Akanksha & Robert’s Destination Wedding in Ras-al-Khaimah, UAE

“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” The quote from ‘Forrest Gump’ describes accurately – how Akanksha & Robert came to be together.

Their story started on 9th April 2011 on one of those weekends ‘when you don’t feel like stepping out’. Akanksha would have probably just been lazy and not gone to the party, if it wasn’t for her friends. They met at the word ‘Mexico’ and challenged each other to a Dance-off! Robert (claims that he) floored her with his ‘spirit fingers’ move, although Akanksha disagrees with that – pointing out that she won the dance off without breaking sweat. And that is how the ‘sparks’ flew.

In Akanksha’s words ‘Robert made falling in love seem so easy’. While Robert was coming to terms with the feeling of having found ‘The One’. On 11th June 2012, in a room full of beautiful candles & rose petals; Robert – the adventurous, simple and funny globe trotter, went down on one knee & asked Akanksha – the ambitious, fashion loving girl, who; as her friends put it – ‘lacks any basic knowledge of World Geography’ — to be his wife.

Akanksha & Robert’s wedding celebrations started with their ‘Sangeet’ evening at a traditional arab Desert Camp. From the crazy jump-in entry on ‘Chammak Challo’, to Sing-along Music Performances and Stage-on-fire kind of Dance performances by their friends & family, and traditional folk dances like – Tanura & Raqs Sharqi by some of the best Dancers in UAE; coupled with a BBQ, Open Bar & Hookah – the evening was a perfect induction to the Arab world.

The Wedding Day started with the traditional welcome or ‘Tilak’ ceremony for the family by Akanksha’s mother followed by Haldi (vatna) for Akanksha. Before we knew it, it was late afternoon. And the Golden light from the evening Sun created a magical ambiance at the beautiful beach-side Rotana Cove Resort in Ras-al-Khaimah, UAE. Akanksha, accompanied by her Father and bridesmaids, reached the ‘Bridge’ – that separated her from the Wedding Party, the Mandap and of course, Robert. They exchanged Garlands across the wooden Bridge & went straight to the Mandap for their wedding ceremony & feras. Overlooking a breathtaking sunset by the beach, their Hindu Ceremony was truly a magnificent sight. The most emotional part of the evening was the time when Akanksha & Robert exchanged wedding rings & read out their vows to one another. An ‘I Do’ followed by some of the most touching speeches & toasts and a handful of never-heard-before secrets & nicknames.

The evening was full of endless dancing, drinking, chatting, eating, more drinking and a Bidai-in-the-buggy ceremony – which could not have been more fun & full of life! The Night ended in true Disney style – with a Shooting star brightening up the Night sky, and they ‘lived happily ever after…’

– Special Thanks to PingPing, Jinanda & Rucha – for helping me put this together <3

©2009-2014 All Rights Reserved. Ramit Batra is a Lifestyle and Contemporary Wedding Photographer based out of India. Ramit has photographed & documented over 200 weddings in Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Goa, Kerala, Hyderabad, Singapore, USA, Thailand, Mauritius and Sri Lanka, to name a few. Ramit is available for photography assignments worldwide.

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Navin - Always inspiring.

Good to see the those tender moments you have captured.
:-)16/05/2013 – 11:08 pm

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Manpreet & Aran’s Destination Wedding in Goa

Their families knew each other for the longest time, most of their friends were common friends and they lived in the same city. And yet, for all practical purposes, were unaware of each other’s existence, until a birthday party got them together and they’ve never been apart since. This made for the perfect love story to culminate in a beautiful tropical wedding in Goa

The white sandy beaches of Majorda, Goa, played perfect host to the revelers from UK, for a fun loaded three days of ceremonies and partying beginning with vatna and mehendi by the sea side, for which Manpreet wore a bright yellow and hot pink lehenga-choli, and flowers in her hair. A mela theme saw a splash of bright colours across the beach, with a choori-wala and nariyal-wala and lots of colourful chakris and ethnic motifs around divans with bright cushions strewn across them.

A traditional Jaago and choora ceremony in the evening was followed by a Sangeet that rocked the dance floor, with all of Mane & Aran’s friends putting up a very special performance for them, and Harlem Shake proved to be the flavor of the evening as the dance floor came alive with insane energy levels unleashed all at once.

The wedding day started early, with Manpreet and Aran getting ready in their respective rooms and a short kalgi ceremony for Aran after which everyone set off for the Gurudwara in Vasco, where the brightly coloured baraat procession drew a lot of attention from the locals as Aran and his family made a grand entry, were well received by Manpreet’s family, waiting to welcome them, and after a Milni everyone proceeded for the Anandkaraj. It was a very emotional moment for Aran’s mum as Manpreet and Aran took the last phera around the holy book.

The wedding over, it was time for everyone to let their hair down and party all night at the Magical Forest at Park Hyatt, Goa, beautifully decorated by Candice and her very talented team from Marry Me Weddings – with lots of candles and some very elegant tapestry. And today was Manpreet’s day and she owned the dance floor, dancing to all the numbers belted out by the DJ, right from Bollywood chartbusters to Punjabi hits to dubstep. And she carried this over to the after-party that went on till the wee hours.

