To First Look or Not to First Look! - Tallahassee Florida Wedding Photographer | Amber Brogdon Photography

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Why do a First Look?

Whether you are a bride or a groom you’ve probably asked why do a first look?  Whatever you decide, I think it’s so important to CONSIDER + really think about it! I’m all about supporting your ultimate decisions at the end of the day. I do want to provide you with all of the information to help you make the best decision for you! 


Let’s define a First Look! A first look is a moment you can actually have with MANY people on your wedding day! You can have it with your husband, with your daddy, your bridesmaids, and any other family members (even a dog!)! Some of the sweetest moments I get to witness are first looks with dads and for sure with husbands to be!

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Jesus’s reaction is how every bride should answer why do a first look 😭Fall Bridesmaids l Amber Brogdon Photography

This wedding had some really special family and friends First Look moments and a PERFECT example of why to do a First Look!Why Do A First Look l Amber Brogdon Photography

Now, why should you consider a First Look?

First Looks are very intimate between you and your loved one.

As special as it can be to share that moment with everyone as you walk down the aisle, there’s something so sweet about keeping that moment between you and your loved one with only a handful of people (including me!) witnessing it. TRUST ME, it doesn’t spoil your walk down the aisle, if anything it emphasizes “WOAH, we’re doing this!” 


First Looks allow you to be TOGETHER and alone on your wedding day.

When Chad and I saw each other, not only was it intimate, it was our only time to be alone the whole day! We cried and laughed and cried some more… and then that put us in the PERFECT mood for our romantic portraits. Portraits can be a little rushed after the family formals, and it can be hard to really get back into that “lovey-dovey” mode…. especially with family around! When you have just shared your first look, you’re READY to love on each other, and I always capture some super sweet images during those moments!


It gives you all those extra special emotional moment photos!

I know there is no shortage of emotions on wedding days, but capturing every moment of those feelings and letting them linger for even longer (rather than just before the officiant starts speaking) is so incredibly special! It’s so fun to get both of your reactions in one photo vs. separate photos as you walk down the aisle toward your partner! Plus, you’ll still get those photos too!


First Looks allow the maximum time to spend with all of your loved ones after the ceremony!

When you pass on a first look that means your full bridal party photos and couple portraits get pushed until after the ceremony. This inevitably means you’ll spend a little less time with your guests after the ceremony. (Again, not a bad thing, just something to think about!) You’re investing a lot into your wedding photography.


More wedding photos!

You typically have MORE portrait time for the two of you… and those are the images you will decorate your first home with! With a first look, you make the most out of this large investment and get the most for your money.



No matter how ready you are, the nerves are real! Grooms are usually the first to ask “why do a first look?” and half of them aren’t a fan of the idea! However, because they have never experienced their wedding day before, they didn’t know how nerve-racking it can be. I have testimonials from so many grooms who initially weren’t a fan of the first look… but afterward admitted to being SO much more relaxed and ready for the ceremony!

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There are many more reasons to consider a First Look, these are just some of the big ones! I hope these can be of help as you’re deciding on what YOU want your wedding day to look like!

I hope this is helpful as you make your decision!




To all couples planning a wedding during this crazy season, don’t miss my blog about being a bride in the time of COVID.



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