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The Benefits Of A First Look

There are so many gorgeous outdoor weddings taking place in Arizona. Who wouldn’t want to take advantage of the beautifully lit landscape against a blue sky? Better yet, maybe we can get lucky with some cloud coverage!

I know there’s a lot to consider when deciding your ceremony and reception site but one thing that many brides don’t often consider is the lighting situation. It is important to ask questions such as: What time of day are you planning on the ceremony taking place? What direction is the sun facing? How will that affect you and your guests? Is there any shading available? How long will you have between the ceremony and reception before nightfall?

Some of my brides get married during the late afternoon hours when the sun is lower in the sky. This offers a beautiful glow but results in a photography crew racing through the family and bridal party portraits right after the ceremony so we don’t miss the remaining daylight.

A good way to avoid the race against time is to do a First Look. What is a First Look? The First Look is when the bride and groom-to-be meet in private before the ceremony to have a few moments alone. The benefit of doing this allows us to capture a special and loving moment in a quiet space with just the two of you. The energy is flowing and the excitement of the day ahead is minutes away where you’ll both be swept off your feet with celebration.

One of the things I recommend as your photographer  is that you and your groom be ready at least an hour or two before your ceremony so that we can head out into the beautiful surroundings you have selected for your wedding to capture some creative pictures of the two of you. Having about an hour to two of free time before the ceremony creates a more relaxed and easy-going atmosphere making for happier friends, family, bride, and groom. Following your private pictures, we can then capture the whole bridal party and immediate family.

Don’t worry! We can get the make-up artist to stay awhile or assign one of your bridesmaids to do some touch-up work before you walk down the aisle.

Bonus benefit:  You now have the extra time during the cocktail party to mingle with long distance relatives and I can get more of those great candid moments and go after some more detail shots.

Having  an outdoor wedding is beautiful and since we want to show you off as well as the scenery, we want to see pictures of you and that gorgeous gown embraced by the loving arms of your groom and the glow of a setting sun.

Sunset shot of bride and groom at Windmill Winery AZ

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