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Hi! I'm Katie - photographer and owner of Creative Image Weddings & Portraits.  Home base is Wilmington, Delaware - but we're open to traveling anywhere you might need us!  If you are looking for a 

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September 22, 2021

Why Do a First Look?

A Sample from Katie & Steve’s Wedding at North Hills Country Club

Though I am a Delaware-based wedding photographer, I often travel for events. This past weekend I found myself at North Hills Country Club in Glenside, Pennsylvania. In our planning for Katie and Steve’s wedding day photography, a first look was a must for this couple. There are so many great benefits to including a first look in your wedding timeline. In this post, I’m going to share what some of those benefits are while sharing highlights from the #katieandsteveshow!

First Look Benefit #1 – Time Together

One of the sweetest things about a first look is that it gives the couple a few quiet minutes together early on in their day. I’ll admit, there is something wonderful and magical about seeing each other for the first time down the aisle as the ceremony begins. However, in that scenario, you typically don’t get to have any private time together until immediately after the ceremony (and if you’re lucky, you’ll get about 30 seconds!).

As I did with Katie and Steve, I always give my couples some space for those first few minutes together. I stand at a distance so that I am capturing the expressions and emotions, but not so close that I hear all of their words. This is their moment, their time, and it is precious!

First Look Benefit #2 – Time for Photos

Another one of the greatest things about a first look is that it allows for time for more photos without a ton of pressure. On Saturday, Katie, Steve, and I traveled down to the bridges on the course at North Hills for photos of just the two of them. We left more than enough time, (less pressure is always a good thing on your wedding day before your ceremony) and they had their fill of fun and beautiful photos. Side note: this benefit only works if you plan your timeline appropriately! Ask your photographer for help and timing suggestions.

First Look Benefit #3 – Time to Enjoy Your Party

You can also structure your timeline to include photo time with the bridal party and immediate families after your first look. We also did this on Katie and Steve’s wedding day. After the first look, we were able to get everything accomplished except for just a few groups. We took those remaining group shots quickly and immediately after the ceremony. EVERYONE (bride and groom included) was able to enjoy the cocktail hour.

In conclusion, I’m convinced that a first look leads to a much more laid back day. You get some quiet time together before saying ‘I do.’ You don’t have to constantly check your watch as you try to sneak in all your photos between the end of the ceremony and the start of your reception. I really believe that it adds to the enjoyment of the day as a whole. More time with your love, more time with your family and friends, more time to celebrate! Find out more about my recommendations for first looks on my FAQ page.

Katie and Steve, your day was beautiful! Thank you for the privilege of capturing your memories, and congratulations!

  1. […] of meaning as couples share some quiet time together. (Curious about ‘First Looks’? See this post for more info about why I think they are great!). After giving Kyle and Samantha a few private […]

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