Many Photographers have will encourage you to do a first look, and there are some excellent reasons that they might be a good option for you. However, there are also reasons that a first look might not be right for you. Today, I’m going to discuss the top three reasons to do a first look and the top the reasons to not.
The top three reasons to do a first look:
It allows more time for couples portraits | Squeezing couples portraits in between the ceremony and the reception can be tricky when the photographer also needs to plan enough time to take care of all the formal portraits that include both the bride and the groom. An easy way to ensure that there is enough time for quality couples portraits is to do a first look so that time can be set aside before the ceremony for couples portraits.
All photos with the wedding party can be taken before the ceremony so that you can get to the reception faster | you can take care of all of the formal photos except for extended family before the ceremony as well as you’s portraits. This means you can make a more seamless transition from ceremony to reception.
Finally, it allows for special time between the two of you | After the ceremony, things can move fast and doing a first look gives you time before the ceremony to be with one another.
Three reasons to not do a first look:
The Groom’s (and Bride’s) Reaction as the Bride walks down the aisle| My brother is not a smiley guy in general. In fact, there aren’t too many photos of him smiling, but he broke out into a massive grin when he saw my sister-in-law walking down the aisle. There is something so special about that first look being the moment the bride walks down the aisle. You may have heard some photographers say that the groom will still be emotional when you walk down the aisle even if you do a first look. This may be true for some people, but it is certainly a little different.
Couple’s Portraits Provide Alone Time | After you take family formal’s and before you head to your reception, imagine getting to sneak away with just your photographer to document it. The portraits right after the stress of the ceremony is gone and when the newlywed bliss is just setting in are such a great way to kick off the rest of the evening.
Tradition | Tradition is incredibly beautiful, important and valuable. There is so much beautiful meaning behind the groom seeing the bride for the very first time in her dress as she walks down the aisle. If that tradition is important to you, then that enough is reason to not do a first look.
These are all great reasons to do a first look, and I do encourage my couples to consider doing one if these things sound like things that are important to them. However, if a first look is not something you are interested in, you will still have beautiful couples portraits, great wedding party portraits, and a blast at your reception.