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Neda Weds Sanjit- A cross cultural wedding

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When Neda and Sanjit’s cross-cultural wedding photography assignment landed in our inboxes, we were confused, amazed and mesmerized at the beauty of this celebration! This couple’s whose love wasn’t subject to religion or caste decided to celebrate this cross-cultural wedding in three distinct ways. They first had a Gaye Holud, followed by a Bengali wedding ending the celebrations with a European themed reception. The team at Wedding Photo Creators shot this crazy-fun wedding brilliantly. Photographing and filming those candid moments, those secret laughs and so much more perfectly! Scroll on to see how Neda and Sanjit nailed a special kind of cross-cultural wedding occasions brilliantly.

 

When the bride and groom come from different cultures or different parts of the world, the Big Fat Indian Wedding is being filled with unexpected surprises.

Neda, 30, a project manager for an international oil and gas conglomerate, is a Persian lady. Sanjit, 35, an entrepreneur based in Dubai, is Bengali. The two met at Dubai, during a conference.

Both sets of parents were perfectly okay with the idea, except for one thing: What kind of wedding would a Persian lady and Indian man have? Both families were enthusiastic about participating in all the rituals for both the weddings. The fun of mixing two cultures has continued even after the wedding. The thing about dreams is that you need to work towards making them a reality.

Sanjit’s ancestral house is in Mumbai Shivaji Park and Neda is from Tehran. Both places are not only different demographically, but different in psychographic and all other aspects. But Neda’s family accepted all the loudness of  Indian cultures and the wedding was performed in a typical Bengali way which was very difficult from other weddings in Mumbai.

In the next blogs, we will discuss the rituals performed in those days. Now just scroll down to see some amazing pictures of this grand event.

“Wedding is about the two people apprehensive, and in the long run, culture plays a very limited role,” says Neda. “You deal with each other’s likes, dislikes, fears, hopes, and dreams, irrespective of where the other person is from. Even today, I am a curtail Persian Islam and Sanjit is a curtail Bengali Hindu but that has not affected our association in any way. In fact, I think cross-cultural weddings make the best babies – they’re fast developing and a lovely amalgamation of both sides.”

Most cross-cultural couples plan suitably cross-cultural weddings, but Neda insisted on an Indian experience, elephant et al.

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Candid and Traditional Wedding Photography: Two different approaches

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A wedding happens a once in a lifetime. People want to memorize their special day. Wedding photography is the finest form of art to capture the most astonishing moments of a couples’ life. These days, there is a drift of candid wedding photography in Mumbai which is catching up fast. Though this is the new shift, there are many fans for traditional wedding photography.

Anticipating the unexpected: Candid is always impromptu

Indian candid wedding photography is a composition of the old and new. Because it covers a very traditional wedding in a new and divergent hue. It captures people when they are not aware of their photographs being taken. Hence, it is called candid photography. The photographers capture images without mounting a scene. Hence it is organic and brings in a feel of realism. The photographer moves around the event area and captures people as they go about the rituals. In fact, it has become popular in recent times in spite of candid photography cost is greater than that of traditional photography.

Traditional is trendy even today

In incongruity to candid photography, a traditional photography in India involves sitting down pictures of the people. They are aware that somebody is taking capturing their picture. This kind of photography is more solemn in its approach. Traditional photography allows the photographer to create the perfect fissure to take a picture where everyone is giving their poses. It also means that people can dress up as they want and give a pose which is suitable for them more.

Candid V/S Traditional photography: the difference

Conventional photography captures events as they are supposed to. The bombshell of candid wedding photography lies in the natural reactions of the people. It captures people in their best emotions and brings out the feelings of that moment through a picture. In traditional photography, if the photo is of the recently wed couple, then they will be visible clearly. Also, they will be at the center of the picture. This is different from candid photography. There the photographer can decide a unique angle for capturing the couple. He may focus on a particular scene through a new position. And he can use the light to give a fresh look to the picture. Hence it is more creative.

