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
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 hiring a 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. Hiring 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. 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
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. Read more
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
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.
Every now and then we hope to find new stories, new techniques, and new approaches to wedding photography, and share them with you here. For this week we planned to look at Fuji’s strategy for the X-Series cameras in India, but then we didn’t plan for Carol Kuntjoro. She popped up on our radar with this incredible story about an image that literally changed the relationship of a bride with her mother whom she has not been in touch with for years. Carol uses an interesting approach called Moment Design to create the most incredible images, and we just couldn’t wait to talk with her and hear how she managed to draw out this beautiful expression. Here it is! Read more