It’s just a small function at home – do I need candid photography?

Pictures and blog-post by Amrit

Once in a while when I speak to potential clients, this question does come up! It’s just a small function at home – do I need candid photography? Or shall I manage with a regular studio photographer.

In December last year, Neelabh and I had the pleasure of taking candid pictures during some of the per-wedding ceremonies of Shilpa. Shilpa is an absolutely gorgeous looking girl. Unfortunately, none of us at ShaadiGraPher were free on her wedding day, else we would have also covered that. So Neelabh shot her engagement while I shot the mehndi ceremony and the Sangeet ceremony – on two different dates. And I will make use of some of the pictures that I had taken during her mehndi ceremony to answer the question that I have raised.

To put the context clearly, the ceremony was like a 4 hours affair at Shilpa’s house. Only the immediate family members were present. Now that’s as small as a function gets. We are talking about less than 20 people. There was no function as such. A couple of mehndi artists had been called to apply Mehdni to Shilpa and some other female family members of the house. And yet, at the end of those four hours where I shot only in a moderately sized dining hall and Shilpa’s bedroom, I could create so many photographs that if I posted all of them here, you wouldn’t even find the time to see them all (200+)! And I am not talking about a single posed picture – only beautiful candid shots! Does that answer your question?

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Sometime during lunch, Nithin, the groom also came over. And then, he also helped feed Shilpa, who obviously couldn’t eat herself because of fresh mehndi all over her hands!

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Alright, so I hope these images did prove to you that the venue or the number of guests has nothing to do with the ability of a candid photographer to beautifully bring out the story from whatever time he or she spends with you! As long as you are happy, enjoying and having fun, you will end up with beautiful visual memories in the form of candid photographs such as these!


The author

I started in the spring of 2012 to experiment with wedding photography. Prior to that, I studied at IIT Madras (2003-08) and worked as a business consultant in PwC for four years. Since 2014, I have also been making documentary movies on a variety of subjects and issues ( Phone: +95525 89252 Email: To get quote for wedding photography / cinema, please provide city, date and approx duration of all the functions. I am location independent and shoot across India - without any additional charge for travel.

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