The Pro's of having a First Look and How-To do it! | North Carolina Wedding Photographer

So you’re thinking about having an intimate First Look?

First Look photography, pro's and how to have one | Kayli LaFon Photography
bride and groom First Look wedding photography, pro's and how to have one | Kayli LaFon Photography

Or maybe you’re just wondering what all the fuss is about!

Personally, I LOVE first looks! It’s such a sweet, private moment between the bride and groom. Private excluding me and my second shooter, of course! But way more private than being surrounded by an audience. Some couples love that their friends and family get to see their reactions to seeing each other for the first time that day, but others feel nervous about everyone staring at them. And in turn, they feel like they may not show as much emotion in front of all the watchful eyes. Every bride, groom, and couple is different!

There are a lot of benefits of having a First Look and I am going to share them all with you!

1) More Portraits!

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First of all, a first look gives you more bride and groom photos! We’ll be quietly photographing your first look with each other as well as taking a few moments to get some super romantic photos of the two of you in addition to your newly wed photos after the ceremony!

2) Enjoy the surprise freely and privately!

bride and groom First Look wedding photography, pro's and how to have one | Kayli LaFon Photography
bride and groom First Look wedding photography, pro's and how to have one | Kayli LaFon Photography

As I mentioned at the beginning, with a first look you don’t have to worry about your emotions or excitement because you won’t have an audience watching. You can hug and kiss all you want (but be careful of lipstick!) I also love hearing the bride and groom’s endearments over each other and watching their hearts melt all over again. We also hear some funny comments during these moments!


3) Get more wedding party and family portraits out of the way!

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Once the bride and groom have seen each other, we don’t have to go around worrying about making sure one of you is hidden from the other at all times. As a result we can knock out more family portraits and/or wedding party photos in less time and before the ceremony begins! This is extra beneficial if you have a small window of time following the ceremony for pictures. (Or just to cut down on time spent on those portraits after the ceremony!)

4) Free yourself of the nerves!

bride and groom First Look wedding photography, pro's and how to have one | Kayli LaFon Photography
bride and groom First Look wedding photography, pro's and how to have one | Kayli LaFon Photography

One thing I always hear from brides after their first look is that it took most, if not all, of their nerves away! They felt so relieved after getting to bask in each other’s comfort, even if only for a few moments.

Now, how to execute the first look!?

This is something you should definitely plan with your photographer and wedding coordinator! The details will vary venue to venue, and your photographer will probably have lots of ideas and advice for you too. I know I do!

I believe the first thing to decide is HOW you want your first look to go. The most popular way is to have the groom stand facing away, and the bride to walk up behind him and tap him on the shoulder. Another option, if you really have your heart set on looking at each other as you walk towards the front of the aisle, find a long or open space while you are both blindfolded. When it‘s time, you can both remove your blindfolds and walk (or run) towards each other.

bride and groom First Look wedding photography, pro's and how to have one | Kayli LaFon Photography
bride and groom First Look wedding photography, pro's and how to have one | Kayli LaFon Photography

The next step is picking a simple, traffic-free, location! This decision completely depends on your specific venue. You’ll want somewhere there isn’t a ton of people or noise, as well as a place that is well lit so we can capture both angles of the first look! When the time comes for the first look, we will send the second shooter to prepare the groom and clear the space. Once he is ready, I will accompany the bride to the location and prepare her as well. Then, we say “GO!” and silently watch and capture the precious moment.


I hope this has helped you make your decision and/or plan your First Look!

If you have found any benefits not mentioned, comment them below! I would love to see them!