• 30 Apr, 2016
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Choosing the right Asian Wedding Photographer

Choosing an Asian Wedding Photographer may not be as straight forward as people may think as there are numerous factors to consider before finding your chosen photographer.


The first thing to do is decide what kind of a style you like. There are three main photo styles to consider, these are called photojournalistic (also known as candid, documentary or reportage), contemporary and classic traditional. It is very unlikely that your chosen photographer will specialise in all aspects so be sure to choose the style that is most important to you.



Photojournalism, documentary, candid and reportage are all references to the same style. These photographers have a keen eye to capture natural moments as they happen. This has now become a lot more popular as people like to remember the day as it was with the laughter and joy captured as it happens. A good photographer will be able to show the story of the day through image whilst using an unobtrusive manner to do so. As natural moments are the speciality the portraits taken will be more modest.



For couples who want absolutely amazing portrait photographs of themselves then a contemporary photographer is the best choice for them. These photographs will be very dramatic and will be staged to a high quality. The photographers will also use a lot post production manipulation to make the images perfect. Due to this the images may not fully represent the originality and uniqueness of the wedding or the couple. It is more the photographer’s style and editing that will showcase in the wedding album rather than the overall atmosphere of the wedding day.



Traditional photographers will create simple images of the day. You will receive more photos where the couple or guests have been asked to look at the camera rather than capturing the natural moment. This style involves a lot more interaction with the photographer on the day as they will need to ensure moments are paused so they are able capture the shot.
Is it very easy to spot what style a photographer fits in. When viewing the work on their website they will always showcase their best photos whether it’s natural shots, portraits and group photos, which will be a clear indication where they specialise.


Another thing to bear in mind is the locations. Don’t make the mistake of getting starry eyed by extravagant venues in sample photos, you need to keep your venue in mind when making your choice and request to see images of similar venues to yours – there is no point viewing mansion house photos if your wedding is at a banqueting hall or a temple. Viewing samples from a variety of venues will show a greater understanding of what the photographer is capable of doing in different circumstances instead of a lavish venue distracting from the skill.


Finally, your chosen photographer needs to be able to make you feel comfortable on the day. Your wedding day can be a very nervous and stressful day for the bride, groom and the families. You need a photographer who can work to their highest standard without making you feel uncomfortable. A photographer should be able to be able to work with the bride and groom on a personal basis – some couples are comfortable with public affection whereas other couples can be very nervous in front of a camera. It is the photographers job to ensure they assess the couple and do their job based on them and not have a standard structure. They need to be able to communicate well with the families and be able to handle any the structure of the day.
The Event Guru specialises in wedding photojournalism capturing moments as natural as possible including decor and other fine detail. We prefer completely natural wedding photography as it show a real representation of the day. Contact us today to book your photojournalistic Asian Wedding Photographer and let us capture your special day and help you relive those precious moments forever.

  • 29 Apr, 2016
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Going from Canon full frame to Olympus micro 4/3 for weddings

When I first started as a wedding photographer over 15 years ago I was always a Canon person. I went through many different models of APSC models and full frame. Some of these models included the Canon 10D, the 20D and one of my favourites the 40D. The Canon 40D just worked very nicely paired with a Canon 50mm 1.4. The field of view was a bit tight on APSC as it becomes an 80mm but still worked nicely for weddings. Not long after, I then switched to the first full frame Canon 5D and as time went along I went to the 5D Mark ii and then to the 6D when that was released.

An old friend actually introduced me to the Olympus micro 4/3 system. He showed me the original Olympus OMD EM5 mark 1, which I liked so much I went and bought it instantly. I like the fact that the body was very small and fully weather sealed. Some of the things that amazed me about the Olympus was the five axis image stabilization which is one of the best I have ever used in any camera. You can also take handheld photos at very low Shutter speeds. There after I purchased the Olympus OMD EM5 mark ii.
So the question is why did I switch frame full frame to micro 4/3? There are a number of things. Of course there will always be pros and cons on both systems.


The pros of Olympus micro 4/3

  • Body is very small
  • Weather sealed
  • Has silent shutter
  • Touch screen – can take pictures and focus while touching the screen like a mobile phone)
  • EVF – electronic view finder shows you the exact exposure before you take photo so you know if you are under or over exposed.
  • You can shoot wide open – on my canon 6d when using the 50mm f1.4 I had to stop it down to at least f2.8 otherwise the photos would come out soft and lack of quality but, this also meant pushing up the ISO.
  • Dynamic range – blown out highlights on the Canon weren’t as easy to recover, whereas on the Olympus there is more head room
  • 5 axis image stabilisation – with 5 stops of image stabilisation you can take photos with a Shutter speed as low as 1/5s; the Canon would struggle.
  • Mini flash – the bundled mini flash is small but amazing. Tilts in all directions.


