Wedding Photography in India

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When I began my journey with wedding photography in India it was to become a book exploring the various traditions of Indian weddings. Traveling the length and breadth of India for the book, I was searching out differences and similarities in Indian wedding traditions, while trying to find a single theme that could explain the essence of this grand, colorful and fantastic celebration. It’s been a while and I am just about to complete shooting. The book is to be published with HarperCollins and It is now time of editing and selection. I must have close to 40,000 images to select from but some images are more likely than others to make it to the final selection. There are of course many others but here is a short selection of images that I like so far.

Maxima was definitely one of the most beautiful brides I've photographed. I simply loved how happy she was and how her face shined in this picture.

A traditional make-up for a Bengali bride. Maxima was definitely one of the most beautiful brides I’ve photographed. I simply loved how happy she was and how her face shined in this picture. A simple shot, and such a happy one. (Maxima and Abhijit’s Bengali ceremony in Delhi)

Nitya and Sharath had a Tamil Brahmin wedding in Chennai. I could see that Nitya was going to cry so I picked up my other camera with 35mm lens and waited for this shot to happen. A split second later she wiped the tear and was smiling again.

During a wedding in Chennai, I could see the bride was going to cry so I picked up my second camera with 35mm lens and waited for this shot to happen. A split second later she wiped the tear and was smiling again. (Nitya & Sharath’s Tamil-Brahmin wedding in Chennai)

A quiet moment in the dressing room. A Rajput bride just before the wedding ceremony. Rajputs are ordered not to show any sign of happiness during their wedding and behave in a 'Kingly' manner.

A quiet moment in the dressing room. A Rajput bride just before the wedding ceremony. Rajputs are instructed by the family members not to show any sign of happiness during their wedding and behave in a ‘Royale’ manner. There was not one smile during the entire wedding. To be true to the facts one must say that prior to the wedding itself, the Rajput  bride danced in joy along with her relatives on her sangeet to a Bipasha Basu hit no. (Kanupriya & Ravindra’s Rajput wedding in Gwalior)

A bride waiting for her husband-to-be behind a veil during a wedding in Andra Pradesh. I had to pick up the veil and almost go in with her in order to get this intimate picture of solitude.

A bride waiting for her husband-to-be behind a veil during a wedding in Andra Pradesh. I had to pick up the veil and almost go in with her in order to get this intimate picture of solitude. (Sameera & Pradeep’s wedding in Visakhapatnam)

A baraat procession during a Hindu punjabi wedding. I wanted to get the shot of the people carrying the lamps and had to work without a flash for that or I would have changed the image completely and loose the entire feel of the night lit by the lanterns. The laight falling on the groom and his horse came out just the way I hoped.

A baraat procession during a Hindu punjabi wedding. I wanted to get the shot of the people carrying the lamps and had to work without a flash for that or I would have changed the image completely and loose the entire feel of the night lit by the lanterns. The light falling on the bridegroom and his horse came out just the way I had hoped. (Karishma & Rishabh’s wedding in Delhi)

I loved the tired face of the couple waiting for the photogrtaphers to finish harassing them. A photo session like this takes place before the wedding and could sometime last close to two hours! The couple is seated on a podium and the entire family and guests come up to great them and have their picture taken.

I loved the tired face of the couple waiting for the photogrtaphers to finish harassing them. A photo session like this takes place before the wedding and could sometime last close to two hours! The couple is seated on a podium and the entire family and guests come up to great them and have their picture taken. It was otherwise, a very happy wedding indeed. (Karishma & Rishabh’s wedding in Delhi)

The ultimate close-up of an Indian bride's hands during the wedding ceremony. (Karishma & Rishabh's wedding in Delhi)

The ultimate close-up of an Indian bride’s hands during the ceremony. (Karishma & Rishabh’s wedding in Delhi)

During a Kashmiri Pundit wedding I saw the priest holding a plastic miror in his hand. I had a feeling it was going to be used for the bride and groom to look at each other so quickly placed myself just behind them for the shot. It is one of those shots that one can never get unless you wait for them to happen. (Anuradha & Nikhil's Kashmiri Pundit wedding in Delhi)

During a Kashmiri Pundit wedding I saw the priest holding a plastic miror in his hand. I had a feeling it was going to be used for the bride and groom to look at each other so quickly positioned myself just behind them and was ready as the priest held his hand out just for a second in front of the couple. It is one of those shots that one can never get unless you wait for them to happen. (Anuradha & Nikhil’s Kashmiri Pundit wedding in Delhi)

A muslim bride signs the Nikha in front of the mulah. The bridesgroom signs the Nikah separately and then the couple are pronounced married. The entire ceremony took one minute and the wedding was over.

