15 – 20 minutes.
I know… The controversy. Yes, it’s a myth that if you see your groom before your ceremony, your marriage will end abruptly. And I fully understand the superstition thing. Maybe not with this, but I sure as hell won’t walk under an open ladder. So I would never pressure you to do a first look. But if you are on the fence about this, my advice is to make a pros and cons list, and tailor it to your own expectations. Here are a few reasons people are either for or against the “first look.”
- Con: The surprise factor is ruined.
- Con: We’ll get divorced.
- Pro: There is still a surprise factor, but instead of having an audience witness this special moment, it becomes a much more intimate and personal surprise that only the two of you will share.
- Pro: Your man won’t feel like he has to hide his emotions. Dude, you can cry your eyes out in front of me. I would love that (says the photographer who thrives on emotional images). Your bride would also love that. And we promise we won’t judge you, nor will we tell a soul.
- Pro: The nerves are no longer there. Walking down an aisle in front of tons of people can be terrifying. A first look calms the nerves, so instead of concentrating on not tripping, you can direct all of your attention toward McDreamy.
- Because first looks typically happen later in the morning or early in the afternoon, I always try to capture these in a shaded outdoor area, or in a gorgeous naturally lit indoor area. The sun casts the harshest light from 10am – 3pm, leaving us with unwanted, and unflattering shadows. Unless it’s cloudy out, we’ll do our best to stay clear of it.