A candid discussion with the best Wedding Filmmakers and Photographers
Weddings are once in a lifetime celebration which has its own special moments that a couple can reminisce for a lifetime. To capture these unforgettable moments, there exists a team of mavericks who have the knack of timing, lighting and more importantly, story-telling.
Vivaah Celebrations spoke to some of the finest talent in the world of Wedding Photography and Filmmaking to understand the thought process and inspiration behind some of the most iconic wedding films and images. This art truly deserves its recognition to the levels of the Oscars as every emotion, celebration and joyous moment is captures for eternity. Precious moments can be cherished for a long time to come, only if they’re captured by talented and passionate professionals.
We asked one of the most renowned and sought-after wedding photographers in India, the Award-winning duo Sam & Ekta (IG: @sam_and_ekta); What are the key essentials they expect from a couple to be able to capture their special moments in their signature style.
“We like to break the ice with our couples before the wedding – we try to catch up with them over dinner or an evening out, so we get to know each other beyond just emails, messages & phone calls. This helps us connect with them on a personal level. Since we do not follow a template approach, we expect the couple to have complete trust in our approach toward photography & wedding films and go with the flow. The couples who get us on board always understand that we work with a childlike curiosity in a wedding, observing and documenting everything we find interesting.
Lastly, we want our couples to enjoy their wedding as much as they can, so that our documentary approach in photos & films can truly capture their experience of their own wedding – every choice we make is designed toward enabling this.” – Sam & Ekta
Avid travellers and thrill seekers, Noopur and Anish of Happy Flashbacks (IG: @happy_flashbacks) have been wanderers and explorers in search of adventure all their lives. This has influenced their style of capturing and presenting wedding photos and films. We asked them when they discovered their passion for wedding films and photography and if their journey has been an easy sail or a bumpy road?
“We at Happy Flashbacks believe in honest storytelling. Our goal with HFB is to document stories in a way that is thrilling and fun, making the couple the protagonists of their own film.
It all started with a dream and a conversation over a cup of morning tea. The inception of the name ‘Happy Flashbacks’ that morning is what propelled us to pursue this idea, and it was helped by the fact that we wanted to take on a new creative journey as a couple. And so we began, in 2015, with the wedding shoot of our first ever couple and there was no looking back.
Today, we’re proud to see how far we’ve come. But our thirst for good stories hasn’t been satisfied. And we’re always on the lookout for interesting stories. We capture moments as they happen – spontaneous and unvarnished. We capture details that are often overlooked; personal moments, the little oddities, and a relationship unscripted.
It surely has been a bumpy ride, with few challenges out of our control, however these have been a great learning, making us manoeuvre and come up with better solutions and effective approaches towards our work. The journey so far has been adventurous and that’s how we both like it.
The bumps on the way are what truly makes us better and we feel fortunate to experience it all.” – Noopur and Anish
Delhi-based Lakshya Chawla of Shutterdown Photography (IG: @shutterdownphotography) is a genius when it comes to using the best state of the art technology to produce captivating content. In discussion with Megha K of Vivaah Celebrations, Lakshya tell us what major shift in trends he sees going forward in wedding films and photography at destination weddings.
“With technology progressing leaps and bounds, we see that the clients today are willing to embrace and accept our recommendation for something path breaking and innovative. The technology I strongly believe in and presently working on is – Virtual Reality. We are seeing Virtual Reality as the next big thing in Wedding Photography and Filming. More than just seeing the films on screen, people would love the experience the entire wedding. Have a 360-degree experience of the property where the wedding took place and literally being a part of the Baraat and Sangeet is something that everyone would want and love to experience in the coming few years.” – Lakshya Chawla
Luv Israni and Megha Israni, the brother-sister duo of Israni Photography (IG: @israniphotography) have a rich legacy of Photography and Films as a profession in their family across generations. Luv is known to be someone who guides and mentors the young breed of photographers and filmmakers. Vivaah Celebrations asked him what advice would he like to give to those looking at exploring the world of wedding films and photography?
“Wedding Photography and Filmmaking is a wonderful job that allows you to be a part of the couple’s most memorable moments. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and a treasured memory! For some starting new I would like to say, “Don’t treat it like a job; instead, become engaged on a personal level and treat the family like your own. Also make sure you are always on your toes so you don’t miss out on capturing any key moment or emotion. One must consider the genre in terms other than profession; I truly believe that we must respect the fact that someone has invested a significant sum of money in capturing this very special moment in their life, and as professionals, we must ensure that the smile on their face remains even after the event is over, because the moment may be gone, but the memories we have created for them will live on.” – Luv Israni
Dubai-based Anish Ahuja of Imprint Studio (IG: @imprintwedding) has shot some of the most beautiful weddings around the world. We asked him if he sees any difference in expectations from clients from the Middle East vis-a-vis clients from the Indian subcontinent.
“Having covered over 180 weddings in the last 10 years in beautiful destinations like Switzerland, France, Thailand, Bali, Ibiza, Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, Goa, Turkey, Oman, Baku, Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah & our home turf – Dubai, we feel our clients from the Middle East market are not so different from the Indian market. A wedding is a special occasion in the lives of the couple and their families. They all want the same thing in terms of preferences & style which is Creative Candid Wedding Photography & Contemporary Storytelling Cinematic Wedding Films.
As a team of professionals, we have always raised the bar and challenged ourselves to provide the most heart-warming photos and films that our clients cherish for a lifetime.” – Anish Ahuja
Connect with Vivaah Celebrations on firstname.lastname@example.org for your Wedding Celebrations!