Wedding Photography {The First Look}

With wedding  season upon us, I wanted to take a second to discuss the advantages of a first look.

A “first look” is when the Bride and Groom see each other on their wedding day,  prior to the ceremony.  Now, being in the South, I realize this is definitely breaking tradition, and is supposed to be bad luck and all that- however, there ARE many advantages of a first look.  Let me give you some of the pros of a first look– from my standpoint as a photographer, as well as from what my brides, who chose to do a first look, have told me.

I have had an increasing number of Brides choosing first looks, which delights me because it means I will have more one-on-one time with just the two of them on their wedding day.  Wedding days are very hectic, to say the least – rushing through group shots and family formals to get everyone to the reception on time, while still trying to maintain a creative approach, can be a daunting task to say the least.  In my opinion, the one thing you DON’T want to rush through are the images of the Bride and Groom.  These images are what you will want to remember from your wedding day, they are probably why you chose your particular wedding photographer, right?

First looks are done prior to the ceremony, prior to the craziness that sets in when everyone is rushing to get to the reception.  It’s just the two of you….and me.  I have the perfect up close and personal opportunity to capture the Grooms’ face as he turns around to see his beautiful Bride for the first time, and see his eyes light up.   I get to capture the smiles and hugs between the two of you, when no one else is watching. It is a very calm and personal time between the two of you.   Every Bride that has chosen a first look, has told me that it definitely helped to calm them so that when they walked down that aisle, they were not nervous and could focus on the most important thing- their husband-to-be.

First looks can sometimes almost be a necessity, depending on what time of day your wedding is.  For instance, if it is going to be dark after your ceremony, you really may have to consider a first look, prior to the ceremony, to be able to get the special images that you want.  If you are investing in your wedding photography, you need to get the most out of it, and get the images and memories that you want.

First looks are increasing in popularity and have definite advantages, however it is a personal decision that each couple must make for themselves.  For my couples that have chosen a first look……they say it was the best decision they made.




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  • Kristian JensenFebruary 12, 2012 - 11:46 pm

    One of my favorite parts of our wedding, and most definitely some of my absolute favorite pictures– I wouldn’t change a thing! The picture of Mark’s face when I turn around still makes me cry and can brighten any day!! Thanks again Megan for capturing the most special memories!!

  • meganFebruary 14, 2012 - 10:47 am

    Thank you Kristian for sharing your memories and how much those images still continue to bring you joy. Thank you for choosing to do a first look!

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