The technical know-how

There is a huge difference in the approach of a candid and a traditional photographer. For example, a candid portrait photography will use light and capture a person in a more informal tone. The final look of the picture depends on the processing of the images. And of course, it depends on the photographers’  photographic skill too.

The difference between the two forms is in the way both observe a scene needs to be photographed. And also how they want to frame a subject in the picture and click it. The difference could also be in the ambiance they prefer and the use of light in them. Though candid Indian wedding photography is in trend, it doesn’t mean that the traditional version is out. There are many admirers of traditional photography in India as it has been an accepted for long years now.

In both types, the results are different. But depending on the photographer’s skill, both styles of photography can give good outputs. Moreover, some photos are the best when they are candid while certain parts of the wedding need traditional photography.

 

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Deepveer Wedding

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The world is starving to get some glimpses of the Bollywood’s newly-wed couples Deepika and Ranveer. The nation sparkled after the couple released their first official wedding photo’s on their Instagram handles. As one of the best wedding photographers in Mumbai, we were also eagerly waiting to see the creative photographs of this destination wedding

The couple Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh Bhavnani adjudicated their wedding proclamation via posting a joint wedding card to their respective Instagram handle at the same time, written in both, Hindi and English.

The Wedding Date

While all of us know their wedding date, but there is something really momentous about these dates. The wedding happened on November 14-15, which is also the date when their first film together – ‘Ram Leela’ was released in 2013. Deepika is the queen of fashion and Ranveer is no less the fashion king himself so it is all right to say that our eagle eyes were looking for what they wore and the how they styled it.

Bride and Grooms Fashion

Since then, glimpses from the big fat Indian wedding were shared by the couple’s close associates.  In this blog we’ll share some of our close observations on their wedding dress and bridal jewellery.

Deepika Padukone wore a Kanjeevaram saree in a gold zari border on her Konkani Wedding day. Keeping in touch with her south indian origin, she wore a traditional Guttapusali, Jhumkas and mathapatti.For her makeup, Deepika kept it simple, going matte with face. She was wearing a brown smokey eye, paired with a nude lip. She’s got considerably light with her contour; it’s almost insubstantial! Deepika bought her look together with  one small red bindi.

Ranveer, on the other hand, kept it minimal ,wearing Shalle Panache, an outfit that a traditional Konkani groom would wear.

For the Anand Karaj ceremony, they both wore the traditional red. Deepika choose a red lehenga. Her dupatta has been craved with the Sanskrit shloka, “Sada Soubhagyavati Bhava” which translates to “Have a blessed destiny always”.

Her jewelry consisted of large nath, maang tikka, red chooras and kaleeras. Her Kaleera & Chooras are by Raa Abta by Rahul ( create hyperlink ). However, what was shimmering through the photo is her huge solitaire ring, which Deepika is wearing with all her other jewelry.

Keeping her makeup analogous, Deepika had chosen to go with pink shimmer & black smokey eye, with false lashes. This makeup of the day was also matte and her base was unblemished as usual. After a two-day extravagant wedding celebration in Italy, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone have been finally declared Man and Wife.

We will keep you updated, once they reveal more of the pictures they have captured during their wedding. Hope this blog has put some lights on the lesser discussed facts about one of the biggest wedding of this year. Their love story is no less than a modern fairytale but their astonishing celebrations on the alluring property will make you feel warm and fuzzy.

Here are some minute details of the vendors involved in the wedding.

