My camera, clicks out a rhythm. Click, click, turn and click. Lean for another angle of the bride getting make-up and hair. Click, click. Cross to the other side of the room. Pose, click “Thank you.”
Run down the hall, press the elevator button. Slow! Hurry! I’m ten floors up and I need to be out on street level. I make it. Click, click, run backwards, click, click. Still walking backwards, click click click. I radio my second photographer, “The groom is about to come around the corner with his procession. Catch him as he approaches, I’ll take over from there. Watch out—traffic blocking the procession. ”
I’m a photographer and I love every single wedding. Sometimes a wedding comes along that is so large that I must also be a director, a logistician. It seems that I need magical powers to be in multiple places at once. Without revealing those magic powers, I will say that I am terrifically excited about photographing a wedding of this size and complexity: three days, two ceremonies–Hindu and Catholic, several venues—hotel, outdoors, church, grand historical ballroom, many changes of outfits and jaw-dropping jewelry from her family’s jewelry business, and a city like San Francisco as the perfect backdrop to frame this grand celebration.
I was excited at the prospect of photographing a wedding that was the size and complexity of Charu and JB’s wedding. And I love the challenge. I really do. Still I ask myself, Can I capture it all? Can I get the wide coverage range of everything that’s happening? Can I get the small, intimate moments? Can I maintain my concentration? Missing just 30 seconds could mean an important photograph could be lost forever. Through my years of photographing, that constant and continuing concentration is simply there. It’s like a musician’s finger memory.
Ten years of experience had given me the intuition of when something is going to happen, how to be somewhere without disturbing the people or the decorations, my way of getting comprehensive coverage of the wedding. I need to be everywhere at once and I want to be unseen. I never want to change the balance and harmony of the wedding that has been so careful planned in every detail–as Charu and JB did for their magnificent wedding.
I can’t say enough about the beautiful planning that this bride and groom did. It’s hard to miss the dazzling use of color. Charu loves pink and it was there in as many shades as you can imagine. All shades of purple, fuchsia, magenta, soft pink, hot pink—all pinks! Add plentiful accents of yellow and a dash of orange and the whole ensemble is simply a brilliant display of color, beautifully melded. Charu wasn’t afraid of color and she used it like an expert designer.
Enjoy these photos. The details of this wedding were magnificent—you can’t miss her jewelry and the beautiful Indian outfits handmade to order in India. Charu traveled twice to India to make arrangements for the outfits, jewelry, and other decorations. I don’t think you can miss the color in this wedding. It was great. It was wonderful. Words can’t do it justice. Thank you so much, Charu and JB. You were simply delightful. Congratulations!
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