There are many reasons for having a first look (seeing each other before the ceremony).
From my point of view as your wedding photographer – the most important reason to have a first look is for the photographs. They’re†different from photographs you get during your portrait session that takes place after your ceremony. You can’t have a first look after the ceremony. So you don’t get first look photos.
And I always downplay it during my conversations with clients that are dead set on not seeing each other until the ceremony – because who the f*ck am I to say, NO to that? I’m no one. Really – I’m not anyone.
… but really – also – come on…
We Make Amazing Wedding Photos for You
With over 50 weddings booked for this year alone – we have the good fortune to have seven of them taking place at Sugarboo Farms up in North Georgia. First – it’s always nice to get out of the summer heat and head up to the mountains. Second – Sugarboo Farms is a unique venue, hidden in the mountains where you can literally have all of your guests essentially camp out and party all weekend without anyone bothering you.
The truth is – we know that any couple that decides on Sugarboo Farms for their wedding venue is going to be ALL KINDS OF AWESOME.
We first discovered the venue when Sarah & Max had their wedding there last year – and now we know that it’s always going to not only be a party – but a†different party every time we have a wedding there.
This is Jocelyn & Jon – and we really wanted to flex our storytelling muscles on this one. So I brought along Ellie & Kezia to help out, told them the super secret instructions for wedding photography magic – and we went to work.
Thank you very much Jocelyn & Jon – You. Are. Awesome.
Venue: Sugarboo Farms | Blairsville, Ga.
Main Photography by LeahAndMark & Co.
Catering: In Sister’s Kitchen
Second Photographer: Ellie Morag
Additional Photography: Kezia Velista
Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark & Co. | Blairsville, Ga. | Sugarboo Farms | Mountain | Rustic
I have a problem. Itís called being a people pleaser. I know, itís not really a problem. Only it is. Because instead of doing what I think would be awesome, my mind first and foremost thinks about what I should do or what it thinks other people would want or want me to produce. Itís incredibly generous of me, I know. Iíve been doing it for the longest time, but now Iím trying the really difficult task of rewiring my brain to think of me first. I am a person after all. So many other people think of themselves first and the only person I only ever let down is myself. So this is me trying really really hard to think of myself first. Ugh itís against all my inner autopilot-ness. If I want to change my mind, I will. If I want to take a different path, I will. Right. Hmm. Iíll let you know how this goes. Itís much easier to type that to practiceÖ
Jocelyn and Jon are a great example of two people who did exactly what they wanted when it came to their wedding. No trying to please anyone but themselves; their wedding was completely for them. The details, the ceremony; everything was personal to them and it was beautiful. This was was my first outdoor-wedding and also the first time, in my three wedding repertoire, that I felt yes I actually produced good photos here. Well done Ellie. I think I gave myself a pat on the back for this one. Iím not sure what it was exactly other than the continuing learning I was going through, and having done two previous weddings that was slowly building up my confidence in my ability to produce good photos. I was still balancing what I should be producing and what I wanted to be producing on the same set of scales. But Jon and Jocelynís wedding was the first time I could go yes, I am on my way. My photos still have a long way to go, but I felt I had gotten over the first hurdle.
I left Sugarboo with a smile on my face, my first wedding portrait session under my belt and the confidence that I was getting better at this.