Monday, December 28, 2015

Of pre-wedding makeovers and photoshoots: A cautionary tale.

Lifted from my own Fb post. Wanted to share this with anyone googling for tips about pre-wedding shoots at any of those
KL / PJ Bridal houses. Hope this helps you somewhat.

This has been bothering me for some time now and I just need to get it out for (hopefully) some relief.

Feeling a little depressed that the makeover I got at my pre-wedding photo session turned out so horrible in photos. Perhaps it's a combination of bad angling and feeling of uneasiness during the entire session. But whatever it was, it really showed up in the pictures.

My biggest regret was to not have said something stronger while the makeover was being done. But being an idiotic introvert, I found it difficult to voice my objections assertively on the spot. And in person, it didn't look so bad, at least that's what I told myself. I did question the makeup and hairstyles, as there were a couple I particularly had issues with. The MUA convinced me that it'll look better in pictures and that I just wasn't used to it. It didn't help that we have no chemistry from the start and that she hardly spoke any English. I mean these people were professionals right? They should know what they are doing right? Wrong.

And I think it affected how I felt during the entire shooting session - I felt unnatural, which led to the pictures turning out forced. I guess it didn't help that I left the entire direction of the shoot purely to the photographer too (bad idea).

What prompted me to write this post was when I tried to share my thoughts with the photographer and the fella was not sympathetic. She even said that if I was unhappy I should've voiced it out on that day itself (I did and they told me to trust them because they know what they are doing). Okay...

I don't think any amount of post edits will fix it. Oh well. There goes rm3.5k down the drain.


Anyway. This is a cautionary tale. If you're ever gonna get a makeover and shoot done by those bridal houses, just make sure you know what you want and be very assertive about it. Don't leave it to a stranger to "tell" you what's "best" for you because they don't know you. Also, they might just be too lazy to start all over again so convincing you that it'll be fine is just much easier for them.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Hello 2015

As usual, some resolutions to start the year off.

1. Put phone away when driving - only thing on is waze, on speaker. Put phone away when with others. The only exception when the phone can be out is to take pictures (when I'm NOT driving).
Year in year out it's a similar resolution. Have not done too well in the previous years... but I will try harder in 2015.

2. Work towards find a way to make additional RM1-2k side income monthly. 
I have no clue how to start on this but RM1-2k would make me more than comfortable with my personal expenses.... and help me towards being able to afford my own home.

3. Do one memorable or new thing each month. 
Because..... life is all about living.

4. Find one thing to be thankful or positive about each day - keep a journal.
Because... happiness is the essence of life.

5. Commit to one blogpost on per week. 
Because booze is something I know more off than anything else in my life .. and it's not even enough yet. There's so much more to learn and to share with others about it.

6. Do more crafts - inspired by a friend, Mel. 
I've always enjoyed working with my hands since I was young. It's very therapeutic and gratifying. Why am I  not picking it up again? This would be much better than slumping on the couch all weekend just watching tv series and movies isn't it? More, productive.