Ask the Expert: Cory Weber

Lindsey & Jeff First Look

Photography by Weber Photography

This is a post for those Brides that are preparing for their 2013 wedding and are ready to start planning out the schedule of their big day.  One thing that can significantly alter the layout of your timeline is the first time you plan to see each other so I'm bringing back an earlier post on some of the options that I suggest to my own couples when planning the timeline of their wedding day.  Again, it's ultimately the couple's decision, but here are some options to consider:

Option #1: The First Look You can see each other before the wedding.  This is more relaxed with more time to get the types of photos you want. For this we usually make sure to set up a private special location for just the bride and groom and then will move on with the rest of the bride and groom photos. This also makes it possible to do any additional formal photos prior to the wedding.  As I see it, the main objective of the "First Look" is to allow the couple to virtually go right from the Ceremony into mingling with all their favorite people that have traveled so far to be a part of this special day.

Option #2: Traditional First Look at the Ceremony The first time you see each other is at the ceremony and it can be a VERY powerful experience filled with so much raw emotion.  I never know what to expect when a Bride and Groom see each other for the first time walking down the aisle.  With this option, we have to take the couple and wedding party photos after the family photos so the couple sometimes feels anxious about their waiting guests.  You will, however, remember the emotions of that moment at the beginning of your ceremony for the rest of your life.

Option #3: The Day After Although this seems counter-intuitive, there also is always the option of a post or “Day After” wedding session for the Bride and Groom who don't want to see each other before the ceremony and also don't want to be away from their guests for too long.  These sessions are relaxed and we have plenty of time to get the photos you are looking for without any constraints or worries.  It's not the first look, but it's a session devoted to the two of you and the emotions are still sky-high!

There is no right or wrong approach to the First Look.  Our job is to help you find the perfect decision for you!  When it comes to that final decision ask yourself, "What am I most looking forward to at the wedding:  The celebration with friends and family afterwards? Being relaxed? Keeping with traditions?"

I know you'll make the right decision!

Ask the Expert: Cory Weber

Lindsey & Jeff First Look

I loved that Emily brought up her feelings on "The First Look" in her blog post last week!   Thank you to the readers for continuing the conversation and requesting the photographer's perspective!  Although it's ultimately the couple's decision, I'm always happy give my two cents on the subject if it helps them arrive at the best option for the two of them.

Option #1: The First Look Like Emily and our readers mentioned, you can see each other before the wedding.  This is more relaxed with more time to get the types of photos you want. For this we usually make sure to set up a private special location for just the bride and groom and then will move on with the rest of the bride and groom photos. This also makes it possible to do any additional formal photos prior to the wedding.  As I see it, the main objective of the "First Look" is to allow the couple to virtually go right from the Ceremony into mingling with all their favorite people that have traveled so far to be a part of this special day.  I couldn't have put it any better than Chelsea when she said, "The more pictures you get out of the way before the wedding, the quicker you'll be able to get to your party!"

Option #2: Traditional First Look at the Ceremony With this option, the first time you see each other is at the ceremony.  This can be a VERY powerful experience filled with so much raw emotion.  I never know what to expect when a Bride and Groom see each other for the first time walking down the aisle.  The scenario means we have to take the couple photos and Wedding Party photos after the family group shots.  This time can feel a little rushed as brides sometimes feel anxious about their waiting guests, but you'll remember the emotions of that moment at the beginning of your ceremony for the rest of your life.

Option #3: The Day After Although this seems counter-intuitive, there also is always the option of a post or “Day After” wedding session for the Bride and Groom who don't want to see each other before the ceremony and also don't want to be away from their guests for too long.  These sessions are relaxed and we have plenty of time to get the photos you are looking for without any constraints or worries.  It's not the first look, but it's a session devoted to the two of you and the emotions are still sky-high!

There is no right or wrong approach to the First Look.  Our job is to help you find the perfect decision for you!  When it comes to that final decision ask yourself, "What am I most looking forward to at the wedding?  The celebration with friends and family afterwards? Being relaxed? Keeping with traditions?"

I know you'll make the right decision!

Out Of The Blue: Petoskey Michigan in Autumn

There's nothing like living in an area where you're guaranteed four seasons.  As unpredictable as Michigan weather can be, we can always count on that window of time between summer and winter that lets us acclimate to the cold that's about to hit us.  What do you think of when you see these clear skies reflected in the calm waters and the unmistakeable red and golden leaves at the horizon?  Your favorite sweater?  Jumping into a pile of leaves?  It's a short season, but how can you not love autumn in Northern Michigan??

 

Out Of The Blue: Little Traverse Bay

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Photo of Little Traverse Bay near Bay Harbor and Petoskey Michigan

Photo of Little Traverse Bay near Bay Harbor and Petoskey Michigan

Photo of Little Traverse Bay near Bay Harbor and Petoskey Michigan

Out Of The Blue: Mackinaw City, MI at Mackinac Point Lighthouse Park

This summer has taken me all around this beautiful place we call "Northern Michigan" the furthest north I have travelled this summer has been Mackinaw City.  At the very tip of the Lower Peninsula is a great little park called The Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse Park with a great view of the Straights of Mackinaw and the one-time Longest Suspension Bridge in the World the Mackinac Bridge.  There really is no place like it.  It's mind-boggling to think that all the water and many of the ships that pass through the Mackinaw Straights are headed out to sea.  A beautiful place that I hope inspires you to take advantage of the glorious weather and make the trip north this weekend! Mackinaw City Scenes

Mackinaw City Scenes

Mackinaw City Scenes

 

Mackinaw City Scenes

Mackinaw City Scenes