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My first Indian wedding as a second shooter ...

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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 …

[SK]

Comments

sach! these are fabulous! love them!! you nailed it! :o)

Molby

Some nice shots mate, website looks great and your chat about the shoots makes it more enjoyable – keep up the good work!

sachinkhona

Thanks guys ;) Always appreciated!!

sabrinalavin

Awesome work here Sach!! Hurry up and come back to Van!!

Gabby

Hey Sachin,

Your pictures are beautiful. I've not shot an indian wedding as yet but hope to one day, so thanks for the top tips!

Gabby
http://www.HappyToShootYou.com

Lovely shots, especially the last but one photo with the brides hands around the grooms neck. Great!

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