Here we take a look at some of the best wedding photographers in the business. Most of them have been doing photography for several years and have the required experience (and the right team) to deliver the pest pictures of your wedding.
An elegant wedding album is the souvenir and reminder of your special day, a touchstone of memories and good feeling. so you definitely want the best man/woman to do the job.
These talented wedding photographers take the time to understand your needs/tastes & have the technical expertise to deliver excellent photos that will stay with you forever.
Here’s a list of the best wedding photographers (they also do other styles of photography though).
Dev Purbiya: An IIT graduate-turned-full-time-photographer, Dev was nominated in “behind the scenes” category in the “Wedding photographer of the year” (2010) contest conducted by Better Photography magazine. He’s one of the more sought after wedding photographers in the country.
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/DevPhotography
Shreya Sen: Shreya trained to be a psychologist but her passion was always photography. Shreya always aims to film a wedding like a story, where the viewers would want to keep coming back to. She says, “I love weddings where there’s lots of love and energy in the air or ones where a lot of thought has been put into everything from the bridal trousseau to the décor.” Shreya has assisted renowned fashion photographer R. Burman, and does weddings in India as well as abroad.
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/shreyasenphotography
Shades Photography: Run by the husband & wife duo – Ashwin & Jhalak. Ashwin is a film school grad from Vancouver Film School, Canada, whereas Jhalak has been an artist since childhood and has always been attracted towards colors and beauty. As a team, they offer creative, candid, non-traditional and contemporary wedding photography.
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Shadesphotography
The Photo Diary (Monisha Ajgaonkar): Monisha is a student of JJ School of Arts (Mumbai) and has earlier worked with Bombay Times and as a freelance photographer for several prominent magazines. Her love for Candid Photography make her focus more on Wedding Photography now.
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/thephotodiary3
Bharat Mirchandani: A commerce graduate, Bharat started as a street photographer and went on to work as an advertising photographer for 20 years, shooting for some of Mumbai’s best agencies. He also teaches photography in various media institutes. Bharat has been doing wedding photography since 2008.
Ram Bherwani: Ram started his photography career assisting India’s leading fashion photographer Dabboo Ratnani, before branching out on his own. Ram himself is a fashion photographer but is a pro when it comes to celebrity weddings. He has shot the weddings of celebrities like Karisma Kapoor and Sunjay Kapur, Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna, Vivek Oberoi. Ram’s portfolio also includes weddings within high-profile families, such as that of Ashni Biyani (Kishore Biyani’s daughter), Amit Bhosale (son of Avinash Bhosale), and more. The grandest wedding that Ram has shot was in Suncity, South Africa, which was a Rs. 100-crore wedding.
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/rambherwaniweddings
Tejes: Into wedding photographing since 2009, Tejes’ style revolves around the couple’s vision of their big day. Today, Tejes does weddings in India as well as overseas.
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/tejesnayakphotography
Camera Crew (Rajesh Dembla) (Camera Crew): With over two decades of experience in photography, Camera Crew offers all services relating to wedding photography and filming.
Studiofinearts: Headed by Sunil Nichani and with several years of experience in the photography & video industry, Studiofinearts offers a wide range of photography/videography services for any wedding.
Photosynthesis: An initiative by Aditi & Dev, Photosynthesis has become a popular name in wedding photography and today they do weddings in India as well as abroad.
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/photosynthesisphotographyservices
Vrutika Doshi: Vrutika loves owning cameras, both new and vintage and is an expert in lifestyle, fashion and wedding photography. She says that every new shot brings with it new challenges.
Robin Saini: Robin is basically a Marketing Professional who ventured into wedding photography. The husband-wife duo have captured many home town and destination weddings and the majority of their clients are NRIs. They recently launched ‘Robin Saini Films’ where they produce cinematic films and offer Candid Photography, Cinematic Films and Traditional Photography + Videography (on demand).
Ranjan Zingade (RZ Photography): Ranjan is an experienced photographer who has been working in this field for several years. Ranjan loves capturing the joy and happiness at weddings
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ranjan.zingade
Navdeep Soni Photography: Navdeep is an accomplished wedding photographer whose style of photography is a blend of documentary and artistry, where people are candid, relaxed and at their best.