The final day was a white themed beach party at the popular beach shack – Zeebop – which again saw a lot of dancing and this time, also, a lot of emotional words of gratitude from Manpreet & Aran, to their parents for giving them a dream wedding and to all their friends and families for taking out the time and making the effort to be with them on a very special day in their lives.

Oh. And a big shout out to Bauuer, for putting so much energy in Manpreet & Aran’s wedding celebrations. I cannot imagine the 3 days without Harlem Shake!

©2009-2014 All Rights Reserved. Ramit Batra is a Lifestyle and Contemporary Wedding Photographer based out of India. Ramit has photographed & documented over 200 weddings in Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Goa, Kerala, Hyderabad, Singapore, USA, Thailand, Mauritius and Sri Lanka, to name a few. Ramit is available for photography assignments worldwide.

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The Indian Wedding Planner – Notes from the Photographer’s Diary

In the recent past, a lot of  my good friends broke the happy news of their upcoming nuptials. They flattered me asking if I could shoot some friendly advice their way – as to planning their Great Gig on the Earth (kindly forgive the allusion to Pink Floyd here).

Well, I am no expert in the industry but having observed and documented a lot of weddings in the capacity of a photographer, I learnt a few things that can come in handy if you are planning your own wedding and do not intend to involve a professional wedding planner. And I’m going to list them out here, so you can find use for them too. These points may or may not come-in handy if you are planning for a larger than life celebration at an exotic/obscure destination.

So the big question has been popped and you have said yes (if you are the bride; else you have popped the big question and a Yes has been said). Your parents and his/her parents have given you their blessings and the wedding date is being finalised. Of course you are over the moon and can’t wait to be together for good and have all your friends and family have the most memorable celebration. To ensure this, you’ll need to plan ahead. The key is to give yourself time – at least 6 to 8 months to organize the details and do it without stress. Now get a pretty little notebook, grab a mug of coffee or chai (#youprefer) and read on to figure what will help you create a beautiful, (almost) stress free wedding celebration that your guests will remember for a long long time.

1. Set the Date
Pick a date that gives you ample time to prepare. Figure in weather, public holidays or weekends if you want to make it easier for your guests. Check if the date you have chosen is among the most popular ones. If it is, there’s high chance you might miss out on your fav venue or other vendors. From personal experience, I can say that it makes sense to pick a date that is not a global favourite. Doing this will save you and your guests from traffic jams, confusion at the vendors’ – like make-up artists, caterers, decorators etc. and a few things less to worry about on your big day.

2. Guest List
This is *the* deciding factor in most cases, of the budget of the wedding. Your venue will need to be capable of hosting the number of your guests. Then, your caterer will give you a cost estimate based on the number of people she/he is making food for. You also need to know how are you going to host your out-station guests and how many of those are there. The easiest way to go about it, is to get an indicative list from both families first, and then follow up later with details.

3. Service Providers
If you still haven’t got a notebook out and are not making notes, please get started right away. You’ll need to list down all the key service providers – Caterers, Confectioners/Halwai (#youprefer), Decorators, Hair & make-up artists, Mehendi artists, Priest, Registrar – it is mandatory to register your wedding these days – Entertainment/DJ etc. and last but not the least, the photographers & videographers. Phew! that is quite a list. The best way to fill this list is by a. asking for recommendations, b. Google. Believe me, Google is indeed your best friend here. Google will let you determine the credentials of the service providers you have been recommended, or you found otherwise. See their work samples, discuss availability and budgets, and terms and conditions of course and book. If you really like somebody’s work, don’t wait too much to decide. And if you really perfer taking your time to make a decision, keep the option b, c and d handy.

4. Fitness & Beauty
You want to look grand on your big day. Everybody (well, almost) in your family, extended family, and your friends and colleagues will be watching. There will be pictures and video and you do not want regrets or I-wish-I’d-done-this to cross your mind later on. Besides, being fit and looking their best never hurt anyone. So if you don’t already follow a fitness regime, now is a good time to start one. A healthy and balanced diet, supplemented by any of your favourite activities/exercises  – gym/yoga/power yoga/pilates/zumba/dance/running/swimming etc. will do great wonders for your physical and mental well being. It not only works as a great stress buster, but also gets you looking your best. On the side, if you want to get any specific skin or hair treatments done, now is a good time to start on those as well. Treatments take their time to work and yeild results.

5. Trousseau
Are you going to move to a new home? Or are you going to move to an existing room in the family home? What are the gifts that you are taking along? If you have stuff like home accessories, home linen etc. lined up, it would make sense to shop for it early on. These are things that do not go out of fashion And once you’ve shopped for these, you can mark them off on the checklist (don’t tell me you still haven’t made one!) and pack them up.

