Turquoise sea, sapphire sky, bejeweled coral – Seychelles is like a treasure in the Indian Ocean. As every sunrise and sunset glints off the golden sands, this tropical paradise shows you why it is one of the world’s premier luxury destinations. With this sort of paradise as backdrop, it’s no wonder there are folk arriving in numbers to do their pre-wedding photoshoots here.
We bring you all you need to know in this definitive guide by photographers Ashwin & Jhalak of Shades Photography with additional insights from Parag Gopale of The Moment.
Best Locations for Picture-Perfect Frames
With its reputation as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, Anse Lazio’s powder-white sands fringed with large granite boulders makes for a perfect backdrop for your shoot. Add a little flavor by hiring a yacht and exploring the islands of Mahé at your own pace while capturing the moments of adventure. Anse Major, Anse Jasmin, Anse Du Riz and Petit Anse are four of the best mooring spots of Seychelles.
Parag Gopale has shot in this tropical paradise and found himself awestruck at what was on offer, “Any place in Seychelles is a perfect backdrop to photograph couples and weddings. Choose a relatively less populated beach and just place your couple in the frame. Be open to experimenting with new perspectives, angles and light. The crystal clear sea makes for some stunning reflection images. Use the huge granite rocks and white sand to create a dramatic mood in your photographs. The light could get a little harsh sometimes since Seychelles is located close to the equator. Ensure that you and the couple are well hydrated.”
Ashwin and Jhalak add, “Anse Lazio in Praslin is considered the most beautiful beach so it’s a must visit. Also, La Digue island and Cousine Island are some of our favorite places to shoot.”
Fregate, Robinson Crusoe Island, the most isolated of the granitic islands all make for some amazing backdrops. If you’re looking to shoot indoors, we suggest properties that are sure to elevate the mood and aesthetics of the photographs. AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa, Fregate Island Resort and Le Chateau de Feuilles Hotel offer breathtaking exteriors as well as gorgeous interiors, thus making it a preferred choice for any photographer.
Seychelles is slowly gaining popularity for pre-wedding photo shoots, all thanks to its breathtaking landscapes, luxurious hotels, excellent air connectivity, simplified visa process, and flexibility. The process to secure permissions for photo shoots is easy and most of the time you are free to shoot at any location without causing any harm to the environment. However, drone photography requires consent and shooting at any historical monuments would require prior permissions.
Best Time to Visit
As the Seychelles islands are blessed with a year round warmth and a tropical climate, it’s always a good time to visit this paradise. Temperatures range from 24°C to 32°C which is perfect to conduct a photo-session. Ashwin and Jhalak add, “Although this destination boasts of a pleasant weather all-year round, we think the best time to have a photo shoot done here is mostly April and May, October and November.”
Seychelles is a visa-free country meaning that there are no visa requirements for any person wishing to travel here. A visitor’s permit is issued on arrival to those who visit on holiday. However, it is advisable to look up the foreign affairs website when planning the trip in order to keep abreast of the most current regulations.
Cost of Stay
When you arrive into the airport, you need proof that you have accommodation booked, so it’s not the sort of place where you can pick up a last-minute bargain. If you want to bag the best places you need to book as far ahead as you can. Hotels tend to be expensive but you can expect to pay between £70 and £150 a night, depending on the location and facilities. Check out some luxury hotels that provide great accommodation and also double up as gorgeous shoot venues thanks to their beautifully done interiors.