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I'm a creative and modern wedding photographer in Austin, Texas. At Studio Uma, we work like crazy for our brides and grooms to produce gorgeous works of art that stir the soul. We do magic things with light and color. We love modern Indian wedding photography! For more info, email us at uma@umasanghvi.com.

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August 6, 2013

So you’re looking for a photographer for your traditional Indian/Hindu/Muslim/South Asian/etc wedding. Where to start? There are so many options to choose from. How do you interview a wedding photographer? What’s important to know? Considering that 85% of brides and grooms have never had to hire a photographer before, this search can be challenging. Here are a few tips to get you pointed in the right direction.

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So you’re looking for a photographer for a traditional Indian wedding. Where to start? There are so many options to choose from. How do you interview a wedding photographer? What’s important to know? Considering that 85% of brides and grooms have never had to hire a photographer before, this search can be challenging. Here are a few tips to get you pointed in the right direction.

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There’s already plenty of good advice about how to choose the right wedding photographer for you. In fact, I thought this topic was SO crucial that I dedicated an entire page of my wedding photography portfolio website to this question.

But how does the advice differ if you’re planning an Indian wedding? After all, Indian weddings are unique. Instead of a white dress and a first kiss and bouquets, we’re talking gold and red and mandaps and mehndi. South Asian weddings are bigger (more guests on average), longer and look entirely different than other weddings. It’s a whole different ball game.

Here are seven questions to ask before hiring a photographer for your Indian wedding:

1) CAN WE SEE AN ENTIRE WEDDING GALLERY?

This is a good opportunity to get past portfolios and rhetoric (which can be misleading) and really understand:

  • How many pictures will I be getting?
  • What is the caliber of these photos?
  • Do I like the style of this photographers images?

Speaking of style. All the jargon around style can get pretty confusing. Do you like cinematic wedding pictures? Are you looking for a photojournalist? And what’s the deal with nebulous terms like editorial and modern? Here’s the chance to get past verbiage and just look at real wedding photography coverage. Make sure this person can take the kind of pictures YOU want.

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Last year, I got a call from a bride looking for a photographer with a “creative, photojournalistic feel.” Her very first question for me: would you mind sharing an entire wedding you shot? She wanted to see all of the proofs from a single wedding shoot, not just my 30 all-time “greatest hits.” I was impressed.

She explained that she was looking for far more candid shots than posed ones, and looking at proofs had been quite illuminating. Her exact words were:

“We saw some nice portfolios, but we’re not shopping for a portfolio – we’re shopping for an entire wedding album.” I wanted to high-five her.

LOOK FOR A DECISIVE MOMENT

What should you be looking for once you have an entire wedding gallery in front of you? Prospective clients are often concerned with technical issues. For example, one bride wanted to see a wedding I had photographed with an outdoor reception – because she is having an outdoor reception, and she was concerned about lighting and flash photography.

Another bride was concerned about balancing skin tones between her and her fiance. She told me that her fair skin was too washed out in pictures and he appeared normal, or else she looked fine and he appeared too dark. So she wanted to see a wedding of mine where the bride and groom also had a contrast in dark/light skin tone.

Those are definitely important concerns. But technical challenges like lighting and exposing for contrasting skin tones is pretty basic stuff. Any professional photographer will be able to handle challenges like that.

What you really need to be looking for, however, is what photojournalists call a “decisive moment”. This is a term coined by Henri Cartier-Bresson, the father of photojournalism. It’s a moment, caught in time. A candid – unposed – image that captures something fleeting.

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For a photojournalist, decisive moments are the holy grail. Because for one, this is an extremely difficult skill to master. It takes many years of practice to hone. And secondly, unposed moments tell the true story of a person. They capture authentic emotion. You can imagine how this skill comes into play in a wedding, which is a long series of once-in-a-lifetime moments. The thrill is to capture them in photographs that will serve as pieces of art for years to come.

   2. IF OUR EVENT RUNS LATE, WILL YOU BE ABLE TO STAY?

Perhaps you’ve heard of Indian Standard Time? Then I don’t need to explain this one…

I suggest asking your photographer about what happens if your sangeet/mehndi/reception/etc. goes later than expected. Will they be available to stay an extra hour or two? What will it cost you? Are you going to want both photographers to stay or just one?

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Having a wedding planner is going to help you a lot with staying on your timeline. But if you don’t have a planner (or even if you do), being prepared for this scenario is a good idea.