6. Invites & Guest Accommodation
So, I’m assuming you’ve laid out a strong foundation for the big event (Ok, I understand your wedding is really personal and close to your heart, but wake up – it is an event at the end of the day and if you’re not going to put your emotions aside for a bit, the organization will suffer. Let’s begin by calling things by their names, okay? Okay.) So, in a couple of months, you’ve got the key things in place – the venue(s), the caterer, the guest-list (more-or-less) and while we have about 5-6 months in hand, lets get your invites done. Do you have a knack for design? Did you see a gorgeous invite recently? Meet with a few card-makers. Figure if you want to do different sets of invites – a more formal set to be sent out by your parents and a more fun set to be sent out by you. This is also a good time to start making stay arrangements for your out-station guests. Ask friends and relatives if they are up for hosting some of your guests – does someone have a vacant house, which you could use for a few days? This way, you can be sure of providing a very comfortable stay to all your guests, without blowing a hole in your pockets and being worried about their comfort.

7. Wedding Dresses
Do you have a thing for designer bling? Or are you a sucker for D-I-Y? Either way, go window shopping, browse a few blogs and decide what style appeals to you. Make an appointment with your fav designer or darzee (#youprefer) and choose your options for the different events. To avoid the last minute hustle and unbearable stress, start the preparations on this front too – get your measurements taken, order your outfits for the big day and for the slightly less big days around the big day. While you’re at it – do not forget that you will need matching accessories and paraphernalia – shoes/jootis, bangles/costume jewellery, ties/bow-ties, cuff-links etc. Order/Purchase these little details when you are getting your main outfits ready and voilà! You have another item taken care of on your checklist.

Guess what, we’re over halfway through. And I reckon this is too much text/information to swallow for one blog post. So, I’m off to make myself a cup of fresh masala chai, and I will leave you with this parting thought – it is one thing to be organized and to follow a fitness regime and it is quite another thing (and not a nice one) to be overly obsessed with planning your big day and worrying about if you are thin enough or pretty enough. Listen to James Blunt – You’re Beautiful! (And) It’s true…

©2009-2014 All Rights Reserved. Ramit Batra is a Lifestyle and Contemporary Wedding Photographer based out of India. Ramit has photographed & documented over 200 weddings in Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Goa, Kerala, Hyderabad, Singapore, USA, Thailand, Mauritius and Sri Lanka, to name a few. Ramit is available for photography assignments worldwide.

Sreyoshi - someday, when I do decide to get married, I am going to come back to this website to start off with my checklist…
I LOVE the photography…it makes me want to get married! :) BLISS! <306/08/2012 – 7:42 pm

Ginza/Thoma - For progeny – for my daughters, and theirs – follow these notes; make your wedding happen; invite me; I’ll be there. (May foot some bills too.)

Sweet, bright post!07/08/2012 – 10:23 am

ramitbatra - Thanks Ginza, Sreyoshi :)07/08/2012 – 7:13 pm

isha - this website was more than helpful..surely wen evr im getting married would love to hand over the work of photography to u mr.ramit batra :D
god bless…22/09/2012 – 5:21 pm

Indian Wedding Planner - Thank you so much for an lovely post which you have posted here along with full description.17/10/2012 – 11:55 am

London Wedding Photographer - Great post here. Love the images too!10/11/2012 – 4:00 pm

thedelhibride - Wow, that’s a super useful list! Thanks Ramit! And I loveee the lehenga in the last pic! Any idea who designed it?12/01/2013 – 11:13 pm

shiv - beautiful picture of every moments event03/07/2014 – 3:41 pm

Rishi - Lovely images and nice post…..superb22/07/2014 – 3:21 pm

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The Claridges, Surajkund Wedding – Divya & Nikhil

Their parents introduced them to each other and then took a backseat. Well, what else was there to do, with this dashing young couple deciding to veer their own course, and in style. Meet Divya – a beautiful young fashion designer from Delhi; soft-spoken, stylish and it wouldn’t hurt to say, with a strong resemblance to a popular Hindi actress (as we learnt from our shoot with them at Chandni Chowk). And Nikhil – a fun-loving, easy-going handsome young man, who complements everything about Divya.
Their wedding at The Claridges, Surajkund was a simple affair in accordance with the Vedic rituals. Divya looked every bit a princess in her pretty pink lehenga from Tarun Tahiliani, and some shiny rock jewelry (read Polki diamonds) to complement it. And Nikhil matched her as her knight in the shining armour (read a classic-dull-gold sherwani) as her strutted in, on his white mare.
It was a very emotinionally charged time for her family to see her go, to bid her good-bye as she drove away with Nikhil to be with her new family. Here’s a sneak peek to all the fun and fabulous time we spent with them.

©2009-2014 All Rights Reserved. Ramit Batra is a Lifestyle and Contemporary Wedding Photographer based out of India. Ramit has photographed & documented over 200 weddings in Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Goa, Kerala, Hyderabad, Singapore, USA, Thailand, Mauritius and Sri Lanka, to name a few. Ramit is available for photography assignments worldwide.

wedding photographer india - Well, I am no expert in the industry but having observed and documented a lot of weddings in the capacity of a photographer, I learnt a few things that can come in handy if you are planning your own wedding and do not intend to involve a professional wedding planner.03/11/2012 – 12:24 pm

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Pahari wala Gurudwara GK Wedding – Kirtana & Saurabh

Cliches never fail. And in real life, opposites do attract. Kirtana and Saurabh were at north pole and south pole, well figuratively speaking, 7 long years back, when they fell in love, and through those 7 long years, they have been inching closer, despite the geographical distance between the UK and USA, where both have been living for the last three years.

