A Twist in the Tale

 
Amidst all the action and the excruciating pain, Riddhi managed to take three shots, and luckily one of them captured the estatic and overjoyed expression of the groom. Photograph/Riddhi Parekh

Amidst all the action and the excruciating pain, Riddhi managed to take three shots, and luckily one of them captured the estatic and overjoyed expression of the groom. Photograph/Riddhi Parekh

Riddhi Parekh says that her tryst with photography began after a brief stint in advertising. She started her career by assisting ace photographer, Nrupen Madhvani followed by a formal education in photography at Shari Academy.

Riddhi Parekh
says that her tryst with
photography began
after a brief stint in
advertising. She started
her career by assisting
ace photographer,
Nrupen Madhvani
followed by a
formal education in
photography at
Shari Academy.

“My stomach ache got worse just as the groomarrived. I couldn’t leave, I had to think of a solution.”

Indian weddings are famous for their elaborate decor, grand and colourful attires and without a doubt, the rich and extravagant food. The latter is never a good thing though, especially when you are a wedding photographer. The last wedding season was quite hectic for me, and as a result of this, I was diagnosed with gastritis.

As fate would have it, I was doomed to suffer from acute stomach aches while photographing Rohan and Priyanka’s wedding. I was shooting the baraat when the pain began. I thought that maybe after a while it would subside. Of course, this wasn’t the case.

By the time I reached the reception, my journey was nothing short of a trip in the Mumbai locals at peak time. The cramps had gone from bad to worse. It also did not help that the relatives and the wedding guests were dancing and shoving each other out of joy and excitement. Unfortunately, I was stuck right in the centre of the action with tears in my eyes and a camera in my hand.

It was at that very moment that I realised that I was also in the best position to get a fantastic shot of the groom coming in. I held back my tears and photographed the scene for a minute, before being carted away by the guests.

Tips to Help You Be a Better Wedding Photographer:

17. Carry a Waist Bag: This is perfect as you’re not straining your shoulders. Also, you can carry camera accessories like an extra flash batteries and memory cards.

18. Maintain Discreetness: You will encounter two types of guests—those who want to be shot and the camera-shy ones. Either way, be discreet if you want to get candid shots.

19. Set Up Your Position: The wedding is going to be very crowded. It is up to you to get a good vantage point, even if it means getting up on a chair to make your photo.

20. Be Polite and Friendly: You will be approached by guests who will insist that you shoot their photos. Do it but ensure that you don’t miss the other important moments.

Before the bride and groom got onto the podium, Riddhi was shooting with her wide angle lens. But now since they were no longer at eye level, she ran the risk of making them appear really small in the frame. Also, things were moving fast. Everyone was cheering the couple to begin the varmala ceremony and so, she was afraid of losing out on an important moment while she changed lenses. Luckily, the groom announced that he would not perform the ceremony till she was ready to take her shot. Riddhi quickly changed to her telephoto lens. Photograph/Riddhi Parekh

Before the bride and groom got onto the podium, Riddhi was shooting with her wide angle lens. But now since they were no longer at eye level, she ran the risk of making them appear really small in the frame. Also, things were moving fast. Everyone was cheering the couple to begin the varmala ceremony and so, she was afraid of losing out on an important moment while she changed lenses. Luckily, the groom announced that he would not perform the ceremony till she was ready to take her shot. Riddhi quickly changed to her telephoto lens. Photograph/Riddhi Parekh

21. Observe, then Shoot: When you arrive at the venue, don’t just start photographing immediately. First look around you and see if there’s anything relevant taking place.

22. Build a Good Rapport: It is crucial that you have a healthy relationship with your client. This is because if you are ever in a sticky situation, they will be more forthcoming.

23. Build Contacts: Print and distribute your visiting cards to the immediate family members of the couple. This will help you create a clientele.

24. Take Inspiration: If you are starting out in the wedding industry, don’t take inspiration from just wedding photographers. Look at other genres to widen your scope.

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