What is a first look?
The first look! As a photographer, when we hear that our couples are going to do one, we breathe a sigh of relief and thankfulness. But many of you are probably thinking “What on Earth is a first look?!?”
If you are getting married or are helping someone plan a wedding, you have probably heard this phrase from your photographer or maybe have read it in an article or magazine. Basically, the First Look is when the Bride and Groom have a few minutes alone together and see each other in their wedding attire before the ceremony. First Looks are not only practical, but they are great for many reasons. Here are our top three:
From a TIME perspective, when a couple does a first look on their wedding day, they are able to get a lot more portraits of the two of them. (The most important images of the day!) After the First Look (which is photographed as well, and makes for some really sweet images, see below), we move into portraits of the couple. The couple is more at ease because we have more time, guests aren’t waiting, and people aren’t watching them. This gives us more time to be creative and get a lot of those images that you would love to have that you see in magazines and on Pinterest.
It is a PRIVATE moment that often CALMS nerves. There can be a lot of stress and anxiety on a wedding day. We often find that when the Bride sees her Groom, she immediately lets a lot of that go. The Groom is a calming force for her and puts her at ease. It is also an intimate time for the couple where they can be together alone for a few minutes before the craziness and whirlwind of activity sets in.
Back to the time perspective, often times if a First Look is being done, we will also do the wedding party pictures prior to the ceremony as well. This drastically cuts down on the amount of pictures we have to do after the ceremony, meaning the couple can get to their reception a lot faster! Your guests will be thankful!
Here are some images from first looks that we have photographed: