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Downtown Fort Worth Engagement | Maggie + Jeff

Maggie and Jeff met several years ago when Maggie took a position as an intern. Jeff worked for the company and was asked by his boss to meet the new intern for lunch. Jeff’s boss didn’t realize that he was playing matchmaker. The rest is history and these two are perfect for each other.

We spent the morning roaming around Downtown Fort Worth for their engagement session, and it was a ton of fun. We found so many great little spots all over the city, and many of the placed we shot at were places that have had some significance in their relationship.

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Tammy Damore

This couple is so adorable!!!

The First Look

I know that I have blogged about this topic before, but I really believe that it is so important that it worth another blog post. Some people don’t know what to think about first looks and because we live in the very traditional south there are even some who don’t really know exactly what a first look is. Hopefully this post will give our perspective on why we think first looks are an amazing thing to do on your wedding day.

A first look is when a bride and groom choose to see each other before the ceremony on the wedding day. For some brides the idea seems totally natural and for others, they want a little more info on why they should consider this option.

I am going to be really honest and tell you that we did not do a first look at our wedding. We got married before we were wedding photographers and we honestly didn’t know much about what a first look was. I was interested because I wanted amazing wedding images, but Jeremy was very traditional and didn’t want to see me until I walked down the aisle. Don’t get me wrong, our wedding was wonderful, but I think having a first look could have added something extra to our day and helped alleviate nerves.

You see, we had never gotten married before…so we didn’t know that the wedding day is so busy, and slightly stressful, and that on this day that is supposed to be all about you, if you don’t have a first look you will literally have no time alone.

It is often sometime right before the ceremony that the fun loving and calm groom starts to get a little more serious as he thinks about the fact that he is about to commit his life to the woman he loves. He is excited, but he is nervous. He is given the cue by the Pastor or the coordinator that it is time to enter the ceremony, and with music playing he prepares to see his bride for the first time. He is already nervous, and now he realizes that there are anywhere from 50-300 people watching him as he experiences this moment.

Imagine now that instead of their first glance of each other being at the altar, that this couple chooses to have a first look. He stands with his back to her in a secluded place away from friends and family and the hustle and bustle of the day. She taps him on the shoulder and he spins around to see the love of his life. They are not on a time crunch, but instead they have time to just be together. They can talk, they can kiss, they can pray, and they can soak in the moment and enjoy each other. Instead of seeing each other from afar and not being able to speak in the middle of their ceremony, they can spend time with each other

After they have spent time together they can spend time on portraits of the two of them, and then capture portraits with their bridal party and family. Before the ceremony begins they will part again to prepare for the ceremony. This time when the bride walks down the aisle there are no more nerves for the bride or the groom because they have already seen each other, but the moment is just as magical.

I want to make it clear that we do not require our couples to do a first look. We love when they do, but ultimately we want them to be happy and if a first look is not for them we would never force it on anyone.

 

Here are the main benefits that we see to doing a first look.

1. More Portraits. If you are doing a first look you are probably going to get more portraits of the two of you because we will have more time due to the fact that we will not be rushing to get to the reception. You have invested in a photographer and your wedding day only happens once and we want you to have images from this day that will hang on your wall and fill the pages of the album that your grandchildren will look at some day.

2. Less Stress. Weddings can me nerve racking and we have seen time and time again how simply choosing to do a first look can set a relaxed tone for the whole day.

3. Time Together. Wedding days can be hectic, and often leave the couple with no time for themselves. A first look gives the two of you time to be together, and to really enjoy the day. It is intimate time that can’t be duplicated without a first look. When he sees you for the first time he is free to tell you how beautiful you look, how much he loves your dress, and how excited he is to spend the rest of his life with you. He is free to tell you these things instead of having to wait another 30 minutes until the ceremony ends.

 

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Ashley Lynn

We were just talking to a couple in a our church about considering a first look last night! We did a first look & absolutely LOVED it! It really relaxed us & allowed us to truly enjoy the rest of the day and the ceremony.

One thing that was suggested to us, was to clear the church auditorium (or wherever your wedding is!), have the groom stand down front, and then walk down the aisle just like I would during the ceremony. Our photographer snapped some shots of those first few moments, then stepped out while we had 10 minutes completely to ourselves (our coordinator guarded the doors so no one would come in.) We prayed together, he asked about my shoes (they were a surprise to him–red heels!), and we just really calmed each other down.

Everyone is different, but I would definitely suggest considering it. It set another mood for our wedding day where we were able to enjoy everything that was going on around us, including each other. :-)

Megan Andzulis

Couldnt have said it better myself! So glad we decided to do a first look!

Jeremy Schmucker

Can’t wait to see y’all in March! LOL

Jeremy Schmucker

Love the alone time! It’s so precious!

Caitie Sheppard

Some of my favorite pictures from our wedding day are our “First Look” pictures! Soooo glad we decided to have a first look. There were absolutly NO nerves during the ceremony…I was so relaxed! It was nice to get those nerves over with in “private”. :) Great post…

Sheryl Murphy

While we didn’t have any pictures, we did have that special moment to ourselves. It was priceless. It gave us the chance to talk and enjoy some time with each other before the chaos and busy-ness began. I would recommend it any one who might be considering it. Excellent post!

Fort Worth Portrait Session | Tammy

I am soooo excited to blog this session y’all. This is my gorgeous Mom! Isn’t she stunning. We are big group texters in my family since we all have iPhone’s…let me tell you it can get crazy and it is not uncommon to step away from your phone and come back to 30 text messages. Yesterday I texted to let them know that Mom’s session would be on the blog today and my Dad’s response was that all the guys at work were going to be jealous….and you can see why. You would never guess that my gorgeous mother has 4 adult children. She is beautiful inside and out.

Mom, Thank you for always being there for me, for teaching me, for believing in me, for sacrificing for me, for praying for me,  and for commenting on my blog posts, even when you where the only one reading. Thank you so much. Love You! -Kristin

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Caitie Sheppard

Now I know why Kristin is so beautiful! ;o) Love her in the blue…makes her eyes POP! Great job as always J&K… <3

Lucy Pound

Gorgeous!

Victoria Dillingham

Absolutely gorgeous! There are a few when she looks just like you, Kristin. Or should I say you look like her ;)

Kelsey Lemonhead

lovely!

Fort Worth Senior Session | Kendra

We don’t usually post things other than weddings, but we have a few exceptions this week, and I think you will see why. This is my gorgeous little sister Kendra. My family was in town for an early Christmas celebration so we took some time to shoot some senior pictures of my lovely sister. So hard to believe that she graduates from high school in just a few short months. We choose downtown Fort Worth as the backdrop and had lots of fun shooting. Kendra loves fashion and is planning on studying fashion marketing in college, so we added an extra fashion flair to her pictures.  Isn’t she gorgeous!!!!

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Bethany McDonnell

Love these! Very beautiful!

Lindsey Lenae McClennahan

Great clothing and color choices for this pretty girl! Looks great : ).

Caitie Sheppard

Such a beautiful girl…no surprise that the shots are gorge! Nice work J&K AND Kendra! :)

Tammy Damore

My baby………….Absolutly Gorgeous!!!!!!!!!

Marilyn Schmucker

Beautiful pictures of a beautiful young woman!

Genny Martin Holmes

Beautiful girl…

Joanne Everly Keefer

Kendra is just as beautiful as any model and she isn’t made up. WOW

Stella Grace at 1 Year

It is hard to believe that our little princess is already a year old. It seems like she was just born yesterday, I know everyone says that, but I promise it is the truth. Stay tuned next week to see her birthday party, complete with cake smashing everywhere and lots of pink. We took her out for her one year photos in this adorable dress from Zara, and it was just so precious. I just love this little girl more than words can say.

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Tammy Damore

Oh my goodness, I just want to kiss her face off, again!!!!! Precious

Dawn Ward Sechevich

She is adorable and I just love those pigtails!!

Gina Long

She is beyond precious! Adorable photos of an adorable little girl.

Cindy Clinton-Kinsey

Love the pictures, she is beautiful! Very cute dress too

Bethany McDonnell

So very cute!

Josh-Danielle Venable

Such a cutie pie!

Caitie Sheppard

Love her! Can’t believe how grown up she is now! Excited to see y’all soon… <3

Maggie Hauer

She is one of the cutest little girls!! Such a sweet face!

Ciera Knabe

Absolutely LOVE! She is so precious! <3 :)