Archive for the 'hindu ceremony' Category

Wedding Photographer of the Year

Wed, 19 Jul 2017

I’m happy to have been invited to judge Better Photography’s Wedding Photographer of the Year awards, the premier wedding photography awards in India. There were some really great entries this year and some top wedding photographers took part. Congratulations to all the winners.

Wedding Photographer of the Year

Wedding Photographer of the Year

Indian wedding – Sasha and Rajiv

Mon, 03 Jul 2017

I’ve probably mentioned this somewhere on this blog before, but Indian weddings comprise probably half of the weddings that I shoot. It’s an interesting mix of being at the right place at the right time, i.e. knowing what is going on in the ceremony and being prepared for the fact that there are going to be a lot of people on a very small stage.

About eight years ago when I shot my first Hindu Ceremony, I think it was somewhere in Lenasia, don’t quote me on that though, I remember thinking wow, this is so emotional, even the groom is weeping. Stand on the mandap and get a little closer to the fire and when that smoke starts getting in your eyes and you may find that your photographer might be looking a little emotional as well. The trick … wear glasses, and try not to get smoke in your lens.

So everyone obviously arrived on indian time, which meant that I had a couple of extra minutes to shoot Sasha and Rajiv, which made for some amazing pics in the veld outside the venue.

So many more images from Sasha and Rajiv’s very stylish wedding can be found on our facebook page.

Indian wedding Benevuti

Indian wedding Benevuti

Indian wedding Benevuti

Indian wedding Benevuti

Indian wedding Benevuti

Indian wedding Benevuti

Indian wedding Benevuti

Indian wedding Benevuti

Indian wedding Benevuti

Indian wedding Benevuti

Palm Ridge Temple Wedding – Nish and Nivaani

Mon, 01 May 2017

There seems to be a glitch in my brain, I keep wanting to say Palm Springs Temple whenever I think of the Palm Ridge Temple. Which btw is an amazing venue, one of the only temples I’ve seen outside of India that are so colorful. Most of the one’s I’ve worked at in South Africa and actually in Mauritius, are either white or various hues of pastel. This one is all solid colors.

It was a beautiful ceremony and wedding, filled with family and friends – Nivaani changed into a second outfit and we got to do a killer bee shoot at the back of the temple, something I’d been thinking about for a while. Quite often we only get to do a shoot in the morning of the wedding at another location, but I’ve been wanting to shoot at Palm Ridge since the first time I saw it.

More photos from the killer bee wedding can be found on our FB page. If you know them you’re welcome to tag yourself or leave them a message.

Indian wedding at Palm Ridge Temple, Germiston

Indian wedding at Palm Ridge Temple, Germiston

Indian wedding at Palm Ridge Temple, Germiston

Indian wedding at Palm Ridge Temple, Germiston

Indian wedding at Palm Ridge Temple, Germiston

Indian wedding at Palm Ridge Temple, Germiston

Indian wedding at Palm Ridge Temple, Germiston

Indian wedding at Palm Ridge Temple, Germiston

Indian wedding at Palm Ridge Temple, Germiston

Indian wedding at Palm Ridge Temple, Germiston

Oakfield Farm – Prelina + Yoshlyn

Tue, 07 Mar 2017

This summer business is getting out of hand out here in Joburg. I love hearing on the radio how it’s going to go up to 31C and looking at the thermometer and it’s reading 38C and it isn’t even 10am yet. So the fan is on, cause my sinuses can’t handle air conditioning in the studio, the air out here is already so dry. There are water restrictions in place so the grass is dying outside. It’s starting to feel like Africa out here, brown dust and insane heat. As V likes to say Africa isn’t for sissies. I suspect I may be one.

On the other hand if one was to give an award for the most bad ass bride ever, Prelina would be somewhere in there with a shot at gold. Just calm, relaxed, going with the flow, raising one arm in a power salute after she and Yosh are announced as husband and wife. It might run in the family though, cause I was seated next to an aunt and uncle, and they were pretty badass as well. I know what you’re thinking, so it was an Indian wedding? Yes … a hindu ceremony? yes – was there paneer? Yes, there was.

More pics from Prelina and Yosh’s very very rock ‘n roll Indian wedding can be found on our Facebook page.

