The First Look

Wedding Tips

So I know y’all are probably thinking to yourselves, haven’t we read this before? Hasn’t she talked about this before? Well, the answer is yes. However, I don’t think the last blog post I did last year on this did the topic any justice, so here we are. First looks are AMAZING and I decided I needed to reiterate that. The main reason I’ve found that my couples decide not to do a first look is because it isn’t very “traditional” and they think that is the worst thing they can do on their wedding day. I know where they are coming from when they’re thinking this because they think they won’t get a reaction from their man when he sees her coming down the aisle for the first time. I want that too, but I know first hand how much a first look can calm both of those nerves down and create an even BETTER reaction during that moment. If these images themselves and the emotion inside of them don’t convince you enough to have a first look, keep reading..

From my past brides, it has always been such a debate on whether or not they should do a first look. The funny part is, it usually comes down to the guy deciding and not the girl! How crazy is that?!

My past clients who have decided to have a first look loved them because:

  1. You get extra portraits of the two of you during this time and no one else is around disturbing you. It’s a little time to calm down together and get even MORE excited to say “I do” in just a few short moments! This time frame allows you to get 1/3 MORE portraits than you would if you opted out because it gives you more time together! There’s only so many pictures you can take during cocktail hour (hence the key word: hour). During cocktail hour, we have to get family formals, bridal party, cocktail hour, AND the bride + groom portraits and that’s only an hour to do all of that!! The bride + groom usually end up telling us to get everything else and we only have sunset portraits for the two of them (which is about 15 minutes)! With a first look, you’re getting your money’s worth and that alone would be reason enough for me to do one. If I paid all of this money for wedding pictures, I would want as many as humanly possible. 
  1. Oana says:

    First looks are timeless and allow for such a personal moment between the bride and groom. These are great tips for perspective brides, thanks for sharing. Love your images!

  2. These moments are so sweet!

  3. Maureen says:

    Love all of the 1st look reactions! Beautiful!

  4. Chantal says:

    there is nothing I love more then first looks!! Amazing!

  5. Alicia says:

    Great info for prospective brides! And the images are beautiful!

  6. Alexandra Peterson says:

    Love first looks, too! Great advice for your brides and grooms!!

  7. Bethanne Arthur says:

    I love first looks! The raw emotion that gets captured is just hard to beat!

  8. Christa Settle says:

    This is such a good post for brides who are debating on having a first look! These first looks are such beautiful moments!!

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Jessica Green Photography provides a stress-free and luxury portrait experience for busy mamas at her studio is located in Warrenton, VA. She serves the greater DC and Northern Virginia areas. She is also available for travel to areas including but not limited to Fredericksburg, Gainesville, Manassas, Alexandria, Stafford, Leesburg, Arlington, Reston, Herndon, Vienna, and Woodbridge. Jessica photographs simple, organic, and timeless newborn, maternity, family, and milestone photography in her studio and on location.