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/NavdeepPhotography
Cimmaron Singh: She’s one of the very few women photographers in India who has a great portfolio of work and is also extremely busy. She was the only photographer present at Saif Ali Khan’s and Kareena Kapoor’s dawat-e-walima (reception) hosted by Sharmila Tagore, which was a private, and elegant celebration with close friends and family. Cimmaron says, “When you view a wedding celebration through a lens, you are forced to pay attention to the finer details—from the invites, décor, gifts, food, clothes and jewellery to all the arrangements that took months of planning.”
Facebook page: facebook.com/cimmaron.photography
Avantika Meattle: Avantika has done still photography for films and has shot for movies like Umrao Jaan, Saawariya, Dostana, Kidnap and Salaam-e-Ishq. But her first love was portraiture and wedding photography because of which she shifted her base to Delhi. Avantika says, “It’s my luck that clients rely on me to find the moments that capture the essence of the day”
Knot Just Pictures: Its very rare to see two friends partner together, especially in photography.
Friends Prashant Bhardwaj and Manmeet Singh share similar interests and have known each other for more than a decade, capturing moments and action on the streets while travelling all over the world.
Prashant says, “Manmeet and I have different styles and approaches, but we complement each other well.” KnotJustPictures brings candid street-style photography to weddings.
Facebook page: facebook.com/KnotJustPictures
Atul Pratap Chauhan Photography: While filming Weddings is his forte, his other interests and expertise lie in Food, Travel, Interior and Architecture. At weddings he loves to capture the drama, emotions and smiles; Atul has been a part of several destination weddings across exotic locations in India and abroad.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Wedding-Day-Wedding-Photojournalism/111846008852814
Vinayak Das and Snigdha Sheel (Photo Tantra): Vinayak Das and Snigdha Sheel were perhaps the first husband and wife team in India to start shooting Indian weddings. Vinayak confesses that he’s a self-taught photographer, and loves travelling to new destinations, especially to experience varied cultures and also to meet interesting people. The team had photographed the wedding of Hollywood actor Kunal Nayyar and former Miss India Neha Kapur, which was set in various farmhouses at the President’s Estate and Delhi. Their photographic style is a mix of photojournalism and glamour photography. Besides India, the team has also done shoots at various foreign destinations.
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/phototantra
Rishabh’s clients are those who want their big day to be documented uniquely, and who understand the importance of moments instead of just faces. Other than photography, he also offers wedding films, in which again he tries to break the norm of the traditional wedding videos.
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/RishPhotography
The Creative Lens: Run by the husband wife duo of Shweta Mukherjee and Soumak Mukhopadhyay, ‘The Creative Lens’ today offers wide range of Wedding photography and videography services. Though they are based in Delhi NCR, the duo have photographed weddings in different cities across India.
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/thecreativelens
Andrew Adams: Andrew is a Canadian photojournalist who is based in India now. With his combined passion for Travel, Photography and South Asian Culture, he has photographed weddings all over India and abroad. Andrew has a fascination for South Asian Culture in Indian Weddings; his photography style is candid wherein the true story of each wedding is documented. Like many, Andrew is also at times awed by the lavishness of some Indian weddings. “Recently a family had the Cirque du Soleil from Montreal flown down to perform at the circus-themed sangeet,” says Andrew Adams.
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/kathaimages
Bharath Srinivasan: Besides photographing weddings, Bharath also specializes in Architecture & Product Photography. Bharath has a team of videographers and photographers to cover traditional photography and videography too.
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/bp.official
Gaurav is passionate about candid photography, and has an impressive arsenal of cameras and lenses and several candid photography assignments under his belt. Gaurav is based in Delhi and travels all across the country for his assignments.
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/IDontSayCheeseCom
Starting from street photography and portraits, Diptish gradually ventured into wedding photography which he enjoyed the most- and soon he took up Candid Wedding Photography professionally. Kolkata Wedding Tales specializes in both traditional and candid photography services.
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/kolkataweddingtales
Samik Ghosh (Jonak Photography):
Samik enjoys dabbling in all styles of photographs from candid to intimate portraits for couples looking to capture some treasured moments.
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Jonak.Photo
Sephi Bergerson (FotoWala):
Sephi is an award winning international documentary and lifestyle photographer specializing in destination weddings and Indian wedding photography. He only takes up a small number of wedding photography assignments every year as he’s known to devote extreme care and attention to each couple with whom he works.
