6 Reasons why you should say 'yes!' to a First Look

Hi Brides & Grooms,

Right now you might be completely against a first look or you might be on the fence -

I'm not trying to talk you into a first look -

I just want you to understand what they are and why they're a pretty good idea...

A 'First Look' is where the bride is revealed to the groom before the ceremony in a private setting.

It's just me. You. and my camera.

So why would you want to do this?

6 Reasons Why You Should Say 'Yes!' to a First Look

1. To calm yo nerves.

Let's be honest here.

On the morning of your wedding, you will be FILLED with emotions.

Excitement and stress immediately come to mind.

Even if you're totally prepared there will be stress just about the unknown - you've never been married before!

As we begin to move through your timeline, all of the feels continue to build on each other until the pinnacle - you walk down the aisle with everyone you know is staring at you.

So you have to think about it like this -

If you choose to do a First Look and wash away that stress before the ceremony, walking down the aisle will be a breeze and you'll be much more present during your ceremony.

In my experience, couples who do not do a First Look spend their ceremony in a daze simply because they are SO excited to finally be united and can't really pay attention to anything else.

6 reasons why you should do a first look!


2. To be 'fresh' during your bride & groom portraits.

First looks take place right after the bridal portraits.

So it looks like this:

Bride gets dressed, bridal portraits, first look...

So you are looking your absolute best and haven't sweated off your make up or messed up your fresh do.


Why you should do a first look!

3. To get AMAZING authentic images.

People are always worried that the magic will be taken out of the day if the bride and groom opt for a first look, but that simply is not true.

Think about it like this -

When you reach the end of the aisle all you're 'allowed' to do is smile at each other.

No kissing.

No talking.

No turning around and showing off your finished looks.

First Looks allow you to scream, jump up and down, cry, kiss - you are not limited!

This of course makes for ONE OF A KIND images.

You will still walk down the aisle on your wedding day.

And that will still be one of the most emotion-filled parts.

6 Reasons Why You Should Say Yes To The First Look

4. To have 2 portrait opportunities.

2 portrait opportunities means a few things:

We can play in multiple locations.

We spend 15-20 minutes during the First Look and then again later on during sunset so your picture taking is broken up instead of 40 minutes straight.

And a lot of times the sun is best during dinner.

So if you didn't do a first look,

you guessed it - you'll be shoving food in your face and we will be chasing the sun.

Grooms are often OVER photos by the reception anyway.

So just keep that in mind ;)

6 Reasons Why You Should Say Yes To The First Look

5. To get all formal photos out of the way (both bridal party & family).

This is entirely up to you, but I recommend if you're doing a first look to ask everyone you want to be in formal photos ready 20mins after the First Look is scheduled.

I will help you and your planner with your timeline so don't worry about that part.

The point is - a First Look allows you to get all the formal (kinda boring) photos out of the way before the ceremony.

AND it will make formal photos easier because everyone is in one place and frankly - they don't have anything better to do.

After your ceremony people will want to go get a drink, go to the bathroom, go get a gift from the car...

If I had a dollar for every time someone was missing for formal portraits after the ceremony I'd have a lot of dollars.

6. To enjoy cocktail hour.

If you break up your portraits with a First Look, I don't have to keep you after your ceremony. And this is especially true if we do formal portraits of your bridal party and family prior to your ceremony.

You will be able to attend cocktail hour so you don't have to spend your whole reception catching up with guests.

*This also means I get to attend the cocktail hour and can take snaps of you with less important people like friends and co-workers.



Still not sure about a first look?

Let's talk more about it!! Feel free to call or email me.




You should have an unplugged wedding!

You should do an unplugged wedding!

Dear Brides & Grooms,

I've shot a lot of weddings,

6 years worth,

and if there's one thing I know about all of my couples,

it's that you want an unplugged wedding...

You should do an unplugged wedding

An unplugged wedding is when you ask your guests to put their electronics (anything with a camera) away during your ceremony.

It's like you're asking them to be present and experience the moment WITH YOU in REAL TIME (something that is so rare and special now-a-days).

More reasons why you should do one...

  • So the first photos of your wedding to surface on social media aren't terrible phone photos ;)
  • So no one blocks my shot during the kiss to get their own 'epic photo'.
  • So your guests look like they're enjoying the ceremony in your photos (because they actually are).

So how do you have an unplugged wedding?

All you have to do is politely ask your guests to put their phones away.

I've seen couples write it in their invitations, have a sign at the beginning of the aisle or have the officiant (or whomever is marrying you) make an announcement before the ceremony begins.

I suggest you do at least 2 out of the 3 - a sign & announcement work great!

*You can also remind guests you've spent a lot of money on photos and they will have access to your gallery once it's ready (if you choose to share it with them!).

You should do an unplugged wedding!
Welcome to our unplugged wedding.
We invite you to be fully present with us during this special moment.
Please, no cameras, cell phones or other electronics until after the ceremony.
Thank you! ...
The bride and groom request the joyful sight of your smiles without the distraction of electronic devices or cameras.
You should do an unplugged wedding!

Unplugged weddings are amazing.

Not only does it improve your photographs,

Unplugged weddings also improve your guests' experience.

I hope you found this helpful!

Please let me know if you need help or have any questions :)


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