   3. WHAT OPTIONS DO YOU HAVE FOR PARENT ALBUMS?

Who do you think is even more thrilled than you are about your upcoming wedding? YOUR PARENTS.

Giving your South Asian parents a duplicate of your wedding album is the best birthday/holiday gift idea ever (other than finally getting married that is!) You already know how excited they are going to be to show off your recent wedding to all of their friends. So here’s your chance to give them visual bragging rights.

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An artfully designed and printed album filled with professional photos of you will give them YEARS worth dinner party fodder.

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By the way, grandparents love these books too.

Ask your photographer about options for printing duplicate albums. Your own album is probably a flush mount, but flush mount wedding albums can get pretty pricey, so ask to see some options for duplicates. Look for a book with high quality printing at a lower price point. And check out your styling options – like what cover upgrades are offered.

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   4. HOW EASY WILL IT BE FOR ME TO SHARE MY WEDDING PICTURES?

Speaking of parents and grandparents, how easy or hard will it be to get your entire collection of wedding pictures distributed to everyone who wants them?

Thanks to cloud storage, the days burning DVDs are over.

Be sure that your photographer is giving you an online gallery. That way, you and your grandparents in India can download your photos. Instantly. No waiting on DVDs. No hassling with software.

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Also find out if your gallery is mobile-friendly, so you can view your wedding photos on a phone or tablet. That way, your wedding pictures are always with you. Life is pretty sweet when you can order professional prints from your phone and have them sent right to your door!

Imagine how your parents will adore this. Your mom and her iPad mini can be standing in line at the store, showing off your wedding photos to the person in line behind her!

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Bottom line, once you have a collection of professional, gorgeous wedding photographs – make super easy for everyone to see them. And share them. And print them. Make SURE you’re getting an online gallery. That way you and your family can view and share the photos from anywhere. Plus, your photos are stored safely in the cloud. So you don’t have to worry about the DVD getting lost or scratched.

Don’t you love technology?   

   5. WHO IS YOUR SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER?

Having a second photographer documenting everything that goes down on your wedding day is a smart idea. After all, you’re only going to have one first dance, and you’re only going to cut your wedding cake once. Having two unique perspectives on these once-in-a-lifetime moments is an opportunity to get two entirely different angles from the same beautiful moment. It’s also insurance in case something unexpected happens to one of the two photographers (like being blocked by a guest who pops up to get their own shot at the last second, or combating a flash from a guest photographer).

With the bride getting ready in one location, and the groom getting ready at a different location, having two photographers becomes a necessity. I find that the behind-the-scenes moments that happen at the start of the wedding day make for some of the very best moments. So that second photographer must be good enough to stand completely on their own and make creative images by themselves.

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Photo by Cooper Neill for Studio Uma

As it turns out, second photographers are even more important at Indian weddings. Why? In addition to the “getting ready” photos, it’s likely that the second shooter will be on their own for an entire ceremony. For example, in a recent traditional Hindu wedding I photographed, the Sehra Bandhi ceremony with the groom and his family was taking place at one hotel while I was photographing the girls getting ready at a different hotel twenty miles away. Out of necessity I had to leave this part of the day to the talents and experience of my second photographer.

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Photo by Meg Vogel for Studio Uma

In a few weeks we’ll be photographing a Muslim wedding where with two different mehndi ceremonies happening at the same time – one for the bride, and one for the groom. So you see how important it is to ask about the credentials of your second photographer? If you can look at examples of  their work, that would be best. Having not just one but TWO awesome photographers at your Indian wedding isn’t simply a luxury – it is a necessity.

  6. WILL TWO PHOTOGRAPHERS BE ENOUGH?

If you are planning on entertaining over than 400 wedding guests, consider asking for a third photographer. You may or may not need this – but definitely ask your photographer for their advice; they’ll be able to help you make a decision.

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It depends on what kind of photographs you want. If you’re more interested in focusing on you, your fiance and your immediate families, then two photographers is probably fine. But if you (or your parents) want all of your 400+ wedding guests to be photographed at some point, think about adding one more shooter to the team. That will free up the other two shooters to make creative, beautiful and one-of-a-kind photographs of you and your love.

And last but not least….

   7. HAVE YOU SHOT AN INDIAN WEDDING BEFORE?

This one sounds like a no-brainer. But why? The answer may surprise you.

