My reasons for doing a “First Look”

When meeting with a photographer most couples are unsure of what a first look is, let alone if they want one or not. If you’re like me and had no idea what it is, I’ll explain. A first look is when you see your bride or groom before the wedding to get all your pictures done before the ceremony. This way you have plenty of time for portraits of the two of you, family and bridal party.

The way I set up a first look is to have the groom facing away from where the bride will be coming from. I get him set up with my second photographer a few minutes before. He is waiting with the second photographer and they are able to get some great portraits of him while they wait. Then the bride walks up behind him, taps him on the shoulder and he turns around. Then we are there to capture that moment and we let you enjoy seeing each other for the first time. Once you’re ready we go into other portraits of the two of you.

I love doing a first look because the day just runs so much more smoothly when you do it. We can get all your portraits out of the way as well as family and bridal party pictures. You will then be able to attend your full cocktail hour! If that isn’t a great incentive to do a first look then I don’t know what is!

Depending on the time of your ceremony, squeezing portraits into the hour before the reception can sometimes be a crunch for time. If you’re having a fall or winter wedding, the sun might be setting early which also makes it difficult to do portraits after the ceremony. If you do a first look we can arrange to have as much time as you like! A lot of people don’t like the idea of seeing each other before the wedding which I understand. Making this decision can sometimes be difficult so you both need to be in agreement. Sometimes your wedding schedule just doesn’t allow for a first look or maybe its a small wedding and it doesn’t make sense. Either way, its something to consider and talk with your photographer about when you’re planning your day.