We frequently get asked by our couples “how many of your clients do a first look”? Here’s an exact answer for all of our upcoming clients! Out of the 30 weddings we did last year, eight of them had a first look. I have to admit I actually thought it was a higher percentage! First looks have become very popular and although there are many different reasons for them, we decided to write a blog about the reasons why WE love first looks. With that being said let me also stress that we are not trying to persuade anyone to decide to have a first look. That is completely up to our clients and definitely a decision that should be all their own. We do hope however that this blog may help you to decide one way or the other.
As you will see in the photos that we have posted here, first looks are a very emotional, high energy, intense moment that may feel a bit like a roller coaster ride that takes place all in about two seconds. From a photographer’s standpoint this is AWESOME!!! Yes, I will be happy to capture such a moment for you to cherish forever! However, you have to decide…..do you want this special moment to take place in a quite and private surrounding with only the photographers present? (and maybe your bridal party at a distance) Or do you want to keep it traditional and have this moment take place at the end of the aisle for all of your family and friends to witness and share with you? One advantage to doing this in private may be that it does seem to calm the nerves a bit before you are standing at the end of that aisle! And many couples prefer to cherish that sacred moment of seeing each other for the first time in private. It seems to allow them to really take each other in for a moment, to observe each other, to kiss without an audience, to breathe. Again from a photography standpoint, it also allows us to capture that moment in more detail and without distractions.
When you allow time for a first look, it generally will also allow time for more formal photos. This too is another advantage. After the moment is seized and captured, the tears are shed and everyone is breathing normally again, we will proceed to get some formal portraits of the bride and groom. These photos (which are the most important ones IMO) are the very ones that sometimes get put on the back burner after everything else and all other photos have taken place. When these photos come last, we risk another whole set of issues such as darkness setting in, hungry bride and groom, wedding coordinators pointing at their watch, ect…….. So you can certainly see the advantage of getting those shots before the wedding even takes place!
So there you have it. A couple of things to keep in mind for your own wedding day and whether or not you want to have that first look, or keep it traditional! Either way, we will capture every moment as it unfolds!
J & Wendy