Hey there, lovebirds! As a Colorado-based wedding photographer, I've seen my fair share of stunning mountain backdrops and emotional ceremonies. But one part of the day that often gets overlooked is the groom's getting-ready process. Believe it or not, these pre-wedding moments can be filled with just as much laughter, anticipation, and heartwarming interactions as the bride's side.

So, grooms (and brides!), here are some tips to capture those candid and cherished moments while your guy gets prepped for the big "I do":

Location, Location, Location:

Just like with the bride's getting-ready photos, natural light is key. If you're getting ready at a cabin or rental with big windows, that's fantastic! But even a hotel room can work wonders. Ask your groom and his groomsmen to hang out in a well-lit area, preferably near a window. Bonus points if it offers a peek of those gorgeous Colorado mountains!

Candid Captures:

Guys tend to be a bit more low-key than brides when it comes to getting ready. Don't expect staged photos – the magic is in the candid moments. I love capturing the camaraderie between the groom and his groomsmen, the nervous butterflies with a shot of whiskey, or the sweet moment of a dad helping his son with a tie.

Details Make the Difference:

The groom's getting-ready space isn't just about him! Capture those little details that personalize the space – a special watch gifted by the bride, a flask engraved with "Best Man Ever," or a funny pair of socks the groomsmen surprised him with. These details add a layer of storytelling to the photos.

Embrace the Unexpected:

Sometimes, the best photos are the ones you don't plan. Maybe the groom's dog decides to join the party, or a groomsman cracks a hilarious joke. Let these moments unfold naturally – they often turn into some of the most cherished memories (and photos) from the day.

A Colorado Twist:

If you're lucky enough to have a Colorado mountain backdrop, use it! Take some photos of the groom and his crew outside, breathing in the fresh mountain air and soaking up the scenery. These photos will scream "Colorado wedding" and add a touch of adventure to your album.

Final Thoughts:

Remember, grooms, your getting-ready photos are just as important as the bride's. Don't be afraid to loosen up, have some fun with your guys, and let your personality shine through. And for the brides, encourage your fiancé to embrace this pre-wedding ritual. After all, these photos will capture a unique and special moment in your love story – the groom's journey to meet you at the altar.

Now go forth, Colorado couples, and create some getting-ready memories that will last a lifetime!

Looking for more inspiration?

Feeling inspired for your groom's getting-ready photos? We've only scratched the surface! Head over to our Pinterest (search "F & K Photography"), for even more ideas on capturing those pre-wedding jitters and laughter. From unique locations to stylish details, you're sure to find something that sparks your creativity!