Monday, July 11, 2011

Choosing to do a First Look

So what is this "first look" craze that so many photographers and couples are talking about?  Well to simply put it, the first look is time set aside for the bride and groom to see each other (while being photographed), and their reactions.  It really is a sweet and magical intimate time.  I know that most go for tradition, but there is something breathtaking about that first moment where the groom turns around and sees his bride for the first time before anyone else does.  The chemistry that happens between the couple is absolutely priceless, and the images...well, they speak for themselves.  These are unique images that differ from when the groom sees his bride walking down the aisle.  Trust me, they will make your heart skip.

Another reason for opting for a first look is that you can get your wedding photos done before the ceremony without having to rush between the ceremony and reception.  The cocktail hour is typically when most of the formal and family portraits are done, and this is usually the most stressful.  Trying to pack in the photos of the wedding party, the parents, grandparents and other family members, in addition to still getting the shots of the bride and groom takes time.  Even the most proficient photographer values time.  Doing a first look before the ceremony allows the bride and groom to see each other, have a special moment photographed, and have the time to relax before the ceremony all while being photographed.  This way, the couple can go on and enjoy their cocktail hour or do the receiving line after the ceremony without worrying about time.

I love when my couples go for a first look.  Just take a look at Heather and Michaels' first look (whose wedding which is yet to be blogged) from this Sunday.

His reaction is priceless, and the anticipation of seeing her is just amazing.  After the first look we had a lot of time to walk around the venue and do their wedding photos, which was great.  I cannot stress enough how much more happier and more relaxed a couple is when they are not pushed for time.

Now, I will of course be supportive in whatever my clients choose, but speaking from experience, a first look is the way to go!
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