Why get married?!
Hahaha! Okay no, I’m not going to answer that question here!
Simply put, we shot three weddings in the first half of 2013. We have a travel/motoring/photography portfolio and yes weddings rarely fit into that paradigm but we worked our asses off for these amazing marriages and so we feel, you deserve to see some of our work. And boy, did we travel!
Once again, we here at theroadtonirvana.com wish the brilliant couples a fun, adventurous and travel filled life together!
Marriage – a bond like no other.
Marriage in India is a BIG occasion. Even if the family is small, your average Indian marriage is almost always hee-yooj. So, here is our experience shooting weddings of three super close friends. (probably the real reason why we shot the weddings ;))
In a sentence, we came home with a greater sense of respect for true-blue creative wedding photographers. It’s not an easy job and well, the amount of people to push/shove through is a task on its own!
The sheer volume of beautiful people and amazing hospitality of the quintessential wedding ethos had us gasping from over exposure to awesomeness.
If you understood the last statement, you’re ready for the rest. 😛
We were to shoot three weddings over the course of 2 months. For the first, we made our way into the Indian state of Gujarat. A proper Gujarati wedding – loud, large and effervescent.
Bhakti and Pankaj
Childhood friends and now lifelong ones, it doesn’t really get any better. As soon as we met our Bhabi, I fell in love with her energy. She was perfect personification of the words infectious smile. It was she who made me feel comfortable shooting her at the wedding not the other way around!
Bhakti and I were close as friends could be in no time and to be honest, I even forgot about the groom for a bit! That’s what absolute happiness in ones being leads to, amazing portraits!
Bhakti, happiness in her being.
About the groom, we knew this guy pretty well. Pankaj is a biker (or was!) and one of us. Well, when I say one of us, I mean he and I were the only single guys before the wedding. The rest is history.
The countless ceremonies happened in the biting cold of a winter cloaked Gujarati night. We jumped around trying to get our shots while the couple settled into their comfort zone. They seemed ready.
Today we start and never stop. We’re Mr. and Mrs. Goyal.
The next wedding we shot was right here in our backyard, Pune. Also a Gujarati knot but poles apart from what we had just experienced.
Bhoomi and Monish
This was one whirlwind, super fast paced Indian marriage. Sangeet to wedding to reception in quick succession. This wedding happened on our home turf, so there was no doubt about having a lot of biker dance. Keep guessing ;).
The biker boys
Unabashed dance aside, this was our second wedding (shoot) and here is where the emotions hit us. It’s obvious, emotions ride high during any marriage but here, even we felt it. For photography, they say an understanding of emotion leads to better pictures. It’s true.
She leaves her home forever, stepping into a new life with another being. Moving out of the ultimate comfort zone, to create another home. That’s what we’d heard but we never thought it’d be possible to capture in a photograph.
Beginning a life together has unmatched excitement attached to it. Monish, the groom, was a walking talking example of that very excitement. A spring in his step throughout!
and then came the moment.
The third wedding we shot was at one of our favourite places in India, Goa. No, this wasn’t a destination wedding. It was a church wedding, a Goan church wedding – in Goa! Jealous? 😉
Roshila and Wensley
Let’s get married! – Ummm okay!
COOL! That’s what true Goans are. These families were no different. We visited a side of Goa that tourists literally never get to experience. Yeah, brilliantly home cooked Sarapatel was another feather in the Goan cap!
Roshila has the best sense of humor! And Wensley well, biker guy classy guy. We loved every minute of being a part of this wedding. It was like we were family. Who doesn’t want to be part of a Goan family anyway! 😀
Roshila and Wens’s wedding was an eye opener for us. Me specially as I had never been part of a Christian wedding. Every ceremony, every hour was like a new discovery. The people were some of the warmest I have met, the food was the best in Goa I ever tasted and the dancing – oh they know how to dance alright!
1-2-3-2-2-3 – Life!
Life is awesome. When I saw these three couples, those three words kept popping up in my head. When you have the person you want to spend another 50 years with standing next to you, you’re complete. It is really a happy place to be. We congratulate our friends who have begun the most adventurous part of their lives together. Don’t forget us!
We thank from our hearts, Wensley and Roshila, Monish and Bhoomi, Pankaj and Bhakti for trusting us with their big day. We hold you real close! Cheers!
The Great Indian Wedding Challenge
It’s true, shooting any wedding is a challenge. As a photographer you need guts, you need guts to get out of your own comfort zone and into other peoples’. The world is over flowing with wedding photos today. That’s why every wedding photographer has to innovate, apply and execute their technique to their utmost best. Those who think it’s fun and games are not entirely correct. A wedding asks of a photographer what few other projects do. Number one, time is always less. Secondly, the photographer needs to think five compositions ahead. Lastly, the photographer needs to know his subjects. Photography without a connection with your subject is just mechanical and the lack of it will show.
One question I kept asking myself as I started shooting these weddings was: ‘What do I shoot?’ The answer to that is tougher than one might assume.
A photographer friend of mine recently said to me, it’s not the wedding she shot. Every wedding she went to, she tried shooting the love. Well, that I think sums it up beautifully. Love.