The reason behind the concept of “First Look” photos is that they capture the moment that couples see each other for the first time on their wedding day. It is a private romantic moment shared by only them. A survey of married couples in 2017 found that 44% of them did a first look picture.
Most grooms haven’t seen the bride’s dress so the first look evokes a more emotional response for a couple in that private moment as opposed to seeing each other at a public ceremony.
Here are some pointers on how it should be done:
- Set up ample time for the process to stage the scene and prepare the couple on how to stand and meet each other.
- Find the right setting that allows some natural light or a location that frames the couple to highlight their meeting.
- It should also be private unless the couple wants to involve the bridal party or parents.
There is an alternative to the face-to-face first look meeting. A couple can hold hands around an open door, with each one standing on either side. Then they can’t see each other but can hold hands, blow a kiss or recite their vows together. This can be a romantic look as well.