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.
Wedding season has come and gone but not without some amazing designs and clothes to check out. Before you (we) know it, wedding season will be back again-well at least the planning part of it! Maybe the Unreal Bride will be a bit more proactive. We can only hope.
What were you all wearing this season?
Photograph by Kismet Jewell Nakai
Clothes by Nancy Bhaika (for more information, call +91 9872135578)
Model : Tara the Princess
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
In light (pun intended?) of the fact that it was just Diwali, a thought occurred to me. Not a thought as much as a question maybe or I basically just started wondering about something!
Every Diwali, we bought candles, placed them wherever we could on the house- ledges, railings, gates, driveways and then around 7pm , we lit them .The house glowed in the magnificent radiance only candles have. Some years , the candles would last an hour and the others for four hours. The next day, we would scrape the melted wax off wherever we could and collected it in a pot which we eventually melted down to make one big candle! This was a ritual. And a super fun one at that too. That kind of defined Diwali for me. I am not a big fan of crackers or giving people presents (I don’t mind getting the presents though #justsaying) , think playing cards are a waste of time and money so this was pretty much the one thing I looked forward to each Diwali. It wasn’t just us that lit the candles and diyas, it was the entire neighbourhood twinkling away.
Then China happened. And the markets were flooded with all sorts of lights. Okay, that isn’t entirely fair because lights have been around for years at Indian Weddings. Still. Fairy lights , and those long tubey lights suddenly replaced the lovely candles. (Also it’s not like I hate fairy lights but just for this post, think candles are better!)Easier to install, longer lasting which possibly made it cheaper to have lights instead of candles? It basically nullified an entire tradition. You can sigh with me at this loss. *sigh*
This year we lit some (really long lasting) candles and it reminded me of way back when and thats where this post is stemming from ,I suppose. One thought led to another. One Pinterest board to another and suddenly, I was staring at lots of pictures of lovely weddings where there were lots of candles being used and I thought, why don’t people use more candles at weddings?(Here is the Pinterest board that started it all- http://www.pinterest.com/avnidoshi/entertaining/). Probably because it is cumbersome and someone has to light them and take care of them but really,those are just excuses. You see so many people doing nothing at weddings who have been employed to do something-why not delegate the duty to them?Or,light diyas which are close cousins to candles and are longer lasting and easier-ish to manage.
Photos via The Unreal Bride
Or have clusters of them? That way you don’t have to walk the entire length and breadth of where the wedding is being held lighting candles . Which ,in the way today’s wedding are,would probably mean by the time you light the last candle, the first candle extinguished half an hour ago.
Photos via The Unreal Bride
If you fall in to the category of super senti , want to make everything myself at the wedding or you know want to give away something homemade as favours , then why not let that thing be candles?
And since we were talking about China- how about ending the night with some Chinese Lanterns?