Location: Villa Del Balbianello

Wedding Planners: Wedding Design Company (WDC, Delhi)

Food: Foodlink Services

Entertainment: Harshdeep Kaur and band

Deepika & Ranveer’s Outfits: Sabyasachi Mukherjee

Deepika’s Jewellery: Sabyasachi Mukherjee

Makeup Artist: Sandhya Shekar

Deepika’s Hair: Georgiou Gabriel

Deepika’s Stylist: Shaleena Nathani

Ranveer’s Hair: Darshan Yewalekar

Ranveer’s Stylist: Nitasha Gaurav

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Six familiar faults most couples make while hiring A wedding photographer

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Every wannabe couple for their wedding to be a picture-perfect occurrence. And, they leave no stone persisted to turn this dream into a reality. They look for the most alluring venue, hire suitable vendors, select the most gorgeous outfits, and everything else, which helps them to make their wedding truly indelible. However, when it comes to hiring a wedding photographer, not every couple might end up making the best decision because of their lack of knowledge on how to choose the best wedding photographer in Kolkata. In fact, there are a few mistakes, which most couples usually make while booking their photographer.

Well, this can be a real marauder in any couple’s dreams of having a perfect wedding, since, only the wedding pictures conserve the memories of this beautiful day. So, here are some common mistakes you must not do, which most couples make while hiring a wedding photographer in Kolkata.

1. Budget or quality, Which one you should go for?

Having a professional wedding photographer in Kolkata is possibly the best speculation that you can make for the most important day of your life. This is where you should not be looking for the cheapest, but for the best that you can spare. Remember, even if you stretch your budget a bit more on other perspectives, it will be forgotten once the event is over. However, what will stay with you eternally would be your wedding photographs. So, it is surely not good to compromise on the quality of your photographs, just because they cost you slightly a notch under than the good ones.

2. Interfering into Photographer’s Job

Many couples tend to give their commendations to the photographer while getting themselves shot. They even reject the photographer’s inputs at times, and enforce them to do the things the way they feel is right. You have to be aware that your photographer is a pro in his or her field, and hence, is well aware of how to give you the best wedding photographs. By imposing your own terms, you might just end up peeling them; the result of which can lead to you getting the ordinary pictures.

3. Prioritizing quantity of images over quality

You might have a defined budget, and there is nothing wrong with that. But, this does not mean you need to adjust to the quality of your wedding pictures. There are ways to shoot around a low budget. However, those ways might not work at all if your preference would be to get a number of pictures than those better in terms of clarity and creativity. Well, ask you well wisher. And, if your budget does not allow you to get the photo book made right now, you can skip it for a while and get it made a little after the wedding. At present, simply focus on the photography, rather than worrying about the number of pictures you will get in your photo book.

4. Allowing other people to shoot

Nowadays, it is pretty common to see the guests clicking pictures of the couple with their cameras or at least, with their phones. Well, this can make the work of your photographer difficult, as the ardent guests might just come in their way when they might be about to capture a perfect shot. Agreed, that it might be difficult for you to prevent them, but you can always tell this in advance to at least your close buddies and family members. After all, it would be the best way to let your photographer do this job, as he/she is paid to do it.

5. Booking a distant venue

This one is particularly for the couples, who hire the photographers residing out of their own place. You have to establish that the stay arrangement of your photographer is done as early as possible, to your own place. And, in case you are having a destination wedding, then there could be nothing better than having your photographer in the same hotel or resort where you are staying. This will ensure that your destination wedding photographer does not miss any important moment, and is easily available even at certain candid moments. Additionally, they will be saved from the inconveniences of traveling back and forth with entire camera gear, when there are a couple of hours between two ceremonies.

6. Doing mess with copyrights and usage rights

Some couples might get confused by the concept that the pictures taken at their wedding for which they have paid, are owned by them. Well, prior to booking a photographer, you should be having these questions for you and your photographer both:

What is it that you are entitled to when you entitle a photographer to shoot your wedding?
Who owns the copyrighted images?
What rights do you have in your wedding images, and what rights, if any, does the photographer have?

Well, Copyright is a legal right created by the law of a country, which grants the photographer of an original photograph, exclusive rights to its use and distribution. Usually, these rights are provided for a limited time, with the intention of enabling the photographer to receive reprisal for their inventive effort.

