A Luxury Brand of Art
How do you get the person, place or thing that is in front of the camera onto the film the way you want?
Well, it's all about seeing the moment before the moment happens and we are just naturally gifted to see and spot those before we even pick up our cameras or even while shooting, we spot it and be trigger ready. Many a time we have a comedian amongst the three of us who make the couple laugh so much while the other photographer is like a sniper clicking away those amazing natural, unposed moments and we walk away with absolutely amazing amazing shots. We believe the lensman has to be a gifted individual not only being good at your technical skills but also being a showman and a great team work player.
Which photographers influenced you, and how did they influence your thinking, photographing, and career path?
Couldn't say better than our most amazing instructor and mentor Pye Jirsa from SLR Lounge. He ranks among USA top 10 photographers and no.1 in California. He is an absolutely amazing instructor and has done many tutorials online to help us all through everything. The next best for fashion photography and lighting is Damien Lovegrove (he has been a lighting director for BBC for 30 years) and lighting guru and Nikon Ambassador US Joe McNally and Cliff Mautner. We have met and done workshops with Pye and Joe and will soon be going to do a boot camp with Cliff next year in the USA as a team.
How do you guys work in a team/?
We have known each other for a long time and understand what the other expects from one another. No one can be good in all things. Each one is good in a certain thing. Pulkeshin is great at capturing emotions and angles, Anjay is good at Pre wedding and bridal wear and Rahul captures décor beautifully. Put together, we can create magic at the wedding.
You have covered a lot of international weddings. How has the experience been?
The experience has been very nice. It is always hectic at international weddings specially shooting in USA. One is jet lagged and tired after the long journey. But as soon the functions start, we give it our 100 %. The foreign locations are beautiful and we love to experience new cultures and locations. People are very nice and helpful. How can one enjoy shooting in these locations. One can just shoot anywhere. No need to hunt for a good location. The best part of shooting pre wedding abroad is that the couple are relaxed and not have a whole bunch of people looking at them while we shoot. No one bothers them and as they are not professional models, they are relaxed and pose better. At most of these weddings, we are treated like family and we love it!!
What was it like shooting in the scenic Bahamas?
A once in a life time experience. The beaches in Bahamas are pristine, the sky blue and the water is crystal clear. The sunrise and sunset are out of this world. Would love to shoot there again and looking forward to a beach wedding. As a photographer, you have to be on top of your game and know photography like at the back of your palms to do well there.
Among your works, which one is your favourite? Why?
Pre wedding shoot of Amyna and Noor. They were a beautiful couple and posed like professional models. Made our life so easy and the shoot very enjoyable. It was freezing weather and the cherry blossoms all around and it added another dimension to the picture.
From your point of view, what makes a good picture?
Emotions and Chemistry between the couple and the photographer. The photographer has to know five different ways how to make that same image work. Over 90% photographers do not know the simple fundamentals of photography language. Put to test and they are simply pushing buttons on the camera to Center the exposure and that's it. Did you know that there is several ways to get the exact same image or did you know that when you put in a modifier that you are reducing light by one stop. There is a lack of creative decision analysis. Ask any photographer what is one stop of light ? Everything in photography works in stops of light.
You have to be darn good at your technical knowledge to play the rules back and forth.
What, in your opinion, is most important to consider while shooting portrait pictures of the bride or the groom?
The comfort level between the photographer and the couple. If the couple are not comfortable with the photographer, they cannot give good poses, No distraction in the back ground to take attention away from the couple. Like someone walking behind when you are shooting the couple or some very bright or dark object behind them.
Also, what's your favourite part of a wedding day to shoot?
Bidaai as it is very emotional. And when the bride is getting ready.
How would you describe your photography style?
Artistic but defined luxury. That's why we label our work as " A Luxury Brand of Art" shot by a Brand of Photographers that truly believe in great taste.
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