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The 10 Commandments for an Indian Pre-Wedding Photoshoot

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Pre-wedding shoots are important as it shows a bond between the couples-to-be. The emotions captured by the wedding photographer epitomizes romance and love. Whether you hire a professional makeup artist and a photographer for your pre-wedding shoot or get it done on your own, there are a few best practices to follow.

1. Catch Up On Good Night’s Sleep

You should have plenty of sleep the night before the pre-wedding shoot. Most pre-wedding shoots happen early in the morning to take advantage of that beautiful golden sunrise. And when you aren’t ready or haven’t slept well, your eyes would be puffy and the skin would look tired - even with makeup. So we suggest on sleeping early and sleeping well the night before. Wake up fresh and moisturize before leaving your home

2. Drink Plenty Of Water Through The Week

We can only imagine how stressful it would be for you, and more so when the day of the shoot nears. Your skin would show tell-a-tale signs of hydration negativity - lack of water in the body. So what we would like you to do is to drink plenty of water and fresh fruit juices - helps the body with hydration, flushing out of toxins, waste and also brings in plenty of vitamins and nutrients into the system too.

3. Sit And Decide On The Look You Want

Remember, this is a pre-wedding and not a wedding shoot. This means flexibility in style. At least three costume changes and multiple locations may be accommodated. Your makeup shouldn’t be too loud, as you would mostly be shooting during the day and in very smart ensembles - Indian, Indo-western and Western. So decide your hair and makeup with your stylist and your photographer accordingly.

4. Be Yourself

Even though the photographer would guide and advise on how to pose and what to do in front of the camera, it's a good idea to maintain your individuality. The pre-wedding shoot is a fun event to attend, where you shouldn’t be emulating someone else - it is your life event, and making it an individualistic affair should be your aim.

5. Get Your Ensembles In Order

One of the most important things to do is to get your ensembles in order. Don’t leave it to the night before, instead work on it for a week and experiment at home. Remember, if you are looking for three changes and three locations as mentioned above - act accordingly and coordinate well.

6. Carry A Basic Touch Up Kit Of Your Own

Sometimes makeup artists wouldn’t have extra touch up materials with them, which is why they would ask the bride to carry her own makeup touch up kit with her. This is needed in between shoots, should the makeup artist feel that the bride needs a little blush touch or a lip touch.

7. Wear Comfortable Shoes

You would be on your feet all morning and way into the day, sometimes into the night and beyond - spare your feet the horror of pain.

8. Carry Water And A Dry Snack

We are human and we all get hungry. You should carry with you a dry snack and plenty of water. This would keep you nourished and your energy levels at an optimum for all that posing.

9. Reserve The Best Shots For The Last

Intimate, romantic, soft kisses, hugs, Bollywood poses et al, we have seen one too many of them on pre-wedding albums. Judge the location and the people watching around and then determine the appropriate levels of PDA. Reserve such poses for the intimate photography shots at a private outdoor location or an indoor one.

10. Make-Belief Works

Throw yourself into a world of fairy-tales and make-belief, imagine you are an actress in a bollywood romance film - your photographer will appreciate your enthusiasm and this will reflect in the final images.