Boston Wedding Photographer - Pros & Cons of a First Look



Enjoy cocktail hour with your guests. If you opt for a first look, most of the time you’ll have at least some of, if not all, of your formal photos taken right afterwards, which means you get to spend as much time as you want at cocktail hour! This is the main reason why couples opt for first looks.

A moment just you two. A first look is against tradition, but it gives you the opportunity to take 5-10 minutes just you two before seeing everyone at once. It’s also a great option for couples who are a little shy or nervous, because it takes a little pressure off that big moment of seeing everyone at the ceremony at once. From a photographer’s standpoint, this moment also allows for such emotional and beautiful photographs. We all love first looks.

More time for photo opts. Depending on your timeline, you’ll have to start your day at least 30 mins to an hour earlier, which means you’ll have a longer timeline in the day for more photo opts.

Father/mother first look. If you don’t want to do a first look with your partner, but you like the idea of spending some time with everyone at cocktail hour, consider having a first look with one of your parents. Directly after, you can take some formals giving you more time back in the schedule during cocktail hour!


Going the non-traditional route. For many grooms/partners, they have probably thought of and dreamt of the idea of seeing their significant other walk down the aisle for the first time. It’s true that when you walk down the aisle and look at your partner, it won’t really be the first time.

Getting ready earlier. If you want to have a first look and take all your formals directly afterward, you’ll have to start getting ready at least an hour earlier.

More time needed by your photographer. Because of the point above, generally speaking, you’ll need your photographer around for at least an hour longer.

Hannah Cochran