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First Look or Wait for the Wedding

First Look or Wait for the Wedding

“First look” photos have become one of the biggest trends in wedding photography, and so now you’re probably wondering if you should include this in your big day.

What is first look photography?

For those who aren’t already in the know, “first look” photographing includes posing with your betrothed in a set of photos which show you revealing your wedding looks to each other before the ceremony. These photographs intend to capture the intensity, the glee, and the romance of that special moment, and they can really reflect who you are as a couple.

What’s your style?

Poses which see the groom waiting eagerly while the bride approaches him from behind have become standard in wedding photography, but there are plenty of people who still choose to go down a more traditional route. Here’s a handy list of pros and cons for your consideration;

Reasons a first look can be great:

Reasons a first look can be great:

  • Your wedding photography will be completed early – Having your photos done and dusted before the ceremony even begins will allow you to be really present for every moment of your reception. No need to worry about corralling everyone for a photo after a long day. You make up and attire will also be pristine.
  • It lets you take advantage of the best lighting of the day – If you’re having an evening or afternoon wedding this will let you make the most of the best lighting available during the day.
  • It can help you relax – If you’re anxious about being in the spotlight this can really help to get you in the right headspace for the big day ahead. Touching base with your partner can help ease the stress.
  • It lets you focus on each other and the photography – Your wedding photos can be stressful; you’re worrying about how you look, where everyone is, and whether everyone is in the shot. First look shoots let you do away with that worry and just enjoy a moment for yourselves.
  • The photos are a unique representation of the two of you – This is a special and intimate moment which can really show who you are as a couple.

 Reasons to avoid a first look:

 Reasons to avoid a first look:

  • It goes against tradition – If you’re a real traditionalist then you may feel that it’s bad luck to see each other before the ceremony. In this case it would probably be best to not have a first look photo-session.
  • You have always pictured your first look would happen as you walk down the aisle – The romantic notion of you other half seeing you in all your glory for the first time at the ceremony is a real fairy-tale moment for some. Preserving this impact is one reason why some people skip the first look trend.
  • Your guests will be present for the big reveal – If anything can trump the awe and joy of your soon to be spouse at the first look photoshoot, it would be the moment when they share their joy with your friends and family.

First look shoots aren’t for everyone, but they do have their benefits! What do you think? Leave your comments below.