First Look or No First Look…..
What is a first look?
A First Look is just a fancy way of saying are you planning on seeing each other before the wedding. It has been a popular and growing wedding trend for the past several years and for many reasons. Now mind you, we are wedding photographers so we are a little photography bias and tend to love things that allow us ample time to take photos. If you are not quite sure about doing one just yet, keep an open mind and check out our reasons why we think first looks are a good idea and might be something to consider for your wedding.
1. You get the chance to have a special private moment together
I think one of my favorites reasons to do a first look is that you actually have a little time to just have YOUR moment. It may sound crazy and you might be thinking that its your wedding day and you will have lots of moments together, which yes, you will, but they are fast and quick and people are coming at you from everywhere telling you all kinds of things and its intense! Its also beautiful, magical and lovely. But there is just a lot going on all around you the entire day.
During a first look, you actually have a few quiet minutes where you can just stop and be fully present with each other. You can take the time to breathe, look into each others eyes, & remember why you are there on your wedding day marrying your best friend. We actually tell you that when you are having your “first look” that its your moment and take your time. We won’t interrupt you. You let us know when you are ready to start taking your portraits.
2. Your stress and anxiety are dissolved before the ceremony.
3.The feelings don’t go away
4.Its a Time Saver
5. Portraits will be quick and easy
One of the HUGE perks to doing all of your portraits before the ceremony is that we will be able to take all of the wedding party & most of the family photos before hand. This allows them all to relax and enjoy the cocktail hour with the rest of your wedding guests. And overall it seems to be a lot less stressful for everyone. Here are two options:
Portrait schedule if you see each other before your ceremony:
2.5 hours prior to ceremony: First look and Couple portraits alone together
1.5 hours prior to ceremony: Portraits with Wedding Party
1 hour prior to ceremony: Portraits with families
1/2 hour prior to ceremony: Completely done with portraits as your guests begin to arrive — giving you time to relax & freshen up.
Portrait schedule if you don’t see each other before your ceremony:
1.5 hours prior to ceremony: Portraits of Bride with bridesmaids
1 hour prior to ceremony: Portraits of Groom with groomsmen
1/2 hour prior to ceremony: Temporarily done with portraits as your guests begin to arrive — giving you time to relax & freshen up.
Immediately after ceremony: Portraits of Couple alone
30 min. after ceremony: Portraits with families
1 hour after ceremony: Portraits of Wedding party
1.5 hours after ceremony: Completely done with portraits
As you can see, portraits can be taken care of before the ceremony in about 2 hours. If you do not do them beforehand then portraits can take longer ( about 2.5 hours ). It can be very stressful trying to gather the family and wedding party together after the ceremony for portraits. So many times there is just 1 person missing causing a delay in finishing quickly. A lot of time gets wasted and it makes it very difficult for the photographer to finish photos not to mention getting everyones attention. Also depending on the lighting, sometimes we take the photos of the wedding couple first and then finish the wedding party and family after that. This can again create a lot of stress trying to gather everyone up during cocktail hour. The other factor to consider is that after the ceremony, all of your guests are so excited to congratulate you and say hello. But because of time we have to try and get the photos done as quickly as possible leaving very little or no time for you to mingle with them.