(Closed) First Look Photos – anyone not like them?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 4
2965 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We are not going to do any first look photos but with the time slot our venue is giving us, I wouldnt have minded. Its just family is VERY superstitious and Im sure they would freak out about this. So we only have 30 mins to take pics :(… Im just going to say good luck to the photographer! 

Post # 5
1212 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My photog actually says she hates shooting them because she personally loves to see the overwhelming emotion involved and she rarely finds what she sees in ceremony/walking down the aisle first sightings in First Looks. She says they make great shots and scheduling wise are way better for her, but that magic rarely surfaces like it does in a coming down the aisle shot.

For that reason and that I also would just feel weird showing pictures of us dolled up in our outfits but not actually married yet or about to be. I also hate opening presents before the actual day so I think that’s just a me thing!

Post # 6
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Could you video it?

I don’t think we’re doing first look photos for a number of reasons… we really don’t want to see each other before the wedding.  I can’t wait to see his expression as I walk down the aisle!

Also, our ceremony is outdoors at the same location as our reception, so we will have our guests make their way to the reception area for cocktail hour and a nibble while we finish up our pics.  We don’t need to do a first look since we are planning activities for our guests in between the ceremony & reception.

Post # 8
4675 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

i agree that they most of them seem very standard.  I plan on doing my day old school and just take all of the photos after the ceremony.  One thing that I do like is the ones were the bride and groom get to spend a second together without seeing eachother (bride and groom on seperate sides of a door, or I saw one once where they were blindfolded so they could say a prayer together) 

Post # 9
4348 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

First touch has become quite popular.  I think they’re cute but not always logistical.

Post # 10
2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Honestly I didn’t do the first look for the photos. I did it because we were both adamant about seeing each other before the wedding and a “first look” was the compromise with my mother, who is still convinced we’ll get divorced solely because we saw each other beforehand. When I look at the photos, I remember how I felt. Sure, to anyone else looking at them it just looks like a bride and groom looking at each other in shock, but not to me. I don’t care if others are underwhelmed, it was still a fantastic moment for US.

Post # 11
1561 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I didn’t really care about the “first look,” per se (though it was a special moment) but I really wanted to take pics before our ceremony.  Our ceremony was directly before cocktail hour and reception, so I didn’t want to miss any of that.  We did most of our pics before the ceremony, including family pics, and it was great.

Post # 12
1043 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I was also torn between the “first look” and waiting to see each other until I walked down the aisle, and ultimately I decided that there’s something special about seeing other for the first time when I walk down the aisle.

However, to answer your actual question, I’ll tell you what our photographer explained to me when we discussed this.  She said it’s best done with just bride, groom and photographer (or two), don’t have family and friends around.  She said it works best if the groom stands where you’d like the photos to be with his back turned, so that he doesn’t see you until you’re pretty close.  That way his emotions will be ready to capture right away, rather than slowly building if you were to say, walk towards each other from a distance.  Good luck!!

Post # 15
2086 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

To me, the first look isn’t about getting a photo, it’s about a private moment between bride and groom.

Yes, the photographer or videographer captures that moment, but that’s not the point of it, in my mind.


With so many opting to take wedding party pictures before the wedding these days, it’s a nice way to have that first sighting and getting those photos taken.

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