The Pros and Cons of ‘First Look’ Photography

Pondering on the idea of throwing tradition out of the window and having a ‘first look’ for your Armenian Wedding Photography California? Many of our modern couples here at Saiaf Films are more inclined to see each other before their wedding ceremony—but whether it’s for you is just a matter of personal preference. However, to help you decide, here are the pros and cons of having a first look photo shoot.

Pro: You’ll get your portraits out of the way

While sunset wedding ceremonies are popular among marrying couples, the timing of the ceremony may leave your bridal party in the dark with no time and no light for photos. In this case, having a ‘first look’ photography session with your Armenian San Jose Wedding Photographer may be necessary as otherwise, you may miss out on crucial wedding photography time. Basically, with a first look and the wedding photo shoot out of the way, the newlyweds can jump straight into celebrating right after the ceremony.

Pro: The romantic photos it creates

First look photos can create candid shots that display your genuine emotions and reactions for having a glimpse of your beloved other in its glorious wedding look for the first time. As an Armenian San Diego Wedding Videographer, there’s something special about capturing that moment you first see one another on your wedding day. And since it involves only the two of you, the moment is not overshadowed or crowded by wedding guests or a rogue celebrant in the background.

Con: It can be awkward

Unfortunately, not every couple is suited to the drama and surprise of a ‘first look.’ While we’ve all seen the beautiful first look photos of the groom crying when he sees his bride for the first time in her wedding dress, not every couple is as emotional or lovey-dovey. This means the first look may be a little awkward, and almost feel forced.

Pro: You’ll calm any pre-wedding jitters

While exciting, weddings are generally very stressful for the marrying couple. For some, seeing one another before the ceremony begins is enough to calm all pre-wedding jitters and relax for the celebration ahead.

Con: Ruins the surprise

Having a ‘first look’ comes with the thought that it perhaps ‘ruins the surprise’ of when the bride first walks down the altar. After a ‘first look’, the groom will have already seen his bride, and therefore the moment she walks down the aisle might not be as emotional as expected. Plus – it may take away many guests’ favourite part of any wedding: seeing the groom’s face when his future wife walks in!

Pro & Con: It’s not traditional

This is 2017 and marrying couples of today are straying more and more from out-dated wedding traditions. For some, seeing each other before the wedding ceremony just ‘goes’ with the tone of their non-traditional wedding. On the flipside, some couples would see this as a con. Traditional wedding practices is still very much seen on many Los Angeles Armenian Wedding Videography and photography, and the idea of the groom seeing his bride for the first time walking down the aisle is here to stay.