First Look Photo Session: Pros and Cons

By, May 18, 2023

At True Photography, we’ve had the privilege of capturing countless first look photo sessions. We understand that the decision to have a first look photo session on your wedding day can be a difficult one. That’s why we’ve put together this post to help you weigh the pros and cons of this popular wedding trend.

First Look Photo Sessions:

San Diego wedding first look photo session photographed by True Photography


  1. More Time for Photos: Having a first look photo session before the ceremony allows us to capture more photos of you and your partner. This extra time also allows us to take advantage of the best lighting conditions of the day, resulting in even more stunning photos.
  2. Intimate Moment: A first look is a private moment between you and your partner, away from the hustle and bustle of the wedding day. It’s a chance for you to share a special moment together. Additionally we are able to capture those emotions in a more intimate setting.
  3. Reduced Stress: Seeing your partner before the ceremony can help to ease any nerves or anxiety you may be feeling. It can also help to reduce the stress of the day, allowing you to fully enjoy the ceremony and reception.


  1. Tradition: For some couples, the idea of seeing each other before the ceremony goes against tradition. If you or your partner feel strongly about adhering to tradition, then a first look photo session may not be for you.
  2. Timing: Adding a first look photo session to your wedding day timeline can add extra time and planning. This can be challenging if you have a tight schedule or a large bridal party.
  3. Missing Out on the Aisle Moment: Some couples prefer to save the first look for the aisle moment. Seeing each other for the first time as you walk down the aisle can be an emotional and memorable moment. With first look photos that moment could be missed.

Ultimately, the decision to have a first look photo session is a personal one. Overall that choice should reflect your unique style and preferences. At True Photography, we work closely with each of our clients. We always ensure that our clients wedding photography captures the essence of their love story, whether or not they choose to have a first look photo session. Check out our first look photo gallery for more inspiration.

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