So, you hire a photographer and in return for your investment, you are entitled to certain usage rights in the images. In the matter of your own wedding images, these rights are usually extended to personal use. This means that you will be able to do whatever you want with the images as long as you do not use them for business purposes. So, at the end of the day, all you really should have is the usage rights. At the same time, the photographer should still be able to be recognized as the creator of the photograph or film and keep his or her moral right. The photographer might want to use those from your wedding on his/her website for self-promotion, but will not be able to use images for any commercial use unless a model release is signed.

Inessential to say, pictures are the only way to preserve the moments of the most beautiful day of your life. And one of the ways to get the best wedding pictures is, to let an adroit do this task. So, all you have to do now before booking a professional photographer for your wedding is, to keep these tips in mind so as to avoid any clash between you and the photographer’s interest.

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How to Hire a Professional Wedding Photographer in Mumbai

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Mumbai is not only the commercial capital of India but also a great place to visit to see so many things. If you have already come here, then you must know the charming things in Mumbai. You could come to see repeatedly for sure. If you are from this city, then you must know how to find the wedding photographer in Mumbai, because it is your day and the day comes only once in one life. Therefore, you should not miss capturing the memory of your wedding.

Let us see how to find the best veteran wedding photographer in Mumbai.

There are many different occasions you come across and you have probably met many photographers but also must know well in wedding photography. This time you are here to know and to find the best photographer in the city and you will not miss it. In a market like India, where any X, Y, Z can pick a camera up and become a photographer, then it is really difficult to know whether the X, Y, Z is a practiced and having experience in photography and also the person is really good in photography or not.

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Things to know before you hire a wedding photographer in Mumbai:

Mumbai is not like other places. It is one of the most trusted but expensive cities in the country. If you come to know more about this city, you should read the country guide as well. In a market like India, where anyone can pick a camera up and become a photographer, then it is really difficult to know whether he is a professional and having experience in photography and also the person is really professional in photography or not. You should see the six most important things that you know before you hire a wedding photographer in Mumbai.

1.Whether they are the professional photographer for wedding photography.
2.Whether they are a veteran photographer for catering the wedding occasion.
3.Whether they are good at photography and have a couple of years of experience.
4.If they got experience with wedding photography then how long they are in this domain.
5. If they are many years in this domain then they are asking for cost-effective wedding photography or not.
6. Ask the photography to show the previous work, so that you can understand the way they do their work and the quality of work they provide for wedding photography.

Lastly, it is said that photography is nothing but an art and only a professional wedding photographer in Mumbai can help you to do the work with utmost care and sincerity at the same time for sure.

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Indian Wedding Photography : Industry Insight

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Wedding photography in India has been stupendously increasing in arrangement with the matrimony and allied business as a whole whose size is estimated at $25-30 billion and which is growing at 20-25 percent annually. There are said to be 10,000-15,000 candid wedding photographers in India who focus on the mid-to-high end of the wedding segment and charge anything between Rs 50,000 and Rs 7 lakh a day.

The best wedding photographers in Mumbai charge an enormous amount of Rs 8-10 lakh a day, with a team of 10-14 photographers, cinematographers or videographers, editors and assistants, at a wedding.

Wedding Photography before 2008:

But the market was not as emerging as today even before 2008. The wedding shot on those days was much different from today’s candid wedding photography in India. On those days wedding shoots highly empathized and representational. But the kind of storytelling and imagery were popularly established in West by that time.

Wedding Photography Now:

While communities like Marwaris, Sindhis, Punjabis, and Gujaratis have by tradition been allied with big fat Indian weddings, that surely seems to be altering, although little by little.

This could partly be attributed to events like the Mehendi and cocktails becoming standard, and partly to the rise of cross-cultural love marriages. What has proved to be a enhance to the wedding industry and, by extension, to wedding photographers in Kolkata and all over India, is that while the November-February month is still the most up-to-date season for weddings, other months are not as devoid as they used to be, as destination weddings become cheaper, with venues in places like Rajasthan and Goa, and even Thailand, available at inexpensive prices in the summer.

also read about Unplugged Wedding

Besides the non-seasonality, the most conspicuous changes in weddings have been their imagery. While equipment like Steady cams and aerial cams are used more commonly and highlights for wedding films are made, what has caught on in a big way is what photographers call ‘couple shoots’. These are pictures of just the couple before or after the wedding (Pre/Post Wedding Photography). Professional Photographers in Mumbai and India are finding new creative avenues in Wedding Photography. What has changed now is people are looking for idiosyncratic and fashionable work, which needs more engagement with the family which a studio may not be able to do.

