(Closed) First look

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
2063 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@beemyname:  Your assumptions are the same as mine but often photography searching to capture one moment is very difficult. We tried to get a first look but we only ended up with this:

Post # 4
1901 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza

We personally had a first look so we could have a private moment together before the ceremony and to get all of the formals out of way so we could enjoy our cocktail hour! Neither of us felt that his initial reaction/expression was important to our day, but I know that many other couples feel differently.

That being said we had two photographers. One took photos of him while another took photos of me walking toward him. When I reached Darling Husband the photographer who was with me backed up so she could get us both in the shot as he turned around to see me.

Here’s the best photo I have of his reaction:

Post # 5
7560 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

There are a lot of reasons. It could be to capture the groom’s look. It could also be just to have some time together. We did ours so we could have a “start” to our photos together since we knew we wanted to take our B & G portraits before the wedding. 

Post # 6
147 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@beemyname:  Personally, I would say the first look isn’t necessarily to capture the groom’s reaction since you can accomplish this at the ceremony just as well, if not better.   The reason we did it was 1) logistics (you have way more time for couple photos and don’t need to worry about staying separate and hiding for hours) and 2) to have some intimate raw “alone” time (we’re still not really alone, but at least we’re away from all the guests and running around) to just enjoy each other and take everything in.  I was adamant on not seeing each other until the ceremony until the week prior when my photographer highly recommended it.  It turned out to be our most favorite and cherished moment and we’re so glad we did!  We did get some great reaction shots of my husband since we had a 2nd shooter and our videographer captured it on the end of our highlight film which we LOVE!

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