Shooting Star : Photographing Groom Prep

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hat one was too long. Yup, you did it again...too long. Maybe you're just talking more than usual, JD said as he adjusted the camera yesterday. My goal is to keep Shooting Star videos around four minutes, but--apparently--I had a lot to say. Or I was extra nervous. Or maybe I need to speak faster. Just kidding, we all know I speak fast enough to be a part-time auctioneer, but I'm looking for an excuse here, Internet.

This week's installment of Shooting Star focuses on photographing Groom Prepration Photos on a Wedding Day, a continuation from bridal preparation photos. Here I'll explain the priliminary outline I provided to JD on how to shoot the guys while they dressed in five simple steps:
1. Knock on door and Introduce yourself to the groom as the assistant photographer to "X" and proper introductory protocol.
2. Introduce yourself to every person on the room.
3. Give permission to relax and be comfortable.
4. Fiddle/tinker with your camera bag as a distraction to create space for comfortability.
5. How to Photograph Groom Details
    a. Styling
    b. Prep
    c. Lifestyle

I also answered the following questions proffered from Facebook and Twitter (as well as answered popular questions in the video itself)...
"Do you have advice on how to coach the Groom for the "first look" photo?"
"How about posing a Groom who doesn't feel comfortable with posing?"
"How do you work in messy environments when photographing a Groom getting ready?"
"New ways to set up boys? I always end up with the same stuff.. Boys stump me"



