Simplest Tips To Nail Those Shots

Now that you have successfully lost 10 kilos and look stunningly hot in time for your pre-wedding photo shoot, how do you make sure that you don’t spoil the pictures with clumsy posing?

Killer looks could get a woman almost anywhere. But when it comes to standing before the camera, beauty is handicapped if you pose with two left arms and two left feet.

During a photo shoot, the photographer usually does not have the time to reach you the ABCs of modelling. But now with some tricks that professional bridal models swear by, you can also make the camera fall in love with you.


#1 Don’t Be Square

If you are on the plump side, NEVER, NEVER stand square to the camera. You should always turn your body slightly to one side, usually at an angle of 45 degrees or more to look slimmer.

Don’t be afraid that this pose will draw attention to your tummy as some gowns are designed to make you look bustier with a rolled out tummy.


#2 Put Your Best Foot Forward

Accentuate your curves by moving one food forward and pointing your toes, as you rest your body weight on the back foot. This will tilt your hip to one side and make your hips look fuller and rounder to create a sexy, statuesque effect. However, do not over-stretch your torso as that will make you look more vampish than regal.


#3 No Cold, Rigid Shoulders

When you are all tensed up on a shoot, rigidity will show on your face and shoulders. Some women, when nervous, will draw up their shoulders and make themselves look shorter above the chest. You should always remind yourself during the shoot to relax your shoulders for a natural look.

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Do not face the camera squarely as your face may look flat when there is no angle at all. Point your nose always from the camera, as you keep your eyes on the camera or look in the direction where your nose is pointing. This angle will give prominence to a nice nose bridge.


#4 Crook The Elbows

Bend your elbows slightly to create a think crack between your waist and your arms. This pose works well if you have the sunlight or any other bright illumination shining behind you. It will make a beautiful picture, and furthermore, when the lights bounce off your waist and inner arms, the effect will deceptively take inches off them.

This pose is highly recommended for women who have less than well-toned upper arms, because when the arms are slightly lifted, they will not appear squished on the sides.

However, do practise to perfect this pose ahead of the actual shoot as you will not want to extend your elbows too far away from your body and look unnatural and clumsy. As mentioned in the earlier tip on relaxing your shoulders, do remember to keep them down as you work your elbows.

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There is nothing worse than a slouching bride-to-be. Suck in your tummy, straighten your back and stick out your bottom to flaunt your curves.


#5 Don’t Make A Spectacle Of Yourself

Glasses look unglamorous in bridal shots, but if you must wear them, beware of certain taboos. Never wear transition lenses as they will look dark on the photos, even if the photos are taken indoors.

Make sure that your glasses have anti-reflective lenses to reduce reflections. When you pose, tilt your chin slightly downwards so that the camera’s flash will not reflect on your lenses and render your photos amateurish.


#6 Don’t make the headlines

When too much focus is on the eyes, arms, legs and torso, women tend to forget to mind their wrinkles, even in the case of young women.

Some women would furrow their brows to attempt the “cool look”, but end up looking irritated instead. And in some other cases, women with small eyes would try to open their eyes as widely as possible, only to look “surprised” with wrinkles etching the forehead.

Again, the solution is to relax your eyes and above the brows. If you are using the trick of lowering your chin to enlarge the eyes, make sure you relax your forehead.

#7 Make Eyes At The Camera

Some women with enthralling soulful eyes just can’t seem to project the same charm on camera. The problem lies once again on getting the angle wrong.

To make your eyes appear bigger, lower your head slightly to bring your eyes nearer to the camera than your chin is. Don’t push your head too close to your chest as that will create double chin and expose too much of the whiteness in your eyes if the camera is positioned at eye level.

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If you don’t feel natural in certain postures, keep adjusting your body and angles until you feel comfortable, or else you will look uncoordinated in the photos.


#8 Posting The Posy

For women who feel exposed, awkward and naked without holding anything in their hands when they take pictures, bouquets are the best props. But do not raise your bouquet beyond the chest level, unless you want to highlight its beauty rather than yours.

As a general rule, place your wrists on your hip bones and don’t forget to leave a small space between your arms and your side. This will create a graceful 45-degree nook on your arm and naturally bring the bouquet to your mid-section. This is especially useful for women who are conscious about their belly.

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Invite some friends along – preferably the jesters – who know how to push thr right buttons to help you feel relaxed, ease you into the most photogenic positions and bring on the natural smile.


Making Your Marriage Work

Many couples are so caught up with the pomp and ceremony surrounding the wedding, the actual vows is completely overshadowed. It seems there are far more important things to take note of other than the vows you repeat nervously after the celebrant or officiator. Once the couple is pronounced man and wife, chances are they have a fuzzy recollection of what they have just promised each other.

