Step Into Wedding Photography part 2 : Poses for the groom and groomsmen

A little while back Chris Lin wrote his first guest post on adidap : Step into wedding photography with these 20 poses that focused on posing a couple during the wedding day.

Due to the huge success of this post, we have contacted Chris again and he agreed on writing another tutorial on wedding photography.

If, like me, you find posing the groom a challenge then I bet you are about to enjoy this article. The list may not be comprehensive; but it should give you a good base from which you can incorporate your own style and vision.

A big thanks to Chris who is also the editor of SLR Lounge, creator of Photoshop Actions and Lightroom Tutorials. All images are copyright Lin and Jirsa, Wedding Photographers in Los Angeles.

The classic casual look

The classic, must-have portrait of the groom has his body angled, hand(s) in pocket and a casual, natural smile. Make small adjustments in the angle of his body and face to find the most flattering look.

Looking off balcony

If the hotel room has a balcony, this is a great scene for posing the groom in a contemplative pose. With his hands on the railing and his body facing out, have your groom look off into the distance and contemplate his last few hours of freedom.

Looking out of window from the back

Windows make great frames for your compositions. A classic pose is for the groom to gaze out the window in anticipation for the big moment. The feel and story of this pose is very similar to the balcony pose above.

Groom sitting and looking up

Along the same lines as the pose above, make sure you utilize the nice, soft, dramatic window lighting and do a few more poses. Have the groom sit in a chair with his hands on his knees. He can look at the camera for a few shots and out the window for a few (see pose below).

Sitting while looking out window

As mentioned above, use this great lighting scene for a variety of looks and angles on the groom, including this one of him looking out the window.

Close up of tie

As the groom is getting ready, make sure you also focus in on the details. One of these poses is the adjustement of his tie.

Adjusting the cuff links

Similar to the pose of the groom adjusting his tie, you can also snap unique angles of other aspects of his attire. Another one of these would be his cufflinks (pictured below) or his shoes (not pictured).

Looking into mirror

Whether you’re catching the groom before he’s starting the getting ready process (as pictured below) or catching the final check before he heads out the door, using the reflection off of the mirror is a great angle for the moment. You can either catch it naturally or ask the groom to re-enact it (with a smile of course).

Classic Line Up

Moving on the groomsmen (group) shots, a must-have is the classic line up. Angle them all inwards, focus on expressions, and snap away.

Groomsmen jumping

Definitely not a must-have, but a good way to get some fun shots is to have them jump. To add interest and move away from the cliche, use unique lighting.

Human Swing

The idea behind certain groomsmen shots is often to get them out of their comfort zone so that fun expressions come out. Pick him up and swing him around and see what happens.

Bowling pins

Another classic pose is the bowling pin formation. Make sure you have all the guys lined up in near-perfect symmetry with identical poses.

Groomsmen against wall with leg up

For a casual shot, put the groomsmen up against a wall, have them kick a leg up and either look off or into the camera.

Random stagger

In boy-band-esque fashion, stagger your groomsmen haphazardly. The only rules here are to make sure that the groom is the center (and thus the focus) and to make sure nobody is covered by another groomsman.

The Secret service

A random pose we came up with is the secret service pose. This is where the groomsmen act like they’re blocking the camera, with a small space for the groom’s face.

Carrying the groom

Of course, picking up the groom can always lead to some fun.

Hugging in

There’s nothing like a super tight, uncomfortable hug to bring out big smiles, laughs and candid expressions.

We hope this list of groom and groomsmen poses helps with your wedding photography. Of course, we always welcome your comments below.

  • Rocrbn2

    love the ideas, great shots

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  • Beverly

    Awesome ideas.

  • Dutchinny

    love the secret service + uncomfortable hug!  thanks for sharing! 

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  • Great source of inspiration, many thanks

  • Hey, nice shot.. I pictures looking so beautiful.. well done.

  • The wedding must be a stunning and charming occasion to experience. By seeing the pictures I recalled my cousins wedding. Last year we took flights to Bali for his wedding as he lives there. The wedding altogether was an amazing event to attend. Nice post and the pictures made me recall what I had experienced earlier.

  • The wedding must be a stunning and charming occasion to experience. By seeing the pictures I recalled my cousins wedding. Last year we took flights to Bali for his wedding as he lives there. The wedding altogether was an amazing event to attend. Nice post and the pictures made me recall what I had experienced earlier.

  • Abbigirl316

    Immensely Inspirational. Now that you have created the Step into Wedding Photography for the Couples and for the Groom and his Groomsmen, it’s time you grace us with your talents and create a part three to the series, the Bride and her Bridesmaids.
    I’m doing my very first wedding shoot June 30th, 2012 I’m pretty confident that I will do well and that the bride will be pleased with the results. I’m good at composing photos and I’m really good at the post process of editing. It’s therapeutic for me. It’s my alone time to enhance what I’ve already created.
    However, although I have a few ideas of my own, weddings are a whole new ballgame for me. So I just wanted to thank you for this two part tutorial. It reassured me that the ideas I had are pretty much right on track. I now have added to my list of poses the Secret Service, The Random Stagger and my favorite the Cuff link pose.
    I would love to see your tips and ideas for shooting the bride. I figure if I’m this impressed with Step into Wedding Photography Parts 1 and 2, then you will leave me in absolute awe if you create Part 3 The Bride and her Bridesmaids. You know what would even be cooler if you did it before June 30th, 2012. LOL No Pressure. LOL
    Again thank you so much for sharing your ideas. They really reassured and inspired a newbie…me. God Bless.

  • Awesome pics and poses. thanks for sharing your great idea. it will help quite to have good stuff. i hope to see more such stuff. 

  • For me wedding photographs are the most difficult… this is so hard not being ridiculous or ordinary.. Thank you for this very good photos…!! The first time I saw great wedding photographs… Sorry for my english 😉

  • Anonymous

    thanks for these nice poses love human swing + the secret service

  • emna sophia

    nice pictures after seen your wedding images.i recalled my cousins wedding which held last year we really enjoyed.nice post this made me recall what I had experienced earlier.


  • Sarah

    Awesome pictures, love your ideas. i hope to see more such great shots.