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Asking for your partner’s hand in marriage is one of the biggest moments in your life. With such a big moment headed your way, you want to make sure you’re best prepared, after all you want your partner to know you’ve put a considerable amount of thought into this. 

Now we don’t mean, bending down and going on one knee, after all that’s so cliché, its 2019 ya’ll, get on with the times. See everyone does that, but wouldn’t you rather give your partner a proposal he or she will remember? One that they will look back on fondly every time they take a trip down memory lane? Of course you would! 

I mean you only get married once right? Hopefully. 

Well then let’s get started.

 

The Photo-booth Proposal

Now you know and we know that the best time to surprise anyone is when they’re least expecting it. After all who in their right mind will expect a marriage proposal in the middle of a photo booth / shoot session. 

You press the start button and as the booth takes click and snaps your impromptu photo-shoot where your making funny faces imagine the look on her face when you bust out that box and pop it open and BAM, the machine has done its job, capturing the moments before during and after that ring has been busted out. Now that sir is candid.

 

Destination proposal

Now we all know about a destination wedding, but how about a destination proposal, planning a trip with your soul mate. The two of you alone? Check! Beautiful place? Check! Romantic mood! Check. Ring? Check. Yes? You know it brother. 

 

Facebook live

Are you the type that would ask for your partner’s hand in marriage in public? In Front of a large crowd? Well in that case Facebook live is perfect for you. Make sure you know where the love of your life is, go live, walk right up to her and ask her to marry you. If she says yes, then mission accomplished. If she says no well, let’s just hope not too many people were watching your live stream. 

 

Instagram Anniversary Proposal

Since we’re talking about Facebook live and what not, here’s another social media proposal idea.

Remember the day you guys made it official? Well, wait for that date to come on a few minutes before the clock strikes 12 upload 9 Instagram posts of one picture that says “Will you marry me?” super imposed on a picture of the both of you. And then wait for her call or for her to comment. 

 

The Old Fashioned Way

Forget everything, have your mom call her mom. Don’t tell you Phupos because we know the humans in snake skin. At this point you want to stay away from “Nazar”.

Now imagine her reaction when her mom goes up to her and says ”Call ayi thi ’….’ ammi kii. ” That’s sure to get her heart racing. Maybe that’s how it should be done instead of the mentioned Yahoodi tricks to charm your woman.

 

Bonus- idea:  Place the damn ring in a box of chicken nuggets from McDonald’s sprinkle it with fries. And you, sir, are now engaged, congratulations! If she loves to eat that’s a definite YES! 

 

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5 Fitness Tips For Every Bride!

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Whether bride, groom or other, you want to be your best self on the big day! It’s no surprise that brides often feel a crazy amount of pressure to look good on their wedding day. Not only is there the worry of fitting into your perfect wedding dress, the pictures, videos, being the centre of attention for the day. 

All you need is a simple, safe plan that you can actually stick to.

 

 

Jump StartThe earlier you decide on your workout plan and put it into effect, the better. Get in the habit of regular workouts. Three times a week for 45 minutes is more than enough to make significant changes. Monitor your progress and focus on all the good you’re doing for your body. 

 

 

Adjust Your Eating HabitsThe sooner you begin to incorporate healthy habits; the sooner you’ll see results. Crash dieting and fasting can never allow you to look attractive. As tempting as they sound with their promises of big results in little time, they will leave you worse than they found you. There’s no better way to start your day than making time for breakfast. Schedule some healthy snacks, fruit, vegetables and nuts between breakfast and lunch, and again between lunch and dinner. Not only will you get a ton of fibre, vitamins and minerals, but you’ll also be less hungry between meals.

 

 

Get your Beauty SleepLack of sleep will only lead to tiredness and will make you hungrier during the day. Make sure you get at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep. Some beauty sleep with a proper diet and workout will tone your body perfectly without bulking it up.

 

 

Water Is the KeyFor a Healthy Body, Water Is a Must! When we take in the right amount of water for our body our muscles become more relaxed, which increases energy so water plays a vital role in keeping our body fit. Not even makeup can cover up dry skin, but water keeps the skin well hydrated and glistening, thereby, enhancing the complexion. So you’re not just aiming for staying fit but also for beautiful looking skin.

