Let’s just acknowledge my nod in the title to my English brother, Shakespeare, and we can move right along. I do have some strong English pride that can’t be ignored!
It would be absolutely impossible for me to choose a moment of the wedding day that is my favorite. Each wedding has its own ebb and flow, moving to a unique rhythm that is based solely on the people and the feelings that surround each individual day. At one wedding, an emotional first dance may be my favorite part, and at another it might be the enthusiastic and fun portraits with the groom and his groomsmen. I can say, however, that I ALWAYS love when a couple does a first look. Here are some of the reasons why:
I love the excitement of a bride and groom seeing each other for the first time on the wedding day surrounded by family and friends. The first look, though, is normally done with just the two of them, and the closeness of that moment is always beautiful and striking. With no one around, the two can be intimate with each other in a way that is not usually done with everyone else around.
One of the toughest parts of photographing a wedding is the time restraints. If I could, I would spend all day with the bride, groom and their family and friends, having fun and capturing their interactions and emotions together. In fact, I think we should start having two separate days; The Wedding Day and The Wedding Portraits Day! Who’s with me?
When a couple chooses to do a first look, it usually happens early on in the day, leaving plenty of time for them to enjoy the moment, have portraits taken, loosen up and have fun! I have photographed couples in totally different locations than where the wedding is, all on the wedding day, because an early start allows us the opportunity to take couple portraits without the stress of time running out.
If you’ve read some of my other blog posts, you’ll notice a theme. Lighting. Is. EVERYTHING! As I mentioned above, the first look usually takes place early on the wedding day. The earlier the photos, the more of a chance we have of utilizing natural light! A lot of weddings go late into the night, and if couple portraits are left until halfway through the wedding, it is often at the tail end of daylight. I have chased the light for photos before, and would do it again, yet all of that can be avoided when the bride and groom choose to do their portraits before all of the craziness of the day sets in.
So, to sum all of this up, my feelings are very clear- what is the question?! If circumstances allow the bride and groom to do a first look on their wedding day, then they should DO IT! For ideas for some awesome first look photos for your wedding, reach out and let’s chat!