1. LOCATION MATTERS.
There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a location for your 1st look. Most of the time your photographer will suggest the ideal location, but if you’d like to give input on the location make sure you find a spot with a large area of quality of light. Open shade is always a good bet! The area should also be somewhat secluded so that guests aren’t walking around in the background of all your 1st look images!
2. BRING SOMEONE TO HELP YOU.
Your wedding dress is going to make you look absolutely beautiful, but it could also be a handful to manage! So pick a bridesmaid, friend, or family member to hold onto your skirt and/or train and walk over with you to your 1st look location. She can also fluff out and arrange your dress so it looks perfect for your 1st look pictures!
3. RELAX AND TAKE YOUR TIME.
Just before the 1st look begins, close your eyes, take a deep breath, exhale and let go of any stress or nerves that have built up inside. During most 1st looks, the bride will walk up behind the groom and turn him around by the shoulder. Make sure you walk slowly towards your groom to give your photographer a chance to capture some amazing pictures. If you’re nervous or stressed, you’ll end up walking way too fast and your photographer will miss some important shots!
4. ENJOY THE ALONE TIME WITH EACH OTHER.
Your 1st look may be the only time you’ll have alone with your partner during your wedding so it’s important to take this time to enjoy and connect with each other. Not only will you give your photographer an opportunity to capture some truly authentic and emotional moments, you’ll feel excited, energized and ready to take on the rest of the day!
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