Having wonderful wedding photographs is very important for your Dubai wedding because they are the visual reminder of this beautiful day for years to come. After working in a lot of weddings and photographers, here are some tips I gathered from my own observation and professional photographers so you can look amazing in your wedding photos.
1. Try and test your outfit for comfort
Make sure to that your dress fits well, that you can walk properly in your shoes and that you try on any accessories beforehand.
For South Asian brides, make sure you try on the jewelry because earring, bangles, matha patti (headpieces) and other accessories can be really heavy so you have to get used to the feel of wearing them. This way you can make necessary adjustments so there will be no unwanted surprises.If you look uncomfortable during your wedding day because of your outfit, even the tiny stress will show on camera.
Another BONUS Tip: Keep an extra pair of flip flops or flat slippers to rest your tired feet. Don’t worry it won’t show under your dress.
2. Relax but don’t slouch
Just relax to avoid looking stiff in the photos.Do not worry too much about posing correctly or what angle you should face the camera to look better. Relax your shoulders, your face, and your hands. However, you should also be aware that you’re not slouching your back. Weeks prior to the wedding, practice having your back straight so the habit comes naturally on the big day.
3. Don’t force your smile, laugh out loud instead
Your wedding day can be long and stressful so I understand that even if people around you say “smile naturally”, it is not always easy to smile endlessly the entire day.
One great tip from a friend who work on TV is that instead of forcing a smile, try laughing out loud for a few seconds even if you’re not laughing at anything. It might sound ridiculous but it will feel really crazy that you will start genuinely laughing at yourself for real! That will instantly bring a different energy to your face so that when you try smiling again for the camera, there will definitely be a different sparkle in your eyes.
4. Enjoy every single moment
The best wedding photos are the candid, unguarded moments captured by the photographer. This can only be effective if you immerse yourself in the moment and feel the genuine range of emotions you feel without being overtly conscious.
Even when the photographer asks you to pose by the beach for example, instead of just standing and posing, why don’t you really take pleasure in walking hand in hand with the love of your life? This way when you look back at the photo, it will not be about how hot the weather is or how difficult it was to pose, rather, it will be a memory of that lovely afternoon at the beach with your groom. Remember, the best photos hold special memories that brings you back to those little moments that makes up your big day!
5. Make sure your makeup and hair are flawless
Professional makeup artists and expert hairstylists are the best friends of wedding photographers. Not only do we make their jobs much easier, but we also help them to just focus on getting the great shots instead of worrying about a poorly styled hair or wrong skin makeup.
It is then highly advisable to hire a tried and tested professional who has considerable experience in what makeup works best in wedding photos. A plus point is having an artist who has worked with several wedding photographers so she is familiar with the photography process and schedule.
As a professional makeup artist and hairstylist, I make sure I work closely with my brides and prior to the wedding I share with them my personal beauty tips so they will look extra beautiful on their wedding day photos.
My top tips would be for the bride (and groom) to have a good night’s sleep because if you are properly rested, this will show on your face and will be up for more fun shots.
Another beauty hack is making sure you exfoliate your lips by gentle scrubbing to get that perfect smile!
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