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Should we have a first look?

You can find lots of different advice online about having a first look. As a photographer / videographer team, we are here to document your day exactly as you envision it, so we leave it up to you to decide. Some of my favorite photos are that emotional moment when you first see each other, whether that is when you walk down the aisle, or at a first look before the ceremony. 

Should we have a first look?
Should we have a first look?

Either way can work with your timeline. 

We can set some time aside before the ceremony if you’d like the first look to be a more intimate moment with just the two of you. You can share letters, a prayer, or just a peaceful moment together before the day begins. A first look often means we have time before the ceremony to get some portraits and all of the bridal party photos taken care of, so that afterwards, all you have left to think about is celebrating! 

Should we have a first look?

If you choose the more traditional route, this gives you the chance to wait to see each other until you walk down the aisle. With this option, you will have a little extra time at the beginning of the day to get ready. You’ll be able to spend this time with close family members and each side of your bridal party. 

Here are sample timelines with and without a first look to help you see how each could work!

WITHOUT A FIRST LOOK:

11:00am Start Getting Ready
2:00pm Photographer Arrives
2:30pm Details and Getting Ready Photos
3:00pm Bride Gets Dressed
3:30pm Bridal party photos separately 
4:00pm Freshen up / Rest before ceremony
4:30pm Ceremony
5:00pm Cocktail Hour
(Full Bridal Party, Family Photos)
5:30pm Couple Portraits
6:00pm Couple Announced + Dinner Begins
7:00pm Sunset Portrait Session
7:15pm First Dances / Toasts 
7:45pm PARTY + Open Dancing
8:15pm Cake Cutting or Dessert
10:00pm Exit!

WITH A FIRST LOOK:

11:00am Start Getting Ready
2:00pm Photographer Arrives
2:30pm Bride Gets Dressed
3:00pm First Look + Portraits
3:30pm Bridal Party Photos
4:00pm Freshen up / Rest before ceremony
4:30pm Ceremony
5:00pm Cocktail Hour
(Family Photos + Portraits)
5:30pm Couple Joins Cocktail Hour
6:00pm Couple Announced + Dinner Begins
7:00pm Sunset Portrait Sesson
7:15pm First Dances / Toasts 
7:45pm PARTY + Open Dancing
8:15pm Cake Cutting or Dessert
10:00pm Exit!

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We are in support of whichever direction you choose, and are here to help make the day stress free whether you do a first look or not. If you aren’t working with a planner to design your timeline, we are happy to provide input and help you create a timeline that works perfectly with your day and what is important to you as a couple!

If you are still looking for a photographer or videographer for your own upcoming wedding, we would love to talk!!

 

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How to Choose a Location for your Engagement Shoot

Excited to share a blog post today with a three tips for choosing the perfect location for your engagement photos. Hopefully these can help you get started with the process of thinking through where to have your own engagement session!

1. Think about your interests and personalities

Incorporate who you are into your session. If you love hiking or spending time in the outdoors, consider a park or location where you can get some beautiful landscapes as a backdrop. If you like the city or a more urban feel, think about a nearby city or town with lots of cool buildings to shoot in.

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2. Make a list of your favorite locations as a couple

Was your first date at a cute coffee shop? Do you have a spot that you spent a lot of time together throughout your relationship? This could be a park, a beach, or a downtown area that you think of as your spot. This can be a great place to start when thinking through a location for an engagement session. Having a connection with a certain location can add another layer to your engagement session story. You’ll be able to look back on these images and remember all of the times you spent at this location. 

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3. Check in with your photographer!

Once you have done steps one + two, check in with your photographer for their input! They can help you narrow it down to the location based on the time of your session and the season your shoot will be in. If you are feeling stumped, they can also give you a few of their favorite spots for you to start thinking about. They can take your ideas and help you find the perfect location. 

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Treat the engagement session like a date night! This session is all about capturing who you are in this moment of being in love, so the more comfortable you feel with your location, the more your unique connection will shine through in your photos. 

BONUS TIP:

Research the location that you are interested in and make sure you have permission to shoot your engagement session there. You may be required to obtain a photography permit or pay a fee to shoot at that particular location. Many Orange County Parks, Beaches, and National Parks require a permit for photography, and it’s helpful to have this information beforehand so you can work with your photographer to obtain the correct permits with plenty of time before your session.

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I hope these tips are helpful as you start thinking through locations. Feel free to reach out if you are still looking for a photographer!

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