The pre-wedding photoshoot is one of most integral yet enjoyable part of the marriage process. Setting the tone for your wedding, while letting you get comfortable with the wedding photographer. This day you set aside will not only give you quality time with your partner, but also give you pictures you can share with your children and friends in the future, and which you will treasure.
On this special occasion, we know that you’d want to look your best. Here are some tips we have compiled for you to apply to groom and prepare yourself in the days leading up to, and during the pre-wedding photoshoot itself.
Before the photoshoot
Watching what you eat is important when it comes to photoshoots. You don’t want to look chubby in your photos. However, no matter how tempting it is to crash diet, or to starve yourself to make lose weight, you shouldn’t do so. Although this may help you lose weight in the short term, it is extremely unhealthy and will cause you to gain excessive weight in the long term. Other side effects include lower metabolism, lethargy, mood swings and/or irritability. This will definitely have a negative impact on your photoshoot day. You wouldn’t want to look irritable for your photoshoot, right?
Therefore, it is important to adhere to a healthy diet, and eat nutritiously regularly, instead of just trying to cram your dieting within a week or less and expecting results. So, regular meal times with lots of fruits and vegetables and drinking lots of water should get you halfway there. And stay away from oily, fried food that will cause pimple outbreaks and excessively oily skin.
Also, reduce your salt intake, especially in the few days before the photoshoot, as salt absorbs water and will lead to a high water retention rate, or you may find yourself with puffy cheeks and bloating up. Eating bananas and other high potassium foods will help eliminate water retention.
As mentioned previously, a healthy diet will get you halfway prepared physically for your photoshoot, and the other part should be filled with regular exercise. Toning and building your body, while getting rid of excess fats, will definitely make you look perfect in your photos! But like dieting, you shouldn’t try and cram everything in a short period of time. Not only will you feel sore and tired during the shoot itself, which will show in your photos, you run the risk of getting injured, and that will definitely throw a wrench in your plans. Besides, cramming an intensive workout session won’t help you shape up as much as you think it will!
That’s why, be diligent like the ant. Start early, and exercise regularly, and over time, your body will be ready to be flaunted in your pre-wedding photos!
Sleeping early is imperative for you to look your best during your photoshoot! You don’t want to be haggard looking, with dark circles and acne caused by lack of sleep, do you? The lack of sleep has also been shown to cause rapid weight gain. Now what could be so important that you would jeopardize your once in a lifetime wedding photoshoot like that?
If somehow you find yourself with puffy eyebags still, one way to get rid of them is with cold metal spoons. Simply leave some in the freezer, and when you feel the need to, just take them out and place the spoons on your eyes/eyebags. This will reduce the puffiness and make you look a lot less tired.
As the saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. If you’ve been using skin care products that work for you for over a long period of time, don’t change to something you perceive as better a few days before the photoshoot. You never know if you may be allergic to an ingredient found in the new product, or if it’s not suited for your skin type, or a hundred different things. So it’s safest to just stick with the products and routines you know.
If, however, you’ve never used skin care products and would like to begin to prepare your skin for the photoshoot, then have at least a buffer time of a few months, just to make sure that your skin gets used to whatever products it is that you’re using, and to stop if you notice that it’s not working out for you.
In the same line, don’t get your brows done within about 3 days of the photoshoot, as this will leave the area around your brows red and puffy, which undoubtedly looks terrible in a photoshoot. Also, do remember to shave where necessary, so as to look neat and not unkempt. Apply sunblock and don’t spend too much time under the sun than necessary, you wouldn’t want to end up looking like a lobster during your shoot now, would you!
During the photoshoot
1. Be yourself
Just be natural, and enjoy the day out with your partner, and don’t worry about how everything is going to turn out. If you’re shooting in a public space, be prepared for many stares and looks from passers-by. It may be uncomfortable, but it is your day with your partner, so don’t let these strangers distract you! Worry and anxiety will only serve to spoil your picture, so just relax and focus on your partner, and the photographer.
You should have practised your poses beforehand, so as to look more natural in them during the shoot. Do it in front of a mirror, so that you’ll be able to correct any awkwardness and discomfort before the shoot itself. This will also help you save time, so you don’t have to get ready as you’ve already rehearsed it!
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