In Between Weddings

Kunal & Shradha's Dreamy Romance in Hua Hin, Thailand

Monday
Jan272014

PAYAL & SHANGRIL THE MARWAR INDULGENCE, UDAIPUR 

A whirlwind half day engagement shoot in a city that is a photographer's paradise, a tranquil stay at the Fateh Garh Palace overlooking the city was an experience on its own w...ith the calm tunes of Sarangi playing in back. No frame is worth missing at the same time no experience is worth missing even though this is everyone's 2nd/3rd visit, but we lived it all as much as we could. Susmita, Pooja and I experienced the magic of udaipur with the time we had, including waking up at 4.30am to see the sunrise. The recipe for the e-session had numerous ingredients - a lot of planning, hours of discussions on concepts, numerous pins on a pinterest board, dedication from the bride (and groom) to be, brainstorming sessions for styling with Susmita, and last but not the least, all the stars lining up and no hiccups on the day of the shoot except, I could have had another slot for sunrise or sunset as there was nothing worth missing from the beautiful spa pool at the Udaivilas to the boats in lake pichhola and the monsoon palace. Susmita & I would like to thank Payal & Shangril for all their dedication, given the time constraints, travel and crazy schedules during their engagement which took place in Ahemdabad the next day. They worked effortlessly and gave us so much freedom as well as a platform which was needed to create stunning imagery. The regal locations, the earthy tones to the amazing backdrops of the city palace and Udaivilas, and cultural richness in the city made the shoot special to all of us. From Shiv Niwas Palace to Udaivillas, and a short fashion stint in the market, Sarees by Sabyasachi Mukherjee that were picked by Payal and a saree dhoti look styled by Susmita, that was created on paper on our 16 hr flight from Newark to Mumbai.  The saree was just something I happened to pick from my mother's wardrobe the day I was catching my flight from Houston to Newark. It was my father's first gift to my mother on their wedding night and is very special to them. I felt it would be a great way to revive this look and Susmita made it work like a charm for our one editorial concept on 'Basanti'. We  had everything from a horse carriage, elephant and a cow  ( by the ghaat) to create a row of images that were mixed in approach from editorial to fine art and minimalist to some that were purely fashion driven. But we couldn't have pulled it together without the help of a young talented dynamic and a very hard working photo assistant and an excellent photographer Pooja, who looked into every minute detail to ensure we had a smooth shoot all along as well our Location Manager/Line Producer Anil & his team. I can't thank him enough for helping us round the clock for two days with transport arrangements, scouting, permissions and ensuring we have access to everything we needed, even his vest for one of Shangril's looks:-) Lastly, my sincere gratitude to the team of Udaivillas for their astounding hospitality. 

Make-up, Hair & Styling by Susmita- Style by Susmita
Assitant Photographer Pooja Patel
Line Producer Anil Angad Vanwala- Shooting Stars Event Management
Venue Udaivillas, Shiv Niwas and Jadgish Chowk
Payal's Outfits: Sabyasachi Mukehrjee  

 

