First looks can really make a wedding film or wedding trailer stand out. If you shoot the first look with more than one camera you can really make it look great. With two different angles you can show two different points of view. My camera usually is pointed directly at the groom as he waits for his bride to come and tap him on his shoulder. I usually get him and her in focus at different times. The second camera is wide showing only the groom in the shot. Once the bride gets closer to the groom, she can be seen walking into the camera’s frame. You can add a lot of excitement when you cut back and forth from one camera to the other.
You may be asking yourself if, “Is first look is right for me?” Well, if your ceremony is late in the day where the sun is about to set and you are hoping to get photos after the ceremony, I would definitely say yes to a first look. There will not be enough light for pictures, so I would recommend taking many of your photos and video of you and the groom before the ceremony so that you do not miss that opportunity. Don’t get me wrong, you can get some really nice sunset shots after the ceremony, but there will not be enough time for family pictures.
Here is an example of a first look I did not too long ago.
I have been working in television/media for over 16 years. My experience includes news photojournalist, editor, and storyteller. It is my belief that you have a chance to better your skills each time you pick up the camera. I strive to be better than I was yesterday.