You may think that a photographer might miss out on capturing the major moments of your wedding ceremony if they’re not familiar with a particular set of rituals.

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I tend to disagree. I think any talented photographer can document any kind of wedding and come away with amazing photographs.  Even if they’ve never seen that particular set of ceremonies before. Being a good photographer means capturing fleeting moments, and being ready for anything. It’s just part of the skill set. I won’t deny – having lots of experience helps – but it’s not as critical as you may think.

So why even ask this question? It’s because of all the other things you learn with experience. The intangibles. Like how to hustle for three days straight and still be the same calm, focused (sane) photographer by night three! Photographers used to one-day weddings are going to be facing an entirely new challenge.

And consider all the time your wedding photographer will spend with your immediate family. She is going to be there for some of the most intimate moments of the day, when you’re getting dressed and when your grandmother comes by to give you a teary hug. And then your photographer will be stepping into the spotlight to play “director” during the family photo session. “Wedding photographer” is a role that requires balancing sensitivity with assertiveness.

This person is going to be interacting a lot with your family and friends; their presence is widely felt. There are differences between each generation of an Indian family. For example, you may be looking for a more modern and creative kind of photographer. But your parents want lots of traditional (posed) family group photos.

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It is wonderful having someone around who is at ease with all of these cultural and generational differences – and who understands what everyone needs. I think that is just as important as taking beautiful photographs.

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At the end of the day, the best advice is simple advice.

When we are faced with making decisions, the voice of the heart is a true guide — Annie B. Bond

So whatever you do, follow your instincts. Your instincts are smarter than you know. All you have to do is listen to them.

Happy wedding-planning!

If you’d like to find out more about Studio Uma, please click here to visit our wedding photography portfolio website. We are based in gorgeous Austin, Texas and specialize in unique, modern and creative Indian wedding photography.

And visit Studio Uma on Facebook. We’re always up to something.

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July 26, 2013

Friends, this is what love looks like. Have you ever known two people so in love, that their warmth and affection for one another was obvious in every touch, every glance, every laugh? I’d like to introduce you to Tazin and Naveed.

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Friends, this is what love looks like. Have you ever known two people so in love, that their warmth and affection for one another was obvious in every touch, every glance, every laugh? I’d like to introduce you to Tazin and Naveed.

This editorial style photo shoot happened last year, and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to blog it. But here we are at long last. Tazin and Naveed wanted to do an After Session with me. So a week after they got married, these lovely newlyweds got all gussied up once more, and together we made some photo magic happen.

Romantic black and white photo of Mulsim couple at sunset by Austin wedding photographer

You may have heard an “After Session” also called a “Day After Session” or a “Trash the Dress Session” – except I’m not a big fan of that term. It’s misses the mark, for me.

I absolutely love doing After Sessions, because the photos always turn out to be AMAZING. And not necessarily because of me. OK.. maybe a tiny little bit because of me — but mainly because of a bunch of other things you probably haven’t thought of. For example, I love it when a bride gets a second opportunity to use her wedding dress/outfit. I think of all the time and effort that went into pulling together the perfect look for the big day. Not only the dress – but the jewelry. The shoes. The something old, the something blue. And after a few hours on her wedding day (that are over in a flash), the dress is banished into storage. Or sold on eBay. And that’s the end of that story.

Or is it…

Wouldn’t it be nice to give your dress one last moment in the sun (literally) before you have to part ways? And check out Tazin’s jewelry while we’re here. Every piece has it’s own story. The earrings were her grandmothers (who had recently passed away). One of her necklaces was given to her by Naveed’s mother. Every single piece had meaning and a story behind it. Having an After Session meant being able to rock this perfect, meaningful, ensemble once again.

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Because of family, Tazin and Naveed got married in Columbus, Ohio. But – Cincinnati is where they met and fell in love. Ault Park and the Roebling Bridge were two spots laden with meaning for Tazin and Naveed. This is where they went for walks together. This is where they fell in love with one another. The wonderful thing about an After Session is that you can go absolutely ANYWHERE to take your wedding pictures. You’re not restricted to your venue… or even the city where your venue is located! Getting married in Dallas but want to make some stunning cinematic wedding photographs on the beach? DONE.

