In preparation for a wedding day, I always ask my couple and their planner about the exact timeline of the Big Day. This ensures that I am prepared for the wedding with no surprises. While talking through the timeline, I am often asked questions like: “What is a first look?” “How does a first look work?” and “Do you recommend doing a first look?” My answer to that final question is always yes. I’ll tell you why and break down a few other frequently-asked questions about first looks below!


A first look happens before the ceremony when the bride and groom are dressed and ready to walk down the aisle. I usually discuss the first look location with the couple. Once the location is finalized, I take either the bride or groom to the desired location and turn them around with their back facing me. Next, I follow behind the bride or groom’s soon-to-be-spouse as they walk up for the big reveal. The moment the couple sees each other for the first time, with no one around except the photographer and videographer, is always magical!


First looks offer a quiet moment for the couple to really let their emotions go and enjoy some down time. In traditional weddings, the couple sees each other for the first time at the altar or while walking down the aisle at the ceremony. This moment is usually very short, as the crowd is waiting for the ceremony to continue. To avoid this stressful situation, I always recommend a first look. It’s difficult to have that quiet moment during your ceremony because all eyes are on you, and you don’t want to ruin your makeup or make a scene by becoming too emotional. This is why I love first looks…it’s a chance to just be yourself with one another!


In addition, a first look allows me the chance to take more portraits without as much of a time constraint. You will also get the benefit of enjoying your party after the ceremony, since I won’t have to pull you aside for portraits during your cocktail hour! If you want to make sure that you have ample time to mingle with family and friends, a first look is for you.

After all, your wedding is about you and the time you spend with your loved ones. I certainly don’t want to hinder you by taking endless images while everyone else waits. You are the VIPs, and I want to make your wedding day as smooth as possible. By taking all of your important images upfront, you will be free to enjoy the rest of your special day!

Bride and groom seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day with mountains in the background Wedding couple getting their first look at each other and kissing with scenic mountain view Bride and groom on wedding day embracing with backdrop of the mountains
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