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Should You Get First Look Wedding Photos?


March 23, 2023

Are you waffling on whether or not you should get first look wedding photos? It’s true that the moment you see your partner for the first time on your wedding day, it’s a very special and emotional moment. 💜 

⁠The question is: Do you want your wedding photographer to capture it outside of your wedding ceremony? There are a few things you may want to consider before you make up your mind. You’ll discover everything you need to know to make an informed decision here.

What is a First Look?

If you’re wondering what first look photos are, I’ve got you. To put it simply, it’s the moment you and your partner see each other for the first time in your wedding attire. Traditionally, this happens as you walk down the aisle, but you can also have a first look before the ceremony instead.

Imagine this: You and your partner see each other all dressed up and ready for the big day, but you get to share a private moment together before all the craziness of the day really sets in. It could be indoors, outdoors, outside of the church—there is no right way, just whatever way works best for you. I must say, this might be one of my favorite moments during the day!)

Deciding Factors for Your First Look Wedding Photos

Is planning for a first look photoshoot right for you? The factors shared here will help you decide—Let’s get into it.

The advantages of having first look wedding photos taken.

⁠Having a first look on your wedding day has many advantages. First and foremost, it lets you spend time alone with your partner away from the bustle of the wedding day. Additionally, it gives you more time to take pictures and relax throughout the day. A first look can also help you relax and feel less anxious about the wedding ceremony.⁠

Another big advantage is to actually spend time with your guests during cocktail hour instead of leaving for portraits. Cocktail hour is the perfect time to say hi to friends and family and have some quality time with them. This is a big reason why so many couples choose to do a first look.

Planning your wedding day first look.

It’s important that you collaborate with your wedding planner and photographer to select the ideal time and location for your first look. Before the ceremony, make sure you schedule enough time for the first look and any other photos you want to take.⁠ This means you may have to be ready earlier, depending on the time of your ceremony—something to keep in mind and you create the overall plan for your big day.

Soak up the special moment.

Every moment of your wedding is special, but a first look gives you intentional time to appreciate and savor the moment. It’s your time as a couple to enjoy the love you both share by talking, kissing, and hugging one another—intimate gorgeous shots of you two is a bonus.⁠ You can also choose to exchange your vows during that moment, if you wish to share them in private. It makes for such emotional and precious memories.

The First Look Wedding Photo Verdict

First look wedding photos can be a beautiful and memorable experience. It has many advantages, especially if your photographer provides a stress-free experience so you can truly enjoy your day with your guests. Ask your wedding photographer in Montreal more about how you can maximize the experience and decide if it

What do you think, are you considering a first look? Reach out to chat about working with me as your wedding photographer.

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