18 January, 2021

Before We Do, Smile Please

Couples and wedding photographers dive deep into the pursuit of atrangi­—soar high in the air, or go boudoir topless...

Shooting in the gondola of a hot air balloon
Photography by Darshan Sethi
Before We Do, Smile Please

Winter is here, which means the wedding season is on. There’s pressure to host the “perfect day”, make it memorable—something that will leap out of family albums, earn nth number of upvotes on Instagram and Facebook, or simply sit silently in the hard disc for the brides and grooms to go to when they want to press the refresh button. That’s not the only “memory” saved for posterity. For those getting married, the shooting begins months preceding D-Day. Pre-nup shots, a Western fad, are now an intrinsic part of big fat (even small and lean) Indian weddings. Couples contract professionals—the retinue includes photographers, make-up artists, managers—and travel to exotic locales in India (Kasauli, Manali, Ooty, Goa et al) and abroad to get the best shots possible. But all these have become quite blasé. Couples want their photos to be atrangi and would pay or do anything for what they consider picture-perfect. Anything to lollop towards uniqueness. What about striking a pose in the gondola of a hot air balloon? Like the way...



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