When they started off, “Kirtana was a hugely outgoing,tom-boyish, fun-loving girl. Kirtana loves Punjabi music and everything that goes along with that.” and Saurabh “was a professional air-guitarist with long hair, quiet and book-reading kind of a guy” in Saurabh’s version of their story. When we met them at their engagement, Kirtana looked stunning in a gorgeous Manish Malhotra outfit and blushed as she exchanged rings with him and Saurabh had a captive audience as he played a real guitar and sang.

Their wedding according to the Sikh rituals was held at the Pahari wala Gurudwara in Greater Kailash in the presence and with the blessings of all their family and friends. Here’s looking at the glorious April afternoon.

©2009-2014 All Rights Reserved. Ramit Batra is a Lifestyle and Contemporary Wedding Photographer based out of India. Ramit has photographed & documented over 200 weddings in Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Goa, Kerala, Hyderabad, Singapore, USA, Thailand, Mauritius and Sri Lanka, to name a few. Ramit is available for photography assignments worldwide.
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The Best Wedding Photographer in India

Finding that perfect wedding photographer can be quite a task. With the amount of lists, databases & search results available, it might take you months to go through each one of the profiles. And by the time you have shortlisted one – chances are – your favorite photographer is booked already! Here are just a few pointers that might help speed up the process. This would be highly appreciated by the photographer as well.


1. What are you looking for?

First of all, you – the decision maker (parents/the couple/the entire family) must know what he/she is looking for. The bigger the decision making group is going to be – the more opinions and confusion it is bound to create. Keep it simple. Speak to a photographer whose style appeals to you. End of story. Google is your best friend. Facebook is also very resourceful. Search for photographers, Look at friends’ wedding pictures, ask for recommendations!

2. Equipment? Video? Albums? What about those?

Are you more concerned about Nikon, Sony or Canon equipment being used for your wedding – or the end product? No photographer would use or hold back his best equipment for a project. If they have it. They would use it! If you still want to be sure – ask questions. It doesn’t hurt to know. (Examples of Professional & High-end cameras Wedding Photographers use: Canon 5D Mark II & Mark III, Nikon D700 & D800, Sony Alpha 77 & A850) but it doesn’t stop at that. (Remember the weakest link in a Photograph is the Photographer, not her/his camera/lens/setting)

Video – err. ‘I am a photographer, I do not shoot Video‘ – get used to this phrase. In India, for a VERY long time, Wedding Photography means – The guy shoots the wedding, gives you an album, a video DVD, some prints,and sits with you and talks about the payments later. Things are different now.

Albums, Prints? – Wait for it. Let’s get you a photographer first.

3. I am even more confused. Photojournalism? Destination Wedding Photographer? Contemporary Wedding Photographer? Studio??

When it comes to Photography – each photographer has her/his own distinct style & way of shooting. Some are not sure what category they are into and choose to call them wedding photographers, others end up using the same tags as their favorite photographers. But most of the photographers that you would see over the internet – know what they are doing, and their work speaks what they write.

*Wedding Photojournalism or Reportage style Wedding Photography

Wedding Photojournalists have a “candid, documentary approach – a distinctly artistic vision toward wedding photography. ” – WPJA
What to expect: Most wedding photojournalists will give you 200-300 pictures over 5-6hours of photography. Will charge you for extra hours. And appreciate working space.
What not to expect: Group/Party pictures. Posed stage pictures typical of Indian Receptions. Basically, if you might miss the father’s sister’s best friend’s daughter’s picture because she just came in for 5 minutes and left without meeting the bride & groom – skip this photographer. 

*Candid Photographer -

Candid photographers in India are the most creative & flexible in terms of budgets, hours & working styles. If you are looking at thousands of pictures of your wedding, and choosing what pictures you want edited,  this is the right person for you.
What to expect: Most Candid photographers will give you 1000-3000 pictures a day of shooting, will be there throughout, and not bill you for extra hours etc. Unexpected ceremony or delay – No problem. This person is with you for the day:)Unedited RAW files – umm, maybe!
What not to expect: Stage/Posed – Reception pictures (unless specifically mentioned). 

*Fine Art, Contemporary Photographer -

A fine-art or contemporary photographer is a bold artist who would try and create artistically pleasing pictures of your wedding. Ranging from beautiful portraits, fantastic details & document the ceremonies as well as any other candid photographer. Each fine-art or contemporary photographer brings in their own creative focus – some are more people oriented, some focus more on details & action.
What to expect: Most fine-art or contemporary wedding photographers would give you 300-400 pictures from a wedding. Most of the photographers would either give you edited pictures or ask you to choose your favorite set for finishing. Most fine art and contemporary wedding photographers are particular about the number of work hours they are putting in. If you are expecting delays, added ceremonies, discuss the same with your photographer.
What not to expect: Just like a Wedding Photojournalist – No Stage/Posed pictures.

