Ah yes, the notorious “first look.” You may have opinions on it, you may not even know what it is, but today, I’m going to break it down for you.
I fully believe that most of our disappointments in life can be boiled down to unmet expectations, which is why I’m always honest with my couples about their wedding day, and whether or not I would recommend a first look. That being said, I will always always ALWAYS respect the decisions of my couples, and work to give them the absolute best photography experience.
So, how does that apply to a first look? Well, actually in a few ways. For one, if your wedding is after daylight’s savings, or if your ceremony is at a later start time, and you’re hoping for lots of portraits of the two of your in natural light, I’ll be straight up, you should consider a first look.
A first look is simply building a time into your day where the two of you can see each other before the ceremony takes place.
This allows an ample amount of time for photos of the two of you together, but there’s another reason many people are opting for a first look that you may not have thought about. Wedding days can leave you feeling a bit nervous, and for many couples, seeing each other ahead of time helps calm those nerves. First looks can be a bit more private, even if your photographer is involved, and for some, that feels more intimate than seeing each other for the first time when you walk down the aisle.
When you choose to have a first look, you usually have the ability to get the majority of your portraits done before your ceremony, including couple portraits, bridal party, and sometimes even family formals. You can seamlessly move from ceremony to cocktail hour.
“But what if I absolutely KNOW that I don’t want to do a first look? Then what?”
That’s a valid question, and one that I will be answering next week, so be sure to check back then!