Photographer’s point of view
Theme: A Classic 1930’s Noir and the timeless charm of the New-Age Maharajas and Maharanis of India.
These themes echoed the couple’s individual natures while capturing the essence of their togetherness.
Once the theme was decided, we researched various ideas, planned the props, attire and accessories. Udaipur was perfect for both themes. The city has a palpable sense of history, with flashes of nostalgia and an aura of timelessness. The couple wanted to bring those nuances into their pre-wedding shoot.
As a photographer, I am quite familiar with Udaipur so it was irresistible to present the Maharani look against a backdrop of the ghats and the streets. The elegant clothing juxtaposed against the colour and bustle of the streets. For the noir theme, we shot in the isolated opulence of hotel interiors.
Jahnavee and Avrine’s take on the shoot:
We’re a text book case of polar opposites who wound up together. Avrine is an introvert: calm, always composed, a man of few words. I, on the other hand, am a chatterbox, someone who breaks in to a dance every now and then and am not shy at all.
Instead of our behaviours clashing and becoming a bone of contention, we complement each other. Avrine brings stability and balance into my life and I bring a sense of joie de vivre into his.
Radhika has an expert’s eye for all things aesthetic. She has the knowledge as well as the aptitude to capture a feeling, a story and the sensitivity of emotion in a still frame.
Udaipur had to be the backdrop of our shoot because of the city’s vast heritage and cultural wealth. Again it helped that the city provided us both: a chic and enigmatic location at the Trident and the mystical, old-world charm of the by-lanes and ghats of a bygone era.
Radhika seemed to be able to conjure up anything with what was at hand: a simple balcony, a bench or a tiny alley, would turn into a place where love stories are crafted, in her pictures. She perfected our looks for both the Noir and the 1940’s India shoot. I should put in a word of appreciation for her skill at helping my camera-shy fiancé come out of his shell and look so effortlessly stunning in these pictures.
I wanted this pre-wedding shoot, done both ways, with Radhika as the photographer, so that when Avrine and I are married and going through various stages in life, we will remember and understand the value in being different, in remaining true to yourself and yet in harmony with each other to create something special and wonderful.
Photography by Radhika Pandit
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