Soon-to-be-married-couples today have woken up to the fact that finding and finalising one of the best candid wedding photographers in India is as important and urgent as it is setting the date. Traditionally, photographers were just another “arrangement” and a cursory overview allowed the parents to make an uncomplicated decision. In recent times, the DSLR explosion along with global trends in candid & mood photography have made everybody a photographer. The blogging network and social platforms like Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest have brought up so many options that a simple online search will leave you inspired, aspiring and overwhelmed – all at the same time.
The key is in understanding the information available and sifting it effectively. Most likely you’ll be bombarded from various different directions – Facebook & Pinterest photos, magazine mentions, wedding forums, friendly recommendations, family experience, photographer friends and many more. It might help to remember that there is no wrong answer – just a good, better, best one. And no two people will grade photographers or view a photograph in the exact same way.
The first thing to keep in mind is not to get bogged down by varied terms like candid, mood, photojournalistic, artistic, alternative, fine-art etc. Although there are subtle differences amidst them, most often they are simply polite ways of saying that the style is different from that of the traditional studio photographer. With all due respect to the hardworking studio photographers, each of these styles have a slightly different approach. Or perspective. They may choose to photograph the exact same moment in a different style. Or they may reprioritise the focus of a photograph with a story or creative idea in mind. That being said, there are many skills possessed by the studio photographer that non-studio photographers don’t possess – like assembling and getting a group shot of the entire family! So instead of choosing between a studio photographer and an “artistic” photographer, it’s always best to have both: this way, the family as well as the couple can get what they are looking for.
Once you’ve shortlisted a couple of photographers you’d like to shoot your wedding, start sending enquiries to confirm availability. Remember to start early — no date is too early! On average, we recommend that you book your wedding photographer immediately after your engagement — even if your wedding is months away. Couples start early, and you don’t want to settle for second best because the person you love is already booked.
Once you’ve found that perfect person, with the perfect pictures — get in touch, and get talking. Remember, it’s important to really be comfortable with your photographer: he or she is going to be the one person you will be spending the MOST time with during your wedding! 🙂 Once you’ve confirmed availability with your photographer, you’ll probably want to start discussing budgets and the style of shoot you’d like. It’s quite helpful to send your photographer reference shots from either his/her own portfolio, or sample shots that you may have found on the internet. Photographers don’t mind basic direction — it helps to ensure that the final result is neither a creative shock or a complete surprise!
Arjun and Praerna Kartha are two of the finest and best Indian‘non-wedding’ destination wedding photographers in Indiawith a candid, contemporary and off-beat approach to shooting Indian marriages. Working as a husband-wife team, Arjun and Praerna are specialists in candid wedding photography – and veterans of the fledgling Indian wedding photography genre in India. With a penchant for making “fun” photos, they love creating behind the scenes memories that will last a lifetime. With many, many weddings behind them, Arjun and Praerna have traveled across the country and beyond documenting weddings — all the while constantly innovating their style. Arjun is also a category winner of the prestigious Kodak Wedding Photographer of the Year 2011 award. Some of the things we have become very good at doing are:
|Pre-wedding Couples Shoots: Also called engagment shoots in the west. These are short and fun-filled photo segments where you get to spend some quality time with your photographer before your actual wedding. We try and visually interpret your story as a couple in photos, and in doing so spend a few hours together revisiting some of the favourite things you love doing or places you loved going to as a couple!|
|Fun, Candid Wedding Photography: Don’t want the standard pose-cheese-click approach to your wedding? Of course you don’t! Weddings are all about fun! With our off-beat approach, we’ll interpret your wedding the way WE see it — happy and full of life!|
|Fine-art style Wedding Ceremony Photography: As fun as weddings are, there’s also a tiny serious side hidden away that very few people get to see. We understand that you take your vows seriously…but we will find that millisecond when you both grin when your vows are explained to you in plain English 🙂|
|“Non-wedding” Wedding Photography: Our trademark approach, we’ll shoot your wedding like it wasn’t one! We’ll find those moments during your wedding for THAT perfect shot — the one you will frame by your bedside for the rest of your life.|
|Destination Wedding Photography: You’ve chosen your DREAM destination. Now you need your wedding photos to ensure that dream stays vivid in your memory, even years after your wedding. As photographers, we love destination weddings: and we’ll make sure it looks even better than it did on your wedding day!|
|Portfolio gallery with some of Arjun Kartha Photography’s latest work. Use the filters on top to filter though weddings, couples etc.||Real Wedding Stories from Real Weddings. See a full photo series from a single wedding with a short story on how the wedding happened!||Answers to some questions that we get most often! Fairly comprehensive, and frequently updated with more questions as you ask them!|
Arjun and Praerna are proud to be amongst the best Candid Indian Wedding Photographers, and are based in New Delhi, India. They shoot all over India and abroad, and can be found most often shooting in New Delhi, Jaipur, Rajasthan, Udaipur, Bangalore and Kerala.