Being a wedding photographer, or any photographer for that matter, comes with its share of burdens. You find yourself doing the dance between staying inspired, earning a living and making sure that you meet client expectations… after all, you have been hired to photograph a wedding because of your expertise. These burdens are no stranger to Juya Gentil, who gave one of the most insightful talks at SILK INSPIRE 2017. How do you keep going without running the risk of getting bored? How do you deal with the inevitable fears that go with the creatively challenging profession that photography is? These are questions that go through any photographer’s mind at some stage or the other. Read more
I remember being absolutely mesmerized when I saw Jen Huang’s photographs for the first time, and the fact that she almost exclusively shoots on film. Using a medium format camera, today, in a genre like wedding photography, is quite unheard of. Here is someone who uses film, not for its novelty aspect, but because she understands what shooting with it stands for and has imbibed its qualities in her line of work.
Jen’s presentation at SILK Inspire last year, was one of the most interactive and fun talks. As she walked amongst the crowd, and handed out props (several velvet ring boxes), she mentioned a few things that we can all stand to gain from. Read more
Jeff Newsom went from being a young artist, to a competitive gamer, to a travelling musician, to aspiring physicist. Today, in his thirteenth year as a wedding photographer, his photographs are an unending video game, with the play of visuality much like an improvised musical performance, his work, seeking to understand the physicality of the various atoms that come together, to form a story. Read more
Photographers continue to find themselves in this predicament… It is not the lack of ideas or the passion fueling these ideas. They are in abundance. But it is the process involved in realizing them, turning these ideas into reality. It requires resources. Expensive ones. That’s where a lot of photographers falter, at least those who are in the initial phase of their photography careers. And eventually, even when there is a steady flow of money, it somehow always feels like there is a dearth of it. It’s unfortunate that most photographers don’t usually make for good businessmen. It’s a skill, no doubt, to be able to manage the creative and the business side of the art form. But a handful have managed to do well in both. One of them is Zack Arias, an established and well-known name in the industry. However, don’t be fooled into thinking that he always had it all figured out. There were lessons, distressing and harrowing ones, that taught him how to navigate the complex and sometimes, the cut-throat world of commercial photography. Read more
Recently, when I had spoken to L.A.-based wedding photographer, Brian Callaway, he mentioned how he and his wife Allison are extremely involved with their clients, to a point where they end up becoming a part of their wedding photographs. This approach has given them access to a wonderful variety of moments and the ability to create scenes that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. However, when it comes to Juyá Gentil, a Colombian-based wedding photographer, he has a slightly different belief when it comes to the idea of ‘seizing the moment’. His approach involves donning the cloak of invisibility. “I tell my clients to pretend like I am not here… as if they don’t know me at all,” he said. According to him, there’s nothing worse than having the bride and groom smile for his camera. Or to have the guests strike over-the-top poses, every time that they stumble upon him. In other words, making his presence felt is akin to compromising the moment. “Not everyone is used to being photographed. Some people get quite conscious of the camera. And when this happens, they’re far from being themselves,” he said. Read more
“I want people to remember us,” says Brian Callaway. He and his wife Allison run the popular Callaway Gable wedding photographers Studio in Los Angeles, known for producing award-winning wedding photographs. It wasn’t just enough for Brian and Allison to create wonderful memories for their clients. Read more
Andrea Corsi gushes about Tuscany. It’s the first thing he mentioned during our rather long, but engaging conversation about how he got around to wedding photography. “Have you ever been to Tuscany?” he asks me, and goes on to provide incredible detail of the region’s picturesque landscapes. Home to some of the most acclaimed and illustrious artists the world has known (Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci), Tuscany’s richness and vibrancy is also a result of its ability to still hold on to its rustic roots. So it is not surprising that over the years, the area has become one of the most popular wedding destinations, with people flocking from all over the world to get a slice of its beauty in their wedding photographs. Read more
Dr. Seuss had once said, “Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.” I was reminded of his words as soon as I chanced upon Sergey Ivanov’s fantastical wedding photography. His visuals have all the ingredients or rather qualities that encompass a wedding. There’s love, there’s drama, there’s action… Yet, the final image is not what you’d expect from a wedding picture. At first, you are left stunned… Is the photograph in front of you a work of fiction or reality?
Very often people forget that wedding photography involves much more than showing up on the day of the event to document it. In fact, making photographs is the easy part… It is the one thing that comes naturally to you, the photographer. But it’s unfortunate that for most wedding photographers, being creative with the camera does not necessarily mean that they’re as adept at the business side of things. At the end of the day, wedding photography is a service that requires efficient planning and management. So even if you’re great at what you do, if you cannot market yourself, your talent will not quite have the opportunity to show itself. But that’s not the case with Arjun Kartha, who has successfully located the fine thread separating business and photography, and staying firmly put on that line. Read more
We live in a time where photographers have the luxury to shoot as many photographs as they please. Many street photographers today find themselves constantly shooting, rarely pausing to observe and think about what it is that they’re photographing. It is the constant pursuit of being there at the right place and at the right time to capture the moment that keeps them always on the move. The rules don’t change when it comes to wedding photography as well. Except that wedding photographers have a larger responsibility, that is, of immortalizing someone’s big, special day.
Now imagine photographing a wedding using only film. It immediately slows down the process. But, it is not necessarily a bad thing. Jen Huang is one such photographer who has centered her wedding photography business around this very aspect, making her one of the most sought after artist in the field. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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
When Apresh Chavda accepted the invitation to conduct a day-long Master Class at SILK INSPIRE 2016, India’s first documentary wedding photography festival, he knew what he wanted to achieve: he wasn’t going to just hold a workshop for a few hours on a particular day, he was going to build a community. Read more
This week we catch up with Chenthil Mohan, the first prize winner at SILK AWARDS 2016. A self-described ‘corporate jockey’ in his previous life, the photojournalist is living his dream ‘alternative life’ with a wife and 5 dogs in Bangalore.
Chenthil’s submission capturing a Bangalore Muslim wedding shot entirely on an iPhone won him the top prize at the SILK AWARDS last month. The photographer describes all Indian weddings as “controlled chaos.” Read more