The “First Look” is a photo shoot on the wedding day when the photographer captures the bride and groom seeing each other for the first time. It happens a few hours before the wedding ceremony and is pre-arranged by the wedding photographer.
Here are 4 reasons why I recommend them:
- It’s a great opportunity for highly charged, emotional photos
- Lack of time for photos later in the day
- Hair and makeup are impeccable in the morning when we do these photos
- More time with friends and family after the ceremony
1) First Look wedding photos are a great opportunity for highly-charged, emotional photos
Besides being a great opportunity for photos, first photos are fun!
There’s lots of sneaking around, giggles, last-minute texting- then there’s that exciting moment when the bride sneaks up in the groom – the groom whirls around – and the two see each other for the first time.
There’s lots of laughs, excitement, and sometimes even tears. It’s a wonderful little moment in the day as well as a great photo opportunity.
2) Lack of Time for Photos Later in the Day
People will often do first look photos is that they don’t have enough time for photos later in the day.
To get great portraits of the bride and groom, the photographer needs 30-45 minutes at some point during the wedding day. If your wedding day is super, it might be hard to find that time.
The solution? The photographer can do portraits of the bride and groom right after the first look session, first thing in the morning when there’s plenty of time.
3) Hair and Makeup are Impeccable First Thing in the Morning
The best time for photos of the bride and groom is at the start of the wedding day when the hair and makeup are impeccable. You both won’t be the least bit tired, and you’ll be filled with excitement for the day ahead.
These are perfect conditions for great photography.
4) More Time with Friends and Family After the Ceremony
Any photos you do at the beginning of the day, are photos you don’t have to do later.
Usually, the photographer does pictures of the bride and groom and their families after the wedding ceremony and before dinner.
Typically, the pictures take anywhere from 1-2 hours, depending on what the bride and groom want and how big the families are.
If you can do most of these photos at the start of the day, it means less time taking pictures after the ceremony, and more time with your friends and family.
Typical Early Morning “First Look” Shoot
Here are a series of images I did of a First Look with Stephanie and Jeff