Sikh Documentary Wedding Photography in Birmingham

 

Allister & Joshua were both great to have around, and by the end of the wedding were part of the extended family, what with all the samosa & 5000 calorie Indian sugar sweet offerings & doggie bags.

 

They were right it was a long day to say the least, but having said that it was a pleasure to share all of our events with them. They made us feel at ease, & very comfortable.

We are looking forward to getting our albums (especially our parents, who are being pestered by our 50,000 relatives for pictures of the events!). Well done to both of you for keeping up with all the events, and not crashing (although we are very sure red bull and sugar played a huge part) !!

Thank you once again to both of you….

(PS – Allister you didn't include the wee doggie that chased you around sutton park!! That morning still makes Kay & I have a good giggle, bless you.)

Best wishes, & yes much to your dismay/ pleasure we will be keeping in touch!

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Mandi & Manjit

I've been waiting a while to feature this wedding on the blog and whilst it's slightly out of season, this vibrant Sikh celebration held over five days in Birmingham last year, really stands out. Perhaps it's the splash of bright colour required to mark the end of the snow-caked weddings to be featured on here recently. Whatever it is, it's refreshing to see.

This extensive wedding was documented in our Two View style which involves my associate Joshua and I covering events simultaneously in either the same or totally separate locations. We did see each other briefly as we passed between ceremonies and celebrations; trading a few energy bars or red bulls, especially on the final day which had us shooting for eighteen hours straight. These big weddings are genuinely in a league of their own. They are exhausting but, most importantly, incredibly rewarding to document.

Having to look through this photography again to shortlist a few very favourites for the blog, especially months after the event itself, has been interesting. In fact, this is a similar style to how we edit work in general, albeit an extremely extended version.

There's a lot to be said for revisiting a body of work several weeks after its creation. Perspective changes and so, in turn, does interpretation, not least because emotional attachment to the work has dissipated somewhat.

Importantly, you look at the work more objectively and present the client with a more thorough and complete series of documentary images.

Many photographers like to edit weddings within the first week or two, perhaps even within a few days of the event and, in certain cases, so do we. However, I strongly believe this to be a sub-standard method. We intentionally edit a wedding between four and six weeks after the event, often documenting several events in the meantime. You're considerably fresher this way; more instinctive, more intuitive and, in a way, you're seeing your images from the client's perspective.

Of course, a strong narrative is essential and editing is just another step towards establishing this.

If an image doesn't work, it's culled, which is a hard rule to adhere to if you've just done the commission. I'm not suggesting that the further away from the event you edit, the less images you're going to end up with, more that what you end up with will be stronger and more relevant as you'll be able to view your work more objectively.

Emotional attachment is dangerous, it effectively weakens a body of work through an obligation to include 'filler' images as apposed to standalone creations. Quality not quantity is really what your customer needs.

It's been great to get to know Mandi and Manjit, I'm sure we will keep in touch in the years to come. These images were created in a variety of locations, the most impressive being the awe-inspiring Great Hall on Birmingham University Campus.