A Couple of Firsts

So, I had my first taste of wedding photography. It also happened to be my first Sikh wedding (Anand Karaj). Wedding photography, rather like marriage, has never appealed to me. Much of it is standard and staged, which is fine if that’s what you want, but if it is, I’m not your girl. And there are way better photographers out there.

Rangoli & Maiyan

Rangoli & Maiyan

The bride, the lovely, super-talented Seetal, who I know through my work with South Asian Arts UK, asked me over a year ago if I’d document her wedding to Kaviraj, another awesome human. (When not creating dance or music, Seetal runs the brilliant Two Brown Girls blog with her friend Aaminah, you should check it out).  They both know my pictures, and how I work, and I was enormously flattered. They wanted to capture everything naturally, as it occurred, keeping poses to the minimum – and that’s my thing, so I was up for the challenge. I approached it in the same way I would any event, capturing characters, details, moments, and movement as stealthily as possible. (Two people commented on my Ninja skills, so it seems I achieved that!). Having said that, I was crapping myself, it was a huge responsibility…

Mehndi & Sangeet

Mehndi & Sangeet

Seetal and Kavi briefed me on the different celebrations and ceremonies I’d be documenting from Seetal’s side. Another photographer covered Kavi’s end in Leicester, and we were both there for the main event. It was full-on hard work, but enormous fun.

Chura

Chura

Personally, artistically and culturally this has been a wonderful experience for me. My congratulations to the Dynamic Dhadyalla Duo, and my thanks to all the friends and family, particularly at Beeston Gurdwara, who are always so welcoming (and make the best dhal).

Anand Karaj

Anand Karaj

This is just a small selection of photos, but you can see more on my Flickr.

I used my trusty Canon EOS 60D, mostly with a 55-250mm lens, and newly acquired 70D, with a 18-55mm lens. Occasionally I used a wide 10-18mm lens. For better or worse, I always use natural/available light.

Doli

Doli

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