A Twist in the Tale
“At one point I thought that I wouldn’t be able to get past the swarm of people, and reach where the couple was.”
Indians love a spectacular and loud wedding party. Give them the right kind of music and whether intoxicated or not, they will dance like there is no tomorrow!
I was photographing Aaron and Candida’s wedding in Mumbai. Like most East Indian weddings in the city, the guests were dancing their hearts out, as if they were in a trance. As per custom, the whole procession danced till the couple reached the groom’s place to rest for a while.
However, even though it was a great shooting opportunity, after a point there were far too many people wanting to be a part of my frame. I had people pushing me around and the hot humid weather of the city simply added to my woes. I wasn’t being able to reach out and photograph the couple who were the main focus of the evening.
In the end, I did get to shoot several pictures of the couple, but I also had all these photographs of sweaty people dancing with their hands in the air. Man, do they know how to enjoy themselves!
Tips to Help You Be a Better Wedding Photographer:
25. Know Your Client’s Taste: If you are stuck in a rut about your client’s tastes, find out what their favourite song or type of music is. You will be surprised at how revealing this information is.
26. Checklist for Photos: Creating a checklist for what images you need to shoot is a great way to ensure that you don’t miss out on any important moment.
27. Have a Backup Contact: It is advisable to have an alternate contact of someone from the couple’s family, as you may not be able to reach the couple on the main day.
28. Choose the Right Partner: If you are planning to build a team of wedding photographers, you need to ensure that the photographer’s work complements your style.
29. Wear Comfortable Shoes: You are going to be on your feet for the most part of the wedding. This is why you need to wear the right kind of shoes that do not hurt your feet.
30. Snack Whenever Possible: All the running around and shooting is going to eventually take a toll on your tummy. Ensure that you eat something whenever you have a break.
31. Use Flash as a Fill Light: When shooting outdoors, a burst of low-intensity flash provides extra illumination, and fills dark shadows under the person’s eyes caused by light.
32. Maintain Cautiousness: Weddings are always brimming with loud and drunk people. It is essential that you are alert and careful at all times, so that you avoid any mishaps.
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