Friday, October 12, 2007

Indian wedding photography in International style

Can Indian weddings be photographed the way the international weddings are done? This was my question in my mind for a long time and now I have an answer in my website,

The approach of Indian wedding photography was to just document the events in a sequence. Now I have clients who can probably understand that wedding photography is much more than that. I made it happened recently through some of my wedding assignments. Weddings are very important in everyone’s life. This is the first thing every wedding photographer must understand before he carries his camera to cover a wedding event. For me, Indian weddings are truly emotional and have great cultural values. The people, places, dresses, food, jewels and every thing is so much vital and a complete wedding photographer must try his best to reveal all these and above in his photos.

I have designed a special way of working for weddings. This is because of the prolific knowledge I earned being a news photographer, fashion photographer and most importantly – a people photographer. My wedding photo book will carry pictures with finer details of even small things including expressions of not only the couple but also the guests, relatives and friends. I give importance to shoot from different angles in an unconventional point of view. I do not dither to use different kinds of lenses and apertures to get a variable effect of perspective and depth of field. Some of the shots I tried with my 17 mm lens on my Canon IDs Mark II and Canon EOS 5D had come out splendid.

Of course Indian wedding clients do not allow you to do either rehearsals or wait for a photographer to give an important shot. I some times make it a point at least to meet the couple well in advance and brief them a bit about the need and preparations to bring out powerful pictures. I also visit the location of the wedding to understand the lighting and plan of the event lay-out. This gives me time to think about the suitable lighting and need for an extra length extension cables or slave triggers.

In fact, I spend more time in shooting the activities around the main event area when most of my photographer friends sink into the events and functions. There are clients interested in shots which speak about the silent happenings around the events. My shots are always not posed and this is what I specialize in my wedding and event photography assignments. I some times refrain from shooting people who spontaneously set themselves for a posed shot when they see me with a camera!. I simple say ‘sorry’, and move away with a smile. For me, in an event like wedding the original expression of the people is lost when they stare in front of a camera.

Though shooting Indian wedding is a greatest challenge, I propose to deliver and have delivered something very different to varying categories of clients who understand and cherish the art and technique of photography done in unrestrained working conditions.

- KL.Raja


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