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Lena & Kalpesh Reception party at Premier Banqueting London.

Kalpesh and Lena have complete different tastes in music and movies so when it came to the reception theme Lena won the battle hands down by having her table plan as Bollywood films. Great speeches by the brothers of the bride to the bridesmaids speech showing the guests Lena love to Bollywood. The grooms speech had the mother of the bride in tears but invited everyone to PAARRTTYYYYY!!!!!

And let me tell you this was one family that could dance no limit to the ages.
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Meet Illusion Photography at Grand Sapphire Wedding Exhibition 2016

Meet Illusion Photography at Grand Sapphire Wedding Exhibition 2016
We will be there and look forward to seeing you all and discussing your requirements, at the wedding exhibition on Sunday the 21st of February.

Illusion Photography is among the few selected wedding brands that will be showcasing at the wedding exhibition and open day at the Grand Sapphire Hotel & Banqueting London. Our team will be available to answer any questions you might have regarding photography & Cinematogaphy for your big day.
So if you are getting married or part of wedding planning party please pop in and see us to find out how we can preserve your wedding memories forever.
So if you are getting married or part of a wedding planning party please pop in and see us to find out how we can preserve your wedding memories forever.

 

Meet Illusion Photography at Grand Sapphire Wedding Exhibition 2016

Meet Illusion Photography at Grand Sapphire Wedding Exhibition 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About The Open Day

This wedding event has been arranged by Grand Sapphire Hotel & Banqueting Halls London. They are a freshly built luxury venue for all weddings. In their effort to offer the best service to those who are getting married, they have gathered handpicked wedding the best service suppliers under one roof. So come and bring your friends and family along as well. Entry is FREE for all.

 

Date: 21st of February (Sunday)

Venue: Grand Sapphire Hotel & Banqueting London

Address:

45 Imperial Way, Croydon,

Greater London CR0 4RR

United Kingdom

Phone: 020 8686 2905

 

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Jaanki & Minesh Engagement shoot Ongar Essex.

Last year October at the Asian wedding Exhibition in Excel we ran a Prize draw for an engagement shoot for one lucky couple.

Meet Minesh and Jaanki, who were our lucky couple to win this prize. When I called Jaanki up to let her know that she was the lucky winner all I heard was her screaming as she could not believe that that she had won (my ears are still ringing) 🙂

We wanted to do something a bit different with this shoot and Minesh & Jaanki rose to the challenge. We decided on a very 1960’s look with the red lips and curls for Jaanki and Minesh with the long trench coat, walking stick and bowler hat.

We started at Ongar Railway station in Essex, and finished off  at Hainault Forest for a vintage picnic with a picnic basket, Victorian sponges and lots of laughter.
We had lots of fun capturing these images hope you enjoy and don’t forget to leave your comments…….

A big thank you to  Roshni Ladva and her team for assisting with Hair and Makeup on the day.

 

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Trish and Hena pre-wedding shoot Southwold Beach Suffolk.

When we first met Hena and Trish it was a very Bollywood feeling of seeing Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan and Hena was a small petite bubbly girl with Trish towering over Hena.
When sitting down to discuss where they would like to do their pre-shoot the initial idea was a construction site as Trish works in Construction however Hena Vetoed the idea completely.

We ended up in sunny Southwold in Suffolk. The day passed really quickly with Hena and Trish  teasing one another.
Trish and Hena were know as celebrities and the locals snapped their own pictures of Hena and Trish on the beach from splashing each other to drowning under the waves and then a nice walk on the beach and finishing the day off with a huge meal of fish and chips, as a trip to the beach is not complete without that………

 

 

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Ali & Sabena Pre Wedding Shoot – Virginia Waters

We thought we were crazy but when we met Ali & Sabena we knew that we had met our match.  Both Ali & Sabena met through a Lord of the rings Marathon at a friends house and immediately hit it off.

Both have great outgoing personalities and were not afraid to try anything.  Keeping this in mind we decided to do their pre-shoot in the great outdoors. Virginia Waters in Windsor Surrey was the place to be, with trees to climb and the beautiful waterfall.

