Photographer’s Guide: 5 Ways to Get The Most out Of Photographing Couples

Maybe you’re a wedding photographer who’s just new in Hindu cultures and looking to improve your couple shoots? Or perhaps you just enjoy spending time with people who are in love? Then this blog post is for you!

Taking photos of couples can be a great way to gain confidence in posing and directing your subjects, all of which you can put into practice with your wedding photography, may it be a wedding in Arab cultures or Sikh cultures.

One thing to consider, however, is that this might be the first time for a couple to have their photos professionally taken. If you’re more familiar with photographing models, then you’ll be used to them knowing what to do in front of the lens. A couple, on the other hand, might be awkward and not as aware of how they’re coming across on camera.

Below are some tricks of the trade that we at Saiaf Films have learnt over the years in photographing Sikh cultures engagements and weddings. Producing images that both you and your client love should be the ultimate goal and it isn’t that difficult once you know how.

Plan Plan Plan

As with almost all forms of photography, having a solid plan in place is the key to success.

While spontaneity can be great for photos during the shoot, you should have an idea of where you’re going and what you’re going to do in a particular location.

Your planning should also consider the time of the day in relation to your location. This will ensure you make the most of the available light. Obviously, you can’t guarantee this especially if you’re shooting outdoors. However, choosing a location with nice shaded areas or colourful backdrops will mean you’re prepared for almost anything.

Brief Them About What To Wear

A common mistake with engagement shoots is when your couple shows up in completely contrasting outfits.
When you photograph a wedding, you can pretty much guarantee that men will be wearing suits and women will be in a white dress. There are obviously exceptions to this but generally, they will be well matched on their wedding day.

However, an engagement shoot is completely different, unless you brief them about what does and doesn’t work ahead of time. Try to avoid bright contrasting colours as these will dominate your photographs and distract from the couples lovely interactions. We also suggest advising your couples to avoid wearing big logos which can also be distracting and problematic.
Instead, you should think about getting your couples to choose more neutral looking outfits. Show them examples of your previous shoots which have really worked and inform them that this will produce the best results for their photo session.

The Poses

When you hear the word pose you might think of a rigid, robotic looking photo but it doesn’t have to be that way.
A certain pose or suggestion to your couple can just be the starting point which eventually leads up to that natural interaction between your couple.

• Walking
• Kissing
• Whispering
• Cuddling

In order to get a natural look and feel to the images, you want the couple to forget that they’re being photographed. May your engagement sessions be in Arab cultures or Sikh cultures, make your couple feel at ease by being warm, personal and fun towards them.

Wedding Photography 101: Tips to Handle the Photography AFTER the Wedding (Part 3)

Now that you are fully equipped for before and during the wedding, here at Saiaf Films we give to you some more tips and insights on how to handle the wedding photography AFTER the wedding.

Don’t Shy Away From Using Black-and-White

The beauty of shooting digital, and especially in RAW, is that you can convert your files to black and white later in the post-production process. If you have trouble seeing contrast, you can even shoot the whole wedding in black and white. This really simplifies the photography as you don’t get distracted by colour, especially with hindu cultures, which is known for having the most colourful weddings. You can then convert them to colour in post-production. Black and white conversion can be particularly helpful with the unpredictable lighting you get as a wedding photographer. It isn’t a substitute for bad photography, but it can definitely make an emotional photo pop.

Express Deliver

You might have included in your contract that the photos will be ready within 8 weeks. However, the quicker you can get the photos edited and delivered to your couple, the happier they will be. It shows you care about their wedding. It is also a great reason for them to refer you to family and friends if you are going above and beyond their expectations.

Learn From Every Photo Taken

The absolute beauty of digital photography is that you can shoot and shoot and shoot. It might be tempting to delete images that don’t work right away, but we strongly recommend to just hold on it. There is plenty of time for scrapping out poorly taken imaged in post-production. You don’t need to add another job on the wedding day. Additionally, you have to think that images can be manipulated in the editing, whether that’s cropping or sharpening slightly. If you find that a photo is a poor shot, look at it closely and realize where you went wrong to help you improve.

