We all have seen some amazing first look images on the web. You know, the ones that show that great emotion from the groom as he sees his bride for the first time on the wedding day.
Don’t we all want pictures like that?
LDS Temple Brides have a Problem!
Those brides getting married in a LDS temple know photography is not allowed inside. So many couples resort to doing those “first look” images during the bridal session.
What is the problem?
I have photographed tons of “first look” images that have not had the same emotion as those iconic images in our pinterest boards. And why do they not have that same emotion? I have noticed that most grooms are really nervous to make that picture be what his fiancee wants it to be. Many times the groom either lets his nerves get the best of him and doesn’t react well…or…he over reacts and we are left with a fake expression.
What can be done?
The Ogden Temple has a unique feature that can help solve this problem. –A Back Door– So, here is how you get REAL “first look” images at the Ogden Temple.
- You do not have the groom at the bridals (so he is surprised on the wedding day)
- You wear your temple dress, NOT your wedding dress for the ceremony. (Many temples are asking for this any way)
- Have your groom exit the Ogden Temple on the west side (or back of the temple) and wait for the bride.
- Your photographer can then be ready to photograph the real reaction of your groom as he sees your dress for the first time.
You take the excitement of having just been married, add it to the anticipation of seeing you in your dress and there you have it…the great picture you were hoping for.
Your guests will be waiting for you on the east side of the temple but these pictures will only take a short time. You both can then go back through the temple to exit on the east side and meet your guests. Just make sure your photographer has enough time to get back to the east side for the pictures of you “officially” exiting the temple.
You will want to explain you plan to the temple workers so they can help you with the arrangements. Remember, this is new and the temple workers will not know or understand what you are trying to do.
There is nothing like real emotions. You can not pose those. It is my hope that all of your wedding day images can be full of those excited emotions to be recorded for all time.
Author: Ryan Hadley from Masterpiece Images
Ryan has been a wedding and portrait photographer since 1998. He believes the greatest love stories can be told only through genuine emotions and wants to capture and preserve those emotions not only for those in the pictures but for the future generations that will surely be interested in them.