Have you taken out your wedding photographer on a date yet?

Every relationship- every single one- requires time, attention, respect, communication and two-way efforts… even the relationship you build with your wedding photographer.

 

It’s surprising to see how so many couples today ignore or overlook the need to really work on building a bond with their photographer. This not only results in not-so-great pictures but also a gap in the story that the photographers try and build. Why?

 

Firstly, your photographer doesn’t know you- your love story, your quirky personality or your exact needs. Secondly, you don’t know what your photographer is capable of and how the team can really build upon your wedding pictures and story.

 

Let’s start with the very basic. A photographer is a professional and most importantly an artist. Unlike other ‘vendors’ that you may be hiring for your wedding, a photographer doesn’t really work on set options. You know choosing the color of your mandap drapes is not the same as opting for different styles of photography!

 

Your photographer- the artist- and his team need to know you and build that bond with you to know what style will work best for you. This bond needs to be built through communication, respect, mutual understanding and a lot of trust on your photographer and their expertise. Yes, in wedding planning terminology a photographer is a vendor, but a photographer is more than just that. A wedding photographer needs to become a part of your wedding to be able to capture and freeze the most beautiful parts of it.

 

Coming back to the date, you need to spend enough time with your photographer, much before the wedding to straighten out the creases, fix any loopholes and build strong bridges of communication. Here’s what you need to do:

 

  • Talk, talk and talk some more… and then listen!

 

Set up a casual meeting with your photographer to discuss the many questions, doubts and expectations that you may have. The same way, allow your photographer to do the same. This candid, casual talk will allow both you and your photographer to come on the same page and give both of you an idea as to how to take this forward.

 

  • One for all, all for one!

 

Your photographer will have a team of his own and remember that all of them play a vital role. Respect the team and treat them well. Make sure your photographer and his team have everything they need, and yes that includes a full stomach and hydrated, fresh minds too.

 

  • Creativity, Communication and Trust

 

An artist thrives on creativity, communication and trust- make sure there are no gaps here! Your wedding photographer can truly make your pictures have a life and character of their own- only if you allow them.

 

While wedding photography has evolved over the years and many new styles and technologies have made their way in, the biggest barrier faced by photographers today is a lack of bond with their clients. How can you expect an artist to express and enhance the emotions and the love when they don’t even know who you are as individuals?

 

Imagine this, can a dancer give their best performance without music? Or can a painter truly create a masterpiece without inspiration? And just like that, a photographer can never really highlight and showcase your best features and personalities without communication, trust, mutual respect and appreciation.

 

So take your wedding photographer out on a date and start building on a relationship. Get the conversations brewing and let the spark of your love and the joy in your heart inspire your photographer. Allow them to peek into your love story and create magic around it!

 

You need to click with your photographer, before they click YOU!

 

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Planning a pre-wedding photoshoot? Experience the ‘freezing-warmth’ of Gulmarg!

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A couple, a love story and a camera- that’s all you need to capture and freeze the memories of a lifetime!

But hey! A picture is more than just the people, right? It’s about the emotions and the love, the joy and happiness, and most importantly the carefully picked location that acts as the perfect backdrop to enhance all these unsaid words and the sparkle in the eyes.

Nitin and Shanaya, of Nitin Arora Photography, are not just a madly-in-love couple but also thorough professionals who only recommend the very best. So, when the idea of finding the perfect location was propped, they decided to not just brainstorm on possible ideas but also test them out. While, they have travelled to many places, far and wide, for work and for travel, they had never really discovered the enchanting beauty of Gulmarg.

Gulmarg, or Kashmir in general, unfortunately is not the most sought-after travel destination. Most people associate this paradise on earth with feelings of terror, fear, anxiety and worry. These emotions cloud over the fact that Gulmarg is indeed one of the most pristine and picturesque locations in India.  It has deep valleys, majestic mountain ranges, clear water streams, a calm lake and a clear beautiful blue sky. You can see every possible hue of greens and blues, and other vibrant colours that only nature can pull off.

But, the natural beauty is not the only thing that makes it so wonderful. It is the warmth of the people, the simplicity of life and a hard-to-miss old world charm that adds to the mesmerising experience of Gulmarg.

Gulmarg is soaked in a rich culture; a culture that propagates love for one another, a sense of responsibility to keep our precious land safe and beautiful and a culture that only stands for happiness, joy and celebration of life. Even when the temperatures are dipping to a negative, it is the warmth of the people that makes the greyest days sunny!

Watch this! Here’s a cutesy message from the tour guide, Bilal Bhai.

 

Notice how eager he is to welcome the world to Kashmir!

