Should you do a "First Look"?

Many of my couples ask me whether or not they should have a first look. If you’re reading this, you’re probably wondering the same thing. In my professional opinion, I think they are an excellent idea. I love first looks. I know that they are not traditional and some may believe they will not get the same expression out of their groom -- but let me explain the benefits.



The only time the entire day you and your groom can be alone. Your wedding day will be crazy busy. No getting around it. You have so much to do and so little time to do it in. If you have a first look, it helps to calm down the day a bit. Instead of trying to rush around to get everyone together and have pictures taken between the wedding ceremony and reception while your guests are waiting, you’ll have that time to relax and enjoy your guests and not have to worry about being late to your reception. We can do all of the main portraits before the ceremony even begins – at the very least, the bride and groom and bridal party photos. This way, your hair and makeup are still perfect, as they were just finished. If your family is coming earlier, we can do their photos beforehand, as well, or we will only have to worry about those portraits after the ceremony and not the bridal party shots.
A first look also gives you a very special, intimate moment with your new spouse. If you are nervous or stressed out, this will especially help to relax you, and your spouse can comfort you and let you know it will all be OK. During the ceremony, there are many of people around and you can’t fully take in the moment because everyone is staring at you. With a first look, that moment is just between you and your spouse (and your photographers, of course but we hide out and you will not even notice us once you see each other).
Even if you have a first look, your husband will be just as happy to see you walking down the aisle and you’ll still take his breath away. Don’t worry that you’ll be spoiling the moment by seeing him prior to the ceremony.
Another option to a first look is a first touch without seeing each other you can still remain “traditional” in a sense.  We of course love doing first looks and what those offer to our bride’s and groom’s. 


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Melanie S. Robison, Photographer. Mom, Wife, Dog Mom, Aunt, Sister, and Daughter. MSRcreations Photography is my vision of rich and real photographs. Something I have loved for many years and I dont really feel it is work. In business since 2012 I am so proud of how far my photography business has come. I could not be where I am without the many clients that I see every year. I am humbled that they entrust me to capture images for them and blessed to watch as their families grow. It is truly a blessing beyond what I can explain in words. Enjoy reading and viewing their stories in my blog - dont worry I throw some personal stuff in there as well as a photographer's advice on things.

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