Like always, I don't talk fast...you listen slow. Zing! I hope this offered a tiny bit of light into how I work and if it helps one person, I'm happy.
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Jennifer Parke - Thank you so much for posting another episode of shooting Star! They are so HELPFUL! Please keep them coming!  01.21.12 - 7:58am
Autumn Teesdale - Great advice!! I never know what to do with the guys when I get to the room! Thank you!  01.16.12 - 11:07am
Amber Fox - I am so excited when I come to your blog for some photo inspiration and I find exactly what I need. Today I am second shooting a wedding, which I normally shoot portraits, and you gave me exactly what I needed to hear. Thanks for all the great tips. And Jasmine, seriously, thank you so much for all the teaching and inspiring you for the photog community. You are simply fabulous!  01.14.12 - 9:47am
Hannah Beatrice - Oh yea ... getting them handshaking after the scratching ... that's why it's not a good idea!  01.13.12 - 8:39am
Jessica K. Sullivan - Great advice! This is exactly what I try to do when I meet the guys, and it works! The guys can be so much fun!  01.12.12 - 11:44am
Patti - You rock, thanks for sharing this with us!  01.12.12 - 7:27am
Trysha - The number one thing I remember was that "women want to look gorgeous and guys want to look cool." I try to keep that in mind when posing/shooting.  01.09.12 - 9:45pm
Yuliya M. - Thank you, this helps a lot!  01.07.12 - 4:33pm
JennyRain - So helpful! I had the privilege of shooting w/my tog mentor here in VA for my 1st wedding and he got SO much out of the guys (the pix were hilarious!) - if I ever have to shoot guys, your advice is perfect. (Tho I hope I can always get my mentor to come with me :)  01.02.12 - 10:59am
Leslie - love love this post! love that is was longer than 4 minutes too! ha ha ... such great and easy advice/tips!  01.02.12 - 8:01am
DK Kilgour - Wow you really do talk fast! Awesome advice Jasmine. Fantastic help  12.31.11 - 5:24pm
Shirrine Ocean Singh - I love everything you do - photography, writing, and now decorating! Do you mind sharing how you made your newspaper collage? Magazine paper ? New York Times? Its the jam to my peanut butter....thanks!  12.31.11 - 12:38pm
Jeff - Great post as always! Guys are fun to shoot, but are totally different experience compared to the ladies.  12.30.11 - 4:22pm
MegganB - Dude!! I was hoping to see JD take this one on! :)  12.30.11 - 1:22pm
Belinda - Thanks Jasmine!   12.30.11 - 11:06am
Vanessa M - Hahaha! "Scratching or whatever guys do." LOL! Great post (as usual). Thanks and Happy New Year!  12.30.11 - 11:02am
ashley barnett - Love this post! I always feel like the groom shots go by so fast because they get ready so fast! But this helps really slow down and look at the groom prep as just as important to the overall story of the day as the brides. Happy New Year Jasmine! <3  12.30.11 - 10:56am
Lydia Arnold - Very helpful advice for second shooters! Thanks for sharing your wisdom :)  12.30.11 - 2:43am
KrisD Mauga - I love how you almost couldn't keep yourself from giggling from your scratching comment  12.29.11 - 11:39pm
Tony Belmont - Great insights. And I've learned to listen faster, LOL. :)  12.29.11 - 10:11pm
Schaffer Photography - Thanks for the great advice! Any suggestions for getting ready photos of the groom when you work alone? In the video, you have listed a lot of photos that you have JD take but when I shoot alone I usually only have 5-10 minutes for groom photos. Suggestions?  12.29.11 - 8:20pm
Bryan - Guys are simple. If you float an idea to a group of guys you'll get a pretty honest response, so I just push the envelope to see how crazy they will get. Eventually they push back and that's where I stop.  12.29.11 - 7:14pm
Karen - Lol, scratching. Thanks for sharing! I always love (and appreciate) all the advice you give!  12.29.11 - 5:34pm
Kat - JD's photos of the guys getting ready are always some of my favorite shots from your weddings. You and I in a conversation together would be insanity, because I talk REALLY fast too.   12.29.11 - 4:57pm
Shane O' Sullivan - Ha, scratching ;)  12.29.11 - 4:06pm
Robert Hunter - Thanks Jasmine! You shared some really great tips!   12.29.11 - 3:46pm
Bethany - HILARIOUS... scratching. whatever guys do in those rooms. fantastic.   12.29.11 - 2:08pm
Ashley Goodwin - ps: How funny, my blog post today too was about how I talk wayyyyy too much so instead of a long post (as usual), I made it short and sweet. Not easy. So instead of talking all over my blog, I'm talking all over yours? xo  12.29.11 - 12:24pm
Ashley Goodwin - "Hi, I'm Jasmine Star's second shooter!" SCOOOREEEE! This was great! I always stick with the bride because the boys make me nervous, they get ready so fast and are always uber aware of the camera, so fantastic tips! & I had a strangest dream last night where you took me to your house and then left and I was supposed to be working and a CARNIVAL showed up and took over your back yard and I was like "Jasmine's life is a CIRCUS!!" It had me all confused this morning, you know, one of those dreams where no one gets it but you just have to share? HAHAHAHAH. Weeeiiirrrdddddddd.  12.29.11 - 12:22pm
Katelyn James - hahaha I love that you don't edit out your mess ups! :) muah!  12.29.11 - 11:06am
Claudia - i just love this videos. thanks a bunch.  12.29.11 - 10:42am
Ashley B - I'm a second shooter, and I am ALWAY with the guys... lucky me! This definitely helped and gave some new pointers/ideas.  12.29.11 - 10:30am
Adriana Morett - OMG! You answered my question!! THANK YOUUUU =)) Abrazos!  12.29.11 - 9:58am
Sarah Mariel - Hahaha. Scratching. It's funny cause it's true:)  12.29.11 - 9:50am
LEOLAK - Scratching!!! LMAO!!! You can talk as long and as fast as you want...I'll listen everytime and I follow along just fine since I speak about the same speed! Work those guns lady! LOL Thanks for the info!  12.29.11 - 9:43am
jessica vidmar photography - or worse...handshaking!! too funny (and true), i love it. Thanks : )  12.29.11 - 9:19am
anna - jasmine, this video has given me the confidence i was looking for to shoot my sister's wedding, which is in four days. i have been having nightmares about not getting the right photos, and listening to you talk through was so helpful and inspiring! it is my first wedding as the main photographer, and your advice works for more situations than just the groom - like how to get good candid shots. thank you so much for doing these videos!  12.29.11 - 9:12am
Monica G - Thanks for another great post! Who cares if its longer than 4 minutes :D I still watched the whole thing!   12.29.11 - 9:10am
kaethe - such useful advice! thank you!  12.29.11 - 8:34am
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