Ask Couples for Their Referral

Once you have delivered your photos to the couple and you know they absolutely love them, ask them if they know anyone else who is getting married and have they booked a photographer yet. Referrals are a great way to acquire bookings as their friends have often seen you working at their wedding. They also then get to see the end result in the form of wedding photographs.

A great way to keep your couple happy after the wedding is to send them a few preview images. They might be expecting this if you have discussed it in your contract, but if they’re not it can be a great surprise. Just drop them an email telling them how much you enjoyed their wedding and give them some indication as to when the final images will be complete. This is a great way to keep them in the loop. Additionally, they will likely share these images on Facebook or with family and friends which can be great for referrals.

Honor Traditions

Weddings in sikh cultures and arab cultures are quite traditional, so listen to what your couple wants to achieve with their wedding photos. With such colorful cultures, you may need to exert a little more effort to make colors pop and look more vivid in still images.

Wedding Photography 101: Tips to Handle the Photography DURING the Wedding (Part 1)

In our previous article, we share with you a few tips on how to prepare for your next wedding photography gig. Today, we give you a few insights and how you can successfully maneuver onto the wedding day itself.

Being a Pakistani Wedding Photography Colorado and having covered thousands of weddings over the years, we at Saiaf Films have tested and proven these tips effective for wedding photography.


The formality of the occasion will generally dictate how smart or relaxed you can be with your clothing choice. Say, for example, the couple are getting married on a beach. The groom is wearing shorts and sandals; thus, you would look pretty out of place in a three-piece suit. There isn’t really a perfect answer for what to wear as a Pakistani Colorado Wedding Photographer. However, generally speaking, if you keep your outfit quite smart with fairly neutral colours, you shouldn’t attract too many complaints. Most of all, you should make sure you are comfy and can maneuver your body. It is a long day so you don’t want to be restricted by overly formal clothes.

Be a Silent Assassin

Being a Pakistani Denver Wedding Videographer, you want to be discreet and as unobtrusive as possible to be able to capture every moment naturally. One way to do it is to put your camera in silent shutter mode. This is particularly handy during the ceremony, especially if you are in close quarters with the couple. Sometimes, it can feel a bit laggy and slow in comparison to full-on continuous mode shooting. Therefore, just adjust it to suit the situation.

Don’t Forget the Small Details

The small details that a couple has spent hours upon hours planning deserve to be photographed. Moreover, these details make for great photographs that you can use to tell the complete story of the wedding. It can sometimes be easy to forget to photograph these or the schedule might not allow it. But there is no doubt the couple will appreciate photos of things like flowers, rings, dress details, table settings etc.

Work at the Speed of Light

Seriously, a wedding is fast paced so you need to work at the speed of light. This mainly comes with the experience of knowing what will happen and when. Following a shot-list and even having a second-shooter will certainly help you capture the most important and fleeting moments of a wedding. If you’ve been in the industry for quite some time, you should already have an idea of what events to anticipate. For the aspirants, it helps to watch tutorials and read blogs to gather ideas about Denver Pakistani Wedding Videography and photography.

Take Advantage of the Golden Hour

You may have already done a shoot with the couple just after the ceremony and safely have some awesome shots on hand. However, there is something special about the light just as the sun is setting and you should definitely exploit it. Learning to use the sunset light will once again come with experience. Do you want to shoot with the sun on the couple? Or do you want to shoot backlit? Both methods can yield stunning mantelpiece worthy photos.

Advertise Your Works

So you’re at a wedding. More than likely, there are a few unmarried couples at the wedding. One idea is to display some photos from earlier in the day. You can take your own computer and make a quick slideshow of say 20 images to play during the evening. The couple get to see some sneak previews of what you have captured. Meanwhile, potential future couples have seen you in action and the results produced. Obviously, inform the couple beforehand, but it can be a win-win for everyone.

Listen to Your Instincts

As mentioned, weddings are fast-paced and can sometimes be unpredictable. If there is a break in the clouds and an epic sunset appears, seize that moment. Be spontaneous and pounce on opportunities that present themselves.