Thursday
Oct312013

PANKAJ & AVNIE'S BAND BAJAA BAARAAT AT THE BELLAGIO- SNEAK PEEK

A sneak into a wedding celebration that Vegas will remember for quite some time to come. The festivities for Pankaj and Avnie’s wedding started a week prior to the wedding in Vegas. Baraat arriving on a charter flight from Houston, an open air sangeet, overlooking the Vegas strip, at the Cosmopolitan and finally the wedding at the grand terrace in Bellagio followed by a Gatsby themed reception encompassed a wedding extraordinaire. I had such a hard time compiling a sneak peek. With so many images not making the cut, I am really excited to start putting together the full blog posts. This is just a teaser of whats to come – A mile high crazy baraat, groom on an elephant, a cake taller than me (it does not take much for things to be taller than me but still ), grandeur of the Bellagio backdrop for the ceremony and a chic Gatsby themed reception. The entire weekend was full of moments – Pankaj in the 737 cockpit, Pankaj and Avnie’s groovy performance at the sangeet to old school bollywood songs, pankaj’s friends carrying him after the peethi (wont spoil the surprise of what happened after ), aerial shots of the baraat and the wedding ceremony, heartfelt speeches by family and friends and guests blessing the dance floor with groovy moves till the wee hours – a  blockbuster wedding and it will take multiple blog posts to do full justice to the wedding. Congratulations to Pankaj and Avnie. I want to express my heartfelt thanks to Aziz Khan and Kristen Marie Parker the hidden gem of photographers for braving the long hours with Sid and I and helping us create some stunning imagery.  A huge big shout out to Tory Cooper for coordinating the most spectacular wedding. Last and certainly not least my cousin Raj for introducing us to this wonderful family.

Full wedding post and vendor credits coming soon on the blog.

Tuesday
Oct152013

SHUDDH DESI ROMANCE- CHARU & ADITYA'S RECEPTION- HILTON CHICAGO

Imagine a bride wearing  a Sabyasachi lehnga and groom dressed in a exquisite tuxedo – both madly in love with each other. Now imagine this combined with their amazing chemistry, fun attitude and willingness to battle a cold May evening to get photographed in their reception outfits two months before the actual wedding – this is every photographer’s  creative dream – and Sid and I had the privilege to shoot with such a couple - Charu and Aditya. Photographing them feels so effortless. Kudos to them for understanding how important it is to be able to shoot portraits before the wedding. The shoot started on a cold May evening in my patio on the 28th floor and then to the theatre district and finally wrapped up in Grant park. 

Fast forward to July 6th – after Charu and Aditya made a grand and fun entrance into the ballroom at the Hilton, the reception highlight was Aditya teaming up with his acapella group (chai town) mates and singing a tribute to Charu – a very honest and true to heart performance.  Later in the evening, the guests grooved to some peppy mixes by the DJ and had a blast on the dance floor. The night ended with me walking a block to my apartment – this was the best part! I have never had the luxury of walking over from my apartment to shoot a wedding.  This wedding will always have a special place in my heart – this was the last wedding I shot in Chicago while living there. I am back for a lot more in 2014! Last but not the least, once again a big shout out to Sabrina Hans – a coordinator par excellence. Karthika - a friend..a sister - helped with the shoot as well.

 

 

 

Monday
Sep302013

Avnie & Pankaj - e-session, Las Vegas

Temperatures topping 110 degree fahrenheit, thunderstorms and rain - only day of rain in the entire summer, a $10 umbrella from CVS that barely held up against a "breezy" evening on the strip, Bobby's poker room, a 1959 Austin-Healey roadster, a LED light being sneaked into a club as a "glowing" clutch, and exclusive access to the Hyde club in Bellagio for a shoot pretty much sum up Pankaj and Avnie's e-session in Vegas. 

Sharing some excerpts from the fun e-shoot in Vegas - A big thanks to Pankaj and Avnie for being such good sport to shoot into wee hours on a saturday night , in crowded vegas hot spots, and working hard all day sunday with us to get the shoot completed before we embarked on a 4 hour drive back to LA at 1:00 in the morning. 
Looking forward to the crazy madness during the wedding in a few weeks. Will keep the details of the blockbuster wedding a secret for now and as I have said before what happens in Vegas will not stay in Vegas - atleast not for Pankaj and Avnie. Stay tuned for some epic images from the wedding.


Saturday
Sep282013

Aashiqui in Vegas 

 

Avnie & Pankaj

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas - well - not anymore - excited to start sharing Avnie & Pankaj's e-session. The only day it rained in Vegas this summer - we happened to be shooting. The 100 plus degrees made it tough to shoot outdoors during the day. We all braved the Vegas heat and came up with lot of fun images. More to come soon! Meanwhile enjoy this sneak peek!