The Gap:

Almost every wedding photographer advertises themselves as a candid wedding photographer in India, though only a portion of the photographs displayed on their website seems unscripted. But couples seem not to care as they are not exactly looking for a manuscript of the meticulousness of their wedding. They just want the pictures to look dazzling.

Future Opportunities and Appreciations:

Opportunities are only going to get bigger with even the not-so-affluent in cities big and small experimenting with their weddings and bombardment out big bucks. India does have an award for wedding photographers given by a photography magazine and online photography company Canvera. And it certainly does not impair that wedding photography is easily among the most worthwhile genres for best wedding photographers in India.

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Pre Wedding and Wedding in Backdrop of Festivals of Kolkata and Royal Wedding Venues

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Kolkata’s cultural contexts are unrivaled, and so is their an esteem towards the traditional way of weddings, which deserve the best wedding photographers in Kolkata. This blog will put some light into the festivities and their relationships with Wedding Photography.
1. Pre Wedding Photography:

It’s being told that marriages are made in Heaven. But nowadays, they are being made of some of the eminent locations of the city of joy. Weddings in Kolkata have caught up with the West with concepts like Pre-Wedding Shoots, where the bride and groom to be, take photo sessions in popular locations to give their wedding album or video a special perceive.

Kumartuli had become the most wanted destination of Pre-Wedding Photography in Kolkata this year. For the past two months of August and September, wedding photographers in Kolkata are coming with their various equipment and soon to be married couples in tow, to Kumartuli. The members of Kumartuli Merit Silpi Samity conceded that the number of the pre-wedding shoots has gone up this year.

As Kolkata is regarded as the land of colorful festivals, so we can’t ignore the impact of Diwali and Christmas among the mass. So during Diwali, the use of sky lantern and crackers in pre-wedding photography in India has become a booming trend for the last few years.

As per the cross-cultural essence of the city, Kolkata celebrates the joy of Christmas in the month of December. People from the various community together celebrate the carnival of Christmas. Young couples hover around the  Park Street, bow-barracks and their adjacent lanes by holding each other’s hand. The best wedding photographers in Kolkata can plan a beautiful pre-wedding shoot in the backdrop of Christmas.  Evening shots with the street lightings of the city can be the ultimate showstopper of your wedding album.

  1. Wedding Photography:

Kolkata is a city of grand mansions and Rajbaris. So nothing can come more close to your dream of the grand palatial wedding than having it in Kolkata’s most iconic palaces.

The Shobhabazar Rajbari will pull out all stops to give you a feel of the refinement of an out moted era — gaddas, hookahs, vintage chandeliers, antique memorabilia, and faux gas lamps. One of the major attractions of Kolkata with its centuries-old Durga Puja, it is best to book this palace for your wedding at least a year back from the event.

The European-styled Chaatu Babu Latu Babu mansion with a huge courtyard flanked by colonnade columns and antique Belgian glass chandeliers screams of royal grandeur. This venue with cozy decorations can make your wedding day epic.

Around 35 km away from Kolkata, the palace of the zamindars of Bawali is a luxurious apartment set in the backdrop of rural Bengal. The rajbari has been recently reimposed to its former glory and charm, and modern luxurious conveniences have been added. The Chokher Bali room is stacked with antique woodwork and artifacts from centuries back, making this neoclassical palace resort perfect for a profligate royal wedding.

Hope this article will help you to find out the perfect time and venue for your wedding and other allied requisites.

