“I’ve chosen images from a recent Hindu wedding which exemplify the diversity of images required from these chaotic, colourful, and charismatic weddings!”
Haley’s Photography Tip:
Hindu weddings have so many moving parts and so many different things that need to be photographed. Some are more traditional (formal family photos), some are more interesting (tiny details), some have emotion (candid moments during different ceremonies).
The challenge of photographing these weddings is to know what what to focus on. At the same time you may be required to take a photo of the bride with an aunt participating in a ceremony, but you also want to take a close up detail photo of her mehndi on her hands (like the image at the top of the page) clasped in front of her.
The balance is to know what is most important to your client at any given moment. Some of that purely comes from experience (foregoing an artistic shot in order to get a family portrait that they need) and also from keeping an incredibly high energy level to cover everything that is required.
Indian weddings more than any other can drain me…it’s often 5 days of different functions, sometimes not running on time, sometimes changing plans last minute.
I hate to admit that caffeine is essential but whatever you need to do to make it through these weddings…just do it! You need to stay on your toes and constantly be hunting for the photos you need to take.
Sometimes you may only have 20 minutes to do all of the portraits of your couple, so you need to be prepared to work extremely quickly during these weddings.
You also can’t be shy – often I’m positioned right up in the middle of the action! I may be in the way of some guests, but I know where I need to be, and that the couple is completely fine with it.
PRO TIP: if you haven’t photographed and Indian wedding before and you are about to, make sure to spend some quality time with your couple having them explain to you exactly what the ceremonies are, what the timeline looks like, and what is expected of you. It’s better to admit inexperience than to miss something important!
Haley used a Canon 5D Mark III (affiliate link) with a Canon 24-70mm II lens(affiliate link), a Canon 70-200mm IS II lens(affiliate link), a Canon 100mm IS II lens(affiliate link), and a Simga Art 50mm 1.4 lens (affiliate link) to capture these images.
Haley Shandro (and Shandro Photo) is a Edmonton, Alberta, and International Wedding, Portrait, and Commercial photographer.
Click here to see more tips on Multicultural Weddings.
If you’ve never done a Hindu or multicultural wedding before, they can be a bit daunting.
Haley definitely has the right approach with making sure you talk in length with your couple, but if you need help figuring out some of the technical aspects (like lighting) we suggest you check out this book specifically written on how to light multicultural weddings. You can find it here.