Not everything has to be about the bride on the wedding day. Grooms and their groomsmen deserve some of that spotlight too!
In fact, some of the best man pictures are when the photographer catches the guys goofing off.
But, some men (ehm, most men) can feel uncomfortable in front of the camera. Fortunately, you can do some simple things to make sure you capture your friends in their best (and most hilarious) moments.
How to Get Awesome Best Man Pictures
On the morning of your wedding day, you’ll want to equip your best man and groomsmen with some basic information to get them comfortable.
Introduce Your Photographer
When the wedding photographer arrives, they’ll likely head straight for the bride. But, if you’ve hired a team or your wedding photographer shoots with a second shooter, then you might have someone covering your pre-ceremony time as well.
To make everyone in the room comfortable, make sure you introduce your groomsmen to your photographer. It’ll help everyone to feel like they’re on a first-name basis.
If your photographer starts to feel more like a friend than a bystander, it’ll help your group loosen up a bit.
Tell Them What to Do With Their Hands
We all experience this. The full-on panic when a camera comes around, and you’re suddenly aware of your hands.
It’s like your body no longer understands what to do with those things at the end of your arms, even though it wasn’t a problem right before the camera was pointing at you.
Head this off by coaching your friends on what to do, especially when it’s portrait time.
The easiest thing to do is give your hands a job. Something as simple as tucking your thumbs in your front pockets, putting one hand in a pocket, or clasping your hands in front or behind you can help your body remember that having hands is normal!
Top Best Man and Groomsmen Wedding Photos
Now that your guys are prepped and ready to go, let’s get into some best man and groomsmen wedding photo inspiration!
This is a fantastic portrait to start with, whether you’re with the ladies or not. Walking gives everyone something to do, which will leave the photo feeling more natural (aka not so much hand-panic).
It can also help loosen everyone up, so more personality can come out.
Looking at You
Capture a photo of your best man looking on as you share a moment with your new bride. Clearly, she’s passed the friends test.
This blur action is an excellent touch because it brings the focus on you and your wife(!!!) while still incorporating the support of your best friend!
Hugs with the Bride
There’s nothing sweeter than when her friends become your friends, and your friends become hers. A celebratory hug from your best man is a special moment you won’t want to miss on your wedding day.
Although you could have all the guys link up, I’d say this one works better with the bridesmaids mixed in.
Fixin’ Him Up
A faux fix-up is a hilarious photo to take, and will inevitably lead to your groomsmen putting their spin on the picture.
The Bow Tie
Have your guys gather ’round and hype up your style.
Got Your Back
Your friends have got your back. That’s why they’re your groomsmen, right?
Make sure you don’t miss all the moments throughout the day where they’re supporting you (and maybe egging you on)!
You watching your friends as your future wife walks toward you for your first look is just about the cutest idea ever.
I mean, I know this is supposed to be making fun of the girls, but your bling deserves a little bit of the limelight too!
If you’re a man of faith, have your groomsmen gather around while your best man prays over you, your wedding day, and the health of your marriage.
Looking up the Aisle
You can’t miss the classic looking up the aisle picture with your best man by your side.
Extra points for shedding a few tears.
Playing It Cool
Muster up your very own Blue Steel. You and your groomsmen will be signing modeling contracts in no time.
Bring it in with your guys and your beverages of choice.
It’s a classic for a reason. You know your groomsmen will be looking fly with this one.
After getting to know your photographer (and maybe cracking open a few beers), your friends will start to loosen up.
This is where it gets good.
And of course, after sharing a few of those beverages, hugs start getting handed out like candy. They might be sloppy hugs, but aren’t those the most memorable anyway?
It’s not just your bride’s day; it’s your day too, right? Let your groomsmen carry some of the weight for you.
If your best man has also locked down a good one, make sure you celebrate your luck!
It’s essential to stay hydrated on the big day, so get a few photos of your best guys supporting you in this.
To the Ceremony
Some would say there’s no right way to get to your wedding ceremony, but I think this photo proves that there absolutely is a right way!