Personally, this has been the only occasion I booked a wedding with almost no time even for an in-person meeting. So, I had absolutely no idea what to expect and eventually, this wedding turned out to be the biggest surprise of my career.
South Indian engagements aren't big on song and dance, and are mostly a formal affair. When Sindhu spoke to me a week before the event, she asked me if I could shoot her cocktail party as well, which was to happen the evening before the engagement. That was when I knew this engagement wasn't going to go the mundane way. Boy, was I right!
In the winter of 2015 -- or should we say during the peak of Chennai's unique monsoon cycle -- the city faced its most serious catastrophe ever. But for wedding photographers in Chennai, it was business as usual. For a beach wedding, this was different. Arabian huts in the parking lot had replaced the far more attractive beach stage overlooking the horizon, considering the devastation the floods had caused.
A guy and a girl meet at a concert, chat up for a few minutes and go their own ways. And by own ways, I mean two different countries in two different continents, separated by thousands of miles. As fate would have it, they remember each other's names. So, when they meet again, over social media several months later, no introductions needed to be made.
In a lot of ways, making portraits of the groom at Indian weddings is more challenging if you ask me. The colors on his person are subtle or non-existent if he is wearing a formal suit. There are fewer flattering poses to play with.
I am obsessed about light. Like every professional photographer who loves the art of making an image — one who is not just clicking away and hoping to snag keepers. But there's something you must know about obsessions.