In Conversation With- Chirag Khattar (Portfolio Studio, Delhi)

Established in 1978, Portfolio Studio, Delhi has captured the precious memories of generations of people celebrating momentous occasions across India. The Portfolio Studio team offers a wide range of wedding photography and videography services at home and abroad. Creative Director Chirag Khattar’s creativity and skills are acknowledged as the major driving factor behind the new heights this company is achieving. We chat with him to know more about his work and his cinematographic journey.

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What inspired you to become a wedding cinematographer?
We’ve been creating still and moving wedding images since 1978 and after a while, every movie looked similar, the songs seemed repetitive, the editing styles didn’t evolve. I realized we needed to innovate and bring something new to our work. After my post graduation, we set up the Creative Department at Portfolio Studios dedicated to infusing innovation and new cinematic styles into each of our wedding movies and so far it has worked.

How would you describe your shooting style?
The style of each shoot is actually very relative; it depends on the ceremonies, but we try to keep it as much natural and candid as we can. We like to showcase traditions and culture as much as we can, because that’s what a wedding is all about.

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You travel quite a lot, shooting weddings and engagement sessions. What would you say was your favorite place/destination or experience? And why?
In India, it has to be Udaipur. It is considered one of the most beautiful cities in this country. The lakes and palaces are the perfect amalgam of romance and royalty. Abroad, I enjoy shooting in Thailand and London.

What makes you different from others in the business?
What makes us stand out is that we do not outsource anything – our entire team of photographers and cinematographers are Team Portfolio Studio. Our photo books are edited and printed in-house and we have a team dedicated only to research and development so that we can innovate and bring more creativity into our photography and videos.

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How do you feel videography has changed in the last few years?
There has been a lot of change, all of it for the better. The constant evolution keeps us on our toes. Wedding filming is like trying to make a movie without the luxury of retakes. You must capture the right moment, from the right angle, you can’t afford to miss a single moment. The process is split into three parts: pre-production, the shoot and post-production. You want a wedding film that brings you the feeling of celebration, when someone watches it, they should instantly be able to connect.

What is your favorite part of the day to capture?
It has to be the daylight hours including a spectacular sunset. Photographs and videos always seem livelier in natural lighting, during the day.

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