First Look VS Waiting For The Ceremony
On my Instagram I frequently do wedding polls to see what my followers look for in their weddings, topics to be discussed and wedding preferences! One recurring poll that almost always comes back as a close tie: First Look vs Waiting for The Ceremony (to see each other for the first time). I have been reaching out to multiple photographers to round up professional opinions if you’re still on the fence for your big day.
Meet Katie Pritchard! She’s one very talented wedding photographer who has some words of wisdom on this particular topic!
Hi! Thats me, Katie (the girl in the crazy star dress).
I ended up in wedding photography in a not-so-usual way. Growing up, I was into sports more than I was into arts and crafts. In fact, I was the kid who complained while everyone else enjoyed making macaroni wreaths (or whatever activity was going on at the time). I remember telling my girl scout leader that I actually hated it – why did my wreath look so terrible? Why did I not have a natural ability to make things look nice?
Fast forward to many years of sports, and the pivotal moment of entering college not knowing what my major would truly be (because my current Marine Biology major was not going to work out – science, yikes) I switched to photography one semester in and decided that was where I was headed. It landed me in wedding photography after a few classmates asked me to shoot their weddings. And since I’m a romantic and all…it was a perfect fit from the start.
I went on to graduate CSUF with a BFA in photography in 2012 and have been full-time ever since. While most think an arts degree isn’t worth much these days, I used my time in college as the foundation for how I approach my work today. Our program was 99% film based, so I learned how to properly compose and execute a well-lit image on a film camera (sometimes with negatives the size of your hand). It’s a part of my journey that I really cherish and feel lucky to have experienced.
Shooting weddings has really become a source of inspiration for the way I approach my work. Every story is so different, and deserves to be told in its own way. You may see that my images certainly have a style to them, but each wedding is catered to the feelings and emotions of the day. The weather, mood, details and excitement of the day all impact the way I tell a story.
So thoughts on first look vs waiting for the ceremony?
Choosing to do a first look or waiting to see each other before the ceremony can be a tough choice! If you really want to wait to see each other before the ceremony, do you! There is nothing wrong with skipping the first look (I did for my wedding, but that was my own personal choice and worked fine for my wedding timeline + lighting). If, however, you are in the fence, let me tell you about allllll the ways you’re going to love a first look.