He talks about, and rightly so, the beauty and peace of Kashmir. He wants people to stop believing that Kashmir is entirely gripped by terrorism and terrorists and there is so much more to this heaven on earth! There are people from across the world, visiting and soaking in the beauty of Kashmir and you should too! He is urging you to visit and spread the word, inspiring more and more people to discover Kashmir.

So, what did Nitin and Shanaya discover on this work-leisure trip to Gulmarg?

To start with, it was a love at first sight kind of a feeling! They both decided to experience the authentic and the true-blue life and living in Gulmarg. They stayed in these old houses, typical of the place, with a blazing fire to keep them warm at night and the ever-humble hospitality of the family they were being hosted by. Their tour guide, a simple man with nothing but pride for his hometown, showed them the many beautiful spots awaiting to be discovered, and welcomed them into his family. He shared the local tales and local flavours, and was a big part in helping Nitin and Shanaya truly experience Gulmarg and its endless mystiques.

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The plan was simple, Nitin and Shanaya were to discover the potential of Gulmarg as a location for a pre-wedding shoot, by being the couple (Remember, we spoke about perfection and professionalism!). They dressed up like the locals, lived like the locals and the results were just amazing. Don’t believe me? See for yourself and get ready to be amazed!

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Isn’t it just breathtakingly beautiful? Just look at the story these pictures tell. The simplicity and beauty of Gulmarg reflects in each picture and this is the kind of story you want to freeze and cherish for a lifetime.

Wondering who those adorable kids are?

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These handsome boys are the tour guide’s kids. Including them added to the story these pictures tell; a story about love, life and family. Nitin and Shanaya wanted to showcase not just the in-love present but also the beautiful future they look forward to. The kids add to the story and the pure joy, beauty, innocence and simplicity- the main theme of the photoshoot. This could be a memorable family holiday and photoshoot for you too!

Still wondering about who designed these spectacular clothes?

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Well, these outfits are the traditional garments worn by the locals. Our tour guide and his family insisted that Nitin and Shanaya portray the local culture, right down to every tiny detail. These clothes also add to the story and the idea behind these pictures, giving it an authentic and at the same time a very stylish appeal.

On that note, here’s the final verdict on why Gulmarg should be your choice of pre-wedding shoot:

  • Amazing Locations
  • Perfect Backdrop
  • A simplicity and serenity that adds to your wedding story
  • The best of nature and natural beauty
  • Old World Charm
  • A rich culture and heritage
  • Calm… Peaceful… PERFECT!

Well, what do you think? Ready to pack your bags and experience Gulmarg? If you have questions, suggestions or recommendations, we are all ears!

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Don’t just Cease… Capture the Moment!

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When the bride wore her mother’s saree on her Roka Ceremony

Capturing the love of two beating hearts is simply beautiful.In this love story we have Vaibhav, a classy, refined and well dressed man who has set his heart for Mehak, an elegant, beautiful and sophisticated woman.

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Every couple has their choice of expression for the photoshoot and so did Vaibhav and Mehak. They chose to bring out their inner vintage class and delicate beauty into the pictures. The lovely couple decided to go for a Vintage Photoshoot and selected The Imperial- New Delhi as their destination. The luxurious 5 star hotel is a unique blend of classy and contemporary successfully preserving the essence of the historic aura which effortlessly replicates with the personality of the couple.

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On the day of the photoshoot Mehak looked exquisite. She chose to wear her mother’s saree from the trousseau. It was an emotional moment for Mehak as she felt extremely loved by wearing that saree and felt as if her mother is embracing her, throughout and on the other hand Vaibhav looked immaculate and royal in his Vintage Jodhpuri. Mehak was looking luminescent and Vaibhav looked simply adorable as he was basking in Mehak’s glory. The lovebirds were lost in each other’s presence and they had their own beautiful world where love was the only language.

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The couple walked and talked in unison as if the angles were singing hosannas for their love and in that very moment their first picture of the Roka in Vintage Style was captured.

Together, they stood out with the right amount of class blended with modern fashion. They were humble and down and that is what added to their personality which made them look majestic. Their mantra is ‘Less is more’ and they stood out in their own fashion grounds.

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Their sense of style was authoritative and they looked just like the Royal Dou from the noble times of rich history and unforgettable culture. Mehak and Vaibhav stood by each other just like a queen stands by her king and vice versa.

All eyes were set on the couple as they were making their way into the magnificent room of The Imperial having stunning crystal chandeliers, sparkling marble floors, large mahogany tables along with the impressive wealth of original 18th and 19th century art collection.

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The ambience of the luxurious hotel complimented the spirit of the couple who looked straight out from the royal mansion.

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It was very satisfying to see the couple so happy and complete with each other. They are definitely a match made in the heaven.

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Here comes the final Snippets of this “Royal Couple”