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/FotoWala
Lucky Malhotra: Lucky’s interest lies in fashion and wedding photography, but has experience in all genres of photography. Having expertise in fashion, he tends to use the composition and lighting skills of a fashion photographer to capture stylish, classy and timeless shots. Lucky uses his experience from all styles of photography to make his wedding pictures memorable for his clients. Lucky recollects shooting a beautiful wedding on the banks of the river Cauvery, which was a surreal experience. He specializes in pre-wedding shoots too and delivers high class quality images.
Saneesh Sukumaran Photography: For Saneesh, every wedding has its own unique story and that’s what he tries to capture with his photography.
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/loveflickrs
Priyanka Daga (PhotoAlchemy): Priyanka is basically an Art Photographer; Indian weddings being so cultural and aesthetically sensitive makes the art photographer in her come to life.
D Ravinder Reddy: Ravinder hails from Hyderabad and has over 20 years of experience in photography, and is one of the most popular choices of brides and grooms from South India, especially for Hyderabad’s A-listers. He was the wedding photographer (& videographer) of the Bhupal family, ceremonies of Kishore Biyani’s nephew, the wedding of Pinky Reddy’s daughter, and more. He has already been to the US around 25 times to shoot weddings. Ravinder also has published a few books, one of which happens to be on Indian weddings.
Pranta Photography: Pranta specializes in Christian weddings. Success to Pranta is when one manages to make a client smile not just on their wedding day but every single time they look at those pictures.
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/prantaphotography
Medhavi & Dhaval Kotecha (DKreate Photography): The biggest wedding of their career, for Medhavi & Dhaval Kotecha, was that of the bollywood actress Esha Deol in 2012. Their work has been featured in top magazines; they specialize in save-the-date shoots, pre-wedding couple shoots, and candid wedding photography.
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/dkreate.photography
Top Wedding Filmer files Police Complaint, Alleges Ex-worker Leaked Client Database to Rival
Its tough to do business, and more so, if its in the film & media industry, it can take years of hard work to establish oneself. And because the individual players in this industry are not huge companies who have robust processes in place, its comparatively easier for workers to misue the companies resources and sensitive information.
One of India’s top wedding film production houses ‘The Wedding Filmer’, known for their film-like productions and having some of the top businessmen, politicians as their client, recently had to take the help of the police, as they felt their rival ‘Recall Pictures’ inappropriately got access to their client data and was stealing clients.
Vishal Punjabi, CEO, Wedding Filmers has complained to the Oshiwara police against the owners of Recall Pictures for stealing their database and communicating with clients on Recall’s behalf.
As per the complaint, one of Wedding Filmer’s employees had sold the company’s confidential information to Recall Pictures, out of revenge.
“Since the last six months, we have been losing our clients to Recall Pictures. It wasn’t just one incident, but several, which proved that Hathiramani was misleading our clients and usurping our contracts fraudulently. He sent an email to all our clients saying Wedding Filmers are closed for a short period and Recall Pictures will continue doing business with them on their behalf. These mails were sent from both my company’s account as well as my personal email account,” says Punjabi.
So how did it start?
It all started with ‘Wedding Filmer’ sacking one of their employees. “She was the one who leaked information to Hathiramani. She knew how we worked very well. It led to our losing many contracts worth crores. The recent AIB video shoot was also supposed to be done by us. We lost a Mexican wedding, and one in Miami. He has sabotaged my business,” he added.
One of my clients, Karan Uppal, had informed me about an email he received confirming an order to shoot a wedding by Recall Pictures. I was shocked. I immediately changed my company email account’s password and others but the damage was already done, ” claims Punjabi.
In another instance, he said, a client with a wedding in her house had tried to contact him but the order was confirmed by Recall Pictures. “She knew me personally so she informed me. This was when I decided to file a complaint. I had even had called him to my studio and recorded his confession. I did not let him go till he had told the truth,” Punjabi said.
Despite Punjabi changing his password, it seems Hathiramani used Punjabi’s personal account and emailed his secretary asking for the new password. Thinking the email had come from me, Punjabi’s secretary gave him all the required details.
Here’s what Recall Pictures had to say about the allegation.
Recall Pictures owner Hathiramani, though, denied all allegations saying that he just accessed Wedding Filmers’ company email account out of curiosity. “It was Anusha who gave me the password and the client details but I did not misuse it. She wanted to impress me and get a job in our company. We have our own clients and we don’t need to hijack others’. I have already sacked Anusha but now I am scared as she has my company details too. She may sell it to my competitors. But all these other allegations are false.”
