A Second Look at First Looks

I like to re-post about this topic every year to show how amazing first looks can be. I’ve posted before on first looks here and here but I think it’s time for a refresher.

What is a First Look? A first look is when a couple sees each other before the ceremony. Gasp! This can’t be?! But yes, it’s probably the best advice I can offer to my clients on their wedding day.

Why do a First Look? 1. It saves time and 2. It’s time to relax as a couple. I highly recommend them to my couples because of the raw, beautiful emotion I’m able to capture. In my opinion, these are the best shots of the day!

In addition, a first look saves time. Say your ceremony is at 4:30 and reception immediately following at 5, with a cocktail hour from 5-6pm. Dinner is served at 6pm. When do you have time for pictures? You will be stressed and rushed the whole day. I simply want my brides to be relaxed and calm all day. Plus, this way you and your bridal party don’t have to miss cocktail hour!

Below are some of my favorite first look moments. I’m passionate about talking with my clients and letting them know their options. A wedding day offers just a few precious hours, so maximizing time together, with family and guests seems to make sense. And, at the same time letting your photographer document your candid love.

It also gives my assistant time to take a few solo shots of your lovely groom. Abbey and Ryan’s first look was so natural and beautiful.

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Pete was smitten with Angela.

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Love these emotional moments between Paul and Jenny. They’re also expecting a baby soon, big news yay!

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Also expecting a little babmino this year, Adam and Donna had the sweetest first look ever!

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 I love that Chris was blown away when he saw Emily. Adorbs! 2012-11-16_033

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Maybe you don’t want to actually see each other, but you want a quiet moment to relax. Blindfolding your groom is also a great option! Steve and Samantha had a few moments to themselves right before the ceremony to calm their nerves.

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Will you be doing a first look for your wedding?

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