So what is all of this talk about first- look photos? Last weekend I shot a “first look” session for my bride and groom. Traditionally, a groom doesn’t see his bride for the first time until the ceremony, but if you want something more practical for your wedding, you should consider first-look photos.
One of a bride’s biggest priorities are their wedding day photos, and as a photographer there are a lot to have to cover. Consider a little breakdown of timing:
Formal Photos, (parents, siblings, cousins, aunts, family) takes about 15-30 minutes depending on family size
Bridal Party- bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls, ring bearers takes about 15 minutes
Bride & Groom together- probably the most important of them all, takes about 30 minutes
Bridal photos- about 10 minutes
Groom photos- about 10 minutes
All together we are looking at around an hour and a half to two hours, not including travel times for locations. If your wedding ceremony and reception is back to back, you are going to be cutting into your cocktail hour and rushing to your reception, possibly not getting all of the shots you were hoping to get. One wedding I worked we didn’t get to do any creative bridal party photos because the waitstaff told the bride and groom they were going to serve and not wait for them.
So here is an example of a “First Look” session between the bride and groom. We did it about 3 hours before the ceremony, so they were able to freshmen up before the ceremony, and enjoy the cocktail hour with their guests. It was such a stress-free day for everyone, including myself! We had so much time to do creative poses with the bride and groom, bridal party, and get every combination of family photos they wanted.