Indian Wedding Photographers Pick Their Favourite Bride Portraits From 2016 | The Grey Alley

Indian Wedding Photographers Pick Their Favourite Bride Portraits From 2016

The first recorded account of wedding photography was when Queen Victoria married Prince Albert in 1840, but a lot has changed since then – the concept, the technology, you name it.

Further, the idea of taking pictures at weddings (in India) were more of a family affair till a few years ago. Fathers’ took this position by default (also the fact that they were the only ones who were allowed to touch the camera). That has surely changed.

With the invent of Facebook, things took a slight turn, as well. Sharing events and photos online suddenly became the ‘in thing’, and with platforms like Buzzfeed and other websites promoting wedding photographers regularly, this genre grew into this mammoth we are all aware of today. The popularity has brought in a lot of competition among the artists (who work in this genre) too, but who does not like fabulous pictures from a wedding? They are visceral and have a sense of joy in them. Further, how would you want to remember your wedding day, through pictures and memories, of course!

In this article, we look at prized portraits of brides by wedding photographers’ in India (in no particular order) who are the bee’s knees in this genre.

Sudhir Ramchandran

“Likitha’s face lit up as the radiant light caressed her eyes, lips, and face. As the light disappeared upwards it allowed (just) enough movement to register the falling grains of rice,” Ramchandran points out.

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Mark Swaroop

“This is a portrait of Naintara Jung. Naintara and Shaaz Jung had quite a few regal ceremonies in multiple locations including Falaknuma Palace (Hyderabad). In this portrait she’s wearing Shaaz’s great grandmother’s outfit at the Walima at Chowmahalla Palace,” recalls Swaroop.

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Anup J Kat

“This one was shot in Hua Hin, Thailand. The couples were chill, the people (at the wedding) were cool and the pictures were great – what more can a wedding photographer ask for, really? And yes, shit loads of vitamin ‘sea’ too, you know?” reacts Kat with a roaring laugh.

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Ramit Batra

“Perched on a bar stool in one of San Francisco’s oldest establishments, the Cliff House, Neha, the bride-to-be, was trying to pose some of her sultriest looks between sipping on bubbles and trying not to look exhausted. It was the end of a long shoot, but this series of solos are some of her favourite shots. Talks about some serious ‘Me’ time footage,” Batra explains.

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Lucky Malhotra

“This was my friend’s brother’s marriage. This wedding is special to me as an artist because I was given no brief – I was let loose and told to capture whatever I felt was right,” reflects Malhotra. Adding, “I saw the bride standing there and looking at something and I immediately captured it from the side, without making her conscious. The profile has a sense of aura, which gives it an ethereal and a royal look, and the tones are subtle and easy too. I love the brides who trust you and your work, and someone who enjoys each and every moment,” he ends on a positive note.

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Vaijayanti Varma

“The couple had been dating for 10 years, a college love story, you know? These were one of the people I was most comfortable shooting with, not because they picked me, but because they wanted only me to shoot their wedding as they identified with my work they had seen. So they trusted me completely, there was so much genuine love and comfort between them (and us); it all showed in the photos. A no-fuss wedding, zero-fuss bride. Barely any posing too. They are the kinds I would meet for a coffee even today,” Varma fondly remembers.

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Monisha Ajgaonkar

“Capturing the true moment of content on the bride’s face as she takes a moment to embrace the beginning of a new life, is wedding photography in its true essence – capturing raw and real emotions,” Ajgaonkar points out.

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Dhanika Choksi

“This photograph wasn’t planned,” says Choksi. It was taken while the bride was getting ready in the middle of a lot of chaos and hurry as she was running a bit late for her ceremony, and all Choksi had, for a light source was a bare bulb! “But, I love the way this photograph turned out because of one small detail – her eyes! In fact, this photograph to me is a perfect representation of the ‘Modern Indian Bride’ because the bride isn’t looking downward, or trying to be demure and shy, instead, she is looking confident, independent and unapologetically bold,” annotates Choksi.

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Vinay Aravind

Aravind starts off, “This is the picture of a bride getting ready before her wedding in Surat. I like this in black and white because it highlights the intricate details of her clothes, her jewellery and the mehndi on her hands.”

