Rohit and Jenn had a wedding in Delhi just at the turning of the autumn and before the weather got cold. It was not one of those big and lavish weddings but a very good example how wonderful a wedding can be if the bride keeps smiling, and she did! We met at Lodi garden a few days before the wedding itself and spent some time together taking pictures. I like doing this kind of shoot before the mail events as it enables me to get to know the couple a little better, and let them feel comfortable with me. When we met again a couple of days later we were already hanging out like old friends.
If you read through my profile you’d know that I take only a small number of wedding photography assignments every year. One of the main reasons for this is my fear of repeating myself. I know the routine, I know the ceremonies and I know what looks good. I could simply go on producing this kind of work and as it is a new ‘client’ every time, they would not complain. In the beginning of this wedding season I felt that if I didn’t change my approach to my wedding photography assignments I would risk becoming a wedding Xerox machine that keeps taking the same pictures over and over again. This would have forced me to stop taking wedding assignments all together. I am using different lenses, work more creatively with the hand-held flash and am constantly looking for new angles. More than this, wedding photography unlike other documentary assignments, allows for much more creative freedom in the post processing of the images and I feel that combining all of these enables me to recreate myself in a way, and come with a new approach to this work.
I started using more presets (personally created filters for Adobe Lightroom, the main tool in the digital workflow), and also use Photoshop a little more (Layers for textured background. No Photoshop was used on the mirror image of the ‘double portrait’) on a few selected images, all with the mindset of making beautiful images rather than ‘accurate’ images. Like I said, this is not news or a UN assignment. We are allowed some creative freedom so lets enjoy it!