Calling to a grooms home on wedding morning

01st November 2014
I'm a lucky man, love what I do for a living, and love most things about wedding days.
There are a few things however that can throw a spanner in the works in relation to how smooth a day can run, and one of those areas that can be sticky is calling to a grooms home on the morning of a wedding.
It's a fact that most men on wedding days aren't normally as receptive as the ladies at having their photos taken....there is the odd exception, but most of the time they politely grin and bare with it for the day that's in it....and to be fair, most are cordial and get on with matters.
My wedding day normally starts at the brides home...and I'm normally there almost two hours prior to the ceremony. The first half hour when I call is normally photographing the details (flowers, dress, shoes, jewellery etc), and after this I'm capturing preparations (hair and make up) before finally some portraits of the bride on her own followed by images with her family.
There have been occasions where I've called to the groom for some of his preparations too...and more often than not, it hasn't been at the grooms request, and this is where matters can get tricky. I call to hims home almost three hours prior to the ceremony, and his family members can be put under a lot of pressure to be ready, dressed and made up at this early hour of the morning. With most weddings taking place at 1pm, that means a visit to a grooms home around 10am...can be very unfair expecting his mum (and possible sisters) to be "wedding ready" this early in the morning, and more often than not I'm welcomed to the home with some disdain...."why are you pointing a camera at me when I'm in my pyjamas with no hair and make up" kinda thing....and I don't blame them for feeling this way.
I normally get to the church about half an hour prior to the ceremony to capture the groomsmen there....shots of them together, shots of the groom by himself, and indeed shots of the groom with his family too. Everyone is in "wedding mode" so close to the ceremony and always a lot more receptive to having their photos taken.......trying to do this three hours previously is a challenging task, in particular when the bride volunteers a groom that doesn't enjoy having his photo taken.

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