Research has shown, almost half of all marriages end in divorce; and experts have noticed the alarming trend that most of these unions end within the first two years of marriage. The irony of these break-ups is that the unions are based on more than five years of dating. Studies point to the fact that while many know what love is, they are unaware of the demands and expectations of married life. Many couples enter into marriage expecting the relationship to run on autopilot, and when the end comes, they simply shrug and say, “It just didn’t work.” The newspaper recently reported that more and more couples are visiting their lawyers to help draft a prenuptial agreement. While practical, the irony of the popularity of such an agreement signals that many people enter into marriage expecting it to end in divorce.

Do not for one minute fall for that “happy ever after” ending of fairy tales, with visions of the hero and heroine riding off into the sunset. Having grown up on a diet of children’s fables, fairy tales, romance, novels and Hollywood movies, many of us wake up the morning after with a rude shock. Dating daily for several years with the frequent weekend stay-overs, are still not preparation enough.

There are many entertaining anecdotes about marriage that reveal a very disturbing mind-set. One joke goes: The cheapest way to get a live-in maid is to get married. While another pokes fun at the guys with: A husband is the only bolster in the world that fills up with age. Comic relief aside, the attitude is rather worrying.

Countless reasons are given for breakdowns, errant ways and divorces, and many blame their spouses for the problems in their marriage. Often it is the “I and you” attitude that causes the rift. Early on in the marriage, many couples agree to maintain individuality and not to stifle the other party. This agreement may be acceptable with young couples as they start getting acquainted with each other. However, this agreement will have to be replaced with a newer arrangement: A “WE” contract. Popular pronouns “I”, “me” and “my”, must be replaced by “we”, “us” and “ours” for the marriage to work.

Marriage is a team effort and individualism has to be set aside for the “corporate” good. For a marriage to work, both parties must be committed to making the union work and suppress individual needs, attitudes and opinions.

Commitment is the basic infrastructure for every marriage. As there is no such thing as a happy-ever-after-marriage, couples have to brace themselves for the good times and for the bad too. Marriage is tough and it is only with commitment that husband and wife will be able to ride out the turbulence.

Closely related to commitment is willpower – the discipline to keep to the promises that you made in the wedding vows and abide by them. Only then will the most important aspect of a marriage take place: Two complex individuals slowly being moulded into one entity. All will be well, when two become one.


Romance On The High Seas

With a horizon that stretches as far as the human eye can see and the whispering zephyrs resounding your gentle promises of love, the stage is set for a celebration steeped in romance. Like a bridge over troubled water, your love will be smooth sailing from your very first day.



The exhilarating breeze rushing against your billowy clothes and the relaxing seaview all around are reasons enough to hold your wedding banquet abroad the MV “Falcon Princess”. That’s not all. From the very moment you set sail in idyllic bliss, you can your guests have absolute privacy. You will be free to let your hair down and party as hard as you want.

With a professional MC, DJ and even karaoke facilities, a night of thorough entertainment awaits. Why not make use of the excellent sound system to serenade your spouse? This is your choice to impress all your family and friends. Your guests are sure to have a highly enjoyable time and your other half will be touched by your sincerity too.

Outside, the wide open space allows the freedom of unbridled passion. Now you can live the stuff of romance novels and films. Steal an intimate kiss on the upper deck when your guests are not watching. The stars will be smiling upon you. At the end of it all, the two of you even get to kick back and spend some quality time alone at the resort.



A winsome gown that billows in the wind would give you an ethereal quality. Your pictures give you an ethereal quality. Your pictures will turn out great! For the groom, a tuxedo with ducktails would be ideal.

With Pirates of the Caribbean recently becoming an international hit film grossing millions the world over, you should consider setting it to this theme. True it may be a little bold, a little outrageous, but hey, you do have absolute privacy. Just imagine how fun it would be with your entire party dressed as buccaneers and ladies in waiting! Your wedding will be remembered for eternity. Don’t forget the all-important accessories such as big loop earrings and bandanas. You could even have a crossed cutlass march in. the possibilities are endless for an adventure on the high seas.



With this theme, any kind of wedding favours could be presented to your guests. All you need to do is inject some creativity to make it an even lovelier gift. Attach a little seashell or conch and all your guests will be in the mood for romance.



La Dolce Vita

The serene sights of the bay meet the clear open sky and with the gentle caress of the coastal breeze, herald in the most memorable day of your life. You wed in an intimated affair by the picturesque bay with your closest friends and family with cocktails in the cool alfresco patio, leading up to a crescendo in a familial alcove with nothing short of fine dining. With all your senses pampered, you will be starting anew in la dolce vita.


Select a place which provides mystical ambience, complete with stage, grand piano and elaborate curtains drawn, brings to life the lavish interior. Orangey-red hues adorn the modern theatre-style décor and give it a warm yet formal touch. What you see is truly what you get; fine cuisine in elegant theatre surroundings. In fact, one almost expects a spectacular performance from the troupe of the Moulin Rouge.


