When the two of you hire a wedding photographer, you probably have a few specific must-have photo ops in mind: your first kiss as a married couple, the first dance, the cake cutting- but what about some of the newer photo shoot options in wedding photography? Will you opt for your photographer to capture the “first look” between you and your fiancé/fiancée before the ceremony? How about something a little more personal the morning after?
These extra wedding photo opportunities are showing up with more frequency on the wedding scene, but here’s my opinion regarding which ones to try and which ones to skip:
The Engagement Photo Shoot
More and more couples are looking to have a little fun with their engagement photo shoots, copying scenes from movies like “UP” or visiting some of their favorite places in their home towns, but is it a venture worth the expense?
Yes. Some photographers will throw in an engagement photo shoot as a part of a larger package, and it’s a fun opportunity to score some high-end professional photos of you and your fiancé/fiancée in non-wedding attire. Even if it isn’t part of a package, it’s still an expense that’s worth the photos you’ll end up with. You can really show off who you are as a couple, have a little fun, and use those photos for save-the-dates or Christmas cards. Take this cool opportunity to go to an arcade, the local arboretum, or even your favorite A&W – anything goes. Just make sure you check up on photo restrictions of your favorite venue first.
The First Look Before the Ceremony
Though some couples hold to the tradition that a couple shouldn’t see each other before the ceremony, traditions aren’t for everybody. In fact, many couples have said that doing a “first look” (meeting with your betrothed before you walk down the aisle) is a great way to ease your nerves before you walk down the aisle. But if you’re going to do it, should you have your photographer there?
Honestly, you won’t even notice the photographer, but you will wish you had a picture of your face when you do the first look. It’s a moment worth documenting and you’ll always regret not having photos of every special moment during your wedding day. It’s not a hassle for your photographer to add a “first look” to the list of “must-have” shots (like group photos and the first kiss) during the day, and you’ll be glad you asked for them.
The Morning After Photo Shoot
A new trend in intimate wedding photography (more so even than the boudoir shoot) steps right into the couple’s bedroom or hotel on the morning after their wedding. Some couples have now opted to have a photographer present during their first hours as a married couple in order for their bliss to be completely documented. Though the resulting photos tend to be tasteful in that nobody goes for the full-frontal shot, the sexiness is implied.
Unlike the first look, this is one intimate moment that will probably end up more staged and creepy than sweet and sentimental, and it’s not exactly an album you can keep on the coffee table. As exciting as this sort of photography sounds, you can’t possibly imagine how much you won’t want to deal with another set of pictures on the morning after your wedding. Sleep in and skip this photo op.