The day started off very wet and cold but both Ali & Sabena were great sports and bared the cold weather with a smile and we got some great images.  From climbing the slippery rocks to the sound of the waterfall we all had some great laughs and really captured the love between the pair.

Enjoy 🙂

Love on the rocks

Love on the rocks

Tranquility couple

Tranquility couple

Love in the mountains

Love in the mountains

Laughing out loud

Laughing out loud

Piggy back

Piggy back

Help us !!!!!!

Help us !!!!!!

A stroll in the rain

A stroll in the rain

Look up at the sky

Look up at the sky

Keeping each other warm in this cold weather

Keeping each other warm in this cold weather

A cuddle under the umbrella

A cuddle under the umbrella

Darkening of clouds with a lovely couple

Darkening of clouds with a lovely couple

Come hither

Come closer

A quick peck

A quick peck

Faraway look

Lost in love

Love light

Love light

A snuggle in the rain

A snuggle in the rain

Umbrella illusion

Umbrella illusion

A hug in the grass

A hug in the grass

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Choosing the right South Asian Wedding Photographer – 7 Must Ask Questions

You are looking for a photographer for a traditional Indian, Pakistani or Bengali wedding that understands the intricacies of the hindu, sikh and muslim ceremonies?  Where do you start?  There are so many options to choose from. How do you interview a wedding photographer?  What’s important to know?

It may come as a surprise but 85% of brides and grooms have never had to hire a photographer before, this search can be challenging. Here are our tips to get you pointed in the right direction.

There’s already plenty of good advice about how to choose the right wedding photographer for you. In fact, I thought this topic was SO crucial that I dedicated an entire page of my wedding photography portfolio website to this question.

But how does the advice differ if you’re planning an South Asian wedding? After all, South Asian weddings are unique. Instead of a white dress and a first kiss and bouquets, we’re talking gold and red and mandaps and mehndi. South Asian weddings are bigger (more guests on average), longer and look entirely different than other weddings. It’s a whole different ball game.

Here are seven questions to ask before hiring a photographer for your South Asian wedding:

1) CAN WE SEE AN ENTIRE WEDDING GALLERY?

This is a good opportunity to get past portfolios and rhetoric (which can be misleading) and really understand:

  • How many pictures will I be getting?
  • What is the caliber of these photos?
  • Do I like the style of this photographers images?
  • Speaking of style. All the jargon around style can get pretty confusing.
  • Do you like cinematic wedding pictures?
  • Are you looking for a photojournalist?
  • What do the terms like editorial and modern actually mean?

Here’s the chance to get past the words and just look at real wedding photography coverage. Make sure this person can take the kind of pictures YOU want.

Last year, I got a call from a bride looking for a photographer with a “creative, photojournalistic feel.” Her very first question for me: would you mind sharing an entire wedding you shot? She wanted to see all of the proofs from a single wedding shoot, not just my 30 all-time “greatest hits.” I was impressed.

She explained that she was looking for far more candid shots than posed ones, and looking at proofs had been quite illuminating. Her exact words were:

“We saw some nice portfolios, but we’re not shopping for a portfolio – we’re shopping for an entire wedding album.” Wow! I thought – at long last.

LOOK FOR A DECISIVE MOMENT

What should you be looking for once you have an entire wedding gallery in front of you?

Prospective clients are often concerned with technical issues. For example, one bride wanted to see a wedding I had photographed with an outdoor reception – because she is having an outdoor reception, and she was concerned about lighting and flash photography.

Another bride was concerned about balancing skin tones between her and her fiance. She told me that her fair skin was too washed out in pictures and he appeared normal, or else she looked fine and he appeared too dark. So she wanted to see a wedding of mine where the bride and groom also had a contrast in dark/light skin tone.

Those are definitely important concerns. But technical challenges like lighting and exposing for contrasting skin tones is pretty basic stuff. Any professional photographer will be able to handle challenges like that.

What you really need to be looking for, however, is what photojournalists call a “decisive moment”. This is a term coined by Henri Cartier-Bresson, the father of photojournalism. It’s a moment, caught in time. A candid – unposed – image that captures something fleeting.

