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We all know how the classic First Look happens. Couples stare adoringly into each other’s eyes, arms wrapped around one another before a beautiful landscape. Yes, there’s nothing quite like being in front of a camera at your absolute best, especially with the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. So, what’s not to love? That depends who you ask. But don’t worry, we rallied up some arguments for both sides of the First Look debate, to help you decide for yourself if a First Look is right for you and your partner.
On the one hand, First Look moments are incredible, timeless artifacts of not just your wedding day, but of the love you and your partner share right here, right now. Devoting camera time to just the two of you lets you preserve your love for each other in a beautiful, intimate setting. This will provide some compelling pieces for your videographer to work with in telling your story that will stay in the family for years to come.
Some people have no problem showing off in front of the camera, while others feel uncomfortable being the center of attention and being expected to “strike a pose.” If shots like these seem contrived to you, that’s ok! No reason to push yourself to pose after the First Look, especially on the morning of your wedding. If you’re looking to face your fears, however, find a company that makes you feel listened to and encourages you to have fun. At Kenneth Cooper Films, we like to let our couples sit in the moment, soak it in, and let your emotions determine what we capture (with maybe a touch of guidance.)
The last thing you want to be thinking about on your wedding day is whether or not you’re capturing enough good imagery. That’s your videographer’s job! Doing a First Look can allow you to relax throughout the day knowing you had a fantastic portrait session before the ceremony that will stay with you forever. For us, we use your portrait sessions to get adorable cinematic sequences that will hold your wedding film together. With a First Look and portrait session done, you can really feel free to engage with your guests and your wedding party for beautifully natural candids throughout the day and on the dance floor!
There is something undeniably magical about seeing your fiancé for the first time on the day of your wedding, waiting for you at the opposite end of the aisle. If you’ve always dreamed of meeting eyes with your soon-to-be at the altar, then by all means! For a lot of couples, no photos are worth missing the once-in-a-lifetime feeling of that sacred moment. That being said, we have found that no matter what the reaction at the altar is JUST as breathtaking in couples that have chosen a First Look as those who do not.
Many couples say they’re glad they did a First Look – if only to get their tears out of the way! Your wedding day can be an emotional whirlwind of excitement and gratitude, fun and reflection. Even if you think you’re prepared for the chaos, a First Look can serve as a special time for you and your partner to spend together the morning of the wedding. Whether that means crying til you laugh or laughing til you cry, there’s something about coming together in the morning knowing you’ll be hitched before the sun sets that can go a long way in keeping you balanced and present all day long.
On the other hand, there’s a lot going on the morning of your wedding, and there’s a fair chance the last thing you want to do is worry about getting ready in time for a shoot. Maybe you have a morning ritual, like meditation or a jog, that you know you need to do to start the day off right. Maybe it’s important to you that you spend the morning with your family and closest friends. Whatever you need to get energized, balanced, and excited for the day is what you should prioritize – no matter what.
Only you and your partner can decide. If you’re on the fence try making a pros and cons list of your own, ask married friends what their take was, and watch Jessica + Matthew’s film below to see if it inspires you. Most importantly, listen to your gut and don’t judge yourself for deciding yea or nay. The best thing you can do on your wedding day is to enjoy every passing moment. Memories will last, but you’re only in the moment once. Dive in and enjoy it!
Cinematography | Kenneth Cooper Films
Venue | Saratoga Hall of Springs
Event Planning | Katie O’ Weddings and Events
Photography | Matt Ramos Photography
Hair + Makeup | True Beauty Company
Ceremony Music | Spa City Duo
Stationary | Jenny C Design
Evening Entertainment | New York Players
Event Rentals | Total Events, LLC
Floral Design | Fleurtacious Designs