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Claude Loren

“Well regarding why I picked this picture, is because I feel that Jui was one of the most graceful women I have come across. She is a model in the UAE and does some amazing shoots, but Jui and I go long back. She is married to Roshan whom I know for about 15 years now – we studied together. About Jui, I know her for umm… 8 years now,” clarifies Loren smiling.

“On the wedding day things didn’t begin too well for her as her hairstylist ruined her hair and she had to re-do it all over again which caused her day to start with a delay, but she handled it so beautifully including doing her own make-up and looking absolutely stunning and though everything seemed so rushed she gave me a couple of minutes to make sure I got the bridal portrait I wanted,” adds Loren.

“I love it when people give importance to what we do and respect it. Jui, even though was stressed and felt rushed, gave me my space and hence this picture happened. Further, the whole wedding is one of my favourites so far. As the couple knew how important the day was for them and they made sure they squeezed out all the happiness they could out of it and I was there to capture all of it. Even when the groom got emotional she consoled him with a beautiful gesture, I will forever remember,” ends Loren.

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Manan Upadhyaya

“I like to shoot silhouettes and whenever I see a chance to capture brides in these lighting conditions I always relish that feeling because it’s a unique way of bringing out details and beauty. This image is one of favourite because the bride is a film actress and I didn’t have to ask her to pose or anything, she would be ready always in her best postures… all I have to do was just click,” reminisces Upadhyaya.

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Vinay Venugopal

“There can be nothing more rewarding than being able to photograph a bride who gets ready well ahead of schedule on her big day. She seemed collected and relaxed about the occasion that lay ahead, allowing me ample amount of time to play around with different lighting,” states Venugopal with a smile.

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Elvin Jacob

“Barely minutes before the reception ceremony, I noticed that the sky had turned purple and was throwing some subtle, but lovely light into the bride’s dressing room. Almost immediately a composition came to my mind. Though not the quintessential bridal portrait, I knew I had to shoot it – for myself at least. And I am glad I did! The bride was an absolute gem who posed exactly how I pictured the shot in my mind,” rethinks Jacob with a smile.

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Kunal Mehta

“This one is one of our favorites, because of the contentment we saw in those eyes post-wedding,” Mehta tells us.

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Sneha Kar

“Sabuhi and Waleed’s Bangladeshi and Pakistani affair in Dhaka was a weeklong celebration to remember. Sabuhi knew exactly how she wanted her wedding to look like. What she envisioned, unfurled at the Rose Garden Palace. Before the ceremony, we took portraits of the couple inside the palace. The week was fulfilling, but demanding too. Finally, it was in this moment of quiet, away from the entire hullabaloo, she felt like the bride she envisioned to be. Sneaking out for a few photographs before the ceremony gave the bride and groom that window to soak it all in and finally realise the reality of it all,” the duo remarks.

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Radhika Pandit

“This was taken in Bali, in front of a house temple. The architecture and colours make a simple thing look so dramatic,” Pandit clarifies.

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Chandni Dua

“This one is from Devashree’s Wedding at the Amargarh fort in Udaipur. I love how the bridal attire and her jewellery was in perfect sync with the light, mountains and surrounding around her as if it was all synchronised for her perfect day,” says Dua.

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Aayushi Sachdeva and Kanishka Sonthalia

“Pictures of the ‘Getting Ready’ portion of the day are not just about hair and makeup. It’s about the anticipation, the build-up and excitement and the unguarded moment – it will never get old nor will you ever get tired of seeing these pictures years later,” the duo attributes.

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Pratidhani Tamang

“She was in a dilemma about either to go with this nose ring or smaller. After a few changes, she chose the smaller one. But this picture captures a moment where she said yes to this one for the moment, and changed her mind again,” tells Tamang.

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Anupa Shah

“This picture is special to me because it emphasises a photographer’s quest to make time to create memories no matter what the situation. I had absolutely no room in the house to shoot. Everything was running late and in that tense atmosphere, the last thing the bride could spare was time for pictures. But, I wanted to be sure to give her two-three pictures that would be cherished forever. I found this little enclosure in the house with tons of clutter, clothes hanging and tricky light. This is where I decided to take this bridal portrait. I hid all the clutter with the door that provided the leading lines to my gorgeous bride, got low and waited for that one moment of peace. This portrait is one of the bride and my favourites,” voices Shah.

