Our series ‘Young and Inspiring’ showcases exciting new talent from the design, fashion and events domains who specialize in creating dream weddings for couples.
Photographer Naman Verma may have left the canvas and brushes for the camera, but he held on to his artistic sensibilities which make themselves evident in every frame that he clicks. His work documents couples and their special moments in some of the most imaginative ways. He gets candid about his foray into wedding photography and his unique style that has been creating such an impact.
1. Tell us a bit about your journey. How did you get involved with wedding photography?
“I like to think that I was born with a creative gene because that’s the only way I can explain my inclination towards art. Before I laid my hands on a camera, I was experimenting with colors on a canvas. My journey has been an extremely fortunate and promising one. I have always been eager to learn and test new ideas, and I believe that this attitude has led me to collaborate with like minded people, which in turn opened great avenues for me. I got to meet people who didn’t believe in sticking to the cliches and allowed room for a fresh perspective. Every photograph from each wedding that has come my way is unique because of the people I choose to work with. Until you allow yourself to be a little out of the box, creative and daring, you can’t get the shots which are out of the world.”
2. Your style is very dramatic and whimsical at the same time. How do you make every photo of yours speak?
“For me, there is no pre-decided recipe that results in a good photograph. Every wedding, couple and setting is so distinguished that to create wonders, all one needs to do is follow one’s instincts. I’m not motivated by the commercial aspect. Instead, I believe in listening to my gut, going to each wedding with a fresh mind, creating opportunities for personal engagement and taking the extra effort. This is what makes each photo different from the other and gives it a whimsical vibe. I feel my photographs and videos can connect with my audience and speak for themselves because they reflect something different from what more conventional pictures offer.”
3. What are the unique trends in wedding and pre-wedding photography?
“There is no trend. Anything which people can’t see in their immediate vicinity becomes one.”
4. Your work has become a favorite within the bridal circles. What do you attribute this popularity to?
“The projects I have been a part of have become a cult because the couples who got married invested a lot of time, energy and ideas in making their big day unique. They retained the richness of traditions even in the modern context due to which some of our captures won some of the best wedding photo awards and set new trends. On that note, I can connect back to the previous question and say that I am sure I am one!”
5. Do you have a favorite among the photos you have captured or a film you have shot? Anything you hold close to your heart and why?
“This is like asking me whether I like my left eye more than the right! All my photos and videos are an extension of who I am and each one is very special to me. That said, there are some shoots that have had a deeper impact on me. It could be because of how deeply the concept and final product resonated with me or maybe because of how enriching the entire experience of creating them was.”
6. What’s your advice to couples searching for their dream photographer?
“In my opinion, beautiful photographs are created when there is synergy between the expectations and ideas of both the parties. There is neither a dream photographer and nor a dream couple; rather a dream team that emerges when people who complement each other come together and are willing to work as one is ideal.”
7. Any other tips for couples?
“Firstly, when looking for a photographer it is important to understand that skills are valuable, and photographs are pieces of art. Don’t bargain, don’t dictate; that is as good as belittling their skills. Rather, discuss. Secondly, trust your photographer, be in love and don’t feel shy in front of the lens.”