Wedding Meal

As your family and loved ones gather in style to celebrate your day in the sun, savour the rich and romantic flavours of authentic Italian cuisine by the romantic bay. Make no mistake; Italian food is much more than just pizza and pasta. For instance, when a grilled beef is tender and rich in taste, making you salivate in an instant. Extremely fresh, the swirling black ink pasta with cubed vegetables is blanketed with a fragrant spicy marinara-type sauce. If you love spicy local food, this dish will more than suit your taste. For connoisseurs, there is also a wine list with an adequate selection of various wines for you to choose from to go with your main course.

Nevertheless, the climax would undoubtedly be dessert. Remember to make sure you leave enough room for the sweet finale. The traditional tiramisu served with a generous portion of chocolate shavings, is lightly soaked in calculated amounts of sweet liqueur and goes down more smoothly than the finest wine. Let yourself be spoilt.

On the other hand, imagine the chocolate flan is in a league of its own. Filled with a unique combination of chocolate and pear, the dark runny chocolate oozes out of the flan as it is pierced, enriching the pale pistachio ice cream. They pre-caution that there is a 20-minute wait as it is only pre-right temperature and texture, melting in your mouth.



For the bride, one possibility would be a traditional European style gown with intricate trimmings. Doll yourself up in pseudo 60’s make-up and a semi-beehive do. It will set you apart from the rest of the ordinary boring brides and complement your gown. You will be the sweet demure young bride from the plains of Southern Sicily.

For the groom, you need a shirt that is a little different, with a little more decorative value. Some frills on the breast would accentuate your class. A collar with tips a little more prominent would bring out your shoulders and neckline. A dark suit is always a necessity, but you can add a dash of Italian machismo with pin stripes. Last but not least, make sure your cufflinks show, and show off.


Instead of age-old ideas that have been used and reused for countless decades, why not choose something unique and steeped in Italian culture and mythology? For a gift that will be talked about for eternity, the famous Roman Wolf could be the perfect choice. A symbol of strength, vitality and even parenthood, a little statuette of the Roman wolf suckling the twins, Romulus – whom the eternal city of Rome is named after – and Remus, would make an exotic yet legendary gift.

As you can see, Ristorante Teatro is a dining experience you would be tempted to indulge in again.


One Magical Night

Mirrored in the reflective pool, the lights of a hundred candles dance at your wedding as the hushed sounds of lapping water supply the beat. As you taste the gastronomic specialties prepared for your pleasure, you’ll soon be on a fantastic voyage into fantasy. A wedding night should always be this magical.



Surrounded by a tropical garden setting by the dreamy pool, and with a dedicated team attending to your needs, you will feel like royalty in an exotic faraway land. An overhead canopy shelters you from the elements, especially in the event of rain – a common phenomenon in Singapore – yet allows you liberating alfresco style dining under the mesmerising stars. Fresh air, warm mood lighting and an evening of festivities add up to unforgettable memories.

The cover of nature was further played up and the colour scheme accentuated, using an emphatic selection of green and white flora. White orchids and roses are highly pleasing to the eye and add to the intoxicating fragrance of sensuality. When we focus on the orchid theme, let’s use all the parts of local tropical orchids – including the leaves and the stalk. Any colour or theme can be created at your whim.

To cue you in for your grand entrance, you could have a violin quarter strike up an enchanting tune. Imagine, as you saunter into the limelight, arms entwined and with a pair of megawatt smiles, you wouldn’t want a boyband CD to be playing in the background do you? Instead, the fiddlers four could enhance the already electric atmosphere with a grandiose Latin hymn or a soothingly familiar love song.

Candlelit tables elaborately laid out with silverware, meticulously folded napkins and floral centrepieces set the scene for dining. Each and every guest of yours will be put at ease in the soothing ambience. For a wedding celebration by the pool, guests can mingle well as they please and slowly savour the night’s fare.


For a night as magical as this, you need to be dressed to match the splendour. A wispy gown for the bride with embroidered vines would leave all the bridesmaids squealing in delight. The prince charming should also be garbed in like fashion, perhaps in an 18th century style coat with polished buttons over a vest of ornate swirling patterns. If you wish, you can complement the look with a smart wide-brimmed hat.

For a more fun and exotic alternative, you can always turn up as Aladdin and Princess Jasmine out of 101 Arabian Nights. It is the most significant night of your entire life; why not live out your fantasies? Don’t hold back, it is a choice that’s sure to delight the inner child in all your guests.

Ask your guests to turn up in something other than the norm to match the theme. Something a little more fairy-tale or a tad more casual would be perfect. After all it is your party; you can have your wishes come true for just one night can’t you? Encourage them to unleash their creativity and let a peaceful easy feeling surface in their sartorial choices.