I am sure by now you have heard of a first look and understand the concept. But just in case you haven’t, I’ll give you a quick explanation! The first look is a special time set up for you and your soon-to-be spouse to see each other before the wedding day shenanigans begin. It occurs after you’re both dressed and ready and before formal portraits. This modern tradition allows formals of the bride and groom to be done before the ceremony instead of after. Now, many photographers prefer a first look. In fact, a lot of them require it. This is for good reason, as the first look does make the flow of the day go much smoother. But I feel there are pros and cons to be considered before making a decision whether or not to incorporate a first look into your wedding plans.
As a wedding photographer who has shot a pretty equal number of both, I have seen the pros and cons of both play out and know how to counteract the negatives so that either option can be a workable and enjoyable experience. It really comes down to what is most important to you. It’s your day, and I firmly believe that your vendors should try to accommodate your wishes as best as possible on your wedding day!
So here are some things to consider when making this decision! A list of pros and cons for having a first look.
1. Pro: A first look really does make the day flow better.
Kicking things off with a first look makes the whole day go as smooth as the frosting on your wedding cake! As a wedding photographer, I vow to make the portraits go as quickly and effortlessly as possible no matter what time of day. But even I know, a lot of people aren’t fans of having their pictures taken (*cough*groomsmen*cough*). Especially when they are just really excited for you and want to get to the party and start celebrating! Getting as many of the pictures as possible done before the ceremony even starts and with minimal distractions is such a great way to speed up the process and get this part out of the way early so everyone can relax and enjoy the rest of the day.