Cons of Olympus micro 4/3

  • 16 megapixels – some people may feel that 16 megapixels isn’t enough but I remember using the original Canon 5D mark 1 for a long time and that was less than 13 megapixels and everyone was happy. For wedding storybook albums 16 megapixels is more than enough with head room to crop if needed.
  • ISO performance – Full frame is no doubt the king of low light but as I mentioned you can’t shoot wide open on Canon unless you don’t mind sacrificing quality.
  • When stopped down you need to increase your ISO but the Canon can comfortably handle noise at ISO 3200.
  • With Olympus I try not to push past 1250 ISO, but don’t forget you can shoot fully wide open so you don’t need to push the ISO up as high. Plus, combined with 5 axis image stabilisation you can use much lower Shutter speeds than the Canon.
  • Auto focus – DSLR use phase detection which is much better for tracking fast movement like sports but as I shoot weddings I’m happy with the contrast auto focus that mirrorless uses.
  • Battery life – now this is the only thing that lets the mirrorless cameras down. Bear in mind, that having an EVF, 5 axis image stabilisation, full time electronics working in the background battery life won’t be great. Canon DSLR gave me over 1000 photos easily whereas the Olympus only gives around 300.
  • Depth of Field – if you are someone who is crazy about shallow DOF and always want those blurred backgrounds, then it’s much easier to achieve this with full frame cameras. On micro 4/3 cameras the crop factor is x2 for focal length and DOF. For this reason, you need to pick your lenses carefully but the shallow DOF still won’t match full frame. For weddings I feel too much shallow DOF gives problems as a lot of photos will miss focus so for this reason I like my Olympus.


The Olympus for me has more than enough, excellent for my wedding photojournalism style. It’s perfect because you can shoot fully wide open and get more light and not have to worry about shallow DOF.   Since moving over to the mirrorless Olympus system I feel that it has changed the way I take photos at weddings. More of my creative side started coming out and put the fun back into photography again. I think it was to do with the size and features including the latest technology but this is only my personal opinion on the system and it looks like mirrorless cameras are taking over the standard DSLR. Different photographers have different needs for the type of work they do but for me personally, I really like the Olympus for weddings.
Hopefully this answers the questions for people on micro 4 thirds vs full frame.  90% of the photos within our Asian and Indian wedding photo galleries have been taken with the Olympus showing you the full ability of the cameras.

  • 11 Apr, 2016
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Too many photographers & videographers at weddings

How many Asian & Indian weddings have you been to where there are 2 photographers and 2 videographers? The problem with this is that they block the view of what’s happening within the wedding. A lot of the wedding guests end up seeing the back of the photographer and videographer. The other problem is that they come in each other’s way, as each person wants prime location and there are high chances that the photographers and the videographers will end up capturing each other in the footage.

Most companies who provide multiple photographers and videographers for Indian weddings will never mention how intrusive it can become when you have too many people trying to capture the wedding. The chances are that the bride and groom will probably be fairly nervous on their wedding day so adding to many people capturing your moments will only add to the couple not enjoying their wedding including the guests. Many people think that by having multiple photographers and videographer that you get better results and the larger the wedding the larger the team you need, but this is not the case. You would end up with quantity not so much quality, as the additional team are usually juniors/ trainees. The other problem would also be that prices will be much higher as you are doubling everything.

If you look at some of the best Indian and Asian photographers in the world they always work solo because they know that having too many people in the team will just make it harder to get better natural wedding photos. The only time we do need multiple people to cover parts of your event is when you have different things happening in completely different locations at the same time. For example, if the Asian bride is getting ready at home and there is something else happening at the venue. This is the only time when you would benefit in reality. The easy solution for this is to send a photographer to the separate locations, and the morning photographer from the brides’ house doesn’t need to come back to the main venue thereafter. Cost wise is doesn’t break the bank and you don’t have to many people coming in the way.

Guests enjoy the wedding, the bride and groom don’t get stressed, views aren’t blocked, the day flows naturally, and most of all it doesn’t break the bank!

The Event Guru always makes sure that the bride, groom and guests have the best experience possible on the wedding day when capturing those special moments, it is done in the most natural and unobtrusive manner not taking the attention away from the wedding. Indian and Asian weddings can have large amounts of guests and can go on from early morning until late evening so even more reason not to add more photo and video people.

