Today’s South Asian bride is influenced by both Eastern and Western cultures.
We want shots that are memorable, artistic and beautiful. In addition to traditional poses, we want unique photos that make people say, “wow!”
The sky is the limit. The more creative your photographer, the better these will be.
We are focusing on “getting ready” and beauty shots this week. These are definitely not your mama’s wedding photos!
Dress Hanging Up
The hanging dress shot is a must! We see these constantly in “Western” wedding magazines but remember that Western wedding dresses are one piece, while South Asian wedding dresses are two to three pieces. You’ve got to be creative to make the dress look elegant hanging up. Using a coat rack is a genius idea.
Diamonds are Forever
The perfect frame. For this to work, the Bride’s hands must be focused enough to capture the mehndi pattern, and her face must be in focus enough to be identifiable.
Bride Showing Shoes
This hipster shot can work with the Bride alone or standing beside the Groom. If done properly, the shot should capture the Bride’s shoes, anklets, mehndi, pedicure, and dress border.
Resting her head on her hands, this shot is modern vintage at its best.
Bride Holding Rings, Dessert or Decor Item Toward Camera
This is another hipster shot. It must be centred straight, the item and hands in focus, and the rest of the bride blurred out.
Bride with Bouquet
More and more South Asian brides are opting to carry a bouquet. I love how this Bride is laughing into it!
Bride Crossing Legs, Showing Mehndi
These shots mix the element of surprise and sensuality. This photo also incorporates whimsy – I love it!
Bride Lying Down
This sassy shot is great at framing the Bride.
Bride Seated to Side
The bride is the belle of the ball! If you’ve got a full skirt, this shot is a must do.
Let’s not forget about our handsome fellas. Make sure your photographer gets these shots of him:
- Fixing his tie.
- Lacing his shoes.
- Putting on his jacket or sherwani (perhaps with his father or brother’s help).
- Tying his turban (if he has one).
- Putting on his watch or fixing his cuff.
What You’ll Need:
- Fancy hangers, coat rack or dressmaker’s mannequin capable of holding up multiple parts of a lehnga.
- Both wedding rings in your possession during the portrait session.
- See-through dupatta fabric with embroidery or beading.
- Self-check in a mirror halfway through your portrait session. The more you move, the greater the risk of the tikka and necklace being off-centred, sari pleats coming undone, or sari pallu (front portion) not completely covering the bust.
To the Brides: I hope I’ve helped! Happy planning!
To the Photographers: Thanks again for letting me display your art.
Edited to add: see more tips on putting together a shot list here.