First Look : Two Perspectives


Last week I met with a prospective client for her wedding next year. We had the chance to speak about the details of her day and she asked about the importance of having a second shooter at the wedding. It was a great way to explain the role JD plays and his unique perspective on the wedding day. When I started explaining the beauty of the First Look (when the bride and groom opt to see each other before the ceremony), I showed a few pictures describing how each moment is special to each couple.

In light of this, I thought I’d share the photos with blog readers as well. I usually show my perspective of the First Look (as the lead photographer, I usually take the strongest angle), but here are wedding stories from one moment, two perspectives…

My photo is on the left and JD’s photo is on the right…

JD captured this photo of Sonya seeing Eric for the first time on their wedding day…

…and I captured Eric’s tearful moment of seeing his bride.

JD captured Gladys about to surprise Chris for the First Look…

…and I captured Chris’ excitement as he nervously waited for his wife-to-be…

…and I captured the moment of their embrace…

Here Joel is blown away at the sight of his bride…

…and JD captured Jami’s reaction to Joel.

The lovely Damaris waited for Donald to arrive…

…and when he did, JD captured this moment…

…while I captured the first time Donald fully takes in the sight of his beautiful bride.

If you’re a bride considering a First Look, ensuring a second shooter is at the wedding guarantees two perspectives of a beautiful moment. It happens once in a lifetime, so make sure both reactions are documented for posterity’s sake.

If you’re a photographer and like to learn more about shooting with a first or a second shooter, JD and I will be hosting a FREE online photography course, The Art of Second Shooting starting TOMORROW at 9am PST. We’d love to see you there, so tune in and we’ll chat soon!

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  1. Toni

    August 5th, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Aw I love all these photos – absolutely gorgeous! It’s great that you capture both partners reactions.

  2. Nicole H

    August 5th, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Jasmine, I love this post! I’m curious about one thing though…are you engaging the groom while he waits to see his bride or do you let it play out and let it unfold naturally without encouragement/conversation from you? Does that make sense? I’ll be doing my first "First Look" this Saturday and I’m really excited!

  3. Marcia

    August 5th, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    gah… the feels. these are darling!
    and I am so excited for tomorrow! I’m all signed up and ready to go! 😀

  4. Linda

    August 5th, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    I love, love, love first look photos. They are always so beautifully real and sincere. I wish more people chose to do them.

  5. scott

    August 5th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Great post Jasmine and I cannot wait to watch you both teach.

  6. Edgar David

    August 5th, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Lovey Photos… Ill surely watch the creative live course.

  7. MJEmery

    August 5th, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    You never stop bringing an "A-Game" do you? This post is so flippin’ great. I love it!

  8. Norma Skinner

    August 5th, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    These dual perspectives show the necessity of two shooters for the First Look. (Hoping it will take off in the U.K. Soon.)

  9. Meredith Sledge

    August 5th, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    These photos are beautiful!! I love the editing on your images lately!!

  10. Katie Jackson

    August 6th, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Oh my gosh I love these! I love first look photos! And the two perspectives are so important. Getting the reaction of both people, really completes the story of the moment.

  11. naples wedding photographer

    August 6th, 2013 at 7:25 am

    beautiful as always!!!

  12. Amber Lara

    August 6th, 2013 at 9:04 am

    I really love the images!

  13. Mallory

    August 6th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    I love how you shared both perspectives from the same moments! It’s so awesome to see both reactions and all of the emotions!

  14. Roz Skinner

    August 6th, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Love the team work that goes into catching those beautiful moments.

  15. Éctor Javier {Thirty Three and a Third}

    August 6th, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Great post!! Looking forward to today’s Creative Live!

  16. Ashley Rogers

    August 6th, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Oh, I like the idea of showing prospective clients the 2 perspectives!

  17. Ujwal

    August 7th, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Its amazing how well you two work together. Stunning work.

  18. Rocco

    August 8th, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Very beautiful! Dreamlike images.

  19. Trouwfotograaf

    August 14th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    I am sure going to introduce this to my couples… we dutch are so sober… still I think it will be something extra… Thanks again Jasmine, LOVE IT!

  20. Nicole

    August 20th, 2013 at 4:54 am

    Would you mind sharing which lenses you each use for first look? I know you’ve outlined your lens uses in a post and I can’t remember if you mentioned which ones you use for first look! 🙂

  21. Amanda

    August 29th, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    oh my God, i’m in love!!! i love this photos!!!

  22. Olga

    September 4th, 2013 at 12:53 pm


  23. Lauren

    December 12th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    This is an amazing example!! I’m always explaining to my clients the importance of two shooters and this is a prime example. Thank you!!!! I’m going to reference this article OFTEN! xoxo

  24. Surrey wedding photographer

    July 1st, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    Some fantastic first look’s Jasmine. Have you ever done a first look in full midday sun and had no shade to put the couple in ?