much sharper, though, when they’ve all got their top button buttoned because it allows the suit to contour closer to guys’ bodies and gives them all that slimming silhouette that suits were intended to provide. Since they’re typically in identical suits, any difference among any of the guys (like someone with their coat open) will stick out like a sore thumb! So, the next time you line up the fellas for a photo, make sure to remind them all to button their top button before you start firing the shutter!

Groomsmen Photos_0001

2. Keep the Groom’s Lapel from “Riding Up”
When you say the word “lapel” to a group of guys who aren’t used to wearing suits, sometimes they look at you like you’re speaking a foreign language. Or they’ll look down at their sleeves. Or pull down on their vest. The lapel is the piece of fabric on the jacket that runs from the collarbone to the belly button and folds over a little bit onto the rest of the suit. When buttoned, if a groom throws his arm around one of his groomsmen’s shoulders, the lapel will separate from the chest a little bit (we call it “riding up”) causing the jacket (especially right near the button) to bunch and scrunch up. This, just like an unbuttoned suit, takes away from the natural silhouette of the suit, distracts attention away from the groom’s face and adds attention to the jacket.

Groomsmen Photos_0008

Especially if the groom is in the middle of a shot and he has guys on either end of him, the jacket pulling up is really noticeable and gives the appearance that the groom didn’t get as good of a fit as the groomsmen. Not ideal for sure! To combat this, tell the groom to put his arms underneath his friend’s arms and around the groomsmen’s lower back instead of upper back. That simple trick alone keeps the lapel from lifting. Bonus: Once the groom’s in place, walk over and pull down the jacket a little bit for him to get rid of all evidence of a bunch or scrunch in the fabric! Just get his permission first!

Groomsmen Photos_0002

3. Hide the “Phantom Fingers”
Speaking of the fellas having their arms around each other… When they do, sometimes their arms wrap so far around the other fella that their fingers creep around the other dude’s torso. Look, it’s not the end of the world. Not at all! And this might just be a picky Amy and Jordan thing, but we try to avoid those creepin’ phantom fingers at all costs. It just looks kind of weird. Like floating fingers. And if the groomsmen have their hands in their pockets, and the only hands you’re seeing are the phantom fingers here and there, it distracts the eye from the faces that matter. So, what do we do? We just tell the guys to keep their hands on their buddy’s mid back, and if the phantom fingers start creepin’ around and photo bombing the shot, we just tell the gents to hide the phantom fingers. They totally get it!

Groomsmen Photos_0009

And there you have it! It’s all the little details that make the difference!

P.S. More FREE Stuff!!! 
Did this post help you? We have A LOT more where that came from! Join thousands of photographers in our exclusive email community and get a FREE one-year membership to The Monday Minute, our photography and business tips and tricks that aren’t published on the blog but are delivered straight to your inbox every single week! We hope it’s a blessing to your business!

Alisa

2 comments
filed in: Education

    Jennifer Hagan

    Oh my gosh I love this!! I'm such a detail person that all the little things bug me unless they are right!! Love this post!!

    If only the groom's bow tie were straight in that first pic ????

    Amy & Jordan

    Haha! Can't win 'em all! But we try :)