What if all of a sudden, you are told that you cannot plan your dear sister’s fairytale wedding, the one she always wanted? What if your own dream of having a lavish wedding just goes down the drain, not because of you, but because of an external and impersonal factor? Imagine the nuptial set-up getting completely changed, due to a government-imposed bill, setting expenditure limit for a wedding. Continue reading “Is This The End of The Big Fat Indian Wedding?” »
A few weeks back we ran a post about mistakes that wedding photographers make. I think it could be a good balance to also look at how brides and grooms can avoid some common mistakes, and turn their experience with the wedding photographer into a more productive, and successful one.
Producing a wedding is an expensive thing. Having a budget is a very important aspect for this kind of production, but how do you build your budget? You will spend money on the venue, the decor, the dress, the catering, lights and DJ but none of this will stay. A day after the wedding all of that will find it’s place in memory. The only thing you get to keep from your wedding for generations to come are the pictures. The pictures are what you will share with your friends and show your grandchildren. Having a professional wedding photographer who knows how to bring out the magic is possibly the best investment you can make. This is where you should not be looking for the cheapest but for the best you can afford. Even if you stretch the budget a bit, or more, it will be quickly forgotten once the wedding is over. You will easily earn back the extra money but repeating the wedding with a better photographer will never be an option. Continue reading “8 Mistake Couples Make When Hiring A Wedding Photographer” »
We wanted to reach out to some wedding photographers who’ve been around for a while, and take them down memory lane, to the first camera they had, and the beginning of their photographic careers. The journey of successful photographers reveals something about the person they are. The most common virtue which all of them possess is unmatched and tireless passion. Some of those stories are quite surprising. Continue reading “Wedding Photographers Remember Their First Camera” »
Wedding photography is not about you, or your beautiful pictures. Weddings are not about money, or the food, or the decor, or any of that. It is about family. It is about memories. It is about connections, and generations, and love. Your pictures of ‘art’ might win awards, and perhaps make you look really cool. Might get you some recognition among other photographers, and justify your doubt, and calm your wounded ego about being only a ‘wedding photographer’ (and not an artist), but they are not important. What is important, what will stay for life, what the bride is going to care about in time when her dear ones are no more, is that she has a good picture with her grandmother, or her parents. This is what is important! Now here is the thing, and etch this deep in your subconscious: NO ONE GIVES A SHIT ABOUT YOUR ART! Continue reading “Nobody gives a shit about your ‘Art’, but you!” »
Ashish Chawla has photographed national icons, everyone from Bollywood stars like Shah Rukh Khan and Ajay Devgan to cricketers like Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh, but Ashish Chawla is a Delhi boy at heart. This fashion photographer was born in the capital and spent his formative years in the city, completing his Bachelors in Fine Arts from the College of Art. He graduated from College of Art in 1997 and has been in the fashion and commercial photography world for almost 20 years.
Ashish shoots both advertorial and editorial photographs. He was in Maldives recently on an editorial shoot for Travel & Leisure and Weddings and Honeymoons. We thought this was a good time to catch up with him, and hear his views as to how fashion photography diverges from and complements wedding photography, and his discovery of the synergy at SILK PHOTOS. Continue reading “A fashion photographer’s tips for wedding photographers” »
The number of wedding photographers in India had jumped to an estimated number of 250,000 (!), but many operate without much knowledge on business practices, copyright laws, usage rights, and more. What we are trying to do with the SILK blog is bring fresh and relevant content on the industry of wedding photography in India, but at the same time also look at some of the changes that we feel are essential to implement into the industry in order to bring it up to a certain quality standard.
Many have come into the world of wedding photography with no prior schooling or professional training and have very little knowledge about the business side of things. Others might have a good sense of business but are missing out on some day-to-day practices that could make their lives easier.
To make a long story short, here is a short list of tips that will hopefully help you avoid some common mistakes in the future. Some of these tips are easy to follow, others are a must-do, and a few are very difficult to incorporate into your workflow. In my humble opinion these are all important things to consider.
In the last few years we have seen a dramatic change in the realities of wedding photography in India, as more and more women choose to take up the profession, which was previously a men-only dominated field. Do women make better wedding photographers than men? The jury is still out on that one. Most women wedding photographers believe they have an edge when it comes to capturing the bride on the special day.
“It is relatively easy for a woman to open up to another woman,” Puja Kedia, a Surat-based wedding photographer says, “that makes me a bride’s best friend for that particular day.” Others like Payal Kumar, who has been shooting weddings for five years says that her proximity to the bride and the constant attention she trains on the lady means that at certain weddings she almost gets designated as bridesmaid. Rimi Sen, a mentee in the RAW SILK program, describes feeling like she is part of the family even before the actual wedding and getting easier access to places than other photographers. Continue reading “Do women make better wedding photographers than men?” »
For the new year we thought it would be a good idea to repost an old article, originally written on my own wedding photography blog back in 2011. This post might actually be slightly different in the sense that it is meant less for the photographer, and more for the person on the other side of the camera; a bride or groom who is looking to hire the services of a professional wedding photographer. However, in life there are always two sides to everything, and as wedding photographers we should also know how to value our work, and what we bring to the table. Continue reading “How to behave with a wedding photographer” »
This year has been phenomenal at many levels, and when we count our blessings, we will count SILK INSPIRE 2016, atleast twice! What started as an idea to bring wedding photographers together took the shape of a 4-day long extravaganza, a celebration of the vibrant photography community in India.
SILK INSPIRE has spawned many friendships, collaborations and strengthened bonds, something we hope to see more of in the coming year. It also revealed that wedding photography is a wonderful avenue to showcase your creativity. At the festival and on the blog and website, we were treated to some sheer visual wizardry.
In Conversation With: RAW SILK Photographer Rimi Sen
Rimi Sen is a Bangalore-based wedding photographer currently enrolled in the RAW SILK mentorship program. The 29-year-old was a researcher in her former life and decided to pursue her creative side through wedding photography. Rimi talks about the life of a female wedding photographer and tells us how being in the SILK RAW program has given her the confidence to continue to pursue her love for photography. Continue reading “In Conversation With RAW SILK Photographer Rimi Sen” »