I think it’s every photographer’s job to educate their couples on the entirety of the wedding day. And of course, this isn’t limited to the increasingly popular First Look. So after almost 8 years of owning a business, I am finally writing my own First Look blog post! I first wanted to title this blog post “the pro’s and con’s” but realized, there really isn’t any downside to doing a first look. I’ve never met anyone who regretted doing it! So, in this post you’ll get a full explanation of a first look along with 6 reasons to consider adding it to your wedding day! So, what is a first look, anyway?
A First Look is a planned, private meeting of the bride and groom before the ceremony.
WHAT is it?
To elaborate, the first look is a somewhat choreographed encounter where the groom gets to see his bride for the first time in a private and intimate setting! Let the professionals tell you where you’re going and where you’re going to stand, and then you just get to spend as much alone time as you need on your wedding day during those sweet first moments!
WHO is involved?
The parties involved include the bride, the groom, and the photographer[s]/videographer[s]. Sometimes, the bridal party or parents watch from afar, but I discourage this! The point is for it to be as private as possible!
WHEN do we do it?
A first look is before the ceremony. Depending on how many photos you want to do before [All portraits, just bride and groom, bridal party, family portraits…], it’s typically about 2 hours before the ceremony.
WHERE do we do it?
The first look takes place in a pretty location at your venue that is private enough that no-one is going to interrupt, and within walking distance to where we plan to do your bride and groom session. Unless your mind is made up, your photographer will choose the location according to what the lighting looks like on camera!
WHY? You should consider a First Look if you want…
If you’ve read this far, congrats – haha! If you’re not convinced of a first look, that is totally fine! You might be one of the couples who really shouldn’t opt for a first look! There is nothing wrong with this! I am excited to celebrate your wedding the way that you want to celebrate it! I don’t like to force things on couples unless it’s completely necessary, and in most situations, a first look is not necessary! All this to say, I hope this was helpful! Let me know your thoughts below!