Things You Should Know About Photographing an Indian Wedding
Shrouded by the abundance of specific rituals and customary ceremonies, anIndian wedding is known for being not only complicated but also lavish with a festival-like feeling, lots of food, traditional music and dance, family rituals and splashes of rich hues of red and gold. An Indian wedding is certainly different from a Chinese Church wedding making the work of a wedding photographer more challenging and unpredictable. Wei Tatt and his team at Wedding Photo Malaysia would particularly know this very well as they have photographed all types of weddings but have a special affinity for Indian wedding photography.
The team enjoys capturing the bright colours and details of an Indian wedding and aims to bring the “Chinese wedding style” of photography to Indian weddings. Before embarking on a project, he says to always keep these few thoughts at the top of your mind when preparing to photograph an Indian wedding.
Get To Know The Each Other
Previously, it was common for Indian wedding photographers to only meet the couple on the day of the wedding itself. But like all weddings, whether Indian, Chinese or Malay, a photographer should take the chance to meet at least once before the wedding and not let the first time be on the day itself. A quick rendezvous before the day will help set expectations, plus the photographer will be able to brief you on the required shots and get you and hubby into the comfort zone. This would make it easy for both you to work together on W-day!
Identify The Co-ordinator
It is no secret that Indian weddings are infamous for being “small” but in truth end up with hundreds of “close” family members thronging to be in close proximity to the couple. For a photographer, the crowds mean it will create a framing catastrophe! Nearlywed couples should make an effort to make arrangements amongst their own family members to nominate a trusted individual who would help you in the co-ordination. The co-ordinator should help identify who are the important members of the family and assist in bringing the Bride and Groom to the photographer. Can you say crowd control?
Important To Know Your Wedding Process
As pointed out earlier, each Indian wedding may have its own customs and is unique in its own way. Wedding Photo Malaysia knows the importance to clarify and take notes of the wedding itinerary well in advance help him and his team better understand. During an Indian wedding, a specific moment such as the tying of the Thali is the highlight of the wedding. If caught unaware, his team may end up missing a key photography moment and it is something that will definitely not happen twice! So do brief your photographer properly beforehand.
Get a Second Photographer
The Bride and Groom in Indian weddings usually have their own set of events separately even before they arrive at the wedding venue. They will each send a relative to represent the family at the other parties’ event – a sister from the grooms’ side and a brother from the brides’ side. So it would be pretty much impossible to have one photographer be present at two locations at once. As a couple discuss and agree if your budget permits whether you can afford it. It would definitely help to have a second photographer else you could be missing out on some events in your once in a lifetime event. As a lone photographer, it may just mean that he (or she) will be enjoying a really good exercise session running between places!
Lights! Camera! Action!
It is common for Indian couples to usually request for their wedding photos to have colours of red and gold hues to pop and at the same time have fair skinned while maintaining the warmth in skin tones. To address this, the guys from Wedding Photo Malaysia usually use high-end cameras to shoot in RAW shooting so that editing can be done.
They also make sure that if they are unfamiliar with the venue, a visit beforehand would be in check to scout the area to check on the lighting available. As timing of the wedding proceedings is advised by The Temple, Indian weddings ceremonies may start in the afternoon and go long into the night. For a photographer, this means that he should ensure enough lighting prepared to transition into night time. Portable lights on a wireless trigger are preferable as heavy studio lights will be logistical nightmare within a big crowd.
Go In For The Shot!
The Close Up:Indian weddings are akin to a big carnival, so there are a lot of things going on at once. Not to mention A LOT of details such as the accessories, headpieces, garlands, sweets and even the wedding kolam. Your photographer may need to move around a lot to capture the perfect shot - don’t worry as they will be polite but firm with the invitees who may obstruct the frame of shot. This is because as a wedding photographer they understand that are expected to capture the significant moments of the ceremony. At an Indian wedding, they will be many are extremely colourful and it is acceptable to fill up the entire frame with saturated colours!
The Family Photo is Mandatory
The Medium Shot:You know that you will want your photographer to have that all important shot with the family members to capture their happy expressions and emotions in a single frame. If your co-ordinator doesn’t already know, get them to point out the family members. Plan well ahead on family group pictures as you will find that suddenly everyone amongst the hundreds of guests will consider themselves close to you and your new husband and would expect a standard portrait picture with the happy couple.
Well Planned & Candid Shots
The Wide Shot:In an Indian wedding, as there are many components of the ceremony which contribute to the entire overall event. You may consider scheduling planned shots with your photographer before the wedding begins or a day before the wedding. Based on their previous experiences, Wei Tatt has mentioned that he will usually find it extremely difficult to get the couple to pose for them after the wedding as the couple would surely not be as accommodating after the rigors of the entire days ceremony. It is likely that they would have to get most of their shots as the event is happening. Don’t fret too much as these wide angle shots will be good to capture the feel of the entire surroundings as the wedding is underway, giving you a true sense of the day itself as memories to keep.
So if you are a Bride looking for an experience photographer who specialises in shooting Indian Wedding photography with a special flair, letWedding Photo Malaysiahelp you in capturing those extraordinary moments during your Indian Wedding celebration.
If you are curious to find out more on Indian weddings, you can also learn more about some key ceremonial moments to lookout for during a Hindu Wedding.