**The Studio – 

If you are expecting multiple photographers to cover each and every aspect of your wedding in a candid and/or traditional style, the studios are your best bet.
Skip the three categories I listed above and find the studio near your home.What is a Studio? Any photographer coming with anything more than a Second photographer is a Studio.
What to expect: Everything. From pictures of people entering, talking, looking at each other, eating, drinking, meeting the bride & groom, posed, candid, stage, group – ALL kinds of pictures. All the bells and whistles of a wedding. You want it – They have it. Extra hours, Delays – Don’t even think about getting worried by those! You might even have to ask these guys to go home – once the wedding is over.
What not to expect: That’s a tough one. A Happy candid/fine-art/contemporary/photojournalist that you might have individually hired to complement their work. No Sir! Most studios will not let another photographer work peacefully. Also, don’t expect the quality that you see from an individual photographer. You need to understand that by getting a photography studio – you are not getting a creative individual – but a team, whose skills can range from below average to super awesome. Be prepared for some very average looking & some very good pictures. And huge numbers of those. A lot of air-brushing, photoshop – basically : beautiful model-like skin of bride, groom & the family portraits. A lot of photographers showcase their work, only to send a hired cameraman for your D-day. It helps to understand this ‘Studio’ like scenario. But then, if you wanted to hire a studio, I am sure you wouldn’t  be reading this.

4. Photoshop? RAW Files? Err.. What is all that?

With Digital Photography – the film/negatives was replaced with ‘RAW’ files. Some photographers choose to shoot in Camera RAW (Camera RAW is not Unedited Jpeg, .cr2, .nef etc are raw files) – because it ensures the highest possible quality and size of the picture at the time of capture. What you finally get is a set of JPEG images which are edited and fine-tuned. This too can vary hugely. Check with the photographer what you want and what you are going to get.

Most photographers give you either of these:

1 A full set of Edited pictures in JPEG, OR
2 A full set of RAW/Unedited JPEG pictures and a select set of Edited pictures as per your preference, OR
3 A pre-selected set of Edited pictures and all RAW/Unedited JPEG pictures, OR
4 A pre-selected set of Edited pictures (JPEG) only.

I personally would be okay with options 1,2 & 3 – based on the style of the wedding photographer. You can decide how much control of the images do you require. But remember, at the end of the day, the quantity of the pictures is not going to matter so much as the whole experience. 10,000 average unfinished pictures vs. 200 fabulous pictures is a choice that only you can make. The number and the type of images is never something that should be compared while deciding a Wedding Photographer. Focus on the image quality. Always.

5. Interesting. What about the Monies? Budgets???

When you go out to shop for furniture or appliances – there are mostly two cases:
One – You go with a fixed budget in mind, buy the Best possible product that fits your bill. Never worry about something out of your budget.
Two – You go out, look at a few things, find the best product, compare that with the rest. And find the Cost vs. Value equation.

Wedding Photography is not a commodity. But Budgets cannot be missed either. Good Candid Photographers charge 25-50k ($500-$1000) for a day’s work. A photojournalist, fine-art or contemporary photographer might charge anywhere from 50k-150k ($1000-$3000+) per day (and more!!). A Studio is the best deal, but not necessarily the best value. Most will give you Photography (and all the other add-ons like albums, video and the bling) anywhere from 30-75k a day. The latest trend is to hire a traditional photographer or a studio (for photo & video) in addition to one of the other 3 types of photographers with their own signature style.

6. Payments? Booking??

Don’t expect a photographer to hold your dates, just because you sent them an email or spoke to them on phone. Chances are – a few others did the same too. A Wedding photographer will ask you for a booking fee (generally 50% of the entire photography fee) and reserve your date based on that. Most photographers would also take the entire fee amount (yes, 100%) before they have taken even a single picture. (Yes, I am talking about photographers, not studios).

7. Whoa! That is insane.. I love your work but I want some Discounts!

It is better to keep the ‘D’ word away from a Wedding Photographer. If you appreciate somebody’s work – Respect their fees too. (We too have bills to pay!) Opt out, if you think the photographer is not in your budget range. The best way to do so is to drop a message saying so.

8. Okay. All done. Is there a fine print?

Yes, Respect. 

– Don’t treat your wedding photographer like a hired cameraman. (If you are looking for those, Studios are your best bet.) But if you are expecting compelling images – Treat a photographer like an artist.
– If you have vendor policies for food/water – inform the photographer beforehand so that they can plan their breaks accordingly.
– If you are hopping venues – keep a separate dedicated Cab/Taxi arranged for your photographer (unless the photographer is taking care of it on her/his own). You don’t want your photographer to be stranded at the venue – just because the shared cab/taxi moved away.
– Educate your family about the expectations & the photographer’s working style. Wedding photojournalists appreciate that the family doesn’t direct them to do/capture things the way they want it.

9. It’s been 2 days. When do we get the pictures??

Have patience.
Each photographer has their own timeline. Those who are going to give you edited pictures – will typically take 3-6 weeks to do so. Understand the timelines beforehand and don’t put the photographer under pressure to deliver early. It can only push your edit quality down.

