As a professional photographer, it is really hard to resist the enticement once you understand the true potentiality of a big fat Indian Wedding. Being a wedding photographer you must have a dream to shoot an Indian Wedding in popular wedding destination. Now the point is to plan the shoot and cinematography for the wedding and of course the pre-wedding and post-wedding rituals. This blog will put some light into it.
An Introduction to Indian Wedding: A typical Indian wedding happens over a number of days. Each day of the wedding has its own set of rituals and ceremonies which can be both religious as well as non-religious. Deep-rooted customs and beliefs are often being practiced in the form of rituals, which are practiced during bright events such as weddings.An apprehension of the ceremonies gives you an astounding edge over other wedding photographers.
Understanding the expectations of the client: The business policy of every wedding planning or wedding photography company should be hundred percent client oriented. In case of affluent families, somebody from the wedding families books the photographers rather than the to be coupled decide by their own. So it is always better to meet the couple first and establish their expectations. Then you will have to meet the family members to plan the entire event. You will have to be prepared to photograph the huge number of guests which is usually not less than 1000.
Type of Photographs: Candid images with the cousins, siblings, and friends of the bride or groom are being taken during the mahendi, sangeet and varmala. You will have to concentrate on family portraits with the parents of the bride or groom at the same time. So you will have to arrange separate sets of lights and other equipment for each ceremony of the entire event.
Cinematic Wedding Highlight: To shoot a cinematic wedding highlight of an Indian Wedding is another crucial aspect of the photography companies. Using some newly invented devices like Go-Pro, Osmo, Helicam or Drone or Jimmy Jiv ( may require in case of farmhouse, lawn ) and to re-organize the videos are very very important.
The number of Photographers and Cinematographers: A team of minimum 3 photographers and 2 cinematographers along with 2 helpers we recommend to the photography companies.
Pre-Wedding Rituals: In pre-wedding rituals like mahendi,haldi, sangeet, Prarthana, and haldi a photographer should focus not only the moments created by the people involved but also the small details like the design of the mahendi, bridal costumes etc.
The Baarat: Once the groom and their relatives or the baarat rich on to venue, You will have to start capturing the candid moments. To get the best shots you will have to take your position before the baarat comes.
Photographing the Mandap: A mandap or the main wedding place is being decorated in different forms. It is a consecrated area at the venue where the bride, the groom, and the priest sits and the wedding is solemnized. Once you enter the venue you will easily identify it by the way it is designed. Usually, it is on a high platform so that everybody can see it from a distance. There should be four pillar-like structures surrounding a square enclosure. There may or may not be a canopy, depending on the venue. The structure is decorated with fresh flowers, colorful fabrics, and other embellishments. It can be photographed before the wedding, during the wedding and even after the wedding.
Hope you find this article resourceful and it will help to plan a shoot for a big fat Indian Wedding.