Luxebook October 2023

magic that happens, from the mystical landscapes of Kashmir to the imperial splendour of Rajasthan, from the sun-drenched shores of Goa to the cobblestone, romantic streets of Italy. Each setting serves as a blank canvas for each individual love story, whether it be the majestic forts in Rajasthan or the lovely canals of Venice.” But the geography isn’t as important as the chemistry. Jayant makes an important point as he shares: “It’s not just about the place; it’s about painting their love tale against these stunning backdrops, creating timeless and magical portraits. In our lens, these enchanting locations transcend mere geography. A special love narrative is created around them like living tapestries.The royal forts of Rajasthan stand tall as witnesses to an everlasting bond; the glistening canals of Venice reflect the timeless beauty of a shared journey. Each location serves as both a scene and a character in a story that explores the enduring power of love. It is the meaningful story the couple shares with the world is what this journey is all about, not just the couple. The outcome? Portraits that are timeless and reflect not only their love but also the spirit of the locations where their romance first began. Each picture contains a narrative that represents a fantasy chapter in a timeless story.” Location recces to lighting: What goes into pre-planning and the wedding shoot The photos seem picture-perfect, but it takes a lot to make that happen. Goel shares the low-down on different aspects that come into sync for this. He says, “There is so much that goes into ensuring everything goes smoothly on the big day. It starts with meeting the couple to understand their style, preferences, and any specific shots they want. Then there is a location recce, where we visit the wedding and pre-wedding locations to familiarize with the layout and lighting conditions and identify potential backdrops and photo opportunities.” Another must-have at this point is a special list. He explains, “This is the Shot List, made in collaboration with the couple. It includes must-have shots, such as the first kiss, exchange of rings, family portraits, and candid moments. It’s followed by the pre-wedding shoot concept. If we’re doing a separate pre-wedding shoot, we collaborate with the couple on a concept or theme, and select appropriate outfits and props. Other factors also play an important role like the lighting and equipment where we assess the lighting conditions at the venue and prepare the necessary equipment. This may include different lenses, lighting setups, and backup gear. Having additional photographers or assistants to cover various angles and details. We also need to check if we need any special permits or permissions for shooting at certain locations. This is especially important for destination or outdoor weddings. There is often a need to arrange for transportation between different locations if needed, especially for pre-wedding shoots at multiple spots.” Like all events, this also calls for a contingency plan. He adds,“Always have a backup plan in case of equipment failure or other unforeseen circumstances. This includes extra batteries, memory cards, and even spare cameras. You need to also plan for low-light situations, especially during evening and night events, by carrying appropriate lighting equipment and test it beforehand. As part of the post-processing workflow, decide on how the entire edit will be done and the output will be delivered. And last, but not the least, keep open lines of communication with the couple, wedding planner, and other vendors involved in the wedding. Ensure everyone is on the same page regarding timing and logistics.” Picture courtesy: Ronicka Kandhari (MF Husain painting elephant) Picture courtesy: Ronicka Kandhari Picture courtesy: Raabta 40|LUXEBOOK|OCTOBER 2023 OCTOBER 2023 |LUXEBOOK|41