Today’s blog post is going to address one question that will almost always come up in conversation when speaking with my couples — “First Look or No First Look?” I know, crazy that something truly so simple to add or take away from a wedding day timeline can be such a big question! That is why I decided to give you 5 reasons to do one or at the very least, consider it. 🙂
I have been shooting weddings since 2012 and as a photographer I have learned so much from each one. I have seen and experienced just about everything – what works from a practical approach, a creative approach and any other approach you can think of. From these experiences, I have developed practical approaches that have helped keep a wedding day less stressful, fun, and on time.
One of my personal preferences when a couple first inquires is having the opportunity to meet them – in person, over FaceTime (so thankful for today’s technology!), treat them to a coffee or dinner and listen to their story. I also love hearing about their wedding day vision, fears, desires, questions — everything! I love it all.
Usually one of the top reservations a bride or groom will have is the First Look and seeing each other before the bride’s grand ceremony entrance — completely understandable! I tell all my couples who are on the fence about having a First Look that it is the only element in their Wedding Timeline that dictates how the rest of their day flows. Both ways are completely and 100% possible (obviously), in most cases. Sometimes the time of year or time of ceremony will otherwise determine that ultimate decision and your photographer should be communicating that to you right away. However, in most cases, you will have the option.
These are the 5 Reasons I give each of my clients for why they should consider having a First Look:
I hope this post was helpful and insightful to you! Regardless of whether you choose to do a First Look, know that your wedding day is your day and it be will incredibly beautiful! I would love to hear your thoughts, so drop me a line! <3 MK
P.s. Scroll down to see some of my favorite First Look moments!