Wedding Photography 101: Tips to Handle the Photography BEFORE the Wedding (Part 2)

Over the years, we have shot hundreds of weddings and blog site has been a great platform for us to share our knowledge to couples, aspiring photographers and even to the pros.

For this blog post, we aim to share some ideas on how you can prepare as a Lebanese San Jose Wedding Photographer and photographer for an upcoming wedding. We don’t expect you to take these tips as gospel, and would still encourage you to find your own way. However, we hope we’ve provided you with enough tips that you can take into consideration for your next wedding.


A lot of planning goes into making a wedding happen and unfortunately, things can go wrong. Couples can break up, circumstances can change, but having a contract legally protects you and should ensure you still receive payment. It is also a great way of laying out exactly what the couple receives from you on the day and in the final delivery. Some of the things you have to nail down on your Lebanese Wedding Photography California contract are:

• The number of edited images they will receive
• The number of hours you will shoot on the day
• Whether or not you will include raw photos
• Whether the couple gets an album
• Whether the travel and the food cost is involved in the package

Do this and it could save you a lot of aggravation and awkwardness on or after the wedding day.

Get the Fleeting Moments on Schedule

We mentioned in one of our Los Angeles Lebanese Wedding Videography blogs about creating a list of must-take shots on the day of the wedding. In addition, it is also a good idea to schedule the capture of the fleeting moments, such as the cutting of the cake, tossing of the bouquet, confetti and sparklers. You don’t want these moments to happen whilst you are having a quick sandwich or have just nipped to the toilet. These moments are over in a flash so it is best to have the timings locked down if possible.

Sit Down With the Couple for the Shot List

Perhaps, you already see yourself as a professional Lebanese San Diego Wedding Videographer, but don’t see a shot list as an unnecessary thing. Have some shots in mind that you and the couple have discussed prior to the wedding. This way you can discuss the feasibility of the ideas. Plus, if they want a shot with Uncle Bill you will know to capture that specific photo. A shot list can be unnecessary for the things you already know you will capture. But for the more obscure things that a couple wants to have photos of, it can be a great thing.


Being on first name terms with the Maid of Honor and the Best Man can be a great help. Get their numbers as well… No not like that! They generally know a lot of the people at the wedding, so they can help you out massively with the logistics of the day. Having their numbers can be great if you encounter any problems on the day, too.

Get Faster (and More) Memory

Because one of the best ways to capture images is to shoot in RAW, we advise getting fast memory cards. RAW files are big and there is lots of data to store on your memory card. You should be looking at the ‘write’ speed measured in MB/s. BEWARE! The speed listed on the card is the transfer speed (the speed in which it transfers the files to your computer). While it can be good to have a fast transfer speed, what you want is good write speed. Look for 95MB/s—it’s a good write speed and should easily handle a continuous burst of RAW photos.

How to Take Fun and Great Wedding Photos on a Smartphone

All the guests at a wedding, from the bride’s 8-year-old niece to the groom’s 80-year-old grandpa, are snapping photos with their phones. While some of the best wedding photography is done by a Palestinian San Jose Wedding Photographer with advanced DSLRs and changeable lenses, the rest of us can still create some stunning images with smartphones. Here are some tips:

1. Close in on your subjects

Rather than trying to get everyone and everything in a scene, focus on just a few people and capture a specific action. This approach often creates a more powerful image that conveys emotion. Bonus points if there’s great expression in the eyes or a genuine smile.

2. Get a good spot

Pay attention to where you’re sitting. Tall guy’s head in the way? Move to an empty chair in front of him to get a clearer shot. Rather than trying to zoom in with your smartphone—the zoom feature on most phones aren’t great anyway—try to sit closer to the altar, BUT be mindful of your role as a guest. The bride and groom will love that you’re taking photos, but don’t interfere with their official Palestinian San Diego Wedding Videographer and photographer.

3. Details, details

The bride and groom spent many months choosing their clothes, flowers, food, table settings, and a million other intricacies that make up a wedding to perfect them in person and for their Palestinian Wedding Photography California. Take advantage of them and capture them in your own lens.

