Ajay’s mother contacted me about photographing Brooke and Ajay’s Indian wedding.  It was not until a couple of months after I was already booked to photograph the wedding that I got to meet the couple via Skype for the first time; they live in New York. The wedding took place at Ajay’s parents beautiful Florida home. I would not get to meet the couple until the day before the wedding.  After talking to them over Skype for a few minutes and getting to know them, I learned that Brooke and Ajay were already legally married as they had eloped in Thailand months earlier and therefore, they were still getting settled in and too busy to be involved in the wedding planning. As for Ajay’s mom, her only request and concern about photography was that I should take some family formals after the wedding. Oddly enough, I found this comforting as I was left to document the day with any prenotions of what to expect or how much time I would have to shoot anything.

The wedding was the following weekend after Hurricane Sandy struck New York and outside of that being a horrible situation for thousands, it also prevented some of the guest from making it the wedding.  For a few days, everyone even wondered if there would be a wedding at all. Thank God the wedding plans were kept as planned and for the exception of a few special people who could not make it to the wedding, the weather was beautiful and the wedding went on without any delays.

The day before the wedding I stopped by to say hello to Brooke and Ajay. I found Brooke getting her Henna done and families and friends helping out with the cooking and setting up for the next day. The following day the atmosphere was calm and casual. The day was a nice fusion of Eastern and Western cultures coming together and it offered an opportunity for close friends and family to get reunited. The day was not short of emotions as the bride and groom’s family members were overwhelmed with emotion several times during the ceremony. Brooke and Ajay are laid back type and it was obvious they love each other deeply and have a great chemistry. Brooke is an incredibly sweet girl and you could see how much she loved and embraced the traditional aspects of Eastern culture. They did not have a traditional reception after the ceremony but the evening’s festivities were capped with Indian dance performances and traditional and delicious home cooked food.

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One of the best forms of flattery as a photographer is when you are asked by other photographers to photograph them. This was the case when Ashley reached out and asked me to take some pics of her. She told me she is a fan of my work and style.  Ashley and I  are both members of the local Central Florida PUG group, which is a group for photographers for networking.  We originally met at the Images for the Cure workshop a few years back; she  and I were in the same group. We did not really talk a whole lot but she was really likable. She was humble and sweet.

Ashley’s smile can literally light up a dark room.   Prior to our shoot, I asked her to write a little bit about herself and she ended up  sharing her life with me, the form of a letter,  in a very honest way. It’s rare to meet people who will open up to others. This is a quality I look for in my clients because honestly, it helps me create images that truly allows me to represent the person I am photographing.

On the day of the shoot, she mentioned to me that she was nervous because she is not used to being in front of the camera. So, I told her not to worry and reassured her that I too get butterflies before shoots. We talked for a few minutes and while we were speaking, I started to photograph her.  The fact that she shared certain things with me already in her letter about herself established a feeling of comfort between the two of us. It is my ideal way of shooting. I hope you like the images. I really enjoyed editing these photographs and  it was not easy selecting some of my favs.

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I am still in love with shooting personal and up close shots, especially anything that is cultural and involves people and traditions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few months back, I was invited to photograph a traditional Indian dance performance by some young and talented dancers from The Vashnie Dance Academy. I was asked by one of the dancers if I was interested in taking some photos. They were interested in taking portrait shots. I had already seen this Dance Academy perform a couple of times at Diwali celebrations at Lake Eola. I had always wanted to shot one of their events but more in a storytelling, documentary way. I am still in love with shooting personal and up close shots, especially anything that is cultural and involves people and traditions.

Anything Indian makes my heart beat, as I like to think that in one of my previous lives I was Indian. I love the movement in Indian dances. I love the colors and emotions that the traditional form of dances embodies. Enjoy.

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