For a photojournalist, decisive moments are the holy grail. Because for one, this is an extremely difficult skill to master. It takes many years of practice to hone. Secondly, unposed moments tell the true story of a person. They capture authentic emotion. You can imagine how this skill comes into play in a wedding, which is a long series of once-in-a-lifetime moments. The thrill is to capture them in photographs that will serve as pieces of art for years to come.

 

Love in the snow

Love in the snow

2. IF OUR EVENT RUNS LATE, WILL YOU BE ABLE TO STAY? 

Perhaps you’ve heard of Indian Standard Time? Then I don’t need to explain this one…

I suggest asking your photographer about what happens if your sangeet/mehndi/reception/etc. goes later than expected. Will they be available to stay an extra hour or two? What will it cost you? Are you going to want both photographers to stay or just one?

Having a wedding planner is going to help you a lot with staying on your timeline. But if you don’t have a planner (or even if you do), being prepared for this scenario is a good idea.

 

The little things do count

The little things do count

3. WHAT OPTIONS DO YOU HAVE FOR PARENT ALBUMS? 

Who do you think is even more thrilled than you are about your upcoming wedding? YOUR PARENTS.

Giving your South Asian parents a duplicate of your wedding album is the best birthday/holiday gift idea ever (other than finally getting married that is!) You already know how excited they are going to be to show off your recent wedding to all of their friends. So here’s your chance to give them visual bragging rights.

An artfully designed and printed album filled with professional photos of you will give them YEARS worth dinner party fodder.

By the way, grandparents love these books too.

Ask your photographer about options for printing duplicate albums. Your own album is probably a flush mount, but flush mount wedding albums can get pretty pricey, so ask to see some options for duplicates. Look for a book with high quality printing at a lower price point. And check out your styling options – like what cover upgrades are offered.

 

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The binding contract

4. HOW EASY WILL IT BE FOR ME TO SHARE MY WEDDING PICTURES? 

Speaking of parents and grandparents, how easy or hard will it be to get your entire collection of wedding pictures distributed to everyone who wants them?

Thanks to cloud storage, the days burning DVDs are over.

Be sure that your photographer is giving you an online gallery. That way, you and your grandparents in India, Pakistan or Bengal can download your photos. Instantly. No waiting on DVDs. No hassling with software.

Also find out if your gallery is mobile-friendly, so you can view your wedding photos on a phone or tablet. That way, your wedding pictures are always with you. Life is pretty sweet when you can order professional prints from your phone and have them sent right to your door!

Imagine how your parents will adore this. Your mom and her iPad mini can be standing in line at the store, showing off your wedding photos to the person in line behind her!

Bottom line, once you have a collection of professional, gorgeous wedding photographs – make it super easy for everyone to see them. And share them. And print them. Make SURE you’re getting an online gallery. That way you and your family can view and share the photos from anywhere. Plus, your photos are stored safely in the cloud. So you don’t have to worry about the DVD getting lost or scratched.

Don’t you love technology?

 

Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids

5. WHO IS YOUR SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER?

Having a second photographer documenting everything that goes down on your wedding day is a smart idea. After all, you’re only going to have one first dance, and you’re only going to cut your wedding cake once. Having two unique perspectives on these once-in-a-lifetime moments is an opportunity to get two entirely different angles from the same beautiful moment. It’s also insurance in case something unexpected happens to one of the two photographers (like being blocked by a guest who pops up to get their own shot at the last second, or combating a flash from a guest photographer). 

With the bride getting ready in one location, and the groom getting ready at a different location, having two photographers becomes a necessity. I find that the behind-the-scenes moments that happen at the start of the wedding day make for some of the very best moments. So that second photographer must be good enough to stand completely on their own and make creative images by themselves.

