I’ve said this before – my family knows it, the boy’s family knows it – the wedding photographs and video are THE most important part to me. I started researching photographers in February itself, but I think I stopped once I realised what a bomb it costs to get a good photographer and videographer. It was scary!
But then again, everything about a wedding is scary – that lengthy guest list, how much your trousseau will cost, the jewellery your parents insist on buying for you and tell you it’s an “investment”, the lehenga you will never wear again, realising you will need to start taking responsibility of an entire household…the list is never ending.
But, I digress. So, photographers and their price tags. My dream wedding videographer would be Vishal Punjabi’s team at The Wedding Filmer and dream photographers would be Snigdha & Vinayak of Photo Tantra. But they cost SO much. But I really really want them. Of course, let me mention that I have not checked out the work of ALL the potential photographers and videographers yet.
Now, my parents have been more supportive than I had expected, as has the boy. They’re still to digest how much all of this costs, but they’ve definitely understood that hiring these people means getting an output that’s a whole different level.
See, I’m not saying it’s only these pros who can click amazing candid moments. The guy who captured my roka ceremony turned out to be fantastic. He was just somebody who’d covered a few corporate functions my father had attended, I had no hand or inclination to select the photographer for that small ceremony – but he managed to capture certain expressions on our faces that are so typical of the fiancé, so typical of me – and to think we didn’t even realise when these images were clicked! And then there were a few moments of us conversing intensely (probably me bickering away about how the lady at the parlor was attempting to give so much volume to my hair that my head had started to faintly resemble that of a creature from outer space). Point is – he came cheap, he captured candid and he was discrete. Ideal, right?
Maybe not. I’m not sure if I’m right about this, but I feel like – if you hire somebody like The Wedding Filmer or Photo Tantra, their sensibilities are closer to yours. Maybe they are more discrete, maybe you’re more open to telling them your story and letting them in, maybe they’re more interested in capturing that story in the pictures. But at the end of the day, is it worth the huge dent in your bank account?
The answer still eludes me.