A muslim bride signs the Nikha in front of the mulah. The bridesgroom signs the Nikah separately and then the couple are pronounced married. The entire ceremony took one minute and the wedding was over. (Aashti & Zahid’s Muslim wedding in Delhi)

Hijra outside the gate of the farm house where a Sikh wedding reception was taking place.

No wedding in India is complete without Hijras. One cannot anticipate when or where they will show up so cannot plan to photograph them, but I needed pictures of this ‘ceremony’ for my book. I finally got ‘lucky’ outside the gate of a large farm house where a Sikh wedding reception was taking place. Shot with available light under the street light. I absolutely love the colors and the feel of this image.

Sephi Bergerson is a wedding photographer based in India since 2002 and is available for Indian wedding photography, destination wedding photography in Udaipur, Jaipur, palace weddings in Rajasthan or a beach wedding in Goa or Kerala. Sephi is also happy to travel for wedding photography in Kenya, Tanzania, Mauritius, Maldives, Thailand and Sri Lanka.

FOR MORE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY PLEASE VISIT MY  Wedding Portfolio

 

60 Responses to “Wedding Photography in India”

  1. Outstanding work!

  2. subidit says:

    2nd pic. tears in bride’s eye- awesome moment captured. kudos.

  3. subidit says:

    2nd pic. tears in bride’s eye- awesome moment captured. kudos.

  4. Saad Akhtar says:

    Great photos, all of them. Really hard to click good wedding photos in Indian weddings… what with those blinding video lights and all…

  5. Saad Akhtar says:

    Great photos, all of them. Really hard to click good wedding photos in Indian weddings… what with those blinding video lights and all…

  6. Christelle says:

    Absolutely stunning photos, your blog is such a candy store!! :)

  7. Christelle says:

    Absolutely stunning photos, your blog is such a candy store!! :)

  8. beautiful choices, Sephi. I really enjoyed looking through these.

  9. beautiful choices, Sephi. I really enjoyed looking through these.

  10. shiv ahuja says:

    Great stuff! its nice to see these kind of wedding photographs here, Similiar to the kind of journalistic/documentary style used worldwide.

  11. shiv ahuja says:

    Great stuff! its nice to see these kind of wedding photographs here, Similiar to the kind of journalistic/documentary style used worldwide.

  12. Ahmed Ahad says:

    hi, the 2nd picture with the bride in tears is my favorite of the 10.

  13. Ahmed Ahad says:

    hi, the 2nd picture with the bride in tears is my favorite of the 10.

  14. Bish Moitra says:

    Bravo Sephi

  15. Bish Moitra says:

    Bravo Sephi

  16. Anisha says:

    Awesome stuff! This book’s going to be on my coffee table for sure!

  17. Anisha says:

    Awesome stuff! This book’s going to be on my coffee table for sure!

  18. Matt Brandon says:

    Sephi, I love these. Can’t wait to see the book. Now you need to go up to Kashmir and shoot the wedding Wazan. Truly spectacular wedding feast. But as a vegan, it might turn your stomach, 7 to 15 courses of meat!

  19. Matt Brandon says:

    Sephi, I love these. Can’t wait to see the book. Now you need to go up to Kashmir and shoot the wedding Wazan. Truly spectacular wedding feast. But as a vegan, it might turn your stomach, 7 to 15 courses of meat!

  20. Maheen says:

    Congratulations. Your images are truly stunning!

  21. Maheen says:

    Congratulations. Your images are truly stunning!

  22. Absolutely delightful work!

  23. Absolutely delightful work!

  24. Priyanka says:

    Wow! wonderful :) CLAPS.

  25. Priyanka says:

    Wow! wonderful :) CLAPS.

  26. Second picture is simply awesome, a rare moment that’s obvious to any bride.

    Third picture felt so cruel on that marvelous lady.. Wish her a happy life out of fake pride.

    Which made me moved most is Anuradha and Aashiti.. both have a dense feel on their faces that is simply awesome.

    I am in wait of your book as a heart waiting for glimpse of its love one. :D

    A very congratulation to you on success.

