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Should we do a First Look?


Okay, so I get asked a good bit about First Looks. The question is, should we do it? How can this be beneficial to our wedding day and to look back on? Before I answer those questions, let me explain what a First Look is just in case you don’t know.


Basically, a first look is a moment before the actual ceremony where you and your fiance’ see each other. Traditionally, the groom is turned around where he cannot see the bride walking up behind him. *cue the waterworks* Once she’s right behind him, he turns around and then they are both overwhelmed with a whole slew of emotions. Lots of smiles, laughter and tears. It really is a beautiful moment. After that, we have a more intimate time where we are usually not rushed to get some really amazing portraits of them both.


So, these are a few reasons why I personally love capturing the First look. After this post, hopefully this will help you make a decision on whether or not this is for you both on your wedding day.

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I personally love first looks because the wedding day can honestly be quite hectic and rushed. Things go wrong, and although it’s a beautiful day, it’s far from perfect. Most of the time the bride and groom are being rushed about and when it comes to taking portraits after the ceremony, they just want to hurry and rush through them, which is totally understandable! My goal is to get your important photos done as fast as possible,  so you can enjoy your day with family & friends.

A first look allows us this time to really focus on getting beautiful portraits for your wedding day. Not rushed, nor frantic. You can finally breathe a bit with each other before you’re rushed back into the beautiful madness that is your wedding day.

I think a lot of couples are hesitant to do a first look because they think it takes away from the moment they see each other coming down the isle. I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t. My couples who opt for a first look, still have tears rolling down their face as they see each other down the isle. It’s a different moment, a different experience.

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And look, I get it. Tradition, especially down here in the South is super important to a lot of families. I guess it just really comes down to what you really want. If the photos that capture your eyes the most are the ones that the bride and groom have these intimate moments and candid moments, then maybe a first look is something to talk about. If not, when you are planning out your wedding timeline, make time after the ceremony to get those photos while all of your guest are heading to the reception. Either way, it’s important to have a good batch of beautiful, intimate photos of the two of you without everyone else.

If you have any questions, or you want to discuss more on if a first look is right for you, comment below or feel free to email me at – i’d love to hear from you and your thoughts on this subject!

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