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Unplugged Wedding: An emerging trend of Wedding Photography in Mumbai

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As the wedding photographer in Mumbai we know one of the most nerve-tormenting events is when a guest completely kills the flawless moment that a photographer is being appointed to seize. Whether they stand up during the varmala, take photos with their phones in front of your camera, or unintentionally cause half the family to look off to the side during impersonated family portrait, wedding photobombs can be a real displeasure. We the wedding photographer in Mumbai recommend you go for an “UNPLUGGED WEDDING“.

This idea is totally new and not so popular in India. But we are here to provide you with the concept of the unplugged wedding and why is it so important. We will be first to launch this new concept of the unplugged wedding in Mumbai along with our team of best wedding photographers in Mumbai.

WHAT IS AN UNPLUGGED WEDDING?

An “UNPLUGGED WEDDING “  is when a couple getting married have made a verdict that they would prefer if their wedding guest did not take photos and /or upload them to social media.

There are many substitute on this, from having an unplugged ceremony only ,when guest are expectant to put their phones and cameras away until after the marriage has been over, to a stern “NO PHOTO POLICY” for the entire wedding celebrations, to a complete “social media blackout” until the ensuing day or when the bride or groom have a chance to announce their nuptials themselves . To do an unplugged wedding gives you a worth to concede the hired wedding photographer the possibility to capture the wedding as proficiently and flawlessly as without likely missing key shorts caused by gaudy guest photographers.

WHY UNPLUGGED?

With this unplugged wedding, there will be no diversions by phone or camera and the guest will be free to saturate themselves in the occurrence for you have spent months for planning. And without constantly checking their phone, your family and friends will be much more open to, and may even actively try to find out communications with other guests that they may not have met before.

The most important part of contriving an unplugged wedding is the communication of your wishes to your guest and telling them why you chose to have an unplugged wedding as many won’t be happy with this decision. For some family and friends your wedding may be the first time they have heard the term “UNPLUGGED WEDDING “ in Mumbai, so you need to be very clear about what you are requesting of them and why.

Although the technology of photography has become progressive, the photography skills of most people have not. A professional and experienced wedding photographer will make the best of any lightning situation so you can skip the hostile, inappropriate, grainy or dark photos that some guest think are okay to upload in social media. the extra benefit of not having a camera in everyone hand means that your photographer won’t need to push for prime position or have blinding flashes overexpose the photos they do take.

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Wedding Videos Now a days

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If you’re reading our blog, chances are you’ll be getting married sometime this year (or encapsulating the moment of another couple’s involvement). Congrats and wishing you all the very best !!!

You’re probably also going through the meticulous process of meeting with cinematographers (or clients if you happen to be the cinematographer ) and trying to come up with an intuition for a wedding film that is neither vicious nor epigraphic.

To help you in this pursuit, we bring you a list of what’s progressing to be the top wedding cinematography trends in 2018-2019 or maybe beyond that!

  1. Freeze Effects: There are two separate types of video capturing techniques that do this. Being the wedding photographer in Kolkata, you can use any of these or both as required.

1.1. This is simply a single frame held for a few seconds. Often used to accentuate a particular moment. Like the Varmala or Bridal Shower.

1.2. Objects stay in place, but the camera becomes evident to move around them. Many movies, commercials, live events like wedding, etc. started to use this technique right after motion picture The Matrix came out.

Of Course, both of these techniques can be time-consuming and requires a maddening degree of masterminding. But the fruit is pretty sweet and delicious.