4. Go macro

Be creative with some fabulous close-up shots of objects, such as the bouquets and table setup. Phones are great for macro-photography, where you focus very close to an object, paying attention to its interesting shapes and texture.

5. Mirror, mirror

Use reflective surfaces to create interesting portraits. Sunglasses, rain puddles, mirrors and water glasses can provide ways to make extraordinary portraits.

6. Go crazy with selfies

What’s a party without a selfie (or a groufie) to prove that you were there? Most likely, the bride and groom are going to be busy talking to everyone and posing for their official Los Angeles Palestinian Wedding Videography at the wedding that you may not get to spend very much time with them. But they liked you enough to invite you to the wedding—and pay for your dinner. So be sure to take a fun picture of yourself, which will be priceless for the couple later on.

5 Best Drone Photography Tips for Weddings

Drone photography

Drones are all the rage right now and their inclusion for wedding ceremonies is becoming more popular. They can capture an entire venue and all of your guests from breath-taking overhead angles. However, drone wedding photography can be tricky, so follow these steps to use one successfully with your Palestinian Wedding Photographer New York without interfering with your special day.

Check with Your Wedding Venue

Drones can be disruptive and some Oklahoma venues do not allow them to be used during the ceremony. Check with your wedding venue to see if they are allowed to be used before you hire a Palestinian Buffalo Wedding Videography to take pictures and footages from a drone. Drones are used primarily for outdoor wedding venues and will not be able to take pictures near tents, wires and telephone poles.

Limit the Use During the Ceremony

Drones are not quiet machines. Their propellers and engines whine and make a lot of noise. You do not want a drone humming overhead while you are about to exchange vows. Make sure you talk to your drone pilot ahead of time to make sure the drone can snap a few pictures at the beginning of the ceremony before landing them so the attention is on you at the altar and not the drone.

Take Note That It Can be Expensive

Drone wedding photography is often an extra add-on to a Palestinian New York Wedding Photography cost. Couples on a strict budget should note that drone wedding photography can cost anywhere between $500 and $1,000 on top of your regular wedding photography cost.

Use Experienced Operators Only

This is not the time to hire your brother’s friend who just got a drone and is willing to take photographs for free. Drones are difficult to maneuver and only experienced drone pilots, like who we have here at Saiaf Films and can provide examples of drone wedding photography, should be considered for the job. The last thing you need is a drone crashing into your bridal tent or slicing your beautiful wedding cake in half.

Ditch the Drone on a Bad Weather Day

No matter how experienced your Palestinian Buffalo Wedding Videographer, drones can’t fly in bad weather. Make sure your contract allows for cancellation on the wedding day if the wedding weather forecast calls for snow, rain, high winds or a combination of these.

Tips and Ideas for Cozy and Casual Engagement Shoot—On a Budget!

Being an Arab Wedding Photographer New York, our job is to shoot weddings and engagement sessions and plan everything that goes along with it. And most couples we’ve worked with always have a budget in mind when it comes to preparing for their wedding. So, one of our goals is to help couples not to spend so much, but still have a very tasteful and memorable engagement shoot experience. A shoot that makes you happy looking back at your photos to remind you who you are as a couple, which really should be the purpose of an engagement shoot more than just the aesthetic, right?

Here are some tips on how you can do it while keeping our wedding budget intact.

Wear everyday outfits

While there’s nothing wrong with hiring a wardrobe stylist to be part of your Arab Wedding Videography Buffalo engagement team, we feel like it would be more personal and practical if you use your everyday clothes, instead. This way, you can be sure that the clothes perfectly fit your personalities, your casual theme, and your bodies!

Borrow items to complete your look

You can also apply the “something borrowed” tradition to your engagement shoot! In order to save on costs, try not to buy items that you think you won’t be using after your shoot. Instead, borrow from people who have what you’re looking for. Asking for help is also a nice gesture to keep family and friends involved in your wedding planning. We’re sure your loved ones are more than willing to contribute to your journey.

