25+ Groom Photos for Your Inspiration

Wedding photography is not complete without stunning photos of the groom. As a photographer, you want to capture the groom’s personality and style in your shots. To help you get inspired, we’ve put together a list of 25+ groom photos with creative compositions, dramatic flash photography, natural light, and more.

Editors Picks

All images in this showcase are the selections from our “Groom Solo Portrait” feature challenge. Let’s start with the editor’s selections for the best Groom Solo Portraits.

Photo by Jessie and Dallin (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at The Ledges in St. George, UT USA Photo by Jindrich Nejedly (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Chateau Dlouha Lhota in Central Bohemia Region Czech Republic

Photo by Kristin Cheatwood (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Trail Creek Cabin in Sun Valley, Idaho USA

Photo by Jeff Tisman (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at The Mansion at Natirar in Peapack-Gladstone, NJ USA

Photo by Natasha Lamalle (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Adams Morgan in Washington DC USA

Groom Photos with Creative Compositions

Creative compositions can add depth and interest to your groom photos. Here are some composition techniques to consider.


Symmetry can create a sense of balance in your photos. Try framing the groom in the center of the photo, or using a symmetrical pose or background to create a visually compelling image, with balance on both sides of the frame.  See the example below:

michelle@michellearlotta.comPhoto by Michelle Arlotta (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Inn at Fernbrook Farms in New Jersey


Reflections can add a unique perspective to your groom photos. Look for reflective surfaces such as mirrors, water, or glass to create an interesting composition, as you can see from the images below.

lnphotography@yahoo.comPhoto by Laurentiu Nica (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) in Focsani, Vrancea Romania

courtland@courtlandphotography.comPhoto by Courtland Photography (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Black Canyon Inn in Estes Park, CO USA

Foregrounds and Framing

Using foregrounds can add depth and interest to your groom photos. Try framing the groom with some foliage or other objects in the foreground to create a sense of depth and add visual interest to your shots.  You can also use walls and other architectural elements for foregrounds and framing.

jeroen@jeroensavelkouls.nlPhoto by Jeroen Savelkouls (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Metaal Kathedraal in Utrecht The Netherlands.

info@yourjcmphotography.comPhoto by JCM Photography (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Crest Center and Pavilion in Asheville, NC United States


Creating a sense of balance in your groom photos can be visually appealing. Try balancing the groom’s position with the surrounding environment or using elements of the setting to create symmetry in the composition.  Notice how the lamp balances out the groom in the photo below.

info@jindrichnejedly.comPhoto by Jindrich Nejedly (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Hotel Victory in Brno, Czech Republic

Groom Photos Using Dramatic Flash Photography

Dramatic flash photography can add a unique and edgy feel to your photos. Dramatic flash is often best used with groom photos, as opposed to bridal portraits, since the focus is on edginess and drama.  Here are some ways to incorporate it in your groom photos.

scott@smjphotography.netPhoto by SMJ Photography (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Cork Factory Hotel in Lancaster, PA USA

lazzat.v@gmail.comPhoto by Lazzat Photography (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Margaritaville Resort Orlando

In the Moment Groom Photojournalism

Wedding photojournalism captures the natural moments of the wedding day that either occur naturally or prompted by the photographer.  See these organic, photojournalistic photos of the groom below.

zack@zackbradleyphotography.comPhoto by Zack Bradley (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Westin Poinsett in Greenville, SC United States

mauricio.urena@photobymaug.comPhoto by Mauricio Urena (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Villa Caletas Hotel in Jacó, Puntarenas Costa Rica

hi@natorce.com Photo by Nat Orce (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Moonshot in Warsaw, Poland

elyssa@kivusandcamera.comPhoto by Kivus and Camera (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at The Angus Barn in Raleigh, North Carolina United States

Photo by Lin and Jirsa (Website | Wedding Maps Profile)

Groom Photos in Natural Light

Natural light can create a soft and natural feel to your photos and should not be overlooked for groom photos. Here are some ways to incorporate it into your groom photos.

shuhrat@myfastmail.comPhoto by Shukhrat Kamalov (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Residence Inn by Marriott Hartford Downtown in Hartford, CT USA

info@tovelundquist.sePhoto by Tove Lundquist (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Örum 119 in Löderup Sweden.

Groom Photos with Personality and Props

One of the most important things to capture with groom photography is his personality.  That might mean using fun poses with an element of action.  Props and accessories can add a personal touch to your groom photos. Look for unique items such as hats, ties, or shoes to create an image that reflects the groom’s style and personality.

SeanThurstonPhotos@gmail.comPhoto by Sean Thurston (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) in Virginia USA

info@photosbyclay.comPhoto by Photos by Clay (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Brier Creek Country Club in Raleigh, NC United States

hello@vowofthewild.comPhoto by Vow of the Wild (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Olympic National Park in Washington USA

Groom Photos in Scenic Locations

Scenic locations can create a beautiful and dramatic backdrop for your groom photos. Look for unique and picturesque settings that showcase the surrounding environment.

hello@inloveandadventure.comPhoto by In Love and Adventure (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Public Lands in Buena Vista, Colorado USA

info@4eyesphotography.caPhoto by 4 Eyes Photography (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Wedge Pond, Kananaskis Country, in Alberta Canada

Groom Photos with Drama and Shadows

Using dramatic lighting and shadows can add a moody and artistic feel to your photos. Look for opportunities to use dramatic shadows and lighting to create a dynamic and visually compelling image.  See how the photographers masterfully use shadows in the images below.

lrcabello@gmail.comPhoto by Creando Fotos (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Stoney Ridge Villa in Azore, Texas

info@pollok-pictures.dePhoto by Andreas Pollok (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Schloss Neuhaus in Sinsheim Germany

info@magdamoiola.itPhoto by Magda Moiola (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Colico in Lecco, Italy

Groom Photos in a Sitting Pose

Sitting poses can be more relaxed and showcase the groom’s personality. Experiment with different sitting poses to capture a variety of images.

hello@letsmakeamemory.comPhoto by Lets Make a Memory (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Guadalupe Beach in Guadalupe, CA USA

andy@andysiddersphotography.co.ukPhoto by Andy Sidders Photography (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Mentmore in Buckinghamshire UK

Groom Photos in a Standing Pose

Standing poses can be great for showing off the groom’s attire and creating a sense of formality. Try using different standing poses to create a variety of images.

hello@larsenphoto.coPhoto by Larsen Photo Co (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) in Breckenridge, CO USA


These 25+ groom photos showcase the different techniques and approaches you can use to capture stunning photos of the groom. From creative compositions and dramatic flash photography to natural light and scenic locations, there are endless opportunities to create unique and beautiful images. So, experiment with different techniques, and have fun capturing the groom’s personality and style in your photos.

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