Are you an award winning wedding photographer? Some of the world’s best wedding photographers are listed in directories of a small number of professional associations. These have become synonymous with great wedding photography, and conduct periodic contests in various categories of wedding photography. The award winning wedding photographers are often able to build very successful international careers as a result of the exposure they receive out of these awards. Nevertheless, most of the wedding photographers who are listed on these online platforms are yet to win any award. We wanted to know what this really means, and whether Indian photographers should consider memberships on these websites. Read more
In recent years, there’s been a surge in wedding portals that offer a plethora of ideas, and a whole host of listed wedding photographers that they claim are handpicked from the best of the best. Wedding photographers in India usually have to pay anywhere between Rs. 1 lakh upto Rs. 5 lakhs annually for a premium membership on these portals. Portals like WedMeGood, WeddingsOnline and others claim that wedding photographers who sign up will get a significant amount of business through them, exclusive stories on them, features on social media and more. Read more
In a fast-changing world, and the growing digital outreach, does it still make sense for wedding photographers to publish their work in print media? Is print still alive, or is the future of marketing in the wedding photography industry shifting completely to online platforms? We headed out to speak with some of the leading industry experts, and came up with interesting answers.
It turns out that while many of the marketing channels for wedding photographers on the internet are still free, making the online promotion option a more economical choice, pundits in the photography business make us see the other side to the coin, and maintain that the good old print media is still alive and kicking. Read more
Wedding photography has become more clever and creative, but it has also become flat and shallow. Timeless images that reveal a deep truth are hard to find in young wedding photographers portfolios. What is really easy to find are photographers trying to push the boundaries of composition, or some other basic element of photography.
The problem is that too many photographers in the wedding industry swim in the same puddle, and believe that it is the ocean. I believe that most of us do not like the twirling-lengha, the scarf-in-the-wind, or some silly couple shoot, but want to be creating the types of images that speak the timeless truth.
Indian weddings are nothing like anything you’ve ever encountered, and being an Indian wedding photographer is not the same as being a wedding photographer anywhere else in the world. If you have not attended an Indian wedding before, and are about to take your first Indian wedding photography assignment, here are a few tips for you that could make life a little less unexpected, if at all possible.
A guest at a party we attended in Delhi back in February 2002, our first week in India, gave me an advice; “Don’t try to make it happen, it will never happen. Just let it happen.” I still feel this pretty much a very good advice, for life, and especially for wedding photographers.
Can wedding photographers and wedding planners work together in synergy with the client in mind, or are they doomed to operate on separate sides of a fence, and collaborate only on a strictly commercial basis?
How does it really work? How do you get work from wedding ceremony planners, and what can you expect to hear when you do finally start getting work from wedding event planners and management companies?
Most of the wedding photographers we spoke with still receive assignments either via word of mouth, or by promoting their business online via search engine optimization and wedding portals. However, this trend is changing, and developing as the market is evolving. We decided to explore the connection and relationship, wherever relevant, between wedding photographers and wedding planners and came across a few interesting observations. Read more
There is something enigmatic about vintage. People tend to enjoy retro looks in fashion, rallies of vintage cars and antique furniture. Photography too is not untouched by adding the mystery quotient to photographs through film photography. Of late there has been a resurgence to film, especially medium format film, in the wedding world. Many of the photographers who shoot on film (as opposed to digital) believe that shooting film makes them more disciplined photographers. An insight into work of some of the best known photographers work explains why they prefer film photography in the digital age. Read more
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! Read more
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 Tips 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.
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. Read more