The 3 minute story idea has generated quite an interest

The 3 minute story idea has generated quite an interest. To begin with I already have the following stories which I should begin creating as a 3 minute movie, one at a time:

  • A bunch of guys from BITS and IIT, are taking time out of their busy lives to create a robust app for common junta – the app enables junta to put pressure on government bodies when something (road, water, electricity) is not working. So that this crowd-pressure helps things get sorted out.
  • About a friend from IIT, who worked for Mckinsey, then joined the team under Nilekani that worked on Aadhar card and then started a company in the manufacturing sector (not too sure what story to bring out but will figure that out eventually – the subject is good, so finding a story to bring out should not be that big a deal)
  • A bunch of guys who have formed an organization that is trying hard to connect everyone who cares for film-photography, so that this digital age does not kill film. They also want Indians to understand that photography is about so much more than just clicking pictures and seeing them on your computer. Their story should give a whole new insight to what photography means to some people!
  • A friend from IIT who is working on an app that motivates people to leave their desks and get some action!
  • A Tambrahm who did engineering but always wanted to be a singer. Tried very hard. In Indian Idol, Chennai Idol and other such shows. Nothing worked. Finally went to USA for further studies and now works for a start-up. And wonders if he will ever get back to singing.
  • A girl who was transformed by her maths teacher from a shy, silent child in class VII to the class leader who would, as she grows up, take up debate and dramatics and never feel shy again (have got the contact number of the teacher)

Excited! Will keep you guys posted. And once again, those who love me and want to support what I am doing, it will be awesome if you could write a sentence in your blog about my work at ShaadiGraPher.com and use the following anchor text (instead of writing ShaadiGraPher.com) – “ Amrit, a candid wedding photographer“. When a lot of people write the words “candid wedding photographer” which is linked to ShaadiGraPher.com, Google remembers it like that. And helps those searching for candid wedding photographers, get a chance to see my work!

A request to my blogger friends

Now most of you know that more than a year ago, I left my job and took up photography full time. That’s my only source of living. Most of my client find me through my website ShaadiGraPher.com. And it’s not just because it has awesome pictures to showcase but because till some time back, it usually showed up on the first page of Google searches for a lot of queries such as “candid wedding photographer in India”, “top photographers in India” etc. I thought that was enough. But guess what, it isn’t! So lately ShaadiGraPher.com has stopped showing up for most of the queries and that means I am badly hit financially. That means, if this continues, I cannot pursue photography (and wedding cinematography) for long.That means like most of you guys, I will have to go back to corporate life. And live without a good reason to live. Unless some of you may be willing to help.

All I want you to do is, sign into your blog accounts (in case it still is active) and just put in a post talking about me. A line or two is enough. If you have more to talk about, your are my best friend! :) But most importantly, you need to let your readers know about ShaadiGraPher.com (with a possible link). I believe such links from blogs helps Google push up the site ranking. Facebook linking does not help much!

Now I don’t want you to do this favour just because I am requesting you to do so. Do that if you genuinely like my work on ShaadiGraPher and if you actually believe that people looking for the best wedding photographers in India, should at least get to see my work ,when they Google for it. Because if they don’t, I wouldn’t know know how to sustain in this area. Some of you might not have blogged in a long long while – may be I am giving you a good enough cause to help your friend stay away from the corporate life! Thanks in advance! Let’s see where this goes! And if you actually do end up talking about me (which I sincerely hope you do), may be I can draw a caricature for you in return :P

My collection of some of the top wedding photographers in India

After going through hundreds of websites, I have compiled together a list of some of the top wedding photographers in India. I have mentioned the pricing info wherever I could find it.  This is my personal opinion. Given that I am a candid wedding photographer myself, I do have a basic understanding of bad, good and awesome work! If you know of more photographers whose work should show up here, do let me know! Most of these photographers offer their services across India and abroad. Most of them are based out of main Indian cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Goa etc.

Top wedding photographers in India

The listing below is in no particular order.

 

ShaadiGraPher (Amrit & Neelabh)

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Fee for candid wedding photography for a day varies from INR 50,000 to 70,000 based on your schedule. Fee for wedding cinematography starts at INR 1 lakh (for a day).

 

Phototantra

Their basic photography package starts at INR 1 lakh for 8 hrs.

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Arjun Kartha

His basic photography package starts at INR 1 lakh.

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Ramit Batra

The website is silent on price but most likely should start at INR 1 lakh or higher.

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 Mahesh Shantaram

As per his website, “very, very rarely are we able to take up assignments valued at less than a lakh”.

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Sephi Bergerson

The price is not mentioned on his website, but given that he has been in the industry for a long long time, it has to start at INR 1 lakh. Could be much higher, can’t say. You can contact him through his site!

sephi

 

Joseph Radhik

Could not find the pricing on Facebook and other site is down presently. But I guess it definitely starts at over 1 lakh.

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Amar Ramesh

The website is silent on the fee. By the way, the groom in the picture below is a batch-mate from IIT and was in my wing in our first year!

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Into Candid Photography

Pricing info not available on their site.

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Anshumm Photography

His website does not mention pricing details.

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Anbu Jawahar

Surprisingly, the website has a “pricing info” link which funnily does not mention any price range at all!

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Siddharth Sharmasiddharth

 

Hope you liked their work. Once again, this compilation is based on my personal opinion and is not comprehensive by any means. There are many more good wedding photographers out there and it is quite possible I might have missed them out here. I plan to add few more names over the course of next few days. In the mean time, you can also suggest few more photographers whose work is truly topnotch!

