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I’m a Virginia based wedding & portrait photographer, wife, and a fur-mom who believes that photographs are a great reminder of happy moments with the people close to our hearts.

Hi, I'm Lyn!

Personally, I love first looks. I think it’s such a special moment for the bride, groom and wedding party to have before all the hustle of the day begins. I just love the emotions and excitement of when the couple meets in private and sees each other for the first time. Wedding photographers across the world have witnessed the recent popularity of first looks at weddings. There are many benefits to this trend, such as seeing your spouse in their wedding dress or suit for the first time, you’ll never forget this special moment in time, but, like everything in life, there are of course a couple of drawbacks to a first look. So, today we’re going to talk about the pros and cons of having a first look.

A first look is a great way to create some more intimate moments in your day and it allows the two of you to have some more time before you walk down the aisle. You can be alone and share your emotions without anyone else around. You will also have more time after your ceremony to attend your cocktail hour. If you do a first look we will have ample time before your ceremony starts to get your portraits, bridal party photos, and even family photos done so that you do not need to do them all directly after your ceremony and possibly cut into cocktail hour.

One of the biggest concerns with doing a first look is diminishing the grand moment of walking down the aisle and seeing each other for the first time. Doing a first look definitely can take away from how special this moment can be, but from what I’ve seen,brides are still very emotional and shed happy tears throughout the ceremony, regardless of whether they have a first look or not. Another con of doing a first look is you’ll have to start your hair and makeup schedule early. Since photos will be done before the ceremony, you’ll need to start the day earlier. Depending on the time of your ceremony, this could mean a super early morning (for daytime weddings, hair and makeup can start at 4AM!). So, if you are not a morning person this may not be the best option for you!

At the end of the day, you and your fiance know what option will work best for you! If we’re working together, I am in your corner no matter what you decide to do. Do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you may have about working out a timeline with or without a first look – I’m your biggest cheerleader and I’m here to help! 

- connie j.

If you are looking for a photographer that has a great personality, experienced with attention to detail, and is fun to work with, then Lyn is your person! She arrived on time and immediately began to work. She was great at directing everyone on how to pose and had great patience dealing with my chaotic family! She took numerous photos and she was able to send me sneak peaks in less than 24 hours!"

"We loved the photos and we're glad we chose Lyn as our photographer!


When planning a wedding it is so scary to hire vendors and have all the trust in them that they will do a good job and from the second I met Lyn Waldrop I knew she would have my best interest in mind!"

"Lyn also did an amazing job at capturing our real emotions which I am so grateful for!


She was great at communicating so I wasn’t stressed about how I should dress, and when and where to go. I’m not very comfortable in front of a camera but I’d do another shoot with her any day! She had tons of poses and a plan of what we were doing so I was at ease knowing these pictures would look beautiful."

“Lyn was SO energetic and made the experience so much more fun