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?
Shooting a wedding and having a second shooter at your side can be a great help, bringing another dimension to the coverage of the wedding, as well as in terms of backup and technical support. Yet, it is not always a pleasant experience as it brings about many issues related to expectations, qualifications, rights and responsibilities. We thought it could be good to have a look at second shooters best practices, and try to shed some light on a subject we so often tend to ignore. Read more
Some wedding photographers shoot 50 or more weddings a year, while others choose not to shoot more than 10. Some win awards, and others never send their work to any competition. Success has many faces, and many times has really nothing to do with the quality of your work as a photographer. What does success mean to you? And what is more important, to be; good, or successful? Read more
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