Indian weddings are indeed a beautiful sight to watch and if you are planning to attend a Brahmin wedding – you are sure up for a lot of pleasant and funny surprises. It is also intriguing to note that most of the Brahmin weddings still stick to the dear old ritual of having celebrations lasting for 2-3 days. The wedding is quite a challenge for the photographer as such, for there are innumerable precious moments to photographer. As a successful Brahmin wedding photographer and also a team that has captures several candid moments, FotoZone brings the following tips which offers food for some creative thought.
Understand the rituals
More often than not, the key to approaching wedding photography is to understand its rituals in its entirety and also check with the bride and the bridegroom which parts of those rituals would they be following. Generally, we have observed Brahmin weddings to consistently have maapillaiazhaippu – the procession where the groom arrives to the wedding hall, KashiYatra – where the groom sets off on a mock pilgrimage to pursue religious studies and renounce worldly pursuits. The father of the bride stops him and advocates for the superiority of married life compared to ascetic life. Then there is the malaimattral (exchange of garland), Oonjal – where the couple swing gently on a swing where the women around them sing wonderful songs. And to top it all, the above mentioned are only sneak peek in to the wedding ritual. Hence it is imperative that as a Brahmin wedding photographer, one should spend a lot of time understanding the same and capture enough candid moments from it.
Cut away the ugly picture
Due to the ritualistic nature of the wedding, it is only natural that the priests end up using several plastic bags to store the ingredients necessary for the performance of prayer. As a wedding photographer, we know how ugly a picture could possibly get with the use of plastics on the frame. Hence communicate this to the priests of your intention so that the usage of plastics can totally be avoided on the wedding stage. Besides, anything that you notice even from caterers’ point of view to infringe the frames – should be stopped immediately.
Capture the order in chaos
The air is certainly filed with amplified happiness. This can be projected in your wedding photographs as burst shot for example or even dramatizing it by using slow shutter speed. The kasiyatra for example is a great opportunity to capture emotions and drama! The ritual is such that the bride is required to change her saree quite frequently, allowing the photographer to accentuate his output. Besides the ritualistic angle and the fact there is so much happening all over the place – Brahmin weddings are known for their nine yard sarees! This is a unique way of tying a saree by the women which is quite unique to the Brahmins. Capture these incredible moments. To summarise, there is order in the middle of myriad people and that’s the duty of a photographer
Inter-caste marriages with Brahmin families
If you think Brahmin weddings are beautiful, check out our imageries on Tamil Brahmin bride with Telugu bridegroom. Nothing less than picture perfect – the ways and means where both the families brought the best of their culture is quite intriguing indeed. As a photographer, these are your precious moments – and you should always have a team of photographers following the couple to capture delicate moments.
Go with the flow of the wedding but always remember to stick to your goal – which is to capture stunning photographs.