Frame the sweet nothings

There has been much written about fancy wedding photographs — of how it’s no longer a ‘thousand moons around the bride’ photo-shopped photography. What’s new is a pre-wedding photo shoot; to-be-brides have welcomed this trend with open arms and why not?

It’s another day to gather and freeze memories — genuine or otherwise.

“We decided to take pictures because usually after a wedding it’s just pictures of the mehendi-clad hands and suited-up grooms to adorn the walls,” says Harsha Raghava, who got married last month and got a pre-wedding photo shoot done.

“We wanted something edgy, urban and something that truly represented us in our true element.”

Couples want to flaunt the ‘to-be-us’. Just log on to Facebook and you’ll see that most of your engaged friends probably now have pictures of themselves walking along a quiet road or sitting by the river with their fiancé, images right out of a romantic film. Well, that’s the idea, really.

Hyderabad-based photographer Kishor Krishnamoorthi says the trend is fairly new in India and in the city; the bride from his first photo shoot had approached Kishor to do a ‘couple shoot’.

“Clients see their friends’ pictures and ask me and sometimes if they have a great love story, I suggest a couple photo shoot as well,” says Kishor. But now some clients even expect pre-wedding photo shoots in the package. A pre-wedding photo shoot can reflect your love story and it can really take the wedding pressure off as you enjoy a day away with your fiancé/fiancée. Invariably, the shoot is scheduled a week before the wedding and photographers suggest themes and concepts.

“I treat it like a fashion shoot and I usually get the hair and make-up in place. Also, I like to weave in a story,” says Kishor.

Pre-wedding photos can be flaunted easily and used to up your wedding décor. For his own wedding, Amrit Vatsa, co-founder of Shaadigraphers, ‘bollywoodised’ pictures of himself and his bride. He made movie posters of popular movies like Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai starring his bride-to-be and himself and used them to decorate the wedding venue.

You could also add these pictures to your scrapbook, wedding website and invitation cards for a personalised theme. Amrit says, “I think couples go for pre-wedding shoots because the final pictures make them look like superstars — like Shahrukh and Kajol — and who wouldn’t want that?” He also points out that social media plays a big role in sparking such trends.

“With Facebook having become such an addictive online hangout with most youths and when half of the weddings have a Facebook invite, such pictures can make you famous,” says Amrit.

Pre-wedding photo shoots are very different from the formal poses in studios. And away from the hullabaloo of a wedding, you can capture intimate moments.

People look natural and fresh and are able to indulge in effortless romance, which perhaps is not possible just before or after a hundred rituals are done.

Get the best

a. Make sure that you discuss a convenient date and an evocative location with your photographer.

b. Come up with a theme — choose a colour scheme, pick up a scene from your favourite film or simply unfold your own love story, scene by scene.

c. Make sure you get pictures shot in different outfits. It adds to the variety.

Our code of editorial values

Related Topics
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Jan 19, 2022 4:11:26 PM |

Next Story