It has been so long since we set up an outdoor photo booth but this March, we got the opportunity again on a glorious sunny winter afternoon . Our bride was pretty clear with what she wanted and boy! did we like her idea of a minimalistic photo booth. Thanks to pinterest (as always) , we got some great ideas and references and thanks to our help from Bollywood, we got the perfect hearts for the back drop!
The internet is a wonderful place-the kind of connections you can make because of it are countless. If used correctly that is. Ofcourse, it gives stalkers the best opportunity to stalk and be creepy but you have to be a smart internet user. Anyway, you all already know that. I am only talking about it because it was because of our mutual healthy stalking that I discovered the amazing photographers Sitwat & Insiya who are based in Karachi.
First, we stalked each other on Instagram (or was it facebook?), then Twitter, then email and finally we exchanged phone numbers ! It’s equal parts amazing and cool to find people just like you not so far (but far enough) away. Most our conversations were/are centred around possible meetings, collaborations and even holidays. I haven’t met these girls but I feel like I have known them forever . Is it because I stalk them ? Possibly. It’s healthy stalking though! Heh.
One of these attempts to meet was when Sitwat asked me to come and photograph her wedding in Karachi. WHATTTT!!!? Super huge honour right there in itself when a fellow photographer asks you to come photograph their wedding. Trying to be as un-excited as possible so we didn’t jinx it -I couldn’t help but be super excited. I missed an amazing opportunity to travel to Pakistan earlier and I sure as heck didn’t want to miss this one.Alas, the visa procedures are SO OUT OF CONTROL that I didn’t get mine and I didn’t get to go for the wedding. This is the really short and sweet version of my story but do you sense the bitterness?
Instead, Insiya had to shoot her best friend(s) wedding- it’s kind of not fun if you have to concentrate on photographing AND having fun AND being a good friend during a wedding. Ever tried to shoot a wedding wearing full wedding outfit gear? Not easy.Despite that she did an awesome job.
I HAD to share some photos of this unreal bride from across the border- a wedding I should have shot but didn’t. I am definitely going to pay them a visit one of these days. Let’s see who stops me then!
Sitwat’s outfit is by :Feeha Jamshed
Oh,how we all love these selfies! See.We are same same but different!
Insiya instagramming and being a good friend of the bride while she isn’t taking pictures!
Possibly my favourite photo of the lot. Reminds me SO much of our first shoot – Groom Hunting. This is just so real that it’s unreal!
Just a friendly reminder to please refrain from stealing or using these photos without the permission of the photographers. That is just not cool when you do that.
It’s just the way things work- weeks go by with nothing happening in your life and suddenly you are so busy that you have no time to do anything! Which is exactly what happened when Grazia called to say they wanted to feature us. Pretty exciting stuff considering it’s a national (and very cool) publication and we were going to be a part of their first ever issue of Grazia Bride. Everything seemed perfect except we wouldn’t be able to make it for the shoot in Delhi due to prior commitments . We thought we had lost this very cool opportunity . Who said or rather how many people have said nothing is impossible if you just put your mind to it? We ,along with the Grazia team , decided that April and I would just have to style and shoot our own photo for the magazine! Sounds easier than it is really. For one, we had to shoot it in the same theme as the rest of the story. Secondly, we had to style ourselves AND the set (damn those gaindas that just kept falling ) AND take the picture AND worst of all- do this all while wearing high heels. Oh, did I forget to mention that we only had a few hours to do all this before I needed to catch an evening train? Somehow we managed to do all this in a few hours and just when we were ready to go-the electricity went! And it came again. Then went again. Quite the cruel joke. We did manage to get the photo though. And if I can say so myself, we did a pretty good job. What do you think? Could you tell ??
Here’s us in the magazine. We were in great company as well- Vishal Punjabi of The Wedding Filmer, Joseph Radhik, The Little Food Co. and Groovy Two Shoes.
We are pretty big fans of Sabyasachi so it was doubly exciting that he was the guest editor of the magazine. I really liked what he said so I thought I would add his article as well.
While we are it- might as well go check out this awesome video made by Starving Artist Videos- he never ceases to amaze does he. Click here to see the video.
Ketchup is back! This time with their very new collection which is perfect for the winter. We have basically hijacked this collection and Ketchup might have to personally come and take them back from us!
Each time we shoot these bags, it starts off as a challenge- WHAT should we do so it’s different? So so hard.Then it comes to us in a flash and we know exactly what we need to do. (Okay, there might have been one shoot before this where we tried to do something else but failed miserably!)
So, do you have a ketchup bag? What’s in it? Send us a picture!!
Photos and Styling by The Unreal Bride
P.S. Have you seen Kismet’s new photography website? Take a look and tell us what you think -http://www.kismetjewellnakai.com/
Let’s see. It’s a beautiful day. You have a beautiful friend. What do you do ? You take (beautiful? ) pictures obviously! This post has been a long time coming-I really don’t understand why I hoard photos especially when it is Tara I am photographing! The good news is they are up now and you can see some here and some on my other blog-Not So Routine. Luckily,we shot so much that I have enough photos for both blogs !
All photos edited with VSCO FILM