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Editorial-style wedding portrait of Muslim bride and groom with red rose petals by Austin wedding photographer

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A second reason they chose to do an After Session, is that it’s a no-stress situation. On their wedding day, Tazin and Naveed had a jam-packed timeline to adhere to. We did have some time scheduled for their bride and groom photo shoot, but it wasn’t leisurely. Often, I see couples getting a bit flustered on the wedding day because there’s just so much going on.

But it’s beautiful how relaxed and focused on each other Tazin and Naveed are in these pictures, don’t you think? With all the time in the world, and no grand entrance to rush back for – I could really get them to be present with one another. Genuine connection to each other, genuine emotion. For me as a photographer, I find it easier to make people laugh when they’re relaxed. And it’s easier to get those passionate, intense moments like this one.

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Modern detail shot of Indian couple’s shoes showing white sandals with hem of bridal lehenga

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Modern black and white picture of Muslim bride with tikka and wedding jewelry by Austin wedding photographer

A third reason we decided to do an After Session, is because of light. Beautiful light makes for beautiful pictures. It’s (almost) just that simple. Other things matter, of course, but there is nothing as powerful as beautiful light. And the best natural light of the day happens in the hour before sunset – “golden hour”. That’s exactly when I took this next photo.

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Usually, during golden hour, the reception has already started. So it’s not easy to schedule bride and groom photos on your wedding day, during the time when the light is at its best. That’s another wonderful thing about your After Session – there’s no schedule or timeline to abide by. You can take advantage of golden hour. And seriously, it makes all the difference in the world.

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Editorial style portrait of Muslim bride and groom with sparklers by Austin wedding photography

Modern portraits of Muslim groom and stunning Indian bride in beautiful red and white lehenga with tikka

Unique portrait of Muslim bride and groom smiling and kissing by Austin wedding photographer

Beautiful black and white portraits of Muslim bride in detailed lehenga and tikka by Austin wedding photographer

Unique editorial style photo of Muslim couple with red balloons in sunset photo session by Austin wedding photographer

Ooo! Don’t you love that delicious Golden Hour light?

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Contemporary and romantic pictures of Muslim bride and groom with city lights and sparklers

Photojournalistic wedding pictures of Muslim couple kissing under romantic bridge at sunset

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Modern romantic photo of Muslim bride and groom surrounded with red rose petals

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As it turns out, Maharani Magazine fell in love with this duo as well. Here’s Tazin and Naveed on the front cover of the most recent Maharani Magazine. From star-crossed lovers to cover models! You can’t imagine how happy seeing this made me.

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And there’s also this gorgeous 12-page feature on Tazin and Naveed, which you can find here.

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And that is what an After Session looks like.

Thank you Tazin and Naveed, for being so so SO awesome to photograph. I wish you all the best in your new life together.

If you’d like to find out more about Studio Uma, please click here to visit our wedding photography portfolio website. We are based in gorgeous Austin, Texas and specialize in unique, modern and creative Indian wedding photography.

And visit Studio Uma on Facebook. We’re always up to something.

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May 13, 2013
What happens when a lively southern belle weds her Indian groom in the heart of Texas? This exuberant Indian fusion wedding is really something to see y’all. Did you know that Austin’s Radha Madhav Dham is THE...
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What happens when a lively southern belle weds her Indian groom in the heart of Texas? This exuberant Indian fusion wedding is really something to see y’all.

Did you know that Austin’s Radha Madhav Dham is THE largest Hindu temple and ashram complex in the United States? I guess it’s true what they say. Everything really is bigger in Texas.

This Manhattan couple got married in Austin in November. It was a weekend of revelry that spanned the entire greater Austin area. We started at Villa on Lake Georgetown. Then headed south to Radha Madhav Dham Hindu temple for the Hindu ceremony, then to Clay Pit for dinner. On Day 2, the church ceremony took place at Palm Valley Lutheran in Round Rock and then everyone headed back to Villa on Lake Georgetown for the reception.

Romantic sunset wedding picture of couple by Austin Indian wedding photographer

I’ll let Erin tell you why this wedding was so unique in her own words:

“At the onset of our wedding planning, my husband and I knew that we wanted our marriage to symbolize the fusion of two different cultures coming together. My Southern Baptist family knew little about Indian culture and my husband’s North Indian family had only visited America once; furthermore, both were quite traditional in their separate beliefs. Creating a Hindu-Christian marriage is no small task but one that opened the eyes to so many of our relatives, putting on display the beauty, colors, and rich history characteristic of both upbringings. We built so many cultural bridges throughout the process.