As it turns out, second photographers are even more important at South Asian weddings. Why? In addition to the “getting ready” photos, it’s likely that the second shooter will be on their own for an entire ceremony. For example, in a recent traditional Hindu wedding I photographed, the Sehra Bandhi ceremony with the groom and his family which was taking place at one hotel while I was also photographing the girls getting ready at a different hotel twenty miles away. Out of necessity I had to leave this part of the day to the talents and experience of my second photographer, my wife.

In a few weeks we’ll be photographing a Muslim wedding where with two different mehndi ceremonies happening at the same time – one for the bride, and one for the groom. So you see how important it is to ask about the credentials of your second photographer? If you can look at examples of  their work, that would be best. Having not just one but TWO awesome photographers at your South Asian wedding isn’t simply a luxury – it is a necessity.

 

A cheer for the bride

A cheer for the bride

6. WILL TWO PHOTOGRAPHERS BE ENOUGH?

If you are planning on entertaining more than 400 wedding guests, consider asking for a third photographer. You may or may not need this – but definitely ask your photographer for their advice; they’ll be able to help you make a decision. 

It depends on what kind of photographs you want. If you’re more interested in focusing on you, your fiance and your immediate families, then two photographers is probably fine. But if you (or your parents) want all of your 400+ wedding guests to be photographed at some point, think about adding one more shooter to the team. That will free up the other two shooters to make creative, beautiful and one-of-a-kind photographs of you and your love.

And last but not least….

 

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Love

7. HAVE YOU SHOT A SOUTH ASIAN WEDDING BEFORE? 

This one sounds like a no-brainer. But why? The answer may surprise you.

You may think that a photographer might miss out on capturing the major moments of your wedding ceremony if they’re not familiar with a particular set of rituals.

I tend to disagree. I think any talented photographer can document any kind of wedding and come away with amazing photographs.  Even if they’ve never seen that particular set of ceremonies before.

Being a good photographer means capturing fleeting moments, and being ready for anything. It’s just part of the skill set. I won’t deny – having lots of experience helps – but it’s not as critical as you may think.

So why even ask this question? It’s because of all the other things you learn with experience. The intangibles. Like how to hustle for three days straight and still be the same calm, focused (sane) photographer by night three! Photographers used to one-day weddings are going to be facing an entirely new challenge.

Consider all the time your wedding photographer will spend with your immediate family. He or she is going to be there for some of the most intimate moments of the day, when you’re getting dressed and when your grandmother comes by to give you a teary hug. And then your photographer will be stepping into the spotlight to play “director” during the family photo session. “Wedding photographer” is a role that requires balancing sensitivity with assertiveness.

This person is going to be interacting a lot with your family and friends; their presence is widely felt. There are differences between each generation of an Asian family. For example, you may be looking for a more modern and creative kind of photographer. But your parents want lots of traditional (posed) family group photos.

It is wonderful having someone around who is at ease with all of these cultural and generational differences – and who understands what everyone needs. I think that is just as important as taking beautiful photographs.

At the end of the day, the best advice is simple advice.

When we are faced with making decisions, the voice of the heart is a true guide – Annie B. Bond

So whatever you do, follow your instincts. Your instincts are smarter than you know. All you have to do is listen to them.

Happy wedding-planning!

If you’d like to find out more about Illusion Photography, then give us a call and lets discuss your requirements.

A new journey begins.......

A new journey begins…….

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Malkit & Sonia’s Civil Wedding At Langtons Registry Office

In September last year we had the pleasure of capturing Malkit’s and Sonia’s Civil wedding at the beautiful Langtons House in Hornchurch Essex.
Surrounded with beautiful gardens and a lake Langtons House is a great place to photograph a wedding and to make it even better the sun was shining.
When Sonia first booked us for her Registry she was very adamant that she wanted the whole day captured from the bridal prep to the last glass of champagne and we set out to capture exactly that.
Malkit had travelled many miles from Birmingham that morning to meet his beautiful bride and the first look of his bride was enough he couldn’t keep his eyes let alone his hands of his wife to be. 😉
Below are just a few images from Malkit & Sonia’s day.

Bride Holding her Veil

Brides Shoes

Bride and Grooms Champange basket and Glasses

Bride sitting in car

Groom in registry office

Bride Walking down