10. Nice Pictures. A friend wants to use some in her Office. Can she use it??

Congratulations. You have successfully made it through the Photography aspect of your wedding.  And if you sent an email saying ‘We loved the pictures. Thank you’ to the photographer, you just made someone really happy. The photographer retains the copyright to all your images at all times. Most photographers will give you personal use rights to your images – which means : you can print, re-print, make albums & books, share on facebook (credits are appreciated) email etc. But you cannot SELL or TRANSFER these images for any commercial or promotional usage by yourself or anyone else. If you are going to have such a requirement – speak to the photographer and discuss the usage. 

11. Albums or Coffee Table Books?

You need to understand that the strength of a good Photographer is her/his pictures. But if albums or coffee table books are high in your priority, do have a look at a sample before you book a photographer.

Some photographers make light-weight coffee table books from awesome book makers like CanveraBlurbWHCC etc. while others choose to create Fabulous Leather or Canvas bound albums from book makers like Leather Craftsmen, La VieCanveraGraphistudio etc. Coffee table books are Hard-back, light, and have thicker-than-magazine style pages. A 12×12 60 page coffee table book would generally range between 20-50k ($400-$1000) depending on the quality of the product and the design. A similar album can cost anywhere from 20k-100k ($400-$2000), and 40-60 pages might be the upper limit for such a book! Whatever your taste or liking might be – see some pictures & understand the product before you go ahead and order that through your photographer. Remember – your pictures will make or break an album. Without beautiful pictures, the most high-quality & expensive albums will look cheap.

12. This sounds like so much work!

Finding the right photographer for your wedding should take some time & effort. And why not! Its your big day!! Your wedding photographer is one of those few people that will help preserve the memories of your big day. And after all, the one you chose, shall always be the Best photographer for your wedding. 


What I have expressed here is entirely my personal opinion about and understanding of Wedding Photography & experiences to create this post.
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Photographer NYC - Ramit, your photography style is really superb. I like your photography very much.

Thanks for this wonderful discussion!!!14/05/2012 – 12:22 pm

ramitbatra - Thanks Harshil. Good luck with the search! :)14/05/2012 – 8:33 pm

ramitbatra - Thanks Saurabh. I wish you the very best in your own photography adventures!14/05/2012 – 8:35 pm

Saurabh - Dear Ramit sir,
Loved it from bottom of my heart… Very well said, I had said this earlier, m saying it again you are the Best. I truly follow you Sir, you are my biggest inspiration in this field of photography.

Thank you for this article.14/05/2012 – 3:05 pm

Shalini Atre - This is such a well written article! Thank you for compiling so much information at a single place. This definitely makes things a lot more clear and explains a lot of things, people like me wouldn’t even be aware of. Thank you.14/05/2012 – 8:07 pm

Harshil Patel - Great post there Ramit! My wife-to-be directed me here – and this is quite an eye opener for us – to know the options we have and the work it’ll require us to do – kudos man!14/05/2012 – 8:28 pm

Mitu Mathur - Great work Ramit…… A must read for those planning a wedding, very nicely answered all queries that a bride might have! Will definitely be forwarding it.15/05/2012 – 4:49 am

Tara - Thank you, lots to think about. I didn’t realize that as the person hiring the service of a photographer I don’t own the copyright! So can I ask that the copy right be signed over to me when the photographs are handed over? Or does it mean that the photographer has the rights to use pictures of my personal memories rather than me!!15/05/2012 – 2:10 pm

ramitbatra - Each photographer might have different policies about their pictures & copyrights. You must clarify this with your own photographer before getting into a contract/assignment with her/him.15/05/2012 – 2:43 pm

ramitbatra - Thanks Shalini. Glad you found the post useful :)15/05/2012 – 8:34 pm

ramitbatra - Thank you so much :)15/05/2012 – 8:35 pm

ramitbatra - Thank you so much Mitu :)15/05/2012 – 11:38 pm

vikas rao - an excellent article and well written !! gives the in and out of a candid wedding photographer !! cheers ramit :)16/05/2012 – 11:55 am

Varun Suresh - Very well written, Ramit. Perfect write up for clients and wedding photographers alike. Thank you, keep inspiring and educating.18/05/2012 – 1:13 am

ramitbatra - Thanks Varun. Glad you found the blog useful :)18/05/2012 – 1:24 am

ramitbatra - Thanks Vikas :)18/05/2012 – 1:25 am

MystiqueWanderr - Dude this was interesting, and given that I don’t need a wedding photographer, now that the deed is done I still read it till the end. Was well thought through :)25/05/2012 – 6:40 pm

Basavaraj Bijjur - Thanks Ramit for the article it as cleared lots of my doubts.
I like the kind of photography you do i always get inspired by seeing those non posed expressions you capture.
I had hired a photographer for my wedding from a near by studio.
And finally got my wedding album done from the images captured from my friend who had 3mp Kodak camera.
There was huge differences b/w the traditional studio were he captured all posed images while compared my friend who had captured the real feelings and expressions.28/05/2012 – 11:14 am

Premkumar S - Very useful information and well written.28/05/2012 – 3:39 pm

Wedding Photography in Delhi - Wedding photography is the photography of activities relating to weddings.Wedding is a ritualistic way of expressing your love.08/08/2012 – 10:25 pm

krishna - very good article helpful to both photographers and the customers lot of doubts about photography are cleared thank u very much.16/08/2012 – 10:51 am

Pashmina - Thank you so much for this extremely enlightening post. As I sit her at 2am entirely confused, I feel a lot better having read this. So what does that make you? Seems like you fall somewhere between candid and photojournalist?

