Meet Amit. A banker from wall street, New York. A guy who is trusted on, when a million dollars are on the table. A guy who is friendly and full of life.
Meet Neha. A chemical engineer and a perfectionist. That latter pretty much describes everything about her.
Amit & Neha’s story started in New York where they met and it was love at first sight. Getting married in India was a no-brainer since both families hail from here itself. Neha contacted me months before the wedding and we had few email exchanges between us. Closer to the date, I met Amit in New Delhi for the first time who flew from NY to plan everything for the wedding few weeks before and we both instantly developed a liking for each other’s work. What was supposed to be a 20 minutes meeting became a several hour long rendezvous. Neha was going to get surprised on knowing that the next day 😀
Next day, I was to meet Neha. A perfectionist, as told by Amit, she had planned every minute detail of the wedding. What left me perplexed was, she already did a lot of research about my work & shooting style and probably went through every single wedding story here. She had two folders on her laptop. One, the photos she loved. And the other, the ones she didn’t 😀
I’ll come back to what happened next, before that, here are the photos from their engagement ceremony in Westin, Gurgaon.
Priya probably had set up a surprize for Neha where she had a presentation video clip of some of their university friends who weren’t able to make it to their engagement, wishing them luck 🙂
And that was the end of day one. The next day started with the super delayed mehendi of Neha. That in fact was a blessing in disguise as I got stuck in mad traffic for hours that day, only to arrive at the venue and getting to know that the function itself was delayed and I was right on time. Talk about being lucky 😉
The “Method in Madness”. Madness, of course. (Thanks Priya for spotting that one for me)
And after that, there was the roof-top party at Amit’s house. That basically was a party day at both places and I came back with some pretty energetic photographs. The next day however was little high on seriousness for both. And why not? After all, it was the wedding day! I reached Amit’s house in the evening to take some getting ready shots. He already had some ideas in mind and rest, just happened!
The groom’s got swag.
That’s a very happy, shocked, surprised and amazed Amit
Radhika caught him. I caught both of them 😀
And before Amit could get in, he was required to pass the exam put up by Sneha & Priya. The questionnaire had some pretty serious memory twisting questions like where did you meet Neha the first time, what did you say, what did she say? You get the idea, right?
Amit aced it 😀
And then came for whom everyone was waiting for!
And after the on-stage photo session, everybody went for dinner while Amit, Neha and I sneaked out to make some pretty awesome photographs!
Amit: Rish, the floor here looks interesting.
Me: The Floor?
Amit: Yes, the floor.
Neha: The Floor?
Me: THE FLOOR!!
—-I compose and make the photograph—–
Neha: The Flooorrrrr
Meanwhile, all the friends have made a war zone out of the wedding venue. And you guessed it, the fight for groom’s shoes. Amidst all this madness, I attempted this shot and that probably was a very lucky day 🙂
Coming back to shoe fight, I guess there was a draw. The ladies had one shoe and Amit’s friends were able to save the other. Kiranjit made sure there was no way for them to get it so he wore that one shoe of Amit and held his own in his hands. Talk about strategies!
And those were Amit & Neha.
I left you with the story of Neha in the starting where I met her and she had photographs from my other projects. One set which she liked and one which she didn’t. So she told me exactly how she imagined her wedding photographs to be. Exactly. Bit by bit. And then I had to take that into account while keeping my own creativity intact. At first, it seemed a daunting task to even think about, not because that she was so sure. But because I was going in an experimentation mode at someone’s wedding. That, to me was scary as a wedding for me is a zone of perfection. There’s zero room for errors and here we were talking about circumlocuting from my usual working style.
That however pushed me forward. I constrained myself to a very large extent from camera gears to the thinking process. It was tough, but it was worth it. And in the end both of them were super happy with the photographs.