First looks have been becoming more popular over the years, and for good reason. Capturing the moment you first lock eyes with your partner is incredibly special. Having the privacy to embrace emotions is often lost when you wait to have a big reveal walking down the aisle, but in an intimate first look, both partners are free to release happy tears or share a passionate embrace. Some grooms even break out in dance or shout to the sky in thanks. Still not convinced to do a first look? Consider these five reasons to include one in your wedding photography: 

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It Eases the Nerves

Nerves will be running high on your wedding day, especially if you are someone who tends to sweat the small stuff. Take some of the stress out of your big day by sharing a private moment with your partner. Seeing each other beforehand will allow you to know what to expect when you meet at the altar and give you the freedom to be fully present in the moment.

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You’ll Have More Photos

There is nothing worse than looking back on your wedding only to find a lack of photos reflecting special moments. Scheduling a first look with a skilled photographer gives you even more opportunities for quality photos. The three of you can also coordinate free of the distractions of wedding guests and wedding-day buzz. 

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Feelings Will Only Get Stronger

Some brides worry that if their spouse sees their gown before they walk down the aisle, there will be less passion when they say “I Do.” The reality is that seeing each other before the ceremony only strengthens the bond between you and your future spouse. Some couples say they felt like they were in a dream during the first look. The second time they lay eyes on each other is when it really sinks in that they’re looking at their forever partner. 

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You Will Capture Real Emotion

On the day of your wedding, it’s safe to say that all eyes are on you. For couples that tend to feel shy when they are the center of attention, showing emotion can feel terrifying. By taking the time to share a private moment before the ceremony, you and your partner are free to indulge in whatever emotion comes your way. Whether you both burst into tears or laugh in happiness, the right photographer captures the unfiltered emotion in the most meaningful way. 

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You Can Get Photos Done Before the Ceremony

Block out an hour or two before your ceremony to take photos of your first looks. Doing so will allow you to add touch-ups to your makeup and gown before you walk down the aisle. Many brides are doing their first looks days ahead of their wedding to avoid scheduling conflicts. If you plan on doing a makeup and hair rehearsal, adding on a brief photoshoot is a great use of time and styling. 


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