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Creating beautiful and everlasting images for our couples and families is what we do. No matter what the situation or circumstance, it is THE job. Whether it’s a ritual we’ve shot a hundred times before like the chooda ceremony, haldi or the baraat or an emotional moment like the vidaai where we have to be extremely sensitive while taking a photograph, no matter the situation, it’s on us to create distinctive images every time. It’s the perspective of the photographer that makes the mundane extraordinary.
Even when you get a gorgeous location or a grand entry with fireworks, you have to be at the right place and the right time with the right camera and settings to get that shot. And if we know one thing about Indian weddings, it’s that things are often chaotic and unpredictable. How we get that perfect image is through a presence of mind, a good knowledge of our cameras and the ability to adapt quickly to changing situations. In one of our previous posts, we took you behind the scenes of some of our images and spoke about what we did to get the final result. In this post, we are going to do the same. We will talk about a few of the images we have captured over the past few months and tell you how we got there.
Paayal and Samir made a point to enter big in all of their wedding functions, but this one on their reception night took the cake! We knew there would be fireworks because as all good wedding photographers should, we already had a discussion with the wedding planners and the couple beforehand to know about any big planned moments. But the key was to get the fireworks, the people and the dancing couple all together in one frame at the right moment. We waited until Paayal and Samir had passed all the fireworks so that it would make for a fantastic background and not distract from the couple. And then it was just a matter of getting the right expressions in the frame.
How we got the shot: Shot by Arjun Kartha on Fujifilm XT3 with an 8-16mm lens at 8mm f/3.2, shutter speed 1/400 sec and ISO 2500.
We have shot this ritual many many times before. And it usually goes the same way – the bride stands while her unmarried friends/sisters kneel down and wait for a piece of kaleera to fall on them. Sanya decided to stand on a chair to perform the ritual, so the top-down shot wasn’t an option. And that gave us a reason to try something different. The photographer, Nikhil, decided it would be a good idea to turn the camera upwards and capture the moment from the point of view of the person on whom the kaleera might fall. And that gave us this amazing image!
How we got the shot: Shot by Nikhil Mishra on Nikon D850 with a 14-24 lens at 14mm f/2.8, ISO 320 and shutter speed 1/1000 sec.
Arjun’s baraat was different from the ones we’ve shot in the sense that there was no horse or a carriage. He was walking along with his family and friends during the procession. Now we all know that a thousand things are going on during a baraat. There are so many things happening that it’s hard to keep track of who’s who and where. Which is where the keen eye of our photographer Paras came in. He noticed this incredible moment where the groom, his friend and the dholwala made for a perfect frame.
How we got the shot: Shot by Paras Batra on Nikon D4 with a 24-70 lens at 24mm f/2.8, shutter speed 1/160sec and ISO 500.
Varsha’s haldi ceremony was followed by a colourful holi party with family and friends. There was so much chaos and running around that it was near impossible to plan anything. But like we have said a lot, it’s important to keep your eyes and ears open during a wedding. We saw a plate of colours and flower petals and anticipated that Varsha was going to twirl around with the plate. So we got our cameras ready, picked a spot and waited for it to happen. And voila! We have a beautiful image of our bride.
How we got the shot: Shot by Nikhil Mishra on Nikon D850 with a 24-70 lens at 24mm f/2.8, shutter speed 1/2000 sec and ISO 80.
Vidaais are incredibly emotional affairs in Indian weddings. And it’s important to be respectful of the family’s emotions while also making sure that we capture the story. Sanya’s vidaai was a very emotionally charged affair with everyone crying because their beloved daughter was saying goodbye. When she hugged her father just outside their home, this shot was captured. We had already anticipated this moment, now we just had to decide the framing, composition, focus, lighting and all of that. Our photographer decided to focus on the anguish of the bride and so he killed all the other ambient light except for the bokeh in the background. The focus on just the bride’s face and cutting out on other distracting elements makes this image more powerful.
How we got the shot: Shot by Nikhil Mishra on Nikon D850 with a 35mm lens at f/1.8, ISO 800 and shutter speed 1/500 sec.
It’s always a challenge to create something new and unique at a wedding and one that we welcome happily. Nothing gets our creative juices flowing like the drive to create special images for our couples and their families. If there are any other images you would like us to go into detail, please comment and let us know! We would also love to hear your behind-the-scenes stories!