Ask any bride and she will probably tell you that the most important person at the wedding ceremony (after the groom, of course) is the photographer. Who wouldn’t like to capture memories of their special day, after spending almost an arm and a leg on it?
The recent trend, however, is that of pre-wedding shoots. “Pre-wedding concept help the couple break away from the hustle bustle of the big day. It allows them to slip away to a scenic location while being photographed. We have shot couples in Dharamsala, Kerala, Sanjay Gandhi National Park (Borivali) and Rajasthan,” says city-based photographer Alistair Bangera, who works for Knots and Vows, a wedding photography agency.
Given a choice, several aspiring and professional photographers say that they have more fun shooting for the pre-wedding album because it gives them the freedom to go wild with their imagination and create customised themes. “It gives me the opportunity to understand my client better. Though there may be issues with getting permissions for some locations, the entire process of deciding costumes, props and themes helps in building the rapport,” says Shreya Sen, photographer at Wedding Sutras.
While many photographers provide a complimentary pre-wedding shoot as part of their package, standalone shoots start from around Rs20,000, and can run into lakhs depending on the location. These photographers believe that every couple has a unique story, and concepts are generally conceived by taking cues from their life stories. “Once we meet the couple, we learn about their love story, how they met and ideate with that. The demand for such shoots is rising, but there is some hesitation among couples to strike intimate poses,” observes Stuti Sakhalkar, photographer, The Cheesecake Project.
Couples in the city have been choosing unfamiliar locations, along with whacky themes like those inspired by pirates, paint-fights and even dabbawalas. “The dabbawala theme was chosen by a couple who felt strongly about their Maharashtrian roots. These shoots work because the shots are candid and the focus is on the couple’s chemistry,” says Chandni Dossani, a freelance photographer.