It’s said you never get a second chance at a first impression. The same is true of wedding photography: you never get a second chance to capture a couple’s first look. This is one of most beautiful, emotional parts of any wedding ceremony—the moment someone sees their fiancé transformed into their bride or groom—and shooting it is one big responsibility.
The success of a first look photo shoot lies mainly with the photographer, but there are things brides- and grooms-to-be can do to help the shoot go smoothly. If you and your sweetheart are planning to photograph your wedding day first look (and these days, most folks are), these simple guidelines will help you get the most from the moment.
On your wedding day, you’re going to spend a lot of time with people who aren’t your spouse. In the morning, you’ll be with your bridal party; at the reception, you’ll be flitting from guest to guest, thanking them for coming and trying your best to chat with them all. So, when you do have a moment that’s just for the two of you, don’t invite any onlookers.
While it may seem nice to have your bridal party nearby to encourage you and tell you how great the pictures are, having other people around will certainly detract from the intimacy of the moment—and it will show in your photos. Instead, leave the bridesmaids and groomsmen in their suites and go this shoot solo. Click here if you’re looking for a New York wedding photographer.