The image above was taken right before the first look at a Pine Hollow wedding. The bride was preparing to see her groom for the first time, and the anticipation was incredible.
But let's go back to the "first look" concept. What happens during this time? Sometimes it might just be portraits of the couple together. Sometimes we'll even take wedding party and family pictures after the first look, which means that all of your posed portraits will take place before the wedding day itself. This trend grows in popularity every year, and it looks like it's here to stay!
Is the first look a trend that I like? Well, that answer is multifold.
I have my own personal answer and then my answer as a professional wedding photographer.
As a wedding photographer, my answer is that I like what my clients like. It’s my job to provide information as to why first looks are great and why they’re not. It's up to me to make sure that my clients are well educated on all aspects of this tradition, and then to back off and let them make the decision that works best for them.
Many wedding photographers will push hard for first looks, and while I can understand that, I promise that I will never push you. I don't ever want clients to make decisions about their wedding day that they don't want to just because their photographer told them to.
The decision to see each other before your ceremony or not is a private one, and I promise to respect whatever you want to do and help you craft a timeline around it that works for you and your day!
First looks are great because:
A first look might not be a great idea for several different reasons, including:
Whatever my clients choose on their wedding day will be perfectly fine with me - I never want to be the wedding photographer who tells you how to script your day! Whatever you choose I’ll help you craft your schedule to make the most of our time.
Personally, however? I chose to wait and see my husband when we walked down the aisle towards each other. It was one of the most defining moments of my life and one that I would not trade for anything. We had to do all of our portraits during cocktail hour but it was well worth it to me!
Location: 6601 Northern Blvd, East Norwich, NY 11732.Keywords: East Norwich (18), long island (24), Pine Hollow Country Club (24). 1/160; f/2.8; ISO 500; 36.0 mm.