Ankur and I got married in November 2010. It was a big, fat Indian wedding… to be precise, a North Indian wedding. I wore a pink traditional wedding dress and Ankur came on a chariot with horses. Don’t be surprised! All this is pretty normal in a North Indian wedding. All the wedding pictures are in place…but we never could manage to get a pre-wedding shoot done. We have no pictures that capture our emotions which we felt as we stepped into a new phase in life… the joy…the anticipation… the friendly banter… the nonsensical chatter…
Festivities preceding a traditional North Indian wedding
Nothing really can be done to recreate a moment in the past, but being the determined soul that I am, I wanted to have an album that radiates our emotions as on date. We first read about Flytographer a couple of years ago, just before our trip to Sweden and contemplated having the photoshoot done in Stockholm. But with sub-zero temperatures of winter in the Arctic, we dropped the idea. I was hung up on having greenery all around and hence we finalised on Bali as our photoshoot location.
Our idea for the photoshoot was to make up for the pre-wedding shoot that we never had! We wanted the fun element to come alive in the pictures. Jen took the brief and conveyed it to our photographer Gusmank in Bali and also connected us to Gusmank directly.
Experiencing Photoshoot with Gusmank
With the date, time and expectations of the photoshoot decided, we met Gusmank early in the morning at about 8 am, before the sunlight got too harsh. We drove for about 30 minutes to the Canggu rice fields. Gusmank had done his homework a day prior and knew the best spots in the rice field where he could get the perfect shots – signs of a thorough professional!
Being with Gusmank was like meeting up with a friend. He let us be our true selves and did a great job with the candid photoshoot. Ankur and I ran around the paddy field like spoilt little children, unaware of Gusmank behind the lens! 30- 45 minutes of fun and frolic, and we were done with the photoshoot. We kept our fingers crossed and hoped that Gusmank did capture a few good shots.
Ankur and I… being our usual, crazy selves!
Finally… Our Portfolio
A week after our photoshoot, we received and email from Jen along with our pictures. We eagerly awaited as the pictures downloaded. And then, as we scrolled though them, one after another…we couldn’t help but smile! We had the album that we wanted… albeit four years late… but we finally did!
Honeymoon Photography in collaboration with Flytographer