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Akhil Khatri

“The bridesmaids wanted some photos with the bride, Zainab. We started with some well-lit ‘pose-ish’ photos. After I was done taking pictures, one of Zainab’s friends switched on the flashlight on in her mobile phone without her realising it. That’s when I thought of trying this shot, and here it is. My lovely bride, Zainab, is yet to see this, though,” says Khatri laughing.

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Navdeep Soni

“She was like a ninja bride, and as a person always up and enthusiastic. This portrait was just before she was leaving for the pheras in which she looking calm and composed,” tells Soni.

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Sudha Chandani and Mukesh Khatri

“This is our favourite picture from 2016 because we love that look of confidence on Tanisha’s face depicting the successful and flawless planning all by her and now she is ready to tie a knot like a queen,” the duo states.

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Nishant Ratnakar

“This was shot at one of my favorite wedding venues in Bengaluru – The Ganjam Mantap. I have sat at this vantage point so many times over many weddings as brides descended down from the green room located on the first floor to the mantap below. At that moment I always call out the brides by their names and they look up. At times, I get candid reactions from the surprised brides or get them to subconsciously pose for a split-second portrait. At this wedding, I seemed to have finally got that bridal portrait that I had always envisioned in this venue,” reflects Ratnakar.

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Lipy Yadav

“I remember how gracefully she carried herself. Though she was getting married in Delhi, she still wore a sari and not a lehenga – how every bride does nowadays. Further, her beauty was not limited to her face or dress, her inner-self was glowing with happiness. I could feel that when I was taking her photographs,” Yadav declares.

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Prashanth Sharma

“Who else loves a swirling picture? Especially the one where a beautiful bride with her vibrant attire comes together to pull it off to perfection! One of the happiest faces we have clicked so far, Ameena radiated a quiet joy and warmth to which our backlighting might do no justice, and which we finally captured in our third attempt of swirling plus clicking before the events on her special day commenced,” says Sharma with a smile.

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Team iclickd

“We love the expression one the bride’s face. Although the location, jewellery and the dress give a royal feel, the subtle expression of the bride just before the big moment speaks volumes. When we look back at this picture, the light, shade, and frame gives it a billboardesque feel to the photograph – makes it look like an advertisement banner. Thanks to its grandeur,” the couple points out.

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Sree Vikash

“How can you go wrong with a bride who is Punjabi and a classical dancer who loves Bollywood?” states Vikash.

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Vrinda Ganeriwala and Shristi Dhandharia

“This picture is a sneak peek into her world as she gets ready to have all eyes on her. She is ready to take on the future with a little glitter but for now, she wants to reminisce the person that she is,” Ganeriwala and Dhandharia both agree.

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Adusyanti Chatterjee

“This one is a documentary bridal portrait from a cross-cultural wedding. The bride is from turkey, and groom from India. It amazed me to see, how well the bride, emotionally connected to the core essence of Indian culture, its wedding rituals like kaleerein and more. This shot was taken before she entered the Gurudwara for the wedding,” Chatterjee tells us.

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Roma Ganesh

“Not only was Ritika one of my most beautiful brides, but also a really special one as we grew up together. Watching this princess get married to her prince charming, looking absolutely stunning in her beautiful pastel Sabyasachi attire with the magnificent Fairmont Palace as the backdrop, this wedding was nothing short of a perfect fairytale,” illustrates Ganesh.

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Himani Malhotra

“The bride in the picture is a friend from school and I gave her pictures as a present for her wedding. This was my first shot that day and I had just met her after a long time. It was a happy relaxed moment for us as she married the man I saw her date for all these years. This is one of my favorites because of how effortless the first trial shots were,” clears Malhotra.

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Anuja Rangnekar and Sameer Nadkarni

“Mahima (the bride) was overwhelmed by all the love and enthusiasm of her family, friends, and relatives and was almost in tears as the ritual of haldi began. This moment when her brother approached to smear her with turmeric generously, managed to make her laugh. It’s all in the moment that remains etched in our hearts. The picture perfectly portrays the emotions of the bride,” the duo depicts.

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What do you think of these portraits? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.


  • Show Comments (5)


    Beautifully written!

    • Avinash Kumai

      Thanks, Akhil.

  • Lucky Malhotra

    Beautiful article and lovely pics.

    • Avinash Kumai

      Thank you, Lucky.

  • Subinoy Das

    Lovely pics. Congratulations AdusyantiChatterjee, Claude, Anup sir, Mark.
    Keep that coming.

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