What is a first look? A first look is when the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony. This might not sound like the thing for you at first glance, but there are many reasons why you should consider it.
1. You’re photographs will love you for it (seeing each other in a beautiful location for the first time in great light where I can go anywhere I want means awesome pictures for you)
2. A much shorter family picture time after the ceremony. We can take the family photos and bridal party photos before the ceremony. I have documented some weddings where the bride and groom were able to go straight from the ceremony to the reception without any waiting. Wouldn’t that be nice?
3. More time to take modern portraits of the two of you. We will have the daylight and time to take the picture you know you want whereas there is always a rush to get to the reception after the ceremony and these kinds of pictures just end up not happening.
4. Weddings move so quickly and seeing each other the traditional way can be lacking in intimacy with one another. From that moment on you will be surrounded by other people and it can be difficult to just have a nice conversation with one another all by yourselves. With a first look, we pick a place and you are able to see each other for the first time and experience a nice 5-10 minutes all by yourselves with me taking pictures from a distance. Past clients have told me that it was the most memorable part of their day and they would definitely do it again.
How does it work?
-We pick a beautiful place with the perfect light for great photographs.
-The groom stands in that spot with his eyes closed or his back turned towards the direction that the bride will be coming from.
-The bride enters with the bridal party and the photographer looking on from a distance
-Once the bride is pretty close to the groom we have the groom open his eyes or turn around and see you for the first time. I am taking pictures of his reaction and your reaction from a distance while this happens.
-The two of you just hang out and talk for a little bit. I have had clients exchange personal gifts with one another. It’s a moment of the day that you can do whatever you want.
Once the bride and groom are finished talking, exchanging gifts, etc; we walk around to take some really cool pictures of the two of you kind of like we did during your engagement session, but this time you’re all dressed up. This doesn’t take too long.
When we are done with all of that we get the bridal party and take those pictures. If you have coordinated to have all the family in the sanctuary, chapel, or ceremony venue we can go ahead and take care of those pictures as well. This is what I recommend so that you can go straight from the ceremony to the reception for a great time!
Here is an example of a first look that we did in a hotel room for lack of a better place. It turned out great and was so special for these two love birds.