Avoid These First-Look Photography Mistakes at Your Chicago Wedding

Are you planning to have a first-look photo session at your wedding?

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Your wedding day will be filled with firsts, from your first kiss as newlyweds, to your first dance. Each of these firsts will forever create a heartwarming addition to the many memories that you will hold dear from your big day. One incredible first, that will express many deep feelings, will be your first-look photos.

If you and your partner choose to do a first-looks session before your big walk down the aisle, you will have the opportunity to be the first to set eyes upon one another. Seeing your partner on any average day is wonderful. But, imagine seeing them in their full wedding attire, looking absolutely dazzling. You certainly won’t want to forget how incredible they look, or the emotions you felt as you saw them.

I believe that every couple should be given the opportunity to set eyes upon their partner before their ceremony. It is an unforgettable experience that should be photographed! That’s why, here at Christina Wehbe Studios, as a Chicago wedding photographer, I have put together a few things to avoid for your own first-look photo session at your Chicago wedding. Learn how you can have stunning first-look photos when you continue reading:

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  • Avoid a Time Crunch. Your first-look photos are a special moment for you and your partner. You will need time to express all of your emotions and embrace each other. Be sure to give yourself enough time to really take in what you see and enjoy this special moment with your partner. When you rush your first-look, you miss out on the genuine experience, and likely enough time to photograph the special moment.

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  • Avoid Other Eyes. It’s no secret that this moment will be special for your spouse’s eyes only. This is your chance to be the first to set eyes upon your partner. You can avoid the surprise being ruined by choosing a secluded spot. After all, this is your partner’s time to see you, not your guests’. Avoid other eyes to keep your moment intact.

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  • Avoid Surprising Your Photographer. This is a special moment for you to surprise your spouse with your gorgeous wedding appearance, not your photographer. If you are choosing to feature a first-look moment with your partner, your photographer must know about it. They can be prepared to capture the beautiful moment if they are aware of where the photo session will take place, and how it will be presented, so that the best angles and details can all be captured.

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  • Avoid Camera Shyness. Being shy of the camera isn’t beneficial to your photos at any point within your wedding. If you allow yourself to be shy in front of the camera for your first-look, you can guarantee that it will show within your photos. Instead, focus on the moment and really allow yourself to feel those special emotions. Pretend your photographer isn’t even there, and just be yourself.

Your first-look photos will allow you to feel these emotions again and again. These are just a few tips to prepare you for yours. Here at Christina Wehbe Studios, as a wedding photographer in Chicago, I believe that the emotions you will feel on your wedding day deserve to be beautifully preserved.