Having a Khmer photo shoot done has been on my Cambodia to-do list for quite a while now. Cambodian couples usually do this the day before their wedding and the picture then gets displayed at their wedding reception. The happy couple gets a make-over and dresses up in traditional Cambodian clothes, making them look like a Khmer prince and princess. A Khmer photo shoot is increasingly becoming very popular with expats too though and so when some friends from Germany visited us last week on their honeymoon we thought that this would be the perfect wedding present for them (plus this made it harder for my as yet reluctant husband to say no!).
Chris and Matthes had a look through the catalog for inspiration while us girls had our make up done. Layer upon layer of foundation, powder, eyeshadow and blusher were applied to my face and within 15 minutes my face was turned into a fake eye-lashed masterpiece (I like to think). I was a bit worried that the boys would hate the shoot, but every now and then from the background I could hear a cry of “awesome” and “I want that sword”. Men are so easy 🙂
Next up was my hair and the hairdresser didn’t hold back. She got out the crimpers, backcombed my hair and applied tons of hairspray. I was almost disappointed that I didn’t get a fake hair piece like my friend Backpacker Becki though.
I then had to choose my traditional Khmer outfit from a rail so sparkly and colourful that I felt like Barbie in her walk-in closet. I almost couldn’t decide which one to choose from. My make-up lady recommended the royal blue outfit as it matched my eyes, so I went with that. Once I had the outfit on she looked at me and I could tell she wasn’t really happy. Then she went into the backroom and came back with some padding for my boobs AND my bum. She put them on me and suddenly looked much happier. Yep, big bums seem to be very popular here. 😉
So with all the styling done it was time for the Khmer photo shoot. We had such a blast. I think this is probably THE best Cambodian souvenir I have got so far. I highly recommend a Khmer photo shoot to everyone. After all how could you not want this as your new Facebook profile picture?