So it seems the sacked employee Anusha is in the soup as both the parties are now blaming her for all the fiasco.
Oshiwara police station has registered the complaint and investigations are on.
Prakash Tilokani – Veteran of Wedding Photography in India
The wedding photography segment in Indian may have got hotter in recent times and several new photographers have emerged as strong players. However one man who has been there right from the beginning is Prakash Tilokani, whom you can consider a veteran when it comes to Wedding Photography in India.
Prakash Tilokani today has his main photography studio in Baroda (in a eight-storied building which he owns, and in which his family lives as well) where most of the post-production work happens as well. Prakash has an office in Delhi as well, and his client list includes some of the biggest names in India, including the Ambanis. Obviously, he’s not authorised to share his works, that includes the high profile clients, on social platforms like Facebook or YouTube.
How did Prakash Tilokani get into photography?
Prakash’s father’s close friend used to own a photography studio, where Prakash would go along with his father, when he was a child. That is when he got bitten by the photography bug. Soon Prakash used to spend more and more time at the studio and started assisting his uncle. He then spent the next 10 years or so working under him, and gained all the experience he could before venturing on his own.
Prakash was in his early twenties when he started his photography business. Since then, he has focussed primarily on wedding photography only, and today is one of the biggest names in the wedding photography business in India. He’s also among the select few photographers in India who attends workshops and events conducted by Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) in the US.
Leading Wedding Photographer in India
Today, Prakash Tilokani is considered a role model by hundreds of Wedding Photographers in India. With an enviable client base and a relationship as the ‘family’ photographer to several high profile business families Tilokani has photographed weddings almost all over the world.
He has photographed weddings of every scale and size- simple Gujarati weddings to spectacular extravaganzas in Europe and South Africa. Such is his relationship with several prominent personalities, that some of them call him first just after a wedding is fixed in the family.
How Wedding Photography has changed over the years
“Wedding Planners may change depending on the destination, but in India, the tradition of family wedding photographers continues”, says Tilokani who has photographed over 10 weddings of some joint families. “Of course, a lot has changed too and as photographers we cannot rest on the comfortable relationship we enjoy. The brief or the creative demands of the younger generation is quite different today- earlier photography was an exercise that involved presenting a large showcase of formal portraits and ensuring every family member and important guest was featured in the albums”.
Handling expectations of his high profile clients
“A wedding is a high-involvement occasion for all families, regardless of their budget, but my clients spend a lot more time and money for each of their many events, so naturally they want photos that depict the ‘grand event’ and which highlight the ‘minute’ details too. It is always an insightful experience to view their response to the albums when on occasion I present it personally- besides reliving the happy moments, they are excited to view the details- the labels of rare wines and liquor imported specially for the event, the hand crafted designer cutlery or the bride’s hair accessories. Obviously no client will tell me what minute details they’d like to see, but I know they’d expect to see all this after the wedding.”
Tilokani tells us how his relationship with clients changes over a period of time. “During the first few meetings the talk is strictly professional, and quite often, later we become friends. And they don’t hesitate to ask us for advice on matters weddings, and the talk rarely centers about photography alone. After the wedding they try to keep in touch or make an effort to come up to say hello when they see us at work at other weddings. And since they know we interact with so many families, they ask us to recommend a suitable match for their near and dear ones too.”
Advice for budding Wedding Photographers & even Clients
While Tilokani is happy that a number of young, talented professionals are venturing into wedding photography he has a word of advice for them. “It takes a lot of efforts to build a relationship with families, and while it might be easy to get one-off assignments, your success will depend on a combination of factors- talent and creativity, interpersonal skills, patience with handling family members, and discipline to deliver photos and albums as per the time schedule. Don’t take on an assignment unless you can be sure of all this.”
He shares his inputs for clients too: “There are so many Photographers in India today- each one of them have their own strengths, but make sure the service provider is well equipped, technically strong and someone you are comfortable with- then give them your full trust to build beautiful images. Don’t hire someone only because you are impressed with their presentation skills or because they are charging lesser than someone whose work you love. Wedding is the one time when most people get to work with a very talented photographer so take a wise decision.”
Despite the presence of several wedding photographers, Prakash Tilokani is still a name to reckon with in wedding photography in India. I hope you enjoyed the words of wisdom on ‘wedding matters’ from the veteran himself.
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