 

 

Be PositiveA lot of times women put so much pressure on themselves. Not every bride must be a size zero or two on her wedding day, you need to realistically evaluate what your ideal weight and body shape should be and if you’re capable of getting there in a healthy way. Aim for balance, be realistic and be kind to yourself. Focus on your specific goals with regards to your wedding day or dress, not size zero or two.

 

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All you guys getting married to your dream girl or dream bahu chosen by your parents, get ready, this one for you. Now you know your bride is always going to look better than you, and she’s going to be doing a lot to look her best for her wedding day and for you to. Here are some tips that you can follow to look your best!

Make an impression with your hairstyle.

This one goes without saying, but the right haircut here makes all the difference. Hair styles come and go but wedding pictures last forever. Now don’t go too crazy, we don’t mean go and pick a hairstyle just because it’s trendy, go for one that looks good for your face. Now this doesn’t mean you do this one day before the big day. Visit a professional barber, see what he says what he suggests, find the right look. And on the day of your wedding or a day before, schedule an appointment and have them style your hair for you!

Keep your beard clean.

For all you guys that rock a beard, remember to keep it moisturised, comb it everyday and keep it hydrated. You don’t want your beard looking dry and unhealthy. Remember to get your beard made a day before the wedding, keep that neck clean, and for those who keep more of a stubble ask your barber to make it cleaner, make sure your beard length is even.

Keep your skin healthy.

It’s not just your hair that you should take care of, it’s also your skin after all when it’s time for those portraits you want to make sure you don’t have a pimple to ruin what would otherwise be a picture that’s perfect. Get into the habit of moisturising your face. Heck, treat yourself, go in for facial, get rid of those blackheads. Some men may not be comfortable with the idea but give it a shot. Trust us, in fact you might even enjoy it.

Wide smiles

That’s right, you want to remember this day with fond memories, and for that you need to smile in your pictures, after all you’ll be on a stage for hours taking pictures with your guests. Schedule an appointment with your dentist, ask him to brighten those pearls for you. That way you’ll be confident smiling with your teeth.  Miswaak or Colgate just isn’t enough.

Don’t forget your hands!

If you’re comfortable going in for a manicure, DO IT, but for all those who are not, it’s simple just keep your nails clean. Cut your nails make sure you look presentable. You don’t want your bride to feel your claws digging into her when you’re holding hands. Now do you want food particles to get stuck underneath. We repeat, just make sure they’re clean.

Too Hairy?

Now there’s nothing wrong with being hairy, it’s very masculine and we know you’re super proud to show how much testosterone is pumping inside of you you BUT! Maybe not everyone likes that. Nothing wrong with hairy arms or hair legs, or a hairy chest, but not everyone likes a hairy back. Maybe trim it, or wax it if possible, not everyone would, but if you love her you just might take up this option. BTW, we did a survey, apparently women are cool with hair, just not on the back. Oh well.

 

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Post event anxiety or stress is normal because we always have a vision in our minds of how something will go and of course, it never quite matches up. While many newlyweds are blissed out, others are hit with the post-wedding blues, and it can be debilitating. Big life changes — even positive ones like an engagement, or marriage, can trigger stress, anxiety and other negative emotions. 

The important part is to examine your feelings and make sure the anxiety is about the Event and not your new spouse. As a bride or groom, you are facing a difficult adjustment period in the first year, and the “post-wedding stress” just doesn’t make it any easier. Good news. This effect is temporary. Life will soon return to normal, and with it, your perspective and humor. 

The key to avoiding the post-wedding blues is organization; the more prepared you are, the less you’ll suffer afterwards. 

 

– It is not unusual to feel down after the intense planning and preparations – and being the focus of attention. Suddenly, it’s all over. There’s no use stressing about it. Remind yourself how well you’ve done, even if everything doesn’t quite go to plan. Holding on to some perspective helps to lessen the post-wedding blues. Go do couple things… You’re married now, so go out as a married couple. Discover new things together, be proactive, not depressed.

