(Closed) Why do photographers do a "first look" photo?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 47
757 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We did a first look, and it was exactly perfect for us. We had also had breakfast together that morning and spent the night together before, but it was still super special to finally see each other and to spend time together.

Also my husband totally cried when I was coming down the aisle, even though he had already seen me.

Post # 48
125 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Our wedding is very intimate, and we plan on doing a first look so that we can capture that moment with just the two of us and then go on to take family pictures *before* our ceremony and reception. With a group of nine, we are not missing our cocktail hour to take pictures!

Post # 49
337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I honestly was on the fence about a First Look because I thought I would be missing out on the whole “shock” of him seeing me walk down the aisle. 

I finally decided to go with a First Look for the following reasons:

  • Pics are taken right after I get ready so I am looking fresh and fabulous
  • That private intimate time just him and I before all the chaos starts
  • Don’t miss any of our reception.  The venue offers us a private cocktail hour with just the bridal party and family before we make our grand entrance. 

Post # 50
428 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@vorpalette:  I also like this one. There’s a lot of disagreement on first look shoots but I happen to think they’re romantic. 

Post # 51
2049 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I did a first look and hubby got emotional then as well as during the ceremony.  I think it’s just preference. 🙂

i loved that we got to see each other before any guests had arrived, and it was an intimate situation for us, bothering him helped relax me.

Post # 53
3295 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat

I was on the fence, but the day before, we decided not to do a first look. Apparently he was pacing and crazy nervous and stressing before the ceremony, but he said as soon as he saw me coming down the aisle, it all went away. Plus, he made sure to tell me that I looked “freaking amazing” when we were standing together during the ceremony. I guess we are traditional! We spent a lot of time apart the day before and day of, getting things ready, etc… and we slept apart, but we still got time to ourselves during the wedding itself. We went for a 5 minute walk, just holding hands and talking. That was enough to give us that time alone that we needed.

Post # 54
6496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

I think that this is simply a new name for what has been going on for a long time. Some couples prefer to have photos out of the way before the ceremony; that has been a choice of some couples for decades. Others prefer to not see one another before the ceremony and take the pictures afterwards. The only difference is that now that choice of taking pictures together beforehand has a name.

We chose not to see one another on the day of our wedding until the ceremony. We took pictures with me and the bridesmaids or me with relatives beforehand, and the photographer took pictures of Darling Husband with the groomsmen and other pics beforehand, but all the pictures with us together had to be taken after the ceremony. But I’ve been in weddings where they had all the posed pictures taken before the ceremony, too. 

This isn’t new. It is just a new title for something many couples have done for a very long time. I don’t think it is right or wrong; it is just a great choice or not a great choice depending on the couple.

Post # 55
8470 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I never even thought about it much. But I know my husband did not want to see me beforehand. Although I have to say every time I see a couple’s pictures of their first look, I can’t help but think it looks adorable. 

Post # 56
1880 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We did it because it greatly streamlines the portrait process if you can do bride/groom + bridal party before the ceremony and family portraits after it. Then there’s not such a long gap between the ceremony and the official start of the reception. My husband teared up both at the first look and when I walked down the aisle, so I think both moments are pretty special. Though honestly I don’t remember the walk down the aisle hardly at all!

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