Indian weddings are notoriously some of the most difficult events to photograph successfully, although they are among the most rewarding too. When done right, the results can be spectacular. Capturing the intricacies of a Hindu marriage ceremony is a particularly difficult task, and a great outcome for the couple looking to document their memories relies on the knowledge and experience level of the photographer in large part. Fortunately there are a few main steps a prospective wedding photographer can take in order to maximise their chances of success.
1) Start with a consultation – Meeting the bride and groom in person shouldn’t be left until the last minute, but you might be surprised how often this happens. A face-to-face meeting well in advance, however, is certainly the best way of ensuring you’re all in agreement about how the photography should be approached based on the order of the day, especially with a complex traditional ceremony. Building a good relationship and letting the couple get comfortable with their photographer is essential for the best results.
2) Vary your shots – It’s important to factor in some time to take what you might consider the most important pictures on the day, namely those featuring the happy couple and their close family both during and after the marriage ceremony. However, aside from this time (which will likely be under half an hour at most) you will be spending your time capturing moments on camera without much planning or staging. It’s important to get plenty of candid shots throughout the day and try not to miss any special moments. The bride and groom might miss some of them, but thanks to you they will be able to relive them later through the pictures!