Ask help

One of the challenges in planning an engagement shoot is looking for the right location. Check out themed studios, coffee shops, and cozy restaurants to name a few. It’s not necessary to book or exclusively rent a place for a hefty price just to shoot. Ask around for recommendations, or you can ask your Arab Buffalo Wedding Videographer for suggestions. They surely know where the best places are for engagement sessions without you breaking the bank. Don’t be afraid to ask for help because you might just receive more than what you expect.

Choose a team you’re comfortable with

Explore bridal fairs or search for the best photographers online, and really take the time to meet several of them to get their vibe and personality. Of course, check their portfolios too, but let it not be the only thing to consider. Hire an Arab Wedding Photography New York team you knew you’d be comfortable with. Smiling and posing will be such a task if you don’t get along with the people behind the lenses, so make the effort to get to know their ethics and style before finally booking them.

The Secret to Good-Looking Engagement Photos

It’s easy to feel the pressure with how your Hindu Paterson Wedding Photography shoot is going to look like. There’s so much inspiration online, and it can get confusing to incorporate the best styles. Plus, not all couples are the same either. So today, we have just the thing to make it easier for you.

Tip #1: Find your own version of natural
Recognize that what’s natural for you may not be natural for others, as this can be very subjective for every couple. There’s no need to mimic a style you saw online! But of course, they’re still pretty helpful as inspirations. You may use them to think about what will make you and your partner the most comfortable–creativity permitted! Again, there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to deciding what is natural looking. Sometimes the simplest ideas can show the most authenticity in emotions and gestures.

Tip #2: Do something you like
It doesn’t have to be a pictorial where you directly pose in front of the camera. It could be you guys surfing, hiking, or going camping. Activities that allow you to move a lot will give your Hindu Paterson Wedding Videographer a chance to capture candid moments that will look amazing on videos and photos.

Tip #3: Focus on your partner and don’t even think about posing
By the way, laughing during your engagement session and conversing with your partner is really the way to break the ice. Think of it as a fun experience where you and your husband-to-be can practice in front of the camera before the big day! Plus, the magic truly happens the moment you start to open up–the rare glimpses, the sweet exchange of looks, and the subtle display of affection. It’s photos like those that perfectly capture the romance! And when you get your engagement photos, we guarantee that most of your favorites will be the candid ones wherein you let your guard down.

Tip #4: Collaborating with your photographer
Having a more spontaneous day opens up your prenup to a lot of possibilities for suggestions from your Hindu Jersey City Wedding Photographer, or cool last-minute ideas from you and your partner. The key to effortlessly romantic photos is trusting your photographer! Your photographer has been doing shoots like these for a long time, so they know what looks good. Admittedly, you might find following directions a bit awkward at first, but it’s important to trust the process and have fun. Keep an open eye and ear as the best things truly come from the unexpected!

At the end of the day, you would want an engagement session to feel less like a “photo shoot” and more like a new experience between you and your partner. You’ll want it to be an experience that displays your love and affection, and one that you can cherish forever. Having a natural engagement session with your Hindu Jersey City Wedding Videography and photography team gives you a chance at making sweet new memories with your significant other and catching it on camera.

4 Important Tips When Hiring an Arab Wedding Photographer

Photography for American weddings can be generally characterized in categories of preparations, ceremony, and reception. With most weddings fitting this order, the more weddings you shoot, the easier it is to anticipate the shots and mentally visualize how you want them to look like.

However, there’s another market for wedding photography that requires more expertise and experience to shoot successfully: Traditional cultural weddings, and one of the most popular for this category are Arab weddings.
Shooting Arab weddings require additional time and research by the photographer to make the most of the wedding day and not miss any important details. Here are some tips to ensure you get the best Arab Wedding Photographer New York for your wedding.

1. Make sure they are familiar with the ceremony

Arabic weddings are exciting events. Traditional or urban, an Arabic wedding celebration begins with an enthralling procession called the zaffa. This takes place after the marriage ceremony is completed, which is dependent upon the couple’s religion. With an Arab Wedding Photographer New Jersey who is familiar with how an Arab wedding ceremony takes place, you can be confident that the most important part of your wedding will be captured in photos (and videos).

2. Look for sample photos of Arab wedding reception

As the couple processions to the reception, they make their way to the kosha, which are throne-like seats placed in front of the guests. Once seated, sharbat is served to the guests, who then symbolically drink to the bride and groom’s health.