  27. Second picture is simply awesome, a rare moment that’s obvious to any bride.

    Third picture felt so cruel on that marvelous lady.. Wish her a happy life out of fake pride.

    Which made me moved most is Anuradha and Aashiti.. both have a dense feel on their faces that is simply awesome.

    I am in wait of your book as a heart waiting for glimpse of its love one. :D

    A very congratulation to you on success.

  28. Ruchi says:

    Stunning!!! Fantastic clicks especially the second one, bride wiping her tear..I guess those are the true moments to catch…very impressive. Your work is exceptional.

  29. Ruchi says:

    Stunning!!! Fantastic clicks especially the second one, bride wiping her tear..I guess those are the true moments to catch…very impressive. Your work is exceptional.

  30. Sana says:

    Hi I just randomly ran across your page and was going through the pictures, all of them are really beautiful! I especially like number 9, the bride is gorgeous along with the whole set up and scene.

    Keep it up (=

  31. Sana says:

    Hi I just randomly ran across your page and was going through the pictures, all of them are really beautiful! I especially like number 9, the bride is gorgeous along with the whole set up and scene.

    Keep it up (=

  32. Again, Superb work! The tears in the bride’s eyes, the solitary Rajput bride, The bridal mehndi, the baraat procession, the bride looking in the mirror and the muslim bride are all just beautifully captured! Great job! Would love to meet you one day!

  33. Again, Superb work! The tears in the bride’s eyes, the solitary Rajput bride, The bridal mehndi, the baraat procession, the bride looking in the mirror and the muslim bride are all just beautifully captured! Great job! Would love to meet you one day!

  34. Pavninder Grewal says:

    really awesome work guyz…..the pics r really too gud…

  35. Pavninder Grewal says:

    really awesome work guyz…..the pics r really too gud…

  36. Vinay says:

    I also second for second pic… absolutely amazing….

  37. Vinay says:

    I also second for second pic… absolutely amazing….

  38. ARIF KHAN PHOTOGRAPHER says:

    out standing work [SUPERB]

  39. ARIF KHAN PHOTOGRAPHER says:

    out standing work [SUPERB]

  40. Lovely photography! Your images are inspiring.

  41. Lovely photography! Your images are inspiring.

  42. arpana says:

    A picture speaks a thousands words…love the pictures!!

  43. arpana says:

    A picture speaks a thousands words…love the pictures!!

  44. Bijou says:

    Mr. Sephi!!!!,

    YOU ROCK!!!!!

    I am an advanced amateur photographer and my target now is to see things in the artful way you have “peeked” into the wedding traditions of India.

    Keep us the good work.

    Cheers
    Bijou

  45. Bijou says:

    Mr. Sephi!!!!,

    YOU ROCK!!!!!

    I am an advanced amateur photographer and my target now is to see things in the artful way you have “peeked” into the wedding traditions of India.

    Keep us the good work.

    Cheers
    Bijou

  46. ramanand.r says:

    lovable, emotion, appreciable, differnt angle…keep it up

  47. ramanand.r says:

    lovable, emotion, appreciable, differnt angle…keep it up

  48. Really outstanding wedding shots! Love the second image with the bride covering part of her face, showing off the beautiful henna art.

  49. Really outstanding wedding shots! Love the second image with the bride covering part of her face, showing off the beautiful henna art.

  50. Rose S says:

    A very beautiful wedding

  51. Rose S says:

    A very beautiful wedding

  52. Ravi says:

    Fantabulous! Stunning work! Thank you.

  53. Fawalls says:

    These are really great photos. Thank you for sharing!

  54. Kanupriyaitmgwl says:

    sephi my wedding photo where i am alone , simply says that i am waiting anxiously for my groom with several thoughts rushing ,and my friends have left to find out if the baraat has arrived, please do not cook up your own stories. Let people know that from the photographs you clicked that the RAJPUT bride danced in joy along with her relatives on her sangeet on Bipasha Basu hit no.

  55. Thanks for your comment Kanupriya. The picture caption only refers to the moment it was taken. From what I have seen, both the bride and the groom did not smile during the wedding ceremony itself. It was explained to me that this is due to some Rajput tradition expected from the couple. Have I misunderstood this? Never the less, I added your remark to the caption and I hope it sheds the right light on the situation.

  56. Bradley Secker says:

    Really like your work Sephi, it’s good to see a photographer working on a mix of documentary and commercial work simultaneously. Hope to see more soon!

  57. Randhirsingh7788 says:

    superb work man …i love this


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