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CHECK OUT: Amazing photographs from Indian weddings!

Last updated on: June 21, 2013 18:21 IST

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Professional wedding photographer Anshum Mandore sent us these images he shot at various weddings.

Candid wedding photography is becoming the next big thing in the shaadi business. Gone are the days when wedding albums only meant dull and boring group photographs.

So what do candid wedding photographs look like? Pune-based wedding photographer Anshum Mandore shares some of his work with us. Over to Anshum:

When the bride at the wedding you are shooting is herself a professional wedding photographer the you are bound to feel a lot of pressure and a little insecure.

But when you end up with a few pictures like this one shot at a wedding photographer's wedding in Ahmedabad, they act as great confidence boosters.

The colours and the play of light and shadow in this picture make it a clincher.

For more of Anshum's work, you could visit his blog here!

 

 

 




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At this gorgeous wedding, the bride was brought to the wedding venue in a doli while the groom was yet to arrive.

I was desperate for the doli shot but it isn't my style of photography to call out to the couple or make them do anything that they wouldn't be doing during the normal course of the wedding. So this was shot through a tiny peephole among the flowers that were used to decorate the doli.

That's what all the colours are… out of focus flowers.

What makes it really special to me is that while the image screams 'bride', it is also a very unique image and one that was technically quite challenging to create.

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Because Catholic weddings are quite devoid of colour, it is challenging to try and create something unique at each Catholic wedding.

This image from a wedding in Pune is perhaps one of the works I'm best known for.

We had just a few minutes post the wedding to try and create some unique photos. In a move that's very atypical of me, I enlisted the help of the bride's cousins to hold the veil on either side so I could create this shot.

This is another shot very dear to me for it brought me a lot of recognition by coming in amongst the top three at various small and big competitions.

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How do you accurately capture the mood and the spirit of a wedding cocktail party? By showing the people who are attending having the time of their lives.

Contrary to what a lot of people think, this picture shot at a Kolkatta wedding isn't a posed shot at all.

This gorgeous lady simply had some great moves on the dance floor and I was fortunate enough to have an ultra-wide-angle lens on my camera at the time which created this exaggerated perspective.

And while I caught her cool moves, at this very moment she caught me snapping away and flashed that big smile.

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What's not to love about this image?

Personally I believe its one of my greatest representations of the father-daughter bond, captured during the vidaai ceremony at a wedding in Jodhpur.

It's one of those moments that often puts us wedding photographers in one of those moral dilemmas of whether to capture that moment and immortalize it forever  or to stand down with the camera as a mark of respect for the emotions of everyone present around.

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In an image that's quite the antithesis of the previous image, it was the father shedding the tears at this vidaai while the daughter lovingly consoled him and even tried to humour him.

It may be hard to believe for someone who doesn't attend too many weddings, but this isn't such an uncommon occurrence these days.

Daughters feeling almost obliged to cry when leaving their parents is quite passe these days although if they do shed some tears out of genuine feelings, I have the utmost respect for that. 

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A favourite image from one of the first weddings I ever covered, that in itself is enough to make this photograph very special to me.

That big, brilliant smile on the brides face as she talks to someone outside the frame is the icing on the cake.

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The antarpaat is an intriguing wedding ritual that takes place in Maharashtrian weddings and also in weddings in a few other Indian cultures.

A curtain is held between the bride and groom to prevent them from looking at each other while some mantras are chanted. And then as the curtain is dropped, they exchange garlands and are showered with coloured rice by everyone present.

This is always a special moment at any wedding because it involves a lot of fun and laughter and gives the photographer an opportunity to shoot some very joyous pictures.

It also usually means that the photographer will spend a few minutes afterwards trying to get all the coloured rice out of his hair and his camera lens.

For this picture shot at a Mumbai wedding, believe it or not, I was lying between the couple on my back with my camera facing upwards so I could capture both sides of the antarpaat (curtain).

Yup we photographers also have to be gymnasts and jesters sometimes!

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The grooms saalis (sisters-in-law) all want to help him finish his dinner.. and they all want to be the first one to do it.

It is these fun moments that make any Indian wedding unique and lively. And its what makes work fun for wedding photographers such as myself too. 

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At this super fun Goa wedding, all Priya, the bride, could do was burst into laughter at all the confusion around her as her sisters (and brothers) bargained with her husband to arrive at the sum to return his stolen shoes.

This picture probably tops my list of most beautiful candid wedding moments ever!

Something so heartwarming, genuine and infectious about that smile. I also love how much 'red' there is in this image, for red is very symbolic of Indian weddings.

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The groom and his brother-in-law dance into the wedding hall in style while the rest of the baraat follows suit.

The narrow bridge over a small water body, the contrasting colours of the decor and their attire were all a very nice touch.

Thankfully I was able to anticipate this moment and race ahead and wait for this shot.

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There are a few events at any Indian wedding that are of the utmost importance from a wedding photographer's point of view and definitely a part of his checklist.

The bride's entry is one of them, almost guaranteed to give the photographer the opportunity for some of the most beautiful photographs of the wedding.

The bright colours usually donned by a north Indian bride, such as this Sikh-Punjabi destination wedding Jaipur, only serve to make the moment even more appealing.

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We've all heard that love can give you wings.

But at this beautiful Alibaug wedding, the bride was literally floating on air... or at least it appeared that way as the bride and groom took centre stage.

I have to say though, Mamta, the bride definitely has her feet firmly on the ground.

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Finding film personalities at weddings is not unusual… happens all the time.

But while all cameras are usually pointed their way, I loved the reciprocity of this shot and the unassuming conduct of Kajol as she snapped away with her cell-phone at her cousin's wedding and I managed to capture her at the precise moment when her camera flash went off.

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Pundits who perform weddings and also double up as comedians are the rage these days.

They have the bride, groom and their families laughing through the entire wedding proceedings and before they even know it, they are united in holy matrimony.

As you can see, such weddings lead to a delightful set of wedding images that bring a smile to the family's faces every time they look at the photos.

I call such pundits 'camera friendly' pundits.

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The constant quest for light is what photography is all about. But it is all about quality, not quantity.

Sometimes a little can do what a lot can't. Especially true if your subject looks this beautiful.

Capturing the bridal makeup sessions is part of any candid wedding photographers job description. This was captured at one such session in New Delhi.

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