Indian wedding at Oakfield Farm

Indian wedding at Oakfield Farm

Indian wedding at Oakfield Farm

Indian wedding at Oakfield Farm

Indian wedding at Oakfield Farm

Indian wedding at Oakfield Farm

Indian wedding at Oakfield Farm

Indian wedding at Oakfield Farm

Indian wedding at Oakfield Farm

Indian wedding at Oakfield Farm

Indian wedding at Oakfield Farm

Summerplace, Houghton – Orisha and Thiru

Fri, 13 Jan 2017

I’d do pretty much anything for a good paneer, ok, so I’d do most things for an average paneer as well. So it’s probably a good thing that at least half our weddings are Indian weddings. I’ve been trying to get the kids into curry, and Ariella loves it, The Bear not so much, but then he isn’t big on food – I’m not big on food either, unless it happens to be a really hot paneer.

It’s funny cause I’ve probably photographed over a hundred Hindu weddings, and the guru or priest always still tells me what is about to happen next and where I should stand. Orisha and Thiru were cool to hang out with both on the wedding day and at their respective Nelengu(s?) – what is the plural of Nelengu? – there were some cool wedding games involving an apple, killer speeches and and a series party.

You can see more images from their Indian wedding ceremony on our facebook page.

Indian wedding at Summerplace

Indian wedding at Summerplace

Indian wedding at Summerplace

Indian wedding at Summerplace

Indian wedding at Summerplace

Indian wedding at Summerplace

Indian wedding at Summerplace

Indian wedding at Summerplace

Indian wedding at Summerplace

Indian wedding at Summerplace

Indian wedding at Summerplace

Indian Wedding Photography In Marie Claire (India)

Fri, 23 Dec 2016

Our Indian wedding photography has been featured in Marie Claire India, some nice images there from Shivanee and Indiran’s wedding, Alvina and Andrew, Swathi and Andrei as well as Shania and Surendra. Also very cool to have our images alongside Dina Douglass and Andrew Adams.

 

Indian Wedding Photography published in Marie Claire

 

btw I’m still looking for someone wanting to do an underwater shoot in their sari

My Wedding Day – Shivanee and Indiran

Thu, 29 Sep 2016

Shivanee and Indiran’s amazing Hindu wedding ceremony and killer bee Joburg CBD shoot is featured in the current issue of My Wedding Day Magazine. You guys already know you’re rockstars …

 

Hindu wedding ceremony in wedding magazine

 

Actually incredible how much better the images look printed on decent paper stock. Always a pleasure to have our images in MWD.

Living Space

Fri, 10 Jun 2016

Shivanee and Indiran’s wedding was featured in Livingspace Magazine.
check out more images from their rocking hindu wedding on our facebook page.

 

Indian wedding in magazine

 

Melrose Temple Wedding – Shania + Surendra

Thu, 26 May 2016

Almost weekend time, and I’m running out of time for blog posts. I’m going to pop-up a quick single image sneak peek – there are more images from Shania and Surendra’s ceremony on our facebook page. Go have a look.

 

Melrose Temple Indian wedding

 

Mehndi, Hurdee and Hindi Wedding at A River Runs Through It

Wed, 20 Jan 2016

Power failure at the gym this morning. So no music, just the sound of twenty odd people practicing counting to ten. It’s kind of distracting listening to some guy two meters away from you going … one … two … three … four … uggggh …. five. I now have a greater appreciation for that horrible music that they seem intent on pumping out of the carefully recessed speakers. So that workout got cut very short, and I now have some time to blog. Thankfully the wifi is still working.

I don’t often get to shoot the mehndi, so I was pretty excited to go through and cover Nerushka’s menhdi. The whole process of mehndi and hurdee are real family celebrations, which for me are as important to document as the actual wedding day. I mean you know, Nerushka looked amazing on all three days, but all our brides do, and her portraits were killer bee, but for me the inbetween moments when a friend is getting you back for her hurdee, when you put tumeric in her ear by mistake and you both pack out laughing, are as important to capture.

There are many more photos from this killer bee hindi wedding on our facebook page, if you know them you’re welcome to tag yourself in or leave them a message.

hindi wedding at A River Runs Through It

hindi wedding at A River Runs Through It

hindi wedding at A River Runs Through It

hindi wedding at A River Runs Through It

hindi wedding at A River Runs Through It

hindi wedding at A River Runs Through It

hindi wedding at A River Runs Through It

hindi wedding at A River Runs Through It

hindi wedding at A River Runs Through It

hindi wedding at A River Runs Through It

hindi wedding at A River Runs Through It

hindi wedding at A River Runs Through It

hindi wedding at A River Runs Through It

hindi wedding at A River Runs Through It

hindi wedding at A River Runs Through It

 

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