While planning the two weddings, we knew we wanted to get married in Austin since it had such a strong Indian population yet close to my extended-Texan family.  In conjunction with the theme of “coming together”, we didn’t want out-of-town family staying in impersonal hotels so we rented out two massive homes, The Villa on Lake Georgetown and the neighboring Carnley House, so guests could bond in a less-structured environment over cross-cultural cooking and cards.

For the Hindu wedding, my husband’s mother combed the Delhi markets to find the perfect bridal saree for myself and my bridesmaids.  For the Christian wedding, we turned to an intimate boutique store in LaGrange, Georgia, where my father has a church.  As soon as I put on the Casablanca Princess gown recommended by owner Amy Warren, we knew the search was over!”

So here we go.

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I loved photographing this loving, zany, exuberant couple. Thank you Erin and Saurabh. Here’s wishing you a happy, long life together filled with love and laughter.

If you’d like to find out more about Studio Uma, please visit our main site here. We are based in gorgeous Austin, Texas and specialize in beautifully creative and modern wedding photography.

Please visit Studio Uma on Facebook. We’re always up to something.

Last but not least, here is the team of Austin wedding pros that made this wedding come to life:

April 8, 2013

Iffat and Andrew have a love story that spans the globe. She’s originally from Pakistan, he’s originally from the Midwest. Quite fittingly, they created a day of fusion celebrations that included not one but TWO official wedding ceremonies, including the traditional Muslim marriage ceremony, called a Nikkah. Can you imagine getting married twice in one day? Now that’s what I call being extremely married.

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Iffat and Andrew have a love story that spans the globe. She’s originally from Pakistan, he’s originally from the Midwest. Quite fittingly, they created a day of fusion celebrations that included not one but TWO official wedding ceremonies, including the traditional Muslim marriage ceremony, called a Nikkah. Can you imagine getting married twice in one day? Now that’s what I call being extremely married.

The stunning views of the downtown Austin you see are courtesy of the top floor ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Austin.

Enjoy the beautiful skyline views and the bright colors (and see if you can spot the duo getting down to Gangnam Style for their Grand Entrance at the reception!)


These next few images are a sequence that show the “Joota Chupai”, which is a fun tradition where the bride’s sisters (and other female relatives typically) steal the groom’s shoes when he’s not looking. Then, he is forced to pay large sums of money to the girls in exchange for getting his shoes back. The “negotiation” process, whereby the two parties settle on a mutually agreeable sum, can be extremely energetic. At this wedding, the girls were comically intense, and would not let up on poor Andrew (and his best man, who you’ll see negotiating on Andrew’s behalf).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’d like to find out more about Studio Uma, please visit our main site here. We are based in Austin and specialize in beautifully creative and modern wedding photography.

Please visit Studio Uma on Facebook. We’re always up to something.

Last but not least, is the team of super talented Austin wedding professionals that made this wedding magical:

 

October 10, 2012

If you’re looking for a healthy dose of bright colors and unbridled joy, well you are in LUCK. This gorgeous wedding was too much for just one blog post, so I splurged on two. In case you missed Part 1 of Ambika and Aayush’s wedding, let me catch you up >>

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If you’re looking for a healthy dose of bright colors and unbridled joy, well you are in LUCK. This gorgeous wedding was too much for just one blog post, so I splurged on two. In case you missed Part 1 of Ambika and Aayush’s wedding, let me catch you up.

It was amazing.

Now get ready for the conclusion… I hope you enjoy!

I loved taking these pictures, and Ambika and Aayush  — I wish you two lovebirds all the happiness in the world. Thank you for inviting me to document your wedding.

Thank you to Maharani Weddings for featuring this wedding in SIX awesome blog features that you can find right here:

Part One // Sangeet

Part Two // The bride gets ready

Part Three //  Baraat – The arrival of the groom

Part Four // Wedding Ceremony

Part Five // Portraits

Part Six // Reception

For more information on Studio Uma, please visit our main website here. And this is where you can find us on Facebook.