 

– The psychological transition you’re making from single woman to married woman can sometimes be overwhelming. In order to grow into the new lifestyle and identity as a married person, you must shed the old identity as single. Your hormones and psychology may flail slightly given the emotional height of the day and the big commitment you’ve made, but it’s usually nothing to worry about. Share it with other newly weds. Search for other recently married women who may have the same feelings of the “after-wedding blues.”

 

– You’re not as occupied anymore, the wedding sucked up a lot of time. And now you suddenly have your evenings free. All the stress of planning—or putting up with your fiancée’s planning, now you don’t have all that to do so you’re bored. And boredom leads to depression. Get involved with something new. Discover a new passion, and dive in headfirst.

 

– Recognise that your wedding isn’t the same as your marriage. You should accept that you’re going to get back to a different ‘normal’ & marriage is life-changing. But when you think about the lovely and loving reasons that brought you here, you should feel better almost immediately. You just have to remember that you had a beautiful wedding day and focus on the next positive thing in your life! Your married life. Sticking to the positive will help you more than you expect. you expect.

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How to Save Money On A Wedding!

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First comes love, then comes marriage and then paying for the wedding. I’m sure you’ve already guessed it by now why no one writes fairy tales about the latter! 

While Pakistan has been witnessing economic challenges in recent days, and how Imran Khan has made everything costlier. The room/house rent, the food, the electricity, the Shaadi halls and almost every other thing has become expensive. Most people are now scared that they might end up paying taxes on getting married. Well, thankfully that’s not happened yet, but you never know. With everything being so expensive most maybe wondering how to pull off the wedding of your dreams without breaking the bank. 

I know I have don’t have to say this being a pure Pakistani but don’t hesitate to negotiate on everything. AND I MEAN EVERYTHING.

 

 Don’t Get Married In The Wedding Season

Try not to get married at off-peak wedding times, especially November, early December. You can also avoid weekends. Just think “off season” for your wedding date. Plus food and beverage minimums are lower. You’ll save money! 

 

Avoid Weekends

Since Saturday is the most popular day of the week for weddings, it’s also the most expensive. And no one said “Saturday in June” wedding couples have a lot more fun than the others!

 

The Food

Keep it simple. Don’t compromise quality over quantity. It is better to serve limited dishes rather than confuse your guests to choose what to eat. 

 

Right Venue

Try to book venues with in-house catering options as this will significantly bring down your cost of renting the venue. Most venues offer great deals for mid-week weddings, as well as off-season dates and not to brag but we can totally help you with it.

 

Ditch Multiple Venues for Events

Host your wedding and reception at the same venue, hosting both your events at the same venue will cost less but why have multiple events? Just one is fine, Think about it.

 

The Invitations

Go paperless! You can send invitations online for free with Joy! A wedding website that also lets you manage your guest list and track RSVPs! 

 

Save on Photography

Opt for a digital album rather than choosing a physical one. Avoiding prints can help you save a lot of money. Book the photographer for only eight to ten hours instead of a full day. Just go for one photographer rather than two and don’t be shy, let them know what your budget is from the get go.

 

We Have The Perfect Idea

Why not create a wedding website? Have your formal invitation, but save on costs, by including all the important details such as maps, directions, transport and accommodation on your wedding website. The beauty of it is that it doesn’t have to cost a thing! That’s exactly where we can help, the all-in-one package show.

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Its that time alright. You’ve fought long and hard, you’ve kept secrets from your khandaan, escaped the eyes of Pakistani TV media personalities and now you’re here. It was a long and arduous journey till the baat pakki and now your wedding day is upon you. Surely by now you must have learned it’s never going to be easy. Woh toh bus shuruwaat thi.

However, that’s not to say everyone has it rough, not every family is opposed to a love marriage or more specifically the guy/girl of your choice, and even smoother is an arranged marriage. Yes, you might cry yourself to sleep because you couldn’t marry the guy/girl you wanted but it’s ok, kyun k family bohat achi hai aur paisa bohath hai. That’s sure to soothe the pain, because when you have problems throw money at it. 

Coming back to the topic at hand, your wedding is coming up! Get ready to deal with lots of problems because arranging a wedding is no easy task. Here’s something you might face

 

Food/Catering

We’re going to start off by listing the most important problem in this article. Food.

