Whether you’re a bride or a groom, your wedding is one of the most special days you will experience in life. That’s why it’s so crucial to have high-quality photographs of the event—you want to remember it with fondness and be able to look back on the day’s beauty for many happy years to come.

When you choose Natural Expressions as your Houston wedding photographer, you can be safely assured that your big day will be captured perfectly and expertly by our lenses. But in order to make sure everything goes off without a hitch, we do have a few tips for how you and your special someone can prepare for the upcoming photoshoot.

Tip #1: Face and Skin

Both bride and groom should begin by getting facials. This beauty treatment will clear your face of dead or dry skin, as well as give your pores some much needed breathing room. You’ll be amazed how far a single facial can go towards rejuvenating your face, brightening tone, and evening out complexion. 

You’ll also want to be sure you apply lotion to your body. Ideally, you’ll have moisturized, soft, and supple skin all over, and both you and the camera will love the way it looks. Men should shave or groom their facial hair to a desired look, and women, if desired, can shave or wax their legs and brows. Don’t feel like you have to do anything you wouldn’t normally do—of course we want you to look your best, but feeling like your best, truest self is much more important!

Tip #2: Clothes and Style

Obviously, the day of your wedding is the same day of the photoshoot, so you’ll have a ton of pictures of you and your loved one in full fairy-tale apparel. Keep in mind, however, that you’re totally entitled to one or multiple outfit changes throughout the duration of your wedding.

As beautiful as they are, let’s be honest: tuxedos and wedding dresses are not the most comfortable ensembles to wear. We recommend that you pack at least one or two outfits for after the ceremony. It should still fit the designated dress code of your event, whether it’s business casual or black-tie, but make sure it’s something you feel comfortable and free to move around in. After all, you don’t want to look stiff in the memento photos of your first dance!

Tip #3: Hair

Gentlemen, there is no shame in using gel or hairspray. You’d be surprised how quickly your coiffure can get unintentionally messed up. And if you have a beard or a mustache, there are tons of tonics and scruff-subduing elixirs to fix those pesky flyaway whiskers and five-o’clock shadows.  

Ladies, you’re probably no stranger to the many things that can go wrong with a ‘do, but with the help of a stylist and the right ratio of product and pins, your lovely locks will look sleek and shiny in every high-gloss print. 

Tip #4: Accessories

When it comes to accessories, especially on your wedding day, minimalism is a virtue. The most important accessories to be photographed will most likely be the rings and perhaps a bouquet for the bridal aisle walk. But if you feel the need to capture something blue or borrowed, remember that you don’t have to go all-out or wear a gaudy getup. Stick with minimalist accessories like metallic watches, small diamond studs, single-strand pearls, or tasteful cufflinks. Photography is more about capturing the beauty of the subject than it is about emphasizing that new bracelet!

We hope these tips have helped you prepare for your special wedding photoshoot. For more information on what to expect and how to receive the best possible visual outcomes, please contact Natural Expressions today.