We encourage a First Look for many reasons. Many of our reasons have a lot to do with timing and photography and lighting, but the number one reason that we encouage couples to have a First Look, is for the you, the couple.
Reason #1: Quality Time During a Busy Wedding Day
You, the bride or groom, get to spend some quality time together. That's it, my #1 reason. Yes, when you opt for a First Look, you are 'breaking tradition' and seeing each other before the ceremony, but you are also opting to take a moment during a very busy, very distracting day, and spend some quality on-on-one time with each other. Imagine this; you're standing at the most comfortable, most beautiful location at your venue (church, house, getting-ready location), all dressed and ready. As you stand there, nervous, your love walks up to you; asks you to turn around and right then you are no longer nervous. You hug, kiss, admire, and TALK! For as long as you'd like! And while you hug, kiss, admire and talk, Logan and I get to take honest photos of you unhindered by the ceremony.
Reason #2: Fun Photos!
After your First Look, we start the fun! I like to allow an hour for photos of our wedding couple. During that hour, we encourage cuddling, laughing and dancing. We will explore your venue and make the most of every pretty spot your venue has to offer.
Reason #3: Start Your Party Sooner!
By choosing a First Look, you can also get family and wedding party photos finished prior to the ceremony. After you say your I Do's you can head straight to the party!
Whether you have 1 bridesmaid or 12, we're here to capture the connection you share while having a little fun!
Some advice on the do's and don't's of wedding day hair.
*Schedule a trial run. Most likely your stylist will include a trial run in the cost of her wedding day price. Schedule your trial run a couple of months before your wedding day.
*Be honest with your stylist about your hairstyle. If you want something different, don't hesitate to tell her/him. They want your recommendation and satisfaction; they want you to leave happy and spread the word. Make sure you are clear about what you want and what you don't want.
*Schedule your wedding day hair appointment 2-3 hours before your first formal photograph. The earlier the better. Some up-do's take more than an hour from start to finish.
*Try a wedding day style that is a fancier version of how you wear your hair on an everyday basis. You want to feel comfortable about yourself on your wedding day!
*If you opt for an up-do, add a bit of pouf to the front or side - slicked back hair can be unflattering in photos.
*Down-do's with curls or waves don't last very long in Georgia humidity, so have a back-up plan. Maybe down for a set photos and then up for the
Portraits are an important part of your wedding day. Allow time and space for comfort, cuddles and laughter!
We believe everyone should be in front of our cameras before their wedding day.
After many years in the wedding business, we've managed to make a lot of friends! Click below to view our favorites!
Hair: Brushworx | Bombshell | Bliss Bridal
Make-up: Jenny Sue Makeup | Bombshell | Brushworx | Elijana
Florals: Gardenia Floral Design | La Petite Jardin by Zeb | Bud + Bloom | European Floral Design | Always, Always
Venues: Graduate Athens | Taylor Grady House | Georgian Hall | UGA Chapel | Cloverleaf Farms | John Michael Oliver House
Music: Highballs | East Coast Entertainment |
Cakes/Bakers: Debra Adams | Classic City Confections
Wedding Planners/Day-of Coordinators: Whitewood Events | Georgia Grace | No Regrets Events | Liz Messick Designs
It's always entertaining to see behind-the-scenes photos, right?
I know you're curious. Why wouldn't you be? You gotta wonder what kind of equipment we're going to use to capture your big day! Unless you're a photography buff, I doubt you really care about the details, but just in case you do, keep reading. To those of you that think the following list is written in another language, just feel comforted in knowing that we have professional grade cameras and lenses. Plus adequate back-up to make sure we have your day covered if something breaks or malfunctions.
Canon 5D Mark lV | Canon 5D Mark lll (2) | Canon 5D Mark ll | Canon 85mm 1.2L Lens (2) | Canon 35mm 1.4L | Sigma 35mm 1.4Art | Sigma 24mm 1.4Art | Canon 135mm 2.0L | Canon 50mm 1.2L (2) | Canon 50mm 2.5 Macro | Yongnou Flash (6) | Holdfast Moneymaker (2) | Compact Flash/SD Cards (50)