Photographers from all over the world want to photograph the Indian wedding and add them to their portfolios. Yes, that is how the trend of Indian weddings has changed. So many customs, rituals, and those colorful attires – everything is royal in Indian weddings and this is what actually attracts the photographers.
It is not all that easy to be an Indian wedding photographer even if you’ve been a wedding photographer. If you are a passionate photographer who wants to photograph the Indian weddings, or it is your first time in such an event, there are plenty of things you need to concentrate on. In this article, we will give you 8 important tips you need to know while photographing an Indian wedding.
1. Bear the time dilation
No, I’m not talking about the theory of relativity. When you are a photographer in an Indian wedding, be prepared to face the time dilation. No matter how much earnestly the family tries, Indian weddings never commence on time. If you’re among the guests, this wouldn’t have mattered much, but being a photographer, it can be very frustrating. You might have arrived at the venue at the prescribed time, but the family wouldn’t yet be ready. You might have thought of wrapping up the whole event in ten hours, but it would go on for around fourteen hours. Do not lose cool and try not to put out your frustration. You could also let the client know that you’d charge extra for additional hours, and also make an agreement with them on the same.
2. Work in coordination
You might enter the wedding hall, thinking you are the one in charge of the wedding photography, and start setting things up with your team. Out of the blue, you might be confronted with another team of photographers who would give you a tough time over the space. You might be hired from the bride, but the family of the groom would have summoned for another set of photographers for themselves. In such scenarios, there is at least a slightest chance of clashes over space and shots. Keep your calm, talk it out with your clients and come up with a way to coordinate with the other set of photographers. It is not uncommon for such situations to arise in Indian wedding after all!
3. Compromise with technology
You must know that the technology hasn’t reached every city in India. Hence, you shouldn’t be startled if you had to work along with a videographer who still uses heated halogen lights. This usually happens in the south Indian weddings. It has been rooted in the minds of Indian people that if they have to look bright and beautiful in the weddings, halogen lights must be used. However, this can be troublesome for the still photographers. The light can ruin your photographs, but you can always be the wiser and pull of something smart to get your job done. For instance, you could use the light as an asset if you could get the subject between the halogen and you.
4. Be okay with odd hours
When you’re taking part in an Indian wedding, you just cannot sleep. Owing to the proficiency of an astrologer, people conduct weddings even at 3am. They are told it is the most auspicious time to get people married. However, only the family members and close friends will stay back in such odd times, whereas other relatives just visit and leave, after food of course!
5. Be prepared for a lengthy ceremony
Indian weddings are really lengthy. If the actual wedding ceremony with all the Sanskrit verses and many little details lasts for a couple of hours, it is the other rituals that consume plenty of time. No matter how keenly you have observed the previous wedding you have been to, there is always another ritual you get to see for the first time. The longest ones are the Gujarati marriages which have lengthy rituals even before the main wedding ceremony. Keep an extra stock of memory card and batteries with you as the Tamil Brahmin wedding will go up to four hours or even more. Make sure you keep yourself recharged too, because it needs a great deal of energy to keep yourself active throughout.
6. Try being the classic Indian wedding photographer
Generally, in Indian weddings, the photographer has a special place. The task of a photographer has been firmly stuck to the roots of Indian culture for many years, and the expectations only keep going high. As a photographer, you have a specific task to do. One of the main tasks among these is to compulsorily click the pictures of every guest that attends the wedding. The couple will be ensconced on the stage that is well decorated, and the guests will wish the newlyweds one by one, in quick succession. These are crucial photographs wherein you definitely should not miss the gift presentation. This can take a long while, but that depends on the number of guests who have arrived. Though these pictures are irrelevant to the wedding but you cannot rule it out because Indian parents want every guest to feel they are considered important.
7. Destination wedding photography
There are quite a lot of destination weddings that are happening in India mainly in Kerala and Goa. The most important thing about beach weddings is that the couple is always supposed to face east. This is vital because the sun is going to set behind them and hence, the lighting issues will arise. Hence, it is imperative you carry enough reflectors and flashes.
8. Prepare yourself for a hectic event
A lot of events happen during Indian weddings other than the wedding itself. It might go on for a few days and you need to coordinate yourself for the hectic schedule. Unpredictable traffic and other unforeseen circumstances may result in you missing the event. Hence, see if you could stay in the same hotel as the couple if at all possible. This will also make it easy for you with your tools was you do not have to carry them around all the while.
These are the important tips you need to concentrate on, while you are photographing for an Indian wedding. Make sure you do not miss any of the ritual or the ceremony. It means a lot to the Indians!