We loved our first look photos. At first we weren't so keen on the idea, but we also didn't want to miss our cocktail hour! After seeing some samples of first look photos on Kristina's blog we decided to do it. Kristina made it a memorable moment for us and we love, love, love our first look and bride and groom portraits.
We hired Kristina because we had seen her work at a friend's wedding last year. She's totally laid back and casual. She's also fun to be around, which makes a HUGE difference (IMO). She's great at candids and just capturing the moment, which was very important to us.
We customized a package with her (another plus!) adding things we wanted and subtracting things we didn't. She was very flexible.
Kristina is just easy going and professional. She's also really funny, which helped break tension and added to our wedding party/bride and groom portraits. We have actually stayed friendly with her post wedding, just because we liked her as a person. And, I think that is the most important thing (aside from loving a photographer's photos). You've got to feel safe with your photog, otherwise you won't want to let your guard down.