One of the questions that we ask during our consultations is whether or not you are planning to do a first look. We have learned that a high number of future brides do not know what a first look is, or the benefits associated with it. Now, keep in mind that I am speaking to you from both a photographer’s point of view, as well as a future groom (29 days! YAAAA BUDDY)
A first look is a growing wedding trend, where a bride and groom meet in a private setting PRIOR to the actual ceremony. The photographers stand by and direct the couple toward each other, with the groom’s eyes closed, or his back turned to the bride. When the moment is right, we instruct the groom to turn around, and we will capture his reaction. It makes for a magical moment
Most brides say that it is important to capture the groom’s reaction when he sees her for the first time walking down the aisle. We absolutely will, and it can make for a great shot. However, I have NEVER met a groom that wasn’t nervous (I know I will be). When he sees you for the first time, his mind will ease, and a million different emotions will go through his head.
The problem is, that with 200 people watching, he will have to contain those emotions, not allow them to show through.
In a natural setting, when the pressure is off, the reaction from the groom is amazing, and natural. Whether or not he is camera shy, he will be able to connect with you on a personal level, and those images will create memories that will last a lifetime. In addition, a first look usually allows more time for bride and groom portraits than a traditional after ceremony session.
This is the best part, now that the pressure is off. All he will be thinking about is how beautiful you look. He will be smiling when you walk down the aisle, and no longer nervous. The pressure will be off, and his emotions will truly show through. This allows for great images to be captured, and moments you will remember forever.
That’s my take on the first look. I am posting this so that the brides know the benefits of doing one. Not only is it fun, but it will make your wedding ceremony go a lot smoother, and create images you would not have otherwise.
The above wedding was photographed at Robinson Ranch Golf Course in Santa Clarita, CA. We are Santa Clarita Wedding Photographers, and would love to assist you in planning your special day. If you have any questions or you would like to have a consultation with us, please e-mail us at Info@MichaelAnthonyPhotography.com, or use the contact button above.