(Closed) How much time does a first look with photos take?

posted 4 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
7542 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Talk with your photographer about your specific timeline and how much time they need. A lot goes into timing….is your first look happening at the ceremony location? Do you have to travel between venues?

For me personally, it all depends on how much we’re trying to accomplish during a first look. Typically my couples are knocking out couples portraits as well as bridal party photos and/or family formals so it’s less to do after the ceremony. With only one attendant on each side, it should take too much time unless you’re wanting to do your family formals.

Post # 5
94 posts
Worker bee

We were doing a first look.

5:30pm ceremony.

I had only 1 Maid/Matron of Honor.

We started getting ready at 12:30/1pm.

Photographer arrived at 1:30pm to shoot my DH in his suite and then at 2pm they came over to my suite to do details  and getting ready pics.

We were *SUPPOSED* to start the First look at 3pm but realistically, it started at 3:30pm.

We did a few at our hotel for maybe 15 minutes, jumped in our limo for 15 min drive to venue and then had 4-5pm first look photos at our venue. Then I think they did about 15 minutes of pics w groom & his ushers.

I’ve always been told allow 45 minutes-1 hour for first look, we opted to have more time bc we wanted shots at both our hotel and venue.

Post # 6
10310 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Our ceremony was at 6:30.

We scheduled our first look for 5:15 at the venue. It took 10-15 minutes max. We didn’t do any posed photos with just the two of us pre-ceremony. Our first look was literally just the first look. Then we took an additional 30 minutes to do family/wedding party pictures. All our formal pictures were done by 6. So we half an hour to just hang out and relax before the ceremony.

But talk to your photographer about how long everything will take. Our photographers were super organized and good at giving directions which made them quick with the formal pictures, a less experienced photographer may take longer to get those pictures. They may be expecting to do poses photos at the same time as the first look which would take longer.

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