  • 09 Jun, 2015
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The Indian Wedding Day

Indian weddings are very colourful, although the ceremonies do vary by caste the main key rituals are very similar. The main wedding ceremony takes place under the mandap. It is traditionally made of wood with four pillars, but now there are many different options available with hanging crystals, flowers and different coloured lights. Amazing royal type chairs are used for the bride and the groom, and side chairs for the parents. There is also an aisle with a long carpet leading up to the wedding mandap. Sometimes on both sides of the aisle there are pillars with wooden carved Ganesh ornaments with drapes. When our team is booked for a wedding we ensure all the little touches are captured. Our team will always start an hour before guests arrive so we photograph the decor in its perfect condition.

The wedding itself takes place in stages throughout the day and each stage has its own ceremony associated with it. It is important for our team to capture all the parts as they are all equally as important as each other. We always advise the families to appoint a person to coordinate the day so the different parts don’t clash or run over. This helps the day flow smoothly and no moment gets missed out of the final images.

The various stages of the day include the Ganesh Pooja which is prayers to remove any obstacles and bad omens, arrival of the groom, arrival of the bride. Once the bride arrives then the rest of the wedding usually takes place in the mandap. These parts include the Kanyadan, which is where the parent give away the bride. The mangal fera which is the main part of the wedding along with the Saptapadi (seven steps). These two stages are where the bride and groom are making vows to each other. Firstly they walk around the fire (Agni) four times, each round represents four goals in life; Dharma (moral sense to lead a good life), Artha (prosperity), Kama (energy and passion) Moksha (Liberation through self realization). The second stage which is the seven steps is the promises you make to each other which are to provide for and support each other; mental, physical & spiritual strength; share worldly possessions; happiness and harmony; respect and trust; raise strong and virtuous children; let us be blessed with long lives and remain true companions, committed only to each other.

Once the seven steps are complete the groom will place sindur on the bride centre parting and place a mangal sutra around her neck symbolising her now as a married woman.

Each of the moments throughout the day need to be captured perfecting so that they can remember everything from the images. The Event Guru team ensure that all the smiles, laughter and expressions are portrayed perfectly.

The final stage of the wedding that is very important to capture is the Vidaii, as this is when the bride says her farewells to her family before starting her new life as a married woman. This can be an emotional time for the bride and our team ensure they are discreet when taking photos during this time whilst capturing the emotional moments between the family and the bride.

When all the photos are put together the story of the whole day is captured as it was on the day. Our team avoid staging moments as this would not be a true representation of your personal day and it is not possible to stage true laughter and joy unless it is completely natural.

  • 01 May, 2015
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Pre Wedding Events for Indian Weddings

Before the main wedding day there are many pre wedding rituals and celebrations which can vary for the bride and groom. It is our job as the photographer to capture all the moments building up to the main wedding day as they all build the picture to the perfect wedding experience. Not all couple choose to perform pre-wedding ceremonies as they are not compulsory and may vary from within the Hindu cultures. Two of the most common ones are Pithi and Mehndi.

Pithi is a paste that is made out of chickpea flour, turmeric and other ingredients. The Pithi ceremony is celebrated by both bride and the groom. This takes place at both their home separately. The ceremony entails rubbing a paste on the bride and grooms face, hands and legs. The paste is designed to enhance the skin as the paste has antiseptic properties, whilst providing a glow. Family members and friends take turns getting the bride and groom completely covered in the yellow looking paste. A lot of fun can be had during the pithi ceremony as the family members also put the paste on each other and it can become playful. As a company we like to capture these moments as they happen so that the essence of the day can be seen from the images.

Mehndi is another traditional pre wedding ceremony. The Mehndi ceremony is an integral part of the wedding ceremony and the bride is incomplete without it. The ceremony usually takes place a day or so before the wedding as the bride wants her mehndi to stay as dark and vibrate as possible.

For applying Mehndi to the bride, a skilled Mehndi expert is normally called. They apply Mehndi on bride’s hands, arms, feet and legs. The ritual of mehndi signifies the strength and power of love in a marriage so it is regarded a good omen for the bride to be. People believe that the darker the mehndi the stronger the love between the bride and groom. Applying the mehndi is a intricate process and capturing the designs on camera is important so that the work can be remembered.

The ceremony takes place in the presence of friends, relatives and family members. The scale of the ceremony depends upon individual choice and is usually done by the bride’s family. Some people celebrate it almost like a wedding reception jointly with the grooms family and go all out with a big bang, in this case there would be music, dancing and even performances which we would capture so you can cherish the joyous occasion.