Why? Because more than the bride and the groom, this is what’s going to be talked about on your wedding and after. We all know people who only go to weddings for the food. I mean it’s the only time where you get to go on an all you can eat buffet. Nobody wants to hear the khana acha nahi tha. So the majority of your time is going to be spent finding the right caterer, because not every dish on the menu is going to win awards. Someone’s kebabs might be really good but biryani a disappointment, where as someone might do the karahi really well, but totally mess up the paye.

And more than other people, it’s your own family you fear the most, because their approval is what you’re yearning for. I mean will you settle to hear the words ”oh god, the food was very average, so much tael, not like our shaguftah wedding haan. Chalo not everyone can afford good caterers.”

 

The Missing Invite

God forbid if you don’t deliver a wedding card personally all hell will break loose. 2019 folks, you can’t just send a digital invite on “the what’s up”, that’s so rude. No no no, you have to personally go to deliver printed invitation to everyone. You have to DHL or TCS the invite if a rishtedar is living abroad, I mean if you can’t go on a flight and personally deliver it to them, then this is the least you can do. However, If you forget to send it to anyone, consider bonds being broken, family members gossiping about you, tarnishing your reputation.

“Did you know shagufta ki shaadi hai, usnay card bhi nahi bheja, i had to hear it from my daughter that there’s a Facebook group asking her to save the date. I mean what nonsense.”

“Ithni to tameez hothi, k card dede, matlab shaadi hain, khud ki phupo ko bhool jatha hai koi? Anyway i hope the food is good.”

These are the people that don’t understand that with so much planning sometimes a person genuinely forgets. So if you find anything less than a 1000 rupee note in one of the envelopes you can be rest assured it’s from someone whom you forgot to give the card to. 

 

Larka Kaun Hai?

See it doesn’t matter how much you love him, it doesn’t matter, arranged or love, doesn’t matter if your family approves or disapproves, but the rest of the world only cares about the larka. Your phupos, the auntie’s your mom’s friends with, even your friends mother, they want to know. Here’s a little idea as to how” the larka kaun hai?” conversation goes down.

 

Aunty: So Farida what news, how’s everything?

Mom: bus our Aneela is getting married, abhi uski baath paki hoi hai

Aunty (eyebrows raised, eyes popping out of her sockets) : ohhh achaa, wow congratulations , bohath boahth mubarak  – translation (tumhari beti ko larka mil gaya? Meri beti ko kyun nahi mila abhi koi?)

Mom: haan last week hi hui thi.

Aunty: ohh acha, how lovely, waisay larka kaun hai? – translation (is he moneyed? Ghar kithna bara hai? Passport hai? Influential family? Job kiya kartha hai? Settled hai?

Mom:  oh very nice boy, Aneela ki class mai tha

Aunty (doesn’t know how to maintain smile): oh achaa. Chalo Allah khush rakhay.

Now this conversation will be repeated many times, and the majority of the times it will be repeated with a third person most probably between two aunties. And believe you me a lot will be said and discussed.

 

The Jewellery 

You need the right jewellery for your wedding dress, after all the heavy jora you’ve spent thousands on isn’t going to cut it, you need to accessorise it with jewellery. Your mom in law might want you to wear the necklace she wore on her wedding day, maybe your mom wants to do the same. Who do you make happy? However, you see that doesn’t matter because regardless of what you wear and how much you wear, all people are interested in is whether its real or not, and how much it costs.

 

Unnecessary Advice

People love giving advice, maybe it’s because they genuinely want to help but for a new bride and groom it may well be completely unnecessary. After all, it’s not like what happened to you might happen to them. And mostly this advice always comes from relatives, they want to share their expertise on the matter, because obviously once you’re married you know everything about marriages. What they don’t realise is this can be extremely daunting for a new couple, especially if it’s arranged. Like no Beenish aunty I don’t want to know if it’s advisable to eat spicy food the day before your wedding. After all who can eat with all that mehndi on your hands anyway.

 

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Asking for your partner’s hand in marriage is one of the biggest moments in your life. With such a big moment headed your way, you want to make sure you’re best prepared, after all you want your partner to know you’ve put a considerable amount of thought into this. 

