Mike Elford | The Windsor Wedding Photographer First Look

Are First Looks Important?


Many of my couples ask me – Are First Looks Important? If you’re reading this, you’re probably wondering the same thing. In my professional opinion, I think they are an excellent idea. I love first looks. I know that they are a tad bit ‘non-traditional,’ but let me take a minute to explain the benefits of a first look.


Your wedding day will be crazy busy. No getting around it. You have so much to do and so little time to do it in. If you have a first look, it helps to calm down the day a bit. Instead of trying to rush around to get everyone together and have pictures taken between the wedding ceremony and reception while your guests are waiting, you’ll have that time to relax and enjoy your guests and not have to worry about being late to your reception. We can do all of the main portraits before the ceremony even begins – at the very least, the bride and groom and bridal party photos. This way, your hair, and makeup are still perfect, as they were just finished. If your family is coming earlier, we can do their photos beforehand, as well, or we will only have to worry about those portraits after the ceremony and not the bridal party shots.

It’s Intimate…

A first look also gives you a very special, intimate moment with your new spouse. If you are nervous or stressed out, this will especially help to relax you, and your spouse can comfort you and let you know it will all be OK. During the ceremony, there are many people around and you can’t fully take at the moment because everyone is staring at you. With a first look, that moment is just between you and your spouse (and me, of course).

Guarantee the Reaction…

Even if you have a first look, your husband will be just as happy to see you walking down the aisle and you’ll still take his breath away. Don’t worry that you’ll be spoiling the moment by seeing him prior to the ceremony. In truth, it’s been my experience that grooms have a hard time knowing “how to react” to his bride coming down the aisle. This moment can be very stressful for a groom. And it often shows in the photographs. Often, in the case of the bride coming down the aisle, there is so much pressure on the groom, that the magically “Pinterest” moment that you’ve been dreaming about… and likely mentioning to your spouse… it’s been ruined. The image often shows a groom either looking strong” or with his head down etc.  A first look releases all of that stress and essentially guarantees you’ll earn that reaction you’ve been dreaming of!


About The Author

Mike Elford is a Wedding Photographer proudly serving the Windsor-Essex County Area. He photographs 25+ weddings a year. While future bride and grooms initially choose him because of his beautiful wedding images, it's his personality, and the ability to immediately make you feel comfortable with him that really confirms that you really should hire Mike Elford to photograph your wedding. For Mike, it's all part of providing what he describes as "The Ultimate Wedding Photography Experience"
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