Something else I thought was funny/interesting as I’m looking for the right photographer, y’all are a good resource for good wedding background music! I’ve heard so many upbeat songs played to moving images now, I’m all fuzzy and warm.14/09/2012 – 11:41 am

Tushar Mehta - Dear Sir….

How R u ? I hope fine ….
i like ur Photo..

Thank u… Sirji23/09/2012 – 1:44 pm

krishna - sir,your photograpy style is really really superb.29/10/2012 – 10:49 pm

Aashi Chawla - That’s a great read.. It enlightens you of soo many aspects about wedding photographers.. Till the time i read this article i was under the impression selecting a wedding photographer is just a phone call away..

Thank you for such a great article! :)06/11/2012 – 11:16 am

Dr Urvish Joshi - I wonder if anyone else could have put it better! Absolutely second every word written here. Great job Ramit :)25/12/2012 – 2:06 pm

Apoorv Jain - Very nicely explained. Simple and crisp. Keep up the good work.10/01/2013 – 4:23 pm

Dwija - I really hope every would be couple read this and accept. Then we photographers can live a better life.

Good points and well written. Kudo’s to you and your brilliant photographic style.27/01/2014 – 3:16 pm

GK VALE - one of the best Wedding Photographers i ve come across :)
keep going… great work20/03/2014 – 6:13 pm

dialus - It is nice post.I agree with you.28/05/2014 – 8:58 pm

Archana - Thank you so much!!!! I am very much impressed by the the thoughts you have expressed i completely agree…19/06/2014 – 1:06 am

shiv - Thank you for shearing your photograph memories picture03/07/2014 – 3:32 pm

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Raqs Sharqi – World Belly Dance Day Celebrations

The second Saturday of May is celebrated across the dance communities in the world as dedicated to
Raqs Sharqi – or what is more popularly called Belly Dance, which is a misnomer as almost all parts of
the body are used in this dance form. Meher Malik is one person who brought this dance form to spot
light when she participated in India’s Got Talent – a popular Reality Tv show – aired at primetime on a
channel of repute.

Meher has been training in dance since the age of 6 – starting with Bharatnatyam, moving to more
contemporary Bollywood, Jazz and Salsa finally made the Raqs Sharqi to be her forte. She has brought
the much needed respect to this dance form and she recently conducted a very hands-on workshop at a
popular night-club. Her family, who have been her pillar of support, were there throughout the evening,
cheering her on. A lot of her students turned out to perform.

A lot of on-lookers joined in as she took them through some simple, fun and quite basic belly dance
moments and the audience had a good time and went back having learnt not only some dance but also the
chorus of a very popular arabic number – Wahda Wahda – by Mohamed Hamaky. The lyrics (roughly) mean
something like – Go step by step; don’t bring it down all at once, else I’ll go crazy; If that’s how
you go, then I can’t endure it. And like Meher promised, everybody who came there and participated,
would have the song haunt them! Meher ended the night with a stellar solo perfomance and one with all
her gorgeous students. Here’s a sneak peek into the highlights of the evening.


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wedding photographer india - Belly dance is provide flexibility of your body and this is the nice dance.03/11/2012 – 12:30 pm

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Anton Chekhov & Wendy Wasserstein’s – The Man in a Case

“And the Greek master, this man in a case — would you believe it? — almost got married” exclaimed Burkin. Ivanovitch glanced quickly into the barn, and said “You are joking!”

‘The Man in a Case’ chronicles the story of a narrow-minded schoolteacher. Narrated by Burkin, a fellow teacher, to his friend Ivan Ivanovitch, after a long day spent hunting in the countryside, this tale provides a sobering view of pettiness and paranoia in a provincial Russian setting. In Burkin’s description, Byelinkov—a teacher of Greek & Latin —emerges as a highly insecure individual obsessed with following official rules and fearful of any suspicion of permissiveness in his environment.

Last evening (04 April 2012 at the Amphitheater, India Habitat Centre), Yatrik and Old World Culture presented a dramatised reading of the story, “The Man in a Case”, a one act play about the romance between the village school teacher Byelinkov and a sweet, free-spirited and vivacious woman visitor Varinka.

*Directorial Debut: Rati Tripathi

*Brilliant Performances by: Gaurav Sharma (@mildlyclassic), Rati Tripathi (@punditcomment)

For those of you who missed it – Watch them again at the Amphitheater, IHC, New Delhi on Thursday, 19 April 2012.

BYELINKOV. Happiness is for children. We are entering into a social contract, an amicable agreement to provide us with a secure and satisfying future.
VARINKA. You are so sweet! You are the sweetest man in the world!

