Wedding season has started all around the country and countless couples will be saying “I Do.” The best part: you will be there to capture the emotion that embodies a wedding day. One trend that has become popular in the past decade are First Looks. First looks allow you to capture the sheer joy of a couple seeing each for the first time on their wedding day in a controlled setting, before the bride walks down the aisle. The First Look can evoke high levels of emotion. In the B & H sponsored video below, Joe Buissink gives us a tip on how he sets up an emotional first look and captures timeless images.






There are endless ways to shoot a first look, but Joe’s is one that can easily be used in your own work. By positioning himself behind the bride, Joe is able to capture the groom’s facial expressions extremely well, while allowing his second shooter to capture the bride’s emotion. Ending the first look with the couple embracing is a nice final touch.



Joe does a great job explaining his technique, giving you a good base to go off of if one of your couples would like to do a first look. I agree with Joe’s statement, that, while setting up a first look is not photojournalistic, it does help to tell the story of the day. I think the raw emotion of a first look is beautiful,timeless, and something I think every couple will love, even if you have to sell the idea to the more traditional couple.

 Via: B and H Youtube Channel/ Images via screencaps