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
Since the past several months, I have been in two minds on the place of conversation within photography. And every time I attend a photography festival, I realise why my thoughts tend to veer in two opposite directions.
The pioneering colourist William Eggleston had once said, “Whatever it is about pictures, photographs, it’s just about impossible to follow up with words. They don’t have anything to do with each other.” There is, of course, great irony in the fact that I subscribe to Eggleston’s distrust for words. Having written on the medium for the greater part of a decade, I have indulged in precisely what he warns against. And yet it was six months ago at Silk Inspire 2017, that I reassessed my thoughts, and realised why there is a conflict in the first place. What is it about photo festivals and conferences that speak to each one of us? And what is it about them that we should be wary of? 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
As a wedding photographer, you owe it to your clients to deliver the best possible results of their big day. How you photograph their wedding, is how they will remember it, making it a tremendous responsibility. One way of ensuring that you live up to your craft and produce the best work possible, is to always keep evolving as a photographer.
SILK INSPIRE 2017 brought together an assortment of photographers from around the world. Each brought their unique view on how to photograph weddings. While their methods and vision may have been different, their goal was the same. They all were there to share their vast experience to help attendees better understand the language of photography. Among these masters, was the incredible Andrea Corsi, from Tuscany, Italy. Read more
Here is something to ponder on for us this Women’s Day. Are there enough female wedding photographers, and who defines ‘enough’? If not, are we doing enough to make aspiring female photographers want to get into the field, and should we even bother?
Is wedding photography primarily a male-dominated industry? In a previous blog post we discussed closing the gender gap in the wedding photography industry , and whether women make better wedding photographers. This time we’d like to take that a step further. If women offer a fresh, different perspective into photography, why is it that they are so underrepresented? Read more
If you’re serious about your photography, then you know that attending a photo conferences will do wonders for your work. You find yourself exposed to different ways of thinking and seeing, which you can take and apply to your voice in photography.
What did you miss at SILK Inspire 2017? Three days of artist talks, an exchange of ideas and thoughts in an atmosphere filled with love for photography, creative, emotional, stunning visuals from weddings and so much more! The festival brought together an eclectic mix of talent which included, among others, the Ukraine born artist, Sergey Ivanov. Read more
Amongst the eight panelists who will be speaking at SILK INSPIRE 2017, only one photographer is a woman. This fact raised several comments criticizing the decision for not consciously creating a gender-equal panel. But should festivals like SILK INSPIRE pay special attention to ensure equal representation of men and women panelists, or should the panel be decided based on other criteria and disregard any gender issues? 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
It’s been about five months since SILK INSPIRE 2016, India’s first-ever wedding photography festival, and I must admit that it took us a while to digest what really happened. The first festival, on a tight schedule of planning and execution, turned out to be one heck of an event that blew our minds away. People […]
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
The first edition of SILK INSPIRE festival, that took place in Goa this October, hosted over 200 photographers from all over India and was a huge success. The SILK PHOTOS team is already at work preparing for SILK INSPIRE 2017, and you can expect some big surprises, but let us start at the beginning.
Organising a wedding photography festival is no less hectic than organising a real wedding, Sephi Bergerson realised this fall as the architect of SILK INSPIRE, India’s first ever wedding photography festival. It was stressful but the end result was as exhilarating, and of course there were many many photographs to commemorate the occasion. Read more