Now we don’t mean, bending down and going on one knee, after all that’s so cliché, its 2019 ya’ll, get on with the times. See everyone does that, but wouldn’t you rather give your partner a proposal he or she will remember? One that they will look back on fondly every time they take a trip down memory lane? Of course you would! 

I mean you only get married once right? Hopefully. 

Well then let’s get started.

 

The Photo-booth Proposal:

Now you know and we know that the best time to surprise anyone is when they’re least expecting it. After all who in their right mind will expect a marriage proposal in the middle of a photo booth / shoot session. 

You press the start button and as the booth takes click and snaps your impromptu photo-shoot where your making funny faces imagine the look on her face when you bust out that box and pop it open and BAM, the machine has done its job, capturing the moments before during and after that ring has been busted out. Now that sir is candid.

 

Destination proposal:

Now we all know about a destination wedding, but how about a destination proposal, planning a trip with your soul mate. The two of you alone? Check! Beautiful place? Check! Romantic mood! Check. Ring? Check. Yes? You know it brother. 

 

Facebook live:

Are you the type that would ask for your partner’s hand in marriage in public? In Front of a large crowd? Well in that case facebook live is perfect for you. Make sure you know where the love of your life is, go live, walk right up to her and ask her to marry you. If she says yes, then mission accomplished. If she says no well, let’s just hope not too many people were watching your live stream. 

 

Instagram Anniversary Proposal:

Since we’re talking about Facebook live and what not, here’s another social media proposal idea.

Remember the day you guys made it official? Well, wait for that date to come on a few minutes before the clock strikes 12 upload 9 Instagram posts of one picture that says “Will you marry me?” super imposed on a picture of the both of you. And then wait for her call or for her to comment. 

 

The Old Fashioned Way:

Forget everything, have your mom call her mom. Don’t tell you Phupos because we know the humans in snake skin. At this point you want to stay away from “Nazar”.

Now imagine her reaction when her mom goes up to her and says ”Call ayi thi ’….’ ammi kii. ” That’s sure to get her heart racing. Maybe that’s how it should be done instead of the mentioned Yahoodi tricks to charm your woman.

 

Bonus- idea:  Place the damn ring in a box of chicken nuggets from McDonalds sprinkle it with fries. And you, sir, are now engaged, congratulations! If she loves to eat that’s a definite YES! 

 

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Usually before you decide to find the right partner, you should first work on recognising yourself. Take time and go through life and its experiences to know yourself better and figure out what you value. Unfortunately, the middle-class ‘DESI’ society that most of us were raised in does not believe in such a journey. For us, pleasing the Phopos, Khalas, Mamis, Chachis, Uncle jees, Aunty jees and Bhabi jees, and their Khatirdaari is more important than anything else. And for these Aunty jees the pressure they put on us to get married is unexplainable. Not just the pressure, there is no shortage of advice for single women, most of which is utter nonsense, whether it’s from one of your Phopo or the ‘Rishta wali Aunty’ you met at some “cousin ki shaadi.” 

 

No matter who you’re getting it from, here are things so many single women are tired of hearing:

 

You’re 25-year-old” still unmarried

It’s okay if a girl has passed the “25-year-old” limit and is still unmarried. It’s not a curse, stop acting like she’s cursed.

 

I had 2 kids when I was your age

Too bad your parents forced you into an early marriage. Stop bragging about it.

 

A career is good, but when do you plan on settling down? Uh.

Whenever you stop asking me that question.

Time and again, We’ve all had friends, relatives, neighbours, and even acquaintances ask us and our parents this question. Every woman should become financially and emotionally independent before deciding to get married but they don’t care, since they are going to pay our bills once we settle down.

 

Please let me set you up, I know the perfect person for you!

Maybe I don’t want to be with anyone now because of you, or maybe each time you ask me a guy mysteriously finds a reason not to date me.

 

Don’t worry, it’ll happen.

I know it will! STOP REMINDING ME THAT over and over and over and over and over again.

 

Take time to work on yourself first.

Excuse me? Is there something wrong with me? I’m pretty sure I’m already fabulous.

 

Don’t you want to have a baby?

Maybe I do, Maybe I don’t. How is that even your problem?

 

You don’t know what you’re missing.

Really? Pretty sure the neighbours heard how loud you were when you had a fight with your husband last week.