Arabic weddings follow the typically Christian tradition of exchanging rings. Taking turns, the groom and bride each removes their wedding band from the partner’s right hand and places it on their left hand. Make sure to look for these photos in the portfolio of your Arab Wedding Photographer Cincinnati and see first-hand how they capture these very important moments.

3. Find out how they capture the party

In Arabic weddings, dabke is a popular form of entertainment. It is a joyous folk dance that is performed in a circle by the couple and their guests. How does the photographer take this festive moment is a critical part in ensuring that this celebratory moment is recorded as merrily on cam. Here at Saiaf Films, we ensure to get the best angles and capture the festivity by placing the camera inside the crowd to capture all the action.

4. Listen to the clarity of the audio

If you are hiring the same vendor as your wedding videographer, never forget to check the power of their audio recording. Throughout the night, the wedding couple will dance with each other and with their wedding guests to Arabic music. Entertainment will be thoroughly provided to the party through Arab wedding songs, where people and entertainers dance to it. Thereafter, urban Arabic wedding entertainment is usually left to a DJ, who will be in charge of keeping the guests up and moving until very late. To guarantee that all the fun and the dancing are captured beautifully, ask for your videographer’s audio setup and recording equipment.

5 Tips and Ideas for Choosing the Best Wedding Dress

For the record, we believe that you can wear any wedding dress you feel your absolute best in. But if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed with the ocean of options out there, our Arab San Francisco Wedding Photographer at Saiaf Films are here to give you some ideas on the different wedding gown styles that will flatter your body type and guarantee you a picture-perfect look on your wedding day.

1. Wide Neck, A-Line Gown for the Pear Shape

Women with pear-shaped body have smaller chest and shoulders and wider hips and thighs. To balance out this type of figure in the photos taken by your Muslim Wedding Photographer Scottsdale, wear a cut that draws attention to your shoulders. One easy way to pull eyes upward is with a high neckline. An illusion neckline with a sheer fabric overlay extending from the bust to the collar looks elegant, while a halter top can be trendy. For a romantic and classic look, you can’t go wrong with an off-the-shoulder dress.

2. Sheath Dress for the Athletic Figure

Sometimes described as a column style dress, a sheath wedding dress is an elegant choice. Due to the unforgiving nature of this style, it is those brides with an athletic figure who can rock this look. A sheath wedding dress is usually characterized by figure hugging material that doesn’t flare out at the waist, hips or calves. Accentuate your natural figure with a sparkly belt to cinch in your waist and create that perfect silhouette.

3. Mermaid Gown for the Hourglass Figure

Choosing a mermaid gown is a perfect way to celebrate your curves. If you have an hourglass figure, this type of dress follows the natural and feminine contour of your chest, waist, hips, and thighs before flaring out below your knees. Some brides feel like they should hide their curves with a less form-fitting dress, but the extra volume may hide their beautiful figures.

4. V-Neck, A-Line Gown for Petite Brides

If you’re no more than 5’4 and you don’t want to look drowned out by your dress in your Arab Wedding Photography, keep in mind the letters V and A when shopping for your wedding dress. A-line dresses cinch at the waist and flare out, but not quite as much as a ball gown. While A-line dresses are flattering on nearly every body type, they especially compliment smaller frames by giving definition to your waist and bust. If you’re on the shorter side (curvy or not), a V-neck can add height to your figure by creating the illusion of a longer torso. Don’t worry if you have a smaller bust. Silicone cups, which are stitched into many dresses, will help your chest look full and natural.

5. Ballgown for the Tall Brides

If you want your Middle Eastern Texas Wedding Videographer capture your Cinderella-like entrance, a ballgown is the perfect wedding dress for you. If you’re a tall bride, why not embrace your height and bring your fairytale-like dream wedding to life with this dramatic style of wedding dress? A ballgown may overwhelm shorter frames, but taller women can wear ballgowns with confidence. Throw a pair of heels on or go with flats—nobody will know anyway what you’re wearing beneath that voluminous floor-length skirt!

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