Here are some of the outstanding wedding professionals behind Ambika and Aayush’s wedding —

Venues: Embassy Suites Greenville / Venues: Vedic Center / Cinematography: Cole Nickell Productions / Catering: Saffron Indian Cuisine / Catering: Art Eats Bakery / DJ’s & Entertainment: DJ Jaz- GTB Productions

October 10, 2012

Now THESE two crazy kids know how to get married. Before I share with you this gorgeous/exuberant/vibrant Indian wedding however, I’d just like to say – if you’re in the mood to see a crazy-romantic marriage proposal, you have come to the right place. When the love-stricken Aayush proposed to his beautiful Ambika in April of last year, he did it UP. Ambika loves Bollywood, so he staged a Bollywood-dance number/flash-mob proposal that resulted in this viral Youtube video (click the OPEN POST button) >>

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Now THESE two crazy kids know how to get married. Before I share with you this gorgeous/exuberant/vibrant Indian wedding however, I’d just like to say – if you’re in the mood to see a crazy-romantic marriage proposal, you have come to the right place. When the love-stricken Aayush proposed to his beautiful Ambika in April of last year, he did it UP. Ambika loves Bollywood, so he staged a Bollywood-dance number/flash-mob proposal that resulted in this viral Youtube video (click the OPEN POST button) >>

This extraordinary wedding was one unforgettable celebration after the next. Some of the themes you’ll see: a love of dance and music, the importance of family – and a love of joy.

P.S. Maharani Weddings did a fantastic series of six blog posts about Ambika & Aayush that begins here.

Enjoy.

All the color, all the dancing, all the joy. Can you tell how much fun it was to be their photographer?

There is more loveliness from this wedding in store for you in Part Two.

Thank you to Maharani Weddings for featuring this wedding in SIX awesome blog features that you can find right here:

Part One // Sangeet

Part Two // The bride gets ready

Part Three //  Baraat – The arrival of the groom

Part Four // Wedding Ceremony

Part Five // Portraits

Part Six // Reception

For more information on Studio Uma, please visit our main website here. And this is where you can find us on Facebook.

Here are some of the outstanding wedding professionals behind Ambika and Aayush’s wedding —

Venues: Embassy Suites Greenville / Venues: Vedic Center / Cinematography: Cole Nickell Productions / Catering: Saffron Indian Cuisine / Catering: Art Eats Bakery / DJ’s & Entertainment: DJ Jaz- GTB Productions

 

January 3, 2012

Today we have some amazing news. When I got this email from Junebug Weddings, I had to let out a tiny yelp of joy: “After carefully reviewing nearly 5,000 photos, we are thrilled to let you know that one of your stand-out images was chosen for inclusion in our Best of the Best 2011 Wedding Photo Collection! Needless to say, we were blown away by your work!”

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I am so happy and honored to be included in this talented group of photographers from around the world. The image below was from Ambika and Aayush’s wedding in South Carolina this summer. Stay tuned for lots more pictures from this GORGEOUS wedding.

Please click on this link to the Best of the Best gallery on Junebug Weddings and you will also see the amazing company we are in. Such an honor!

July 26, 2011

Sonia and Ajay are a doctor-doctor couple who fell in love despite the fact that one is a Florida Gator and the other an Ohio Buckeye (Sonia). Naturally there was LOTS of spirited gator chomping versus O-H-I-O cheers going on at this wedding! As you’ll see below, Sonia just kept giving me stunning images…

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In June I had the pleasure of assisting my good friend and fellow wedding photographer John Croyle with this lavish Indian wedding at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel. I mostly helped out during the ceremony and behind-the-scenes with the bride while she got ready.

You’ll see the bride in two different outfits: her gorgeous red and gold ceremony duds, and later her reception outfit, which features a pretty sea green and magenta color palette. I had a field day photographing Sonia: she’s beautiful, regal and hilarious. Plus, her taste in music is sweet! I appreciated her awesome wedding-day playlists as I worked on capturing the getting-ready process with my camera.

Isn’t she gorgeous? In case you were wondering, the artist responsible for Sonia’s flawless makeup is this talented lady: Bobbi Lapushansky of BobbiArt.

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July 15, 2011

I’m so happy to be featured on the Sari-Clad Bride site today! Click here to check out the interview. Sari-Clad Bride is a great resource for desi brides and I’m excited to see my work on their site. Thanks guys! I invite you to check out my vendor spotlight here.

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July 14, 2011

Here’s a sneak peek from an incredible Indian wedding that took place this weekend! I can’t use enough superlatives to describe this couple: talented, fun-loving, accomplished. Oh, and did I mention gorgeous? Stay tuned for many more pictures from this amazing wedding!

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