Pinky & Raj | A Rad Indian Wedding in Cancun Mexico

Ever so often a thought pops into my head when photographing a wedding. How did I get here? If I asked myself back in high school, "where do you see your self in ten years?" It wasn't shooting an Indian Wedding in Cancun, I can guarantee that much. I didn't dive head first into photography until college, but that's another story for a different time. 

To say I was looking forward to Priyanka (everyone calls her Pinky) and Raj's wedding would be an understatement. It's not every day you get paid to go to Cancun. Prior to the wedding Pinky and Raj met up with me in NYC for an engagement session (photos I'll share at a later date). They told me there wasn't going to be time for photos of just the two of them at the wedding, so the engagement photos are that much more important then usual. Boy, they weren't kidding! Their schedule allowed zero time to photograph the two of them on the beach, but it's all good. I love taking awesome bride and groom portraits, but to me, its the non-scripted events such as the ceremony, baraat, first dance, etc. that I enjoy capturing the most. These moments are reason I do what I do.

Photographed on behalf of Studio Nine Photography. 

Priya & Matt | An Indian Catholic Fusion Wedding in Philadelphia

I had been looking forward to Priya and Matt's wedding all year. When I first sat down with them they were all about me capturing genuine moments. Nothing too posed or planned. Just photographing real emotion.... They also told me his Baraat was going to shut down a part of City Hall. Nothing quite like a couple of hundred people and a man on a Horse dancing to Mundian To Bach Ke in the heart of Philly!

Shot on behalf of Studio Nine Photography.

Komal & Jashank | Four Wonderful Days in Valley Forge and Princeton

When I tell people I specialize in Indian Weddings the first thing they say is, "aren't they like a week long!?"

"Almost." I tell them. Most of the weddings I photograph are about two days. However, from time to time I do get the pleasure of capturing up to four days. Komal and Jashank was one of these weddings. I love photographing a wedding for such an extended period of time. When I arrive on first day (usually mehndi night) I'm a stranger. By wedding's end, I'm family.  

Shot on behalf of Studio Nine Photography

Neeruka & Balraj | A Sikh Wedding In The D.C. Metro Area

I will admit it. Even though I have been specializing in Indian Weddings for a couple years, I have not done as many Sikh Weddings as I would like. Neeruka and Balraj's (Neeru + Bobby) wedding couldn't have come at a more perfect time! I was getting the itch for something a little different and was trying to break free out of a comfort zone. It was a day for all around gear shifting. During her prep I was experimenting with a off camera light for a bit of a more dramatic look. Boom! Nailed it!

During the portraits at the lovely Meadowlark Botanical Gardens I used off camera flash to combat the harsh noon sun and her pesky shadows. I know what you're thinking right now, "Zach, why are you telling me this??" Well, besides the fact I like to ramble and geek out on photo tech stuff, I want you to know I am not a finished product, I am continuing to strive to be the best photographer I can be. I don't want to stop growing. I want to  keep learning, and know no matter the situation I walk into, I will be able to produce high quality imagery that will wow you, not just the first time you get the photos, but every time you get to look back on your special day. 

Shot on behalf of Studio Nine Photography