father looking lovingly at her daughter

First Look with Dad: A Heartwarming Moment in Your Wedding

As a bride-to-be, you may be familiar with the traditional wedding photography poses: the first kiss, the first dance, and the cake cutting. But have you considered capturing the moment your dad sees you for the first time in your wedding dress? 

The father-daughter first-look photos are gaining popularity for good reasons. Let's explore why we love these photos and how to capture these priceless moments on your big day.

Why Father-daughter First Look Photos Are So Special

First, let's talk about why father-daughter first look photos are so special. 

These photos capture a unique moment filled with raw emotion and love: It's a moment that often gets overlooked in the hustle and bustle of the wedding day, but when captured, it can become one of the most cherished memories. Your dad will likely have tears as he sees his little girl grown up and ready to start a new chapter in her life. And for you, it's a chance to take a deep breath and feel the comfort and support of your father on this crucial day.

The emotional impact of these photos cannot be overstated: These photos showcase the bond between a father and his daughter. It's a bond that's hard to put into words, but it becomes crystal clear when captured in a photo. Whether it's a father's proud smile, a tight embrace, or a shared tear, these photos tell a story of a love that knows no bounds.

bride getting emotional during her first look with dad

Reasons You Need a Father-Daughter First Look on Your Wedding

In addition to the bride and groom's first look and romantic portraits, a first look wedding with dad have become some of my absolute favorite wedding images. Here are the three reasons why you need to consider a father-daughter first look photos in your wedding. 

bride's father entering the bride's suite

bride's father crying seeing her daughter getting married

#1: If You Want a Special Pre-ceremony Moment To Connect

Having a special moment to connect before the ceremony, such as a daddy-daughter first look, can be a meaningful and emotional experience for both the bride and her father. It provides a private moment to share love and appreciation, calm nerves, and express gratitude for each other's presence on such an important day. 

As the bride prepares to walk down the aisle in her stunning wedding dress, her heart races with excitement and anticipation. But as she catches a glimpse of her father's tear-filled eyes, she can't help but feel a wave of emotion wash over her. 

At that moment, she remembers all the times her father held her hand, wiped away her tears, and cheered her on through life's challenges. She can't believe how quickly time has passed and how she has grown into a bride right before his eyes. 

Seeing his little girl grow up and ready to start a new chapter in her life is exhilarating and bittersweet for the father. As he takes in the sight of his daughter, he can't help but feel a sense of pride and joy, knowing that she has become the woman he always knew she could be. He knows that he will always be her daddy and will continue to love and support her every step of the way.

Emotional bride during her first look with dad



#2: If the Bride and Groom Are Not Opting for a First Look

A father-daughter first look can be a great alternative if you love the concept of the first look but prefer to stick with the traditional aisle reveal. It allows for a private moment between the bride and her father before the ceremony and allows the photographer to capture candid shots of the special moment.

Brides usually share this special moment with their fathers. However, it's common for brides to also share this moment with their mothers, brothers, or bridesmaids.

Firstly, these photos add a unique perspective to your wedding album. They showcase a moment that not everyone chooses to capture, making your album genuinely unique to you. 

Additionally, they help to tell a complete story of your day by showing the importance of family. Your family will treasure these photos for generations to come and they will become a cherished part of your family's history.

bride's father is delighted upon seeing his daughter in wedding dress

#3: If You Love Candid Moments

Your wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime event that you want to cherish forever. From the big moments, like your first kiss as a married couple, to the small ones, like sharing a smile with your best friend during a toast, there will be so many memories to capture! But, as your photographer, I'm here to tell you that capturing candid moments takes planning!

When you share a first look with your dad, you can connect and share your emotions more authentically. You'll be able to talk to each other, hug, and even shed a few tears without the pressure of an audience. And as your photographer, I'll be there to capture every raw and beautiful moments.

Now that we've established why father-daughter first look photos are so important, let's talk about how to capture them.


Capturing The Father-Daughter First Look Photos

Father-daughter first look photos are a popular trend in wedding photography, and here are some ways to capture this particular moment.

  1. The scene: Find a beautiful location with natural light and an excellent background. Discuss with the photographer about the location and how to position the subjects for the best shot.
  2. Coordinate the timing: Coordinate with the photographer and the wedding planner to ensure the timing of the first look photos with dad is perfect. It should be captured when the father sees his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time.
  3. Use a second photographer or videographer: Having a second photographer or videographer will ensure that every angle of the moment is captured. They can take shots from different angles and capture the moment's emotion from different perspectives.
  4. Capture the details: In addition to capturing the emotions, capture the details of the father and daughter's outfits, the setting, and any other significant elements.
  5. Be prepared for emotions: Your wedding first look with dad can be an emotional moment, and your photographer will ensure that they capture the moment without interrupting it.


bride and her father having a light moment before her wedding

Final Words: First Look Photos With Dad

When your parents watch you prepare to walk down the aisle on your wedding day, it's an extraordinary moment for them. . . so take advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy yourself with them.

It's your wedding day and it only happens once!

Choosing when to see your dad on your wedding day is a very personal decision, and I always leave it up to my brides to decide which works best for them.

Remember to communicate with your photographer, choose the perfect location, and embrace the moment's emotions. We can't wait to see the beautiful moments you capture on your big day.

Want to learn more? Hit me up and let's chat!

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