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Shilpa and Abhinav

Over the last few months I have observed a pattern, that almost all of my clients are not locals anymore. They are either the ones that have moved out of Lucknow and return to get married here or choose Lucknow for their Wedding for some specific reason. In such cases we hardly get to meet before the wedding and most of the communication happens over the phone or emails. Such was also the case here, Shilpa and I were in touch much before the wedding and we had a fair idea how the wedding day would commence. None of us would have expected it to rain on that day in January when the venue was out in the open. Even when we arrived to the venue, the decor was in preps due to this development and but thankfully, mid way through the ‘baraat’ the weather settled quite a bit and all the ceremonies could be carried out smoothly.

Shilpa and Abhinav have known each other for years now and were very much in love and comfortable with each other and created a very close and friendly atmosphere between the families, and guests attending this wedding.

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Roli & Sanket

I have been blessed to work for people who have been very clear to me what they expect from their wedding pictures. Almost always the brief is to capture them how they are and not make them do anything. I met Roli and her family five months before the wedding and it was one of the fastest booking I have ever had. I remember I was ecstatic after the meeting as it reinforced the confidence that there are takers of your vision who appreciate it and recognise it as soon as they see it. It is not to boast (because there are many more who also not end up booking with us) but they mentioned that I was the last one they met that day and were quick to like my portfolio. If you are into a creative industry on your own, you can understand how easily we undermine and self doubt ourselves all the time and small gestures like this keeps your mental health at peace for some days.

Roli and Sanket are both PhD. scholars at IIT and throughout these five months I couldn’t set up a meeting or phone call with her to understand her taste for the portraits although she had already told me she wouldn’t like to pose for any pictures but as it turned out, she straight away came to the ‘mandap’ and we didn’t get any time for the portraits as I had some slight hope to convince her as i find it to be the most challenging part in a wedding.

As a wedding photographing team we had been yearning to shoot a wedding out in the open during daytime as most weddings that we shoot happen late in the night in four walls. Luckily this wedding was scheduled for 10:30 in the morning which is very refreshing.

The mandap being looked after by Roli’s brother-in- law as he was one of the first ones to arrive and oversee the decorations.

The mandap being looked after by Roli’s brother-in- law as he was one of the first ones to arrive and oversee the decorations.

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As the time progressed, the guests starting poring in for this early morning winter wedding.

As the time progressed, the guests starting poring in for this early morning winter wedding.

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Meet Sanket, the most smiling groom have ever met till now.

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and here comes our bride……

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The case of the shining shoes.

The case of the shining shoes.

One of the kids, not happy with the price offered for the shoes, tries to saperate the newly wed couple.

One of the kids, not happy with the price offered for the shoes, tries to saperate the newly wed couple.

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Roli & Sanket photographed for their reception in the evening.

Roli & Sanket photographed for their reception in the evening.

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Shweta & Parth's Wedding - I

As a wedding photographer, I get a lot of calls or enquiries from couples, their parents for photographing their perspective weddings, but with some couples, you know from the get go that these are the kind of people you’ll get to enjoy a lot while being a witness of their big day.

Shweta and Parth’s wedding was one such wedding I shot this year and I have received so much praise for this album that it has been overwhelming as well as reassuring of my own craft and instincts for capturing moments.

Since it was a four day long wedding, I have split the blog post in two sections starting off with the Mehendi ceremony where the groom also dropped in to have a couple of cans of beer but.

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To be honest, unless I bring some elements of my street photography while shooting weddings, I am not content about where my photo story is heading on that day.

To be honest, unless I bring some elements of my street photography while shooting weddings, I am not content about where my photo story is heading on that day.

I probably mentioned this somewhere that since meeting Andre Corsi at Silk Inspire, I have got a new perspective of keeping an eye on children during weddings and see it from their perspective too.

I probably mentioned this somewhere that since meeting Andre Corsi at Silk Inspire, I have got a new perspective of keeping an eye on children during weddings and see it from their perspective too.

Didn’t I tell you :D

Didn’t I tell you :D

A lot of the couple’s friends dropped in from different cities much before the actual wedding started.

A lot of the couple’s friends dropped in from different cities much before the actual wedding started.

Friends and family of Shweta had arrived from different cities and it turned out to be a mix of traditional folk songs sung by her aunts and friends discussing the dance moves for the ring ceremony and cocktail party.

The ring ceremony and the cocktail party.

The ring ceremony and the cocktail party.

Each day’s decor was done by a different team but still it felt so cohesive while being different. This beautiful cake was provided by arguably the best wedding cake maker of the town, Mouth Wide shut.

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The crazy dance party went beyond the wee hours, even after we left the venue, which also resulted in Parth’s swollen face the next day, but that’s all okay, times and meets with friends from your childhood to adult life comes very few times.
Coming up next is their wedding day and how I clicked the most Unhappy picture of mine ever……