Is A First Look Worth It?

First look at Woodruff Fontaine House

A first look is a moment in time that you’ll never forget. That’s why photographers and couples are so keen to capture it. But is it worth it?

First looks have been around for years – but only recently have they become so popular. And while they definitely have their pros, they also have their cons. Let’s have a look!

Pros and cons of a first look


  • It’s a great opportunity to get some fun photos of the two of you together.
  • You’ll have more incredible photos that embody your beautiful romance.
  • Worried about getting overwhelmed during the ceremony? The first look allows you to unleash your sentimental side – it will be just the two of you!
  • It’s extremely intimate and private. You get to see each other before anyone else does. This can make for some amazing photos that will allow you to savor this special moment before you say I DO.
  • It will relax you. The first look is a great way to unwind with your partner!
  • From a photographer to a future married person…the first look allows you to knock out literally ALL your photos before your ceremony. Let me tell you, it’s a weight off for everyone. You will be so much less stressed.


  • The first look can take away from the element of surprise during the ceremony. But if I am being completely honest, that’s not always the case, and Nicole and Andrew are proof of that. I have seen couples get overwhelmed and surprised while they are exchanging their vows, even after they have had a first look. It literally depends on your story, personality, and emotional flair.
  • Your guests won’t be able to see your reaction when you first see each other – that’s what photos are for though!
Groom sees bride as she walks down the aisle at their micro wedding in Memphis, TN
Nicole & Andrew | Micro Wedding in Memphis, TN

First Look ideas

  1. Choose a location that is meaningful to both of you.
  2. Find a spot with good lighting that will make for beautiful photos.
  3. Create an intimate moment by saying something you’ve been wanting to say to each other or even exchanging letters beforehand.
  4. Pick a backdrop that will make your photos visually stunning.
  5. Have fun! This is such an exciting time in your life and it’s important to enjoy every minute of it.
  6. Need more ideas? The first look doesn’t have to be with your groom! Click here for a great list by Wedding Forward.

I hope this article has helped you weigh the pros and cons. If you aren’t sure whether it’s the right choice for you or have any questions about what to expect – feel free to reach out. You can also hop over to this gorgeous micro-wedding in Fayetteville to see more intimate first look photos :) I’d love to chat with you! Don’t forget to pin this blog, and contact me!

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