So many don’t know what a First Look is, heck I didn’t know when I first started wedding photography. But let me just say, it is one of the greatest inventions ever! There are so many good things about a first look. While it does benefit your wedding photographer a great deal, it isn’t all about US!
So what is it? At its very essence, a First Look is a private moment with your fiancé before the ceremony. You get to do a private reveal, and your photographers get a chance to capture the surprise and happiness before everyone else does. You are talking with each other, holding hands, and just feeling the kind of comfort and support only you can give each other. Let’s face it. Wedding days can be crazy. You have so many people pulling you in so many different directions. For just a few moments you have each other in a quiet space. When you don’t do a First Look, you are kept in separate areas of the venue until the ceremony. In most cases, that is nearly all day. It never made sense to me to spend the entire wedding day apart from your true love. You paid for such an amazing day, but you don’t even get to spend most of it together enjoying it. With a First Look, you are together for most of the day, taking in the scenes.
As far as photography is concerned, we are able to take so many more pictures of the two of you together. You have pictures of the first moment you saw each other, we can start taking family photos right away, we can take care of all of the wedding party photos you’d want, we can get additional photos of just the two of you- there is more freedom than you can imagine.
All of these photos were taken before the ceremony. The lighting was perfect, no one felt rushed, we were able to relax and have so much fun capturing all of THEM having so much fun! 🙂
After the ceremony, there are a few photos that are taken with family members that arrived later in the day- but you are able to get to your reception to make your grand entrance so much sooner.
If you choose to forego a first look, that is fine and completely your decision. There are several things to consider if you do. When planning your ceremony time, if you are in the Fall or Winter months, be mindful of the time change. If your outdoor ceremony is at 5 and the sun sets at 5:30, we may not have available light to capture all of the formals you’d like, as well as photos of just the two of you together.
Again, doing a first look is completely your decision, and I would never pressure anyone to do it. We love it because we are able to give you more photos and it’s a huge timesaver. But always remember, THIS IS YOUR DAY!!