IIM and MBA graduates choose careers in Wedding Photography.
It’s a lucrative full-time or part-time career, with its own special thrills and challenges. Joseph Radhik, an alumni of IIM Indore, has recently quit his job with a Consulting firm to pursue a full-time career, in what he believes is the toughest genre of photography: “Since I’m extremely competitive while yearning for technical perfection in everything I do, wedding photography was almost a natural choice.” He adds: “Being a good wedding photographer requires you to have the reflexes of a sports shooter, the patience of a wild-life watcher, the vigility of a photojournalist, the style appreciation of a fashion photographer, the lighting skills of a cinematographer and the aesthetic sense of an artist. I love it.”
Many like IIM Kozhikode alumni Paromita Deb Areng, IIM Bangalore alumni Pradeep Sanyal and Symbiosis grad Arjun Mahajan pursue it as an active hobby or part-time career. Paromita works with Reliance Industries, Mumbai and photographs weddings over week-ends. Bangalore-based Management Consultant Sanyal has been pursuing this interest since over a decade. Arjun Mahajan who works with a Gurgaon-based Bio-tech firm enjoys doing this, because he’s such a people’s person. He explains: “Wedding photography gives me the chance to interact with lots of happy people. It’s very fulfilling to be able to capture memories and help folks remember their happy day forever.” And he is considering it as a full-time career option soon. “Yes, I would love to pursue it as a full-time profession, but for the moment I want to gain more experience and establish relationships with some more clients (families).” Ditto is the case of Pradeep Sanyal, 38: “It is a far more lucrative career today. And very soon, I plan to plunge full-time into Wedding Photography.”
While most MBAs enjoy the thrill of achieving their targets and goals, for these MBA grads, the thrill lies in not just acquiring more clients, but the joy of capturing some beautiful moments. For Mahajan, its almost always the vidai (bride leaving her father’s home). “Its a moment which is always emotionally charged. I always shoot it discreetly from the side.” Radhik has something different to look forward to at the wedding of every different wedding community: “In Christian weddings, it is most definitely the moment when the father of the bride brings the bride in- the look of the groom when he sees the bride, the pride on the dad’s face, the emotions on the family’s faces…everything! In Telugu weddings, there is a ceremony called “talambralu” which basically has the bride and groom slinging a lot of rice and colorful balls at each other! It is definitely the craziest and funniest ritual! Oh and Mallu (Malayalam) ceremonies are fun as well with the games at the end!”
Joseph talks about his favorite photo. “It was shot during the vidai at a wedding in Delhi. Samriddhi’s (the bride) soulful eyes well up with tears as she bids goodbye to the family. Abhik (the groom) looks on while her father (to the right) gives her a word of encouragement. I love how the photo is made up of three symbolic frames divided by the car’s windows – the father, the bride and the groom.”
Paromita Deb Areng