Post # 1
A friend of FI’s is doing our wedding photography. Though still technically an amateur, he is a phenomenal photographer and well on his way to making a career out of it. Here’s the catch: we are the first wedding he has ever done, and might be the last, as well. (He mostly photographs cars.) I’m not worried about him doing a good job – I trust him, and our engagement photos were amazing.
BUT – Fiance and I are planning to do “first look” photos, and obviously this will be a first for the photographer. So here are my questions:
1. How much time do I need to allow for the first look photos? The ceremony starts at 4:30pm.
2. Where would you suggest doing the first look photos? Our options are the hotel where I’ll be getting ready, FI’s parents house where he’ll be getting ready, the church (surrounded by commercial buildings and parking lots – but gorgeous inside!), the reception venue (about a 10 minute drive from the church; gorgous view over the water), a local park, or the local community college.
3. What are some of your favorite “first look” photos/series that you have seen? I want some good examples to inspire the photographer!
Post # 3
Subbing, because I want to see samples of “first look” series. 🙂
Post # 4
this was our first look, we did it at the hotel i got ready at. we took it 1pm, did like 20 minute session and then did more hotel shots of the bridal party.
Post # 5
we did a first look also. (i dont have pictures back yet)
we did it at a park with a wooden bridge. i came down stone stairs, over the bride to meet my guy who had his back towards me. it was so beautiful (he cried lol)
our ceremony was 5pm we met at the park at 2:45 but also did bridal party pictures there.
i will make sure to share the pictures with you once we get them back.
Post # 6
I am going to try and not be too worried for you. You can be a great photographer and weddings can totally kick your ass… they move very very fast, and there is no subsitute for experience.
That being said, first looks happen fast. You dont need much more than 10 minutes to set one up. If your ceremony starts at 4:30 I’d suggest you have it wrapped up by 4:15 to allow a little down time and to be able to get into place. You may however be planning it to take advantage of being able to get some photos done before the ceremony so it’s kind of hard to give you advice on timing.
As far as where to do it? Well usually the photographer is the one to pick the spot. When we arrive to a location we take about 5 minutes to find someplace interesting that has a controllable lighting scenario and is an interesting backdrop. It’s also beneficial to have two photographers to be able to capture both angles of the reaction. If he isn’t working with a second then it should be someplace that he can easily move around the two of you with consistent lighting.
Post # 7
It depends if you are just doing the first look pics and then moving right onto the ceremony with the rest of your photos after the ceremony or if you plan to get majority of you shots before the ceremony.
We are having a 4pm ceremony with a 5:00 cocktail hour and a 6:30pm dinner, so we will be getting a large chunk of our photos done before the ceremony begins (including a first look) so that we can have time to take a few more pictures and take a limo bus around for a bit after the ceremony and before we show up at the reception.
My photographer recommends a half hour for first look photographs… including you approach, the look and some shots together capturing the emotion of the first minutes together… depending on how many pics you want, you could probably shorten this to 20 minutes.
For our scenario, with so much of the photography happening before the ceremony, we are starting pictures at 1:30 pm (not including shots of getting ready).
If I were you I would choose the reception venue with water views… my reception venue is on water as well, and I am most excited about these shots!
Here are some examples of first look series I am using as inspiration:
I am so excited for this detail of our wedding! 🙂 Happy planning and I’m sure it will turn out great!