Parsi weddings, Punjabi weddings, Catholic weddings, Kashmiri weddings and a grand royal wedding too, he’s seen them all and captured them in all their glory in 1080 pixels. Kunal Khanna has been photographing wedding since 2012.
In all these years, he has shot about 150 weddings, and yet, he remains in awe of the unique character of each. This is why even though his own company, White Frog Productions, covers other occasions, wedding shoots still continue to be his specialty.
We caught up with this wedding hopper for a candid conversation about everything special about someone’s special day.
What is your approach to wedding photography?
I like capturing moments without being too intrusive. It makes for some of the best shots.
Describe your photography style in 5 words.
Unobtrusive, genuine, wholesome, creative, heartening.
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Tell us about one of your favourite wedding shoots and what made it special.
One of my most recent, favourite wedding shoots was Neoma and Angad’s wedding. It was a high-spirited three-day affair which took place in uplifting venues like Sanskriti Greens, Vasant Continental and the Taj Diplomatic Enclave in Delhi. The suaveness of the groom and the glamour of the bride made the overall energy of the celebration palpable and so much enjoyable. Everything from the outfits and the venue, to the décor and the ambience of the place was a class apart. Such factors influence the photographs too.
Can you show us what this shoot looked like?
Everything from the outfits, the venue and the décor influence the photograph.
Tell us about the gear you used for this shoot.
The candid photography was done with Nikon D850 and Nikon D750, along with lenses - Nikon 24-70 f2.8, Nikon 70-200 f2.8 FL, Nikon 85mm.
Cinematography was done on a Sony a7S2 (lenses - Canon 24-70 f2.8 and Samyang 85mm T1.5) and Panasonic Lumix GH5 (lenses - Lumix 12-35 f2.8 and Lumix 42.5 f1.7) — DJI Phantom 4 pro
What other things must a photographer always carry around when on a wedding shoot.
For wedding shoots, a photographer’s kit must include a slider, monopods and tripods, Tascam, audio recorders, gimbals, flash and lights.
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Tell us about a few modern photography trends for couples getting married in 2018.
The pre-wedding shoot trend is here to stay, except now it’s being experimented with further. We no longer need to choose a location and go pose there for the pictures. People now want to go a step ahead. You can get the photographers to shoot you at your own home, doing stuff you’d be doing, just the way it is. Being coy and demure in front of the camera is so passé, it’s all about letting loose and doing whatever you want. Leave the rest to the photographer and his camera.
Drone photography is another wedding trend that will be around this year.
Two things you’d like every bride and groom to know before their wedding shoot?
Be yourself but try and wear a smile at all times. You never know when and from where you’re being clicked. Also, do not feel shy or awkward in front of your wedding photographers. The more you’re comfortable with them, the easier the shoot will get.
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Cover Image and images via Kunal Khanna/White Frog Productions
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Nikon D850 457MP 24-120 VR Lens DSLR Camera
Nikon D750 DSLR Camera
Nikon f28E FL ED VR 70-200mm Lens
Nikon AF-S 85mm f18G Lens
Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5GA 203 MP 12-60mm Lens DSLR Camera
Canon EF 24-70mm f4L IS USM Lens
Tamrac TR404 Mini Tripod
Manfrotto MMXPROC5 Carbon Fiber Monopod