SOUTH ASIAN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
All of us remember the day we attended our first Indian Wedding, particularly those of us who didn’t grow up in that culture, and as a guest or photographer, the experience is always so vivid and memorable. My first experience was as a photographer, early in my career and so not only was I trying to do a good job, I was experiencing something totally new. I had researched the basic ceremonies & rituals as much as I could but when it came down to it, I just went with the flow, followed the moments and captured the beauty and chaos like I would any other wedding. That’s not to say that Indian Weddings are like other weddings, they aren’t. They are uniquely vibrant and stunning to the eye. They can last multiple days and are often big events with hundreds of guests focussed on celebrating two families coming together. The number of different ceremonies and rituals that take place throughout the day is somewhat overwhelming for those not used to it. Somehow, despite all the moving pieces, the jostling parties, clashing traditions from different regions, the demanding family members and numerous wardrobe changes, everyone arrives where they need to be eventually. There is beauty in the chaos and pure gold in the moments it creates. Just a joy to capture as a documentary wedding photographer.
I am now an experienced Indian Wedding Photographer in Los Angeles, California with numerous awards and global recognition for the work I produce. Shooting South Asian Weddings has to be one of my favorite aspects of the job and getting to do so in California and beyond is a real privilege. I’ve had the honor of capturing many highly entertaining Sangheets and Garba Nights; witnessed the most enchanting traditional dances by children and elders; seen the most stunningly simple and extravagant Mandaps; captured dramatic Baraats involving elephants, horses, and a Rickshaw; tried to make sense of the Vidai; struggled to find space during a Tika Ceremony in a small hotel room; stood and stared in awe at the beauty of every unique and intricate Sari; sampled food that cannot be beaten; photographed lots of coconuts and firey rituals as creatively as I can; remembered to remove my shoes at just the right time and been welcomed into each families traditions with open arms and warm smiles more times than I can remember. The importance of each event is not lost on me, particularly given so many friends and family has often flown in from all over India to be a part of the celebrations. I’ve lost count of how many times family members excitedly tell me how the photo I’m about to take of a group is the only existing photograph of those individuals. No pressure then..
Indian Weddings are brutal events to work. They often consist of long multiple days with very little rest and the moments never stop, so neither do I. My limbs ache for days afterward – it’s like a whole-body hangover. As tough as documenting Indian Weddings is, I am always excited for the next one and always stoked to start editing the moments captured as soon as the hangover subsides…