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Should We Do A First Look?

A first look is a private moment between the couple where they see each other for the first time before the ceremony. This trend has become increasingly popular in recent years, and for good reason. However, it is still a personal decision that each couple must make. In this blog, we will explore the pros and cons of doing a first look, and provide some tips on how to make the most of this special moment.


  1. Emotional Moment: A first look can be an incredibly emotional moment for the couple. Seeing each other for the first time in a private setting can be a more intimate and emotional experience than seeing each other for the first time during the ceremony. It allows the couple to share a special moment together before the ceremony alone instead of in front of everyone.

  2. More Time for Photos: By doing a first look, you can take your couple and bridal party photos before the ceremony. This frees up time after the ceremony for you to spend with your guests and enjoy the reception. This is especially helpful if you are having an evening wedding, as the sun will set earlier and you want to make sure you have enough time for all your photos.

  3. Calms Nerves: A first look can help calm nerves and relieve some of the stress of the wedding day. It allows you to spend some time together and enjoy the moment before the hustle and bustle of the ceremony and reception. You can take some time to breathe, talk, and connect before the festivities begin.

  4. Better Lighting: If you are having an outdoor ceremony, doing a first look earlier in the day can allow for better lighting and more flattering photos. The harsh midday sun can cast unflattering shadows, while the softer light of early morning or late afternoon can create a more romantic and dreamy atmosphere.



  1. Tradition: Some couples may prefer to stick with tradition and see each other for the first time during the ceremony. This can be an important part of the wedding day experience for some couples. If tradition is important to you, then a first look may not be the right choice.

  2. Schedule: Doing a first look requires an earlier start time to the day, which may not be possible for some couples. It also requires coordination with the photographer to ensure that everything runs smoothly. You need to make sure that you have enough time for hair and makeup, getting dressed, and traveling to the first look location.

  3. Less Surprise: For some couples, seeing each other for the first time during the ceremony can be a more special and surprising moment. A first look may take away from that moment. If you have always dreamed of that moment when the doors open and you see each other for the first time, then a first look may not be for you.



  1. Consider a Reveal: If you don't want to see each other before the ceremony, consider doing a "reveal" where you are separated by a wall or a door, but can still hold hands and exchange a few words. This can be a compromise that allows you to calm your nerves and connect without spoiling the surprise of seeing each other for the first time during the ceremony.

  2. Make it Personal: Add personal touches to your first look, such as a handwritten note, a special gift, or a sentimental piece of jewelry. This will make the moment even more memorable and meaningful.

  3. Communicate with Your Photographer: Your LA wedding videographers and photographers will be an important part of your first look. Communicate with them beforehand to make sure that they have a plan for capturing the moment. Make sure to discuss the location, lighting, and any special shots that you want.

  4. Consider the Weather: If you are planning an outdoor first look, make sure to have a backup plan in case of bad weather. Have a tent or indoor location available in case of rain or extreme heat. 



























Choosing The Right Location:

  1. Consider a Meaningful Location: If possible, choose a location that is meaningful to you as a couple for your first look. It could be the place where you first met, your favorite park, or the spot where you got engaged. This will make the moment even more special and personal.

  2. Consider the Setting: The setting of your first look location can greatly impact the overall ambiance and aesthetics of the moment. Determine whether you envision a natural outdoor scene, an urban backdrop, or a cozy indoor setting. Think about the mood you want to convey and how it aligns with the theme of your wedding. 

  3. Accessibility and Convenience: Ensure that the first look location is easily accessible for both you and your partner, as well as your wedding photographer. Consider the distance from your ceremony and reception venues to minimize travel time and maximize the time available for your first look session. Also, consider the availability of parking and any permits or permissions that may be required if you choose a public or private space.

  4. Privacy and Intimacy: The first look is an intimate moment, and privacy is essential to fully immerse yourselves in the experience. Choose a private spot, where there aren't many people around. While some couples prefer a secluded spot in a garden or park, others may opt for a rooftop or balcony with a view. Strive to find a location that allows you to have a private moment without distractions, allowing you to express your genuine emotions without inhibition.

  5. Visual Aesthetics: Choose a location that offers visually appealing backdrops and complements your wedding theme and color scheme. Consider architectural elements, natural landscapes, or iconic landmarks that can enhance the beauty of your photographs. Look for interesting textures, colors, or unique features that can add depth and visual interest to your first look photos.

Whether or not to do a first look is a personal decision for each couple. Consider your preferences and priorities when deciding if a first look is right for you. Keep in mind that a first look can be an emotional and intimate moment, but it may not be for everyone. Talk to your partner and photographer to decide if a first look is the best choice for you on your wedding day.


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