Nagpur days

Last Sunday (that is six days ago), I took a long flight from Goa to Nagpur (with a change at Mumbai – the reason the flight was long). I have been in Nagpur since then. There were two weddings to be shot, with a gap of three days between them. Going back to Goa after the first shoot would have meant more or less wasting two days traveling. Didn’t think it was worth it. So just booked myself a room in a reasonably good hotel in Nagpur. And pretty much stayed inside for three days. The next wedding starts today and ends tomorrow and then finally, the day after I will return to Goa. After having spent 8 nights and 7 days in the city.

In the three free days that I had, I had thought I would do a lot of ShaadiGraPher related work (mostly processing pictures from December shoots and dispatching off pictures to the clients). But I did absolutely minimal work. May be 2/3 hrs of work overall from all three days! I also though I would run regularly. But I did just one 8 Km run on one day. That doesn’t mean I kept sleeping all day. On the contrary, I used to sleep late and still get up early enough (at least early enough to not miss my free breakfast).  :P

 

The hotel (Nagpur Ashok) was pretty nice and all that (in terms of hospitality, room-size and ambience, cleanliness, location, promptness of service etc.) but the room did have a basic problem. It did not have any window in it. There was absolutely no natural light. Reminds of that room Neelabh and I shared in our cruise-shoot last year in Singapore. What it meant was that you could never make out what time of the day it was, unless you saw the time on ph0one / laptop. Or unless you stepped out of your room, which I hardly did (room service zindabaad). No wonder I lost the discipline to sleep or get up on time (it’s always good to blame something else, anything else, for your failures :P ).

I sometimes get in these phases, where when I am doing something (especially reading things on internet – including updates on FB of course), I just don’t feel like letting it go for a long long time. And that long long time is significantly greater than the typical hours in a day. And that means at some point I do have to let it go so that I can catch some sleep or have some food. But that also means, I let it go only when it becomes almost unbearable to stay awake any more (or hungry as the case may be). And that is what fucks up my routine. So all these three days, I was reading (and watching videos) on a  lot of other lenses (yes it is like an addiction to imagine that one more lens that you may have and what value can it bring to your pictures), microphones, Gopro aerial flying systems and all that stuff. There are two important things happening in December where I can leverage upon any new film-making skill / techniques / equipments that I can gather – 1) Subbus’ wedding and 2) biwi and mine New Zealand trip.

For Subbu’s wedding I want to focus only on cinematic movie – it’s been a long time that I shot one myself. I made Subbu shoot three cinematic movies over last two months and I think it’s time I make him see how it’s really done (for his own wedding). I also plan to take Neelabh’s help. So a lot of time I mentally keep thinking about how to take a particular shot. Wedding film-making is absolutely fascinating and the more you shoot, the more you learn. After not being very happy with just one person shooting cinematic video in a wedding, I have even changed the policy at ShaadiGraPher. We have increased the fee for cinematic move and will shoot with two of us at the venue (compared to just one person earlier). I think that’s the first step towards improving the production value. With one person, we are simply not being able to effectively utilize all the awesome equipments that we have. And to add to the list of equipments, guess what I ordered today? A RC quadcopter that can fly a gopro and take aerial videos. And that means Subbus’ wedding and our NZ trip will have some kickass aerial footages.

I often tell people that I am good at photography but it is definitely not the thing I am most passionate about. However, I must say I have become very very passionate towards cinematography and film-making at least. Creating stunning moving shots and weaving them together to bring out a story is as fascinating as anything can get. And it’s so easy to do a bad job. Even with all the equipments that you may have. I am loving its challenge. And I am so glad my photography is helping me with both time and the money to indulge in these otherwise costly experiments (the quadcopter to fly the Gopro came for 1.5 lakh for example). I would never had done these wicked-ass cool things had I been working as a consultant and they are days like these, here in Nagpur (where I can afford to lock myself up in a hotel room and do whatever I get driven by) that keep me so happy and so excited!

Alright, let me go back and process some pictures till its time to go shoot the Sangeet in the evening. I will have to see when the wedding starts tomorrow morning and if I have time, I will probably go for a run at least tomorrow. See you guys soon.

Let me start this year’s marathon story with Goa

I missed running last years’ Goa half marathon. For lack of practice (didn’t feel comfortable taking up the challenge on the race day). That wouldn’t happen this year. Although after having been dormant for like 4-5 months, I finally went running at least thrice this week (easy 6 Km jogs). Today was the first time from the new house that we have moved to. Following was the running route (from west to east and back). Though the sea is almost parallel to the route, you can’t really see it from the road. Irrespective of that, Goa is an awesome place to go running with all the greenery around.

 

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The race is on 9th Feb. So technically I have around 21 more days to train for it, which is more than I need really. However, let’s look at my travel plans. I will leave for Nagpur tomorrow evening and then come back to Goa only after a week. There are two different weddings to be shot there. And then I am shooting back to back from 31st Jan to 8th Feb (31st-Chennai>> 1st-Mumbai>> 2-3-4–Udaipur>> 5-6>>Chennai>> 7-8-Goa. That’s a lot of work and I will need to garner all the discipline that I can, to be able to keep running regularly. Given that I would be running in so many different cities, it would be fun to share all the running route maps from here on.

Happy running everyone! Do consider running in Goa on 9th if you can – would be fun.