You may be thinking to yourself, “What in the world is a first look?!”… Well, grab a cup of coffee (or wine) and sit back because this entire post will explain what a first look is and why it may or may not be for you and your other half. I will admit that I have a really deep love for first looks. But, truthfully, show me a Photographer that doesn’t! There is a reason for this. They’re INCREDIBLE. However, not everyone is aware of how incredible they are because of how “non-traditional” they appear to some and a lot of couples will automatically write them off for their big day.
To sum it up, a first look is when your soon-to-be other half sees you before the Ceremony. BUT, a first look is SO MUCH more than that! After shooting a TON of weddings, I’ve come to a conclusion. Some brides love being traditional, but what a bride REALLY wants is a REACTION. Those that are not interested in a first look usually think that by seeing each other beforehand, they will lose part of that reaction. They also assume that it will not be as emotional or as intimate as it would be if they were coming down the aisle. What I have found, is that’s not the case at all!
Since first looks happen before the ceremony, before the “pressure” of it all, BOTH the bride and groom get the chance to take the pressure off and just BE with one another. I usually set them up in a private location where absolutely no one is around other than the two of them, myself and my second shooter (and of course if a videographer is there). They get to laugh, cry, kiss, hold hands, hug, do whatever they would like for however long they would like before we start portraits! Right when the first look is done, we continue on and move into portraits of the soon-to-be newlyweds, then bridal party.