Indian wedding does not have that much of a difference with any other wedding. It is still a symbol of uniting two individuals to start a new family, it is still celebrated as a party and happy occasion, and people still come and congratulate the couple and family members.
Yet, an Indian wedding is very different in that they are always full of colors. Their party also lasts for a couple of days and full of beliefs that differentiate them from others. Getting married at a certain time of the year and day will decide the fate of the two people, so they believe.
This brings Indian wedding photography full of challenges for those who are willing to accept it. Although westernized Indians have fewer rituals and traditions to uphold, they still bear the main activities that will hopefully bring luck and prosperity to the newlywed.
Get ready for culture shock
So, you think being on-time is something that is every human being in this world respect?
Sadly, that’s not exactly the case with most Asians. Saying that the party starts at 7 pm would mean that it starts around 8 or 8.30 pm. Maybe you’d think this is weird and even unbecoming, but that’s the culture and it’s up to us to understand and get used to it.
This also means you don’t have to arrive earlier than the promised time. You will still have an hour to rehearse through the event and go to the venue before the party starts even if you arrive exactly at the time stated on the invitation.
The only shooter
You’re not the only shooter in that party. Especially for rich Indians, they tend to hire more than one photographer as a ‘guarantor’. Each side will have their photographers and you will need to coordinate with them to make sure that you can stand where you need during the rituals.
Time of event
Oh, yes, this is the most interesting part. If you think Indians set their time to tie the know based on their favorite season or holiday time, you’re wrong. They believe that each couple has a suitable time to get married on, depending on what the astrologers see from them. This may mean you have to shoot them during unholy hours.
Important activities you should know
Indians are comprised of different kind of people and each of them has their own traditions. Although most of them basically have something in common, it’s good to always do a research and understand them beforehand. Google for Indian wedding photography to find out which part of the ritual is vital and worth to be kept on the wedding album.
If you are not sure, ask the couples or the parents (who are also responsible for choosing vendors sometimes) which part is important or the meaning of the rituals. This will give insight on where to stand, which lens to use, and how you should capture the moment.
If you are not yet an experienced photographer, http://www.sukhichandi.com/ is a place to start looking for experience. Sukhi Chandi does Indian wedding photography in England and will be able to let you learn many things about Indian weddings.