 

Don’t Be So Picky!

Being picky and having a type are two different things which you obviously won’t get since you married your “Taya ka beta” and had no choice but to decide either.

 

The Clock’s Ticking…

Yeah you’re right I’m 25 and I can feel my ovaries shrinking already!

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Suit Rules All Men Should Know

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Always get your suit stitchedInstead of buying one off the shelf opt to get a suit stitched. Take some time off, go to your tailor and have him take the right measurements, you’ll be surprised how good you’ll look when everything just fits. However, if you do buy one off the rack, make sure the shoulders fit.

 

Use a pocket squareAccessorise your suit with a pocket square, but make sure the fabric and pattern doesn’t not match that of your tie. Plus, it makes you look more sophisticated.

 

Unbutton when sitting downAlways remember to unbutton your suit when sitting down, it prevents your suit from getting ruined and if you’ve spent some good money on your suit you want to make sure to take good care of it. Also, it’s just easier to move around.

 

Last button should always be openNever button up all your buttons, leave the last one open, it makes you look less stiff, not to mention if you’ve got a nice belt on you, show that off.

 

Belt ColorAlways match your belt to the color of your shoes. Pick a nice belt, something thin and sleek, make sure to match the color of your belt as close as you can with your shoes. Never ever, wear black belts with brown shoes or vice versa.

 

Protect your chestWhile you’re at it, get your vest stitched too. Now a vest has other uses too, other than just its aesthetic appeal. For one, it makes your look more sophisticated, second, it keeps you snug when its winter.

 

Say no to baggy pantsThat’s right, your pants should just touch your shoes. It’s more fashionable, plus it makes your look sleeker. However, if you’re a little more conservative then the maximum length should be till your laces, no longer.

 

No hairy legsWhen wearing socks make sure you wear socks that rise up high, you don’t want people to look at your hairy legs, this is a situation most people face when they cross their legs and sit. Other than that, just flaunt your socks while you’re at it too!

 

Double ventsIf you have a large figure, going for a double vent will make you look more flattering, and the best part is, it gives you enough room to do the “hand in pocket” thing. So effortless. It also makes you look cool.

 

Wear an undershirtIf your sweat glands are overactive, it’s always a good idea to wear an undershirt so that when you take your suit jacket off you always look sharp and well kempt. Nobody likes sweat pits. However, make sure the undershirt has a low neck. Nothing ruins the appearance of a suit more than an undershirt peeking through the neck.

 

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Now everyone wants to be ready for the big day, and these moments need to be captured, the bride and the groom will be looking their best, your photos have spent days planning for the right Jora to wear to outdo the mother of the bride. Such an occasion begs for these moments to be caught on camera, that’s why it’s so important to choose the right photographer for your wedding. Finding the right photographer is not an easy task, but lucky for you, we’re here to help.

Remember these points when looking for one…

 

The photographer him/herself

Working with the right photographer is important after all he or she will be spending days with you and your family at events and possibly even smaller get together. You need to be able to understand each other. Look for a photographer that will make this job personal.  Ask them for their portfolios, see their work and make sure to be satisfied with their work before bringing them on the job. Every photographer has his/her own style and that might not work for everyone. So take a little effort and figure out what works for you. Sit him down ask for his time and figure out exactly what you need from your pictures and what moments he should look out for. It’s a good idea to be on the same page before the wedding.

 

Equipment & Gear

At the end of the day it’s the photographer that needs to be skilled but that doesn’t mean you should not take into consideration the equipment and gear your photographer is using. After all you wouldn’t want to spend all that money and just let it go to waste. Looking at the kind of glass they use really tells you how much your photographers invested into his craft to get the best results. See what lights he’s bringing for flash photography and portraits of course this means you need to know a bit about photography. It might seem like a daunting task but a little research can really help you understand what you’re paying for and what you’re getting.

 

His team

No matter how skilled your photographer is, he can’t be everywhere. Usually your photographer will bring some assistants too, so that they can get more coverage, and usually that works out fine. Again, let us stress that you should know what you’re paying for. If possible, do request to see the pictures his/her assistants have taken besides the main pictures that photographer will show you because, usually he’ll want to score a client by showing his main portraits.

 

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