VARINKA. Look at you! Look at you! Your sweet round spectacles, your dear collar always starched, always raised, your perfectly pressed pants always creasing at right angles perpendicular to the floor, and my most favorite part, the sweet little galoshes, rain or shine, just in case. My Byelinkov, never taken by surprise. Except by me.

VARINKA. You chose me. And right. And left. And turn. And right. And left.
BYELINKOV. And turn. Give me your hand. You dance like a school mouse. It’s a beautiful afternoon! We are in my garden. The roses are in full bloom! And turn. And turn.

VARINKA. I am the luckiest woman! ….Why are you stopping?
BYELINKOV. To place a lilac in your hair. Every year on this day I will place a lilac in your hair.
VARINKA. Will you remember?
BYELINKOV. I will write it down.

BYELINKOV. Yes. We are the same as everyone else.
VARINKA. Tell me you love me.
BYELINKOV. I love you.

VARINKA. Ha ha ha. My little school mouse. You. look so funny! You are the sweetest dearest man in the world. Ha ha ha!,
BYELINKOV. Please help me up. I’m afraid my galosh is caught.

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NDTV Good Times Gadget Guru Awards 2012

A Sneak Peek from the NDTV Good Times Gadget Guru Awards 2012 held on Monday evening, 12 March 2012  at Kingdom of Dreams, Gurgaon.

The highlight of the event was not the Gadgets (…ooops!) but the Legendary Rishi Kapoor! And the ‘Jhumroo’ performance by Gaurav Gera and his Team!

It was also attended by Randhir Kapoor, Jacquline Fernandes, Asin and Sajid Khan and Gul Panag amongst others. The hosts ‘3G’ : Vikram Chandra, CEO and Executive Director, NDTV Group, Tech Guru Rajiv Makhni and award winning actress Gul Panag hosted the evening with style. The distinguished jury for the awards featured Gul Panag, India’s best known tech expert – Atul Chitnis, Technology consultant – Kishore Bharagava, Nishanth Padiar – Editor, Stuff Magazine, Ashish Bhatia – Independent technology writer and columnist, Prasanto Kumar Roy – President and Chief Editor of Cyber Media’s ICT Group besides Vikram Chandra & Rajiv Makhni. A special audio jury included KJ Singh – National Award Winner for Sound Design in Omkara and Milinid Raorane – Electro-Acoustic Expert.

The awards has 18 categories which include Audio Product of the Year, Audio and Video Innovation of the Year, Portable Audio Product of the Year, Computer Peripherals of the Year, Computing Product of the Year, Consumer Electronics of the Year, Gadget Eye Candy of the Year, Budget Phone of the Year, Smartphone of the Year, Imaging Product of the Year, TV display of the Year, Celebrity Endorsement of the Year, App of the Year, Gaming Product of the Year, Technology/Innovation of the Year, NDTV Gadget of the Year (Viewer’s choice), NDTV Gadget of the Year (Jury choice) and Portable Computing Product of the Year.


— Spoiler Alert (Award Results):

Best Audio Product of the Year : NAD VISO 1 iPod Dock
Best Audio and Video Innovation of the Year : Control 4 Home theatre
Best Portable Audio Product of the Year: Bose Sound Link Wireless Mobile Speaker
Best Computer Peripherals of the Year : Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse
Best Computing Product of the Year : Macbook Air 11
Best Consumer Electronics of the Year : Bose SoundLink Wireless Mobile Speaker
Best Gadget Eye Candy of the Year : Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse
Best Budget Phone of the Year : Samsung Galaxy Y
Best Smartphone of the Year : Apple iPhone 4S
Best Imaging Product of the Year : Canon PowerShot S100
Best TV display of the Year : LG Electronics Cinema 3D TV 55LW6500
Portable Computing Product of the Year : Apple iPad 2
Best Celebrity Endorsement of the Year : Reliance Communications — Anushka Sharma
Best App of the Year : Sygic/ Mapmy India Aura
Best Gaming Product of the Year: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
Best Technology/Innovation of the Year : Samsung Galaxy Note
NDTV Gadget of the Year (Viewer’s choice) : Samsung Galaxy Note
NDTV Gadget of the Year (Jury choice) : Samsung Galaxy Note

Watch the Awards Program on NDTV Good Times on 25th March 2012 at 8.30 pm. More pictures to follow:)

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Rachita & Fenil get hitched in the Maximum City – A Mumbai Wedding

Six long years ago, a tall, handsome Gujarati chhokro met a beautiful Punjabi kudi and love happened. What followed was the sort of stuff Bollywood bestsellers are made of – long drawn struggles of convincing families, despair, hope and finally a new happy beginning. And we were honoured to be a part of a wedding celebration so special, it touched our hearts. And we are proud to present the newly made Mrs & Mr Shah.

(chhokro = boy (gujarati); kudi = girl (punjabi), Ruku Te Fenil Da Vyaah = The Wedding of Rachita (Ruku) & Fenil) (Punjabi)

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Mira - Love the last shot. As usual. Beautiful work x14/02/2012 – 8:51 am

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