Why you should do a first look session at your wedding

Why you should do a first look session at your wedding

Ottawa Wedding Photographer

I understand that many couples may still want to stay within tradition of not seeing each other until the actual ceremony.  However, there are several reasons why I suggest why you should do a first look session at your wedding.  Sometimes the show needs to get going more quickly.  For fall and winter weddings, the daylight doesn’t last as long as in the spring and summer.  If you can’t schedule your ceremony earlier in the day, make sure to schedule your formal portrait session before the ceremony.  If you’re planning this route, before you begin the formal portrait session, why not do a first look in which the couple see each other for the first time in their wedding outfits.  Be sure that they’re alone so that this can truly be a magical moment for them.


Time for Formal Portraits

Shooting all of the family photos, wedding party photos and photos of just the bride and groom takes at least 2-3 hours.  And since most couples prefer to have these photos taken outside, consideration must be taken to ensure that there is enough available daylight after the ceremony to A) get to the location where the portraits will be taken and B) shoot all of the portraits.


Problem Solved

To me, these problems can be solved simply by scheduling a first look photo session hours before the ceremony.   For those couples who are getting married at a time that will not afford much daylight after the ceremony, having the first look and then all of the family, wedding party and bride and groom photos taken beforehand will solve the problem of fleeting daylight hours as well as not making guests have to wait hours and hours between the end of the ceremony and the beginning of the reception.


In The Moment

Speaking as a photographer, for any couples who truly want to get the most “in-the-moment’ photos of their wedding day, I highly recommend you to consider scheduling a first look photo session with your photographer.  Also, get two photographers to capture the moment.  One photographer can shoot the groom’s reaction, while the 2nd photographer shoots the bride’s reaction.  If it’s not possible to have two photographers, it can still be done quite nicely with one photographer.  (See examples below, which were both shot by me.)  And with that, enjoy these first look wedding photos.


If you’re looking for an Ottawa area wedding photographer, I would love to hear from you.  Definitely count me in if you’re planning a first look photo session on your wedding day.  Get in touch with me to book a wedding consultation.  I’d love to hear all about your fantastic wedding plans.

In addition to photographing weddings in Ottawa and Gatineau, I’m also available to shoot weddings in Kanata, Stittsville, Carp, Nepean, Barrhaven, Richmond, Munster, Arnprior, Carleton Place, Manotick, Perth, North Gower, Greely, Beckwith, Embrun, Russell, Edwards, Lanark, Orleans, Cumberland, Clarence, Rockland, Alfred and Plantagenet, Hull, Aylmer, Chelsea, Wakefield, L’Ange-Gardien, Masson-Angers, Buckingham, Montebello and anywhere in between.

Contact me today to get my pricing guide and to book a consultation.  🙂


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