9 ideas for unique groom portraits

We all know this, wedding photography is mainly about focusing on the bride and quite often we end up with more photos of the bride than the groom. Quite frankly, that is totally fine as long as the groom is ok with this and most of the time, he will be. That being said, it doesn’t stop me as a Montreal wedding photographer to capture strong, unique and compelling portraits of the groom. Below are 10 groom photos taken on the day of some of my clients wedding. I’ve also left a small description of why I captured these photos in this particular way. Wether you’re a future bride or groom or even a professional Montreal wedding photographer, I am certain that this article will be of great value to you.


1- Low Angle Wedding Photography

90% of the wedding photos you see are captured from eye level. To create a more unique portrait, I like to get up high or in this case, go very low. Shooting grooms from this angle is also great as it gives a feeling strength and power.


2- Groom Meaningful items 

During the initial consultation with my wedding clients, I always ask them a lot of questions. I want to know as much as possible about them because on the wedding day, I want not only to create portraits that are stunning, but also portraits that are meaningful to them. For Lobzang, the Dalai Lama has always been a role model for him and therefor, I felt it was important to include him in one of the groom portraits.


3- Usage of the environment in Wedding Photography

A tree trunk is solid, powerful and very strong. When I saw this while shooting this winter wedding in Laval, I felt it was a great opportunity to match these attributes with the groom.


4- Wedding Photography Background

When shooting a bride, I like to use soft, shallow and dreamy backgrounds to bring forward her softness and elegance. When shooting a groom however, I like to integrate wood, rocks or bricks like showcased in this portrait.


5- The groomsmen

If you use the groomsmen wisely, you can create very unique wedding photographs. In this case, I placed the groom in the middle and created a frame with his two groomsmen. While both of them are out of focus, it created an interesting canvas, without taking aways too much attention from the actual subject of interest.


6- Reflexions in Wedding Photography

Those who know me also know that I am a big fan of reflexions, especially when shooting weddings. In this case, I saw an interestingly shaped mirror in the hotel hall and thought it would be interesting to use it to create a wedding portrait that is unique and creative.


7- Groom Silhouette

Is it mandatory to always see the face of our subjects when shooting? My answer to this is no. In this photo, there is just a kiss of light on the right side of the groom which is just enough to recognize him, while create a portrait that is more dramatic and visually interesting.


8- Architecture

If I had to quickly define my style, I would say that I am an architectural wedding photographer. Whenever I shoot a portrait, I scan the environment around me to see how the bride, the groom or the couple can be harmoniously integrated into it. In this wedding photo of the groom, I love the symmetry , the angle and also the pillars which can be translated into strength and power.


9- Lens flare

Shooting directly into the sun is what allows you to get the sun flare. It definitely gives a different dimension to wedding photos and whenever I have the opportunity I will use this technique. In this case, I asked the groom to light up a cigarette to add dense smoke to this photo as well.



I truly hope you found this wedding blog post inspirational and insightful. If you have a question or a comment, feel free to reach out or to leave a comment below.

If you would like to see a similar blog post for brides, feel free to consult my “10 bridal poses you want for your wedding” publication.


Copyrights | Montreal Wedding Photographer, Ali Kay

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