Candid / Fine-Art or Contemporary Photography in Indian Weddings - Do you make out what exactly it is?
Candid/ Photography market in India is increasing very fast and many couples emphasize a lot of Candid Photography in their weddings. This is a hot trend in metro cities and Teir2/3 cities of India. Let's check out this Photo Journey and try to understand what exactly is happening in this space.
Human beings always tend to do something diefferent and special everytime. 10 years back there was a standard pattern of clicking wedding photographs. Idea was mainly to ensure that every ritual is covered in stills and videos. This intention is still there but now needs vary from one family to another and couples take more informed decisions by keeping practicalities in mind.
Youth in India is more active in decision making about weddings and of-course parents also understand the practical needs. With time and great skill-set around, Candid Photography has become an integral part of Indian Weddings. Now Most of the couples in India prefer to hire a Candid Photographer for some of the special ceremonies. At the same time, they hire a regular photographer who will cover each and every part of the wedding. Candid Photographer is someone who keep an eye on every moment in a wedding and tries to capture natural moments to cherish in future. S/he is least worried about poses and something that is artificially created. On top of that Candid Photographers tries to maximize th output by best utilizing their photography skills and identifying the right moments to capture.
Usually families are more comfortable with people who offer services for Stills as well as videos. But it will be hard to find Candid Photographer in this package and be ready to hear from a Fine Art Photographer that s/he doesn't do video. This sector of Candid Photography or Fine Art Wedding Photography is quite different and takes some time for wedding-planners or couple to accept it in a way it is. Most of the Fine Art Wedding Photographers offer output in digital forms, athough with time many of them have started offering albums and other stuff as well.
When it comes to Fine Art Wedding photography, quality is most important and quantity is least. Most of the times discussion is not about number of photographs, but of-course every Candid Photographer ensures that whole set gives a complete wedding experience to the couple.
There is a biggest and most important question now - 'How to decide a Wedding Photographer for you?'. And believe me, you are the only one to answer this. All your friends can share their own opinions which may look good to you and by end of the day you need to make a call. The very first thing is to understand your need. What exactly you want? Sometimes couples only get services of Top Fine Art Wedding Photographers in India and don't even consider regular photographers who have better understanding of Indian Wedding rituals. But here they make a call and take a big risk of not covering everyone or every ritual of the wedding. As they feel that after marriage, there is hardly time to see all photographs and quality moments can be more useful going forward. At the same time, some couples don't want to miss on these things and get two kinds of photography services. So when identified your needs, google can be your best friend. don't search for photographer. Search for Wedding photographs and check out the ones which appeal to you. Then figure out the Photographer who shot those. Now you have set of Photographers which can met or checked w.r.t. your needs.
Somehow in India, people are very much concerned about equipments/cameras your photographer is using. It's good to ask and but keep in mind that best camera on earth can't grantee a good photograph, unless it's being used by a good photographer. Weakest aspect of a photograph is it's photographer and not equipment. And Photographer always tries to use best possible equipments s/he has.
Here idea is not to confuse you with various terms like Candid, Fine Art or Contemporary Photography. So keep it simple for you. What exactly you want and stick to the style you like. All these terminologies can be misleading at times and can prove as a marketing terms. What's important for you is the kind of photographs you want out of your special day of Life.
Usually a Candid/Fine-Art/Contemporary Photographer puts all his/her energies to give best and of course they charge accordingly. Unlike studio people, apart from business it's very special Photography project for these artists. So usually their charges are more as compared to studio photographers. Recent trend is to hire studio Photographer and one of the above three types of photographs. Usually you get services of these photographers on hourly basis.
Horizons of what kind of photographs they click are expanding with time and only wedding couples are getting benefited by this. One of the most challenging part is to get dates from these photographers, especially the ones who are popular. As we know that thousands of marriages happen in a single day and it can be difficult to get your desired photographer for your wedding. So don't delay this decision. Usually, they charge 50-100% amount for booking in advance and block the date for you.
Usually scope of negotiation is least as far as pricing is concerned. Some of the Candid/Fine-Art/contemporary wedding photographers don't accept any changes in terms of covering your wedding and at the same time many of them are open from delivery point of view. Usually High quality JPEGs are delivered, but they can offer some digital creations or even Raw photographs.
I have seen many of the wedding photographers in Delhi who are doing great projects across the country and bringing lot of innovation in Indian Wedding Photography. Some of the top Indian wedding photographers are very much in demand for Indian wedding s happening abroad. Trend of destination weddings is also increasing where studio photographers are least preferred and wedding couples wants to have a Candid, Fine Art or Contemporary Wedding photographer on board.
We at PHOTO JOURNEY are excited to share that some of the photographers here are covering some BIG Indian weddings this season, which has never happened in past. So keep watching this space to check-out indian wedding related posts in near future. Dec'12 to Feb'13 is going to be exciting journey with new possibilities around Indian Weddings.