Being a British Indian, I’m definitely no stranger to Indian weddings (I have probably been to about 20 in my lifetime if not more..) … but this is the first one I had the privilege of capturing with my camera.
The bride and groom were Hemal and Saarika and the wedding was at the The Fennes in Essex, a beautiful country location just outside London. The groom, Hemal, has been a great friend of mine since college and I wanted to start of by saying many congratulations guys and thanks for this amazing opportunity… I wish you all the best for your futures together …
I want to concentrate on describing the main ceremony which was approximately one and three quarter hours. I loved that I could move around a lot, shoot different aspects and details of the ceremony and turn around, face the crowd and capture some great candids as family & friends looked on.
As a second shooter, the lenses I packed were my Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8, Canon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS and Canon 50mm f/1.8. I mostly used my Sigma for the wedding as it allowed me to stand away from the ceremony as a second shooter but capture the details and key aspects that would complement the main shooters moments without getting in their way or of any of the proceedings. Fortunately a lot of flash wasn’t required as there was sufficient natural light – I could shoot with my f/2.8 at ISO 400 indoors and pushed it to a maximum of 800 ISO without losing any quality to the images.
My biggest tip for the day is this: As the bride and groom enter the hall, close family members will crowd around to welcome them in and a few short ceremonies will occur. Make sure you can capture this and get in close for the key moments and also out wide to capture the scene as it occurs.
I thoroughly enjoyed the day and here’s my 2 cents for other wedding photographers with any future opportunities to shoot the main ceremony:
– Be prepared. There are lots of ceremonies involved on the day so its a good idea to do your research and have an understanding of these.
– Be in the right place at the right time… just when you think you can rest ( .. there will be breaks!)… something happens, so be ready
– Things may get a tight and compact so have your widest angle lens ready
– Some aspects of the ceremony do repeat themselves, so don’t worry. You may have more than one or two opportunities to shoot the same ceremony
– There is a lot of detail to capture: the brides hands, bangles, mehndi (henna) are just some examples
– All usual precautions apply. Pack lots of spare batteries, cards etc.
– Finally, there is a lot to shoot, so have fun and enjoy the experience.. take it all in, the sights, sounds and colour and yes, the food… ;)
Have you shot an indian wedding recently? How did it go? Share your thoughts and insights here …