A lovely wedding this week over at Holton Lee, where I photographed Sam and Lee’s celebrations – you can see some sneak peeks in this post about their wedding. Meanwhile, as it’s Friday it’s the regular problem of choosing a photograph! This week I’ve chosen an image from Rushmi and Dean’s Hindu ceremony for the “Bournemouth wedding photographer – image of the week 19“.
You may remember seeing Rushmi and Dean’s wedding with Beach Weddings Bournemouth on the Blog earlier this year. They asked if I could photograph their Hindu ceremony in Norfolk in August, so I could hardly refuse, could I? With around 400 guests it was the largest wedding I’ve covered, and it’s quite different to anything that I’ve shot before.
Hindu wedding celebrations are all about tradition, numerous small ceremonies during the day and plenty of colour. Oh, there’s a bit of noise mixed in for good measure! In the morning before the actual wedding ceremony, the Bride and her parents are involved in a number of ceremonies, each having a very specific importance. The Groom, on the other hand, has a pretty relaxed time, but also has to undergo a number of rituals. If you’ve never experienced a Hindu ceremony before it’ll be quite an eye-opener for you!
This image was taken as Rushmi and her Mother greeted female family members after the ceremony. What I love about this image, especially in black and white, is its strength. The connection between Rushmi and her older relative. In colour it’s quite striking, but I think that stripping out the distraction of colour really “makes” the image.
These are shots that you can’t stage. As a photographer you’re reacting to events as they happen. Sometimes you get the image, sometimes you don’t – it’s all down to observation, anticipation and timing. However, when you get it right, it’s really rewarding!
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