Maine Wedding Photographer: The Pros and Cons of a First Look


As your wedding day approaches some of you may be wondering if you should do a first look or not. Clearly there’s no right or wrong answer here and it’s all personal preference however, I wanted to outline the pros and cons so that you have more information that may be helpful in your decision making. 


  • Couples will choose to do a first look to ease the nerves of seeing each other for the first time in front of all their guests.

  • It’s a good time to connect with your soon to be husband in a more personal setting.

  • It allows you to spend more time at cocktail hour and with your guests after the ceremony.

  • Your wedding day can feel like a whirlwind so it’s a nice time to pause and have an intimate moment together.

  • The first look is an amazing time to capture fun, meaningful, intimate photos. 


  • Tradition. If you’re traditional and value seeing each other for the first time at the ceremony then a first look isn’t for you. 

  • First reactions can be more meaningful during a ceremony vs. during a first look.

  • You will have to get ready earlier in the day and budget enough time. If there isn’t enough time in the timeline then don’t force it.