Freedom is sometimes a mere byproduct of love. That evening after the shoot, I fondly remembered that sense of love in photography which brought me here after many rough years (and rougher still) of being a professional photographer. Vibhu found love in Viny and thought photography worthy and capable to be used to remember that day. And it was also that love for the power of the medium that humbled me and reminded me of the honour and privilege that comes with being a photographer.Read More
At the beginning of October, I was in Coimbatore covering an Andhra style wedding. The brief was that it would run for 24 hours straight and so it did.. Maybe even more. As the day progressed and energy levels waned... through scattered furniture and sleepy relatives, I could see that Vyshali and Sai had the strength and zing to push forward and make this a truly special day for them. Through hours of rituals and exhaustion, here was the bride and groom always wearing a big smile and excelling at one 24 hour day, as a commitment and vow for a lifetime together. Here's wishing them the very best ahead!
Oh and it also helps when the groom's father is so hospitable that he threatens you with not paying up unless I ate food on time ;)
After photographing weddings of wedding photographers, I was back shouldering the burden of photographing the wedding of the sister of a wedding photographer :) It's a mixture of high expectations that I had of myself combined with the ambience of small town Tamil Nadu... Ornate gold painted fiber glass backdrops, friends to shoot with and for lovely company, genuine emotions, and most importantly, two doctors in love.... and I couldn't but say yes!Read More
The more I shoot weddings, the more I am convinced that the most valuable portions are often the in between times... The journey, the second glance or the unexpected detours in the plan. Times when we let loose and be ourselves; You know, when we don't put up a show but just enjoy the gift of each other?Read More
A thought struck me as I was preparing for the webinar presentation… Oh and about that… One of the high points of this month is that I’m doing a free webinar on Documentary Wedding Photography in collaboration with Adobe India and Better Photography Magazine (link below).
Ah that thought….Come to think of it, good photos are not valuable… But value makes for a good photograph. We photographers are always in the rut of making a ‘good photo’, are we not? But what does that actually mean? I read a stat yesterday that we see more images in the first half of the day that someone living in the 1800’s saw in their entire lifetime! Now how many of these images that we see everyday are good photos? One could argue that many are, but are they valuable for us personally? If yes, does that value come because they are good photos? And what is valuable? For me it’s a date with my wife, a new flower in the garden, my niece’s pretty smile, the arrival of monsoon in Bangalore, cousins arm-wrestling after the long wedding day, the wedding horse tied outside a crumbling ‘computerised’ tax collection centre and so forth. In our image saturated world where we shoot and consume more images than ever, I think we should flip the switch. Aesthetically and technically perfect photos not mean much. They may entertain our minds of a few seconds but what next?
Good photos are not valuable… But value makes for a good photograph
If you’d like to hear more of this concept and hear me out as I present my views on documentary wedding photography and how you can make better images, please consider registering for this free webinar. Looking forward to our virtual meeting :)
Catch the webinar on 26th May 2017 at 3pm IST
Registrations here: https://goo.gl/M53vbJ
For the first Wedding Photographer Of The Year - Thank You Showcase, I'd like to thank my friend Tom and his lovely wife Romina whose wedding was my first assignment for 2017. Friendships go a long way and this combined with trust enables in creating and preserving memories for a lifetime. Going back to my motherland Kerala is always a pleasure and it's a bonus when it's for a enjoyable shoot.
Team: Abhishek Scariya, Ruhan Subramaniam
Simplicity. Probably the most undervalued thing in modern celebration can be as powerful as it has ever been. Nancy and James have been a great couple and their values, faith and family relationships made this wedding a success. I'm very glad to have been introduced to this family and to have shot the weddings of two of the siblings.
Goa was one of the places where I started my journey with wedding photography . Here I am back in the land with a soul and character as rich as the fish curry and rice it offers!Read More
A Kannada wedding in Mysore, India.
This November, my team and I went over to Yoga Narasimha Temple In Mysore to shoot the wedding of Harish and Akshata. Visual surprises along with an existing trust relationship with the couple often helps in producing great images!Read More