As a wedding photographer, it is north meets west wedding. I am fond of shooting south Indian weddings. It was exciting as I was shooting a Tamil Iyer wedding for the first time and personally too I had never attended any south Indian wedding.
The tamil iyer wedding rituals like kashi yatra, oonjal, talambralu, arundhati darshanam were completely new to me. Preparing for the wedding and understanding the rituals was interesting and a learning experience.
“Did Githanjali took a gamble by hiring me?”
Not really! Githanjali probably liked my style and booked me. I think it was the trust and authenticity in my pictures. That really made her book someone for her wedding who has never shot a Tamil wedding or in fact any south Indian wedding.
It was an added pressure ? .. not really .. taking up something new is always exciting and you tend to enjoy more. I had a similar experience when I first shot my catholic wedding. Indian weddings are full of colors, rituals, and chaos ( yes 🙂 ).
One of the early learning was to understand the pace and chaotic flow of the Iyer wedding rituals. Its pace is fast and one ritual is followed by the other. As a candid wedding photographer, I make sure I am immune to the chaos of a wedding and stay focused on the pace.
Update: For more pictures from this Bengaluru wedding.. click here.