Back in November 2013 I was on a plane to Mumbai and from there I would make my way to Navsari to photograph my friend’s wedding. It’s nice photographing international weddings, bonus is that you get to travel overseas to do it, but it does have drawbacks such as the gear you take. Some take everything and some take only what they need. I side with the latter and took only what I needed. It’s two-fold when deciding but for me, it was easy as I approached my gear needs as if I were travelling to a country to photograph. Also when it comes to flying, airlines are strict on weight for bags, thankfully I had my ThinkTank Airport Commuter Backpack which is now my choice of travel camera bag. It packs a punch in what you can fit in! And you can fit in a lot.
It was my first time going to India and although it is on my list of countries to visit I wasn’t expecting it to visit so soon but when a chance to photograph a wedding in India crops up, its difficult to say no. I landed at night and after collecting my bag, headed outside to meet my driver who would drive me to Navsari. It was a 7 hour drive of which I slept most of it. Arriving early the next morning to the apartment where I would be staying which so happens to be where the groom (my friend) and his family were staying.
The one thing that was good and bad at the same time was the weather! It was hot, really hot, talking 35-42 degrees celsius on the day of the wedding. To some people thats great, even amazing and you're probably thinking what’s to moan about. Photographing in these temperatures is difficult at times, with the lack of ways to keep you cool, you sweat a lot. It wasn’t just me who felt hot but also the locals, for them to say its hot then you know its hot! But that said I worked with it and didn’t let it impact the photos I was getting. So below are the photos I captured of that day, and what a day it was!
I had an amazing time, full of love, fun , laughter and of course a great wedding, the late night banter that would last well into the early hours, the hosts were gracious housing me, feeding me and making me feel like one of their own and remembering this was my first time in India and it sure was a memorable one!
I keep saying , travelling is an amazing experience, its the greatest education one can get and adds more value to you as a person than anything else possible, live free, love life, go explore and see the world!
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