“First looks,” before a wedding have become more and more acceptable. For those who do not know what a first look is, it’s when the bride and groom get a chance to admire one another before the wedding ceremony. If you are planning a wedding ceremony right before sunset, you may want to look into shooting your photos before the ceremony. There will not be enough natural light to shoot the photos after the ceremony. If you do decide to shoot photos before the ceremony, a first look should also be done. I mean, you will already have seen your fiancé, and if you hired a videographer a first look can only add stunning imagery to your video.
I shoot my first looks with at least 2 cameras. I have one facing the groom looking past his shoulder in the direction of the bride. My other camera is set on a side view, in which the bride walks into frame to tap her fiancé on the shoulder. This happens very fast, so I only recommend it if you have an experience videographer. You do not have time to try to reenact the first look. Here is a sample of a first look I did.
I have been working in television and media for over 18 years. My experience includes news photojournalist, editor, producer and storyteller.