As the big, fat Indian wedding takes on the production values of a lavish Karan Johar movie, so too does the way the wedding is recorded. From the posed and traditional to the candid and in-the-moment, wedding photography has evolved into an art form.
Aayushi Sachdeva and Kanishka Sonthalia of Wedding Salad have been photographing weddings since 2012, with the understanding that each wedding is different and that each requires a fresh perspective. The two women also bring with them a design sensibility honed at the MIT Institute of Design in Pune, where they specialised in visual communication design.
Right from the first wedding they shot – for a friend, as a wedding present – to number 75, they have travelled across the country “creating an incredible montage of the most priceless moments of the weddings they cover.”
Sachdeva says she enjoys photographing wedding photography primarily because of the interactions – with the couples and their families – and thrill that comes with quick decision making. “It’s always wonderful to meet people from all walks of life and experience their cultures and traditions. When you’re documenting a wedding, it forces you to think fast, strategically react to the changing surroundings and make apt decisions in order to create the best imagery possible.
During any wedding day, we cannot control the environment, in comparison to a planned shoot. There is a lot to take care of within a tight time frame which helps us adapt and harness skills as a photographer in any situation.”
Here, Sachdeva tells us about a favourite Wedding Salad shoot.
Tell us about your favourite wedding shoot.
We shot this photograph for Deepali and Devesh, whose wedding was in Bhopal. You cannot miss the city’s beautiful lakes when you shoot a wedding here; and we really wanted to capture the couple’s portraits on the water.
The wedding itself was long, so after a battle with time, we finally made it to Upper Lake, the biggest lake in the city. It was 6pm on a winter evening, and the light was too poor for us to use a 24Tilt Shift lens 3.5 opening to firstly, focus on, and then capture a static moment at 1/100 shutter speed. That too, on a moving boat! Yet with the couple’s complete support – and excellent crowd management (in the middle of the lake) by us – we managed to get some very beautiful shots.
In fact, we shrieked happily on capturing this image, because of which the boatman almost lost control of the oars. What a moment it was!
What equipment did you use to take this photograph?
Our Sigma Art series lenses and the Canon 5D MArk III. We have never come across such fine pieces of glasses before. The sharpness and the depth is excellent.
One piece of equipment you cannot work without?
The Sigma 24-35 mm f2.0. The focal length combination is perfect for weddings and the depth is amazing!
One piece of equipment you want to buy right now?
Pro photo lights.
Share 1 tip for those just starting out in this profession.
Keep shooting and have mentors to guide you for everything.
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Images courtesy: The Wedding Salad