AJ Arts Photography

AJ Arts Photography


Top three reasons why first looks matter…

So I know you are super stoked to see the love of your life glance up at you as you are walking down that white aisle layered with soft rose pedals, your whole family flew in to see this day, you are wearing your dream gown, and now this is the moment you have dreamt your entire life of….. BUT is it really this moment? i’m going to share with you (in my opinion) the three most important reasons why a first look should be done BEFORE you walk that aisle.




“His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy…” YES he is nervous and excited. He doesn’t want to cry in front of his dad because he’s a tough man right? so skip that! That moment is so sacred and meant for you two. he feels like you are his comfort. he can be real around you, he can let his emotions show without holding back. You can share the proof on Instagram later HA!



Intimate time with each other

this one kind of ties in with the first reason, many times you don't get to hug and kiss when you see each other for the first time that day. You feel like you are about to explode with emotion standing there looking in the eyes of your soul mate and what do you end with… a little tiny kiss after you have just vowed to spend your entire life with your love, WHAT?! First looks give you the freedom to hug and hold each other, to laugh and cry and laugh so more. To speak freely to one another without a whole congregation staring at you. now you are ready to dash down that aisle, Get married and dance all night until you are sweaty and tired! I mean these two reasons alone are enough to change tradition.



This is what i’m here for right?! so a typical wedding day timeline is the ceremony, then you immediately go into cocktail hour/dinner. After the ceremony you have Wedding party photos (both sides): 15 minutes, family photos: 15 minutes (yes even those who flew hundreds of miles) and lastly Portraits of you two: FIFTEEN MINUTES! And yes you always go over schedule, so you have fifteen minutes to create beautiful memories to hang the walls of your first home, or send to grandparents, or to have to show your great grand children years and years later. The last thing you want is to have your entire wedding waiting for you to finish “taking pictures” so they can serve dinner cause trust me they are starving! don't rush these, have a first look, enjoy genuine time with one another, give room to capture those moments you share on the most important day of your life, and let the rest of the day flow smoothly!

look, if you had one shot, one opportunity, to seize everything you ever wanted, in one moment, would you capture it? or just let it slip?
— Eminem