 

  1. Aerial View or Drone camera footage: Drones are accomplished enough of recording certain frame of references that you simply cannot get on the ground. And no, I’m not just talking about those bird’s eye aerial shots of your ceremony lied closed in the middle of a picturesque estate. We’re also talking about candid moments that capture the suspense and hullabaloo of the day.
  2. Wedding Invitation Video: Wedding video invitations have been around for a long time, typically in the form of cute logbook montages or motion graphics pictures. Recently, however, the bar has begun to lift and now some couples are going to great lengths for their wedding teasers. So if you’re into Wedding Photography business, you can offer this Invitation video as a complementary to their Pre-Wedding Photoshoot. While some people may see these extravagant Save The Date videos as over-the-top and borderline vainglorious, there’s no denying that they mark a super fun emigration from the cliche old postal invite.
  3. Highlights Video: In the era of ever-declining attention spans, compiling a 5-minutes highlights reel to share or mail along with your wedding video is a consummate must.
  4. 3D Photo Montage Show: Still images, which are generally taken during engagement or pre-wedding, are digitally manipulated to appear three-dimensional—special effects and music can be added as well. So if you’re looking for a bit of entertainment that will admire your wedding guests, this could prove to be well worth the money.
  5. Pre-Wedding Film: You can use your Pre-Wedding film as a backdrop of your wedding. You can even use it’s a glimpse as a creative save the date poster.

Hope this blog will help you out to identify the trends and options which are suitable for you.

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The City of Joy and its Connection with Photography

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In today’s blog, we’ll be focusing on the old Kolkata or Calcutta and how it has become a hub of commercial and creative photography in India. Photography as a practice began in Kolkata in 1840, just a few months after the technology was patented in England and France in 1839. Mostly the elite communities of the city were involved into it as in those days it was a very costly affair. Both sahibs and Indians took to photography and practiced it as a trade and hobby. Soon commercial studios and camera clubs were founded which exchanged photographers, ideas and styles and interacted with their European counterparts.

Establishments of Studios:

  1. Bourne & Shepherd was an Indian photographic studio based in Kolkata and one of the oldest established photographic businesses in the world. Started in 1863 at its crest, it was one of the most successful enterprises in 19th-and early 20th-century India, with agencies all over India, and outlets in London and Paris, and also ran a mail order service. A distressing fire in 1991, shattered much of the studio’s photographic archive and resulted in a severe financial loss to the company. The long-term impact of the fire, legal difficulties with the Indian government, which owned the studio building, and the increasing supremacy of digital technology, finally enforced the studio’s shutting down in June 2016. At its closure, the studio had operated at a stretch for 176 years.
  2. Johnston and Hoffman was a commercial photographic studio active in India between 1870 and 1918. P. A. Johnston and Theodore Hoffman founded photographic studios first in Calcutta and then in Darjeeling in 1890. They were used comprehensively by the British government in India.

In recent times, in August 2018, the Victoria Memorial Hall has made the endeavor of tumbling into its vast and tremendous worth to hold a intriguing exhibition of 96 photographs by Bourne & Shepherd (27 prints) and Johnston & Hoffmann, generally of Calcutta (long before it was renamed Kolkata) as it looked in the elevated midday of the British Raj in late 19th and early 20th century.

The Present is moving forward with the past:

Kolkata is a city of delight and to observe the marvels it encircles within one really needs to quit Google & plod down on the streets. Beyond the gloomy, grunge, sultry putrefaction and the honking chaos, when you really slow down and start “living” the city, break to undergo its pulse you comprehend there is more to it.

If portraits or capturing people in their impulsiveness at swarming market-places is what gets you going then you need to go for this one.  One of the biggest wholesale vegetable & flower markets of Kolkata, it offers your places of interest, flavor, aroma, and experiences you would have never ever imagined or experienced before. The opportunities and challenges this marketplace offers to the best photographers are unmatched. Located under the Howrah Bridge and on the boundaries of Mallick ghat, known as one of the largest flower markets in Asia, reaching here is a tough task for those who aren’t early risers. The varied hues and shapes of flowers are made for a perfect college. Then there are the ghats, Howrah Bridge and Hooghly River that complete the click-worthy experience for both amateurs and professionals.

Kolkata is also known as City of Joy for the friendly and loving behavior of residents. On the lines of photography, one can never get tired of this city of joy for it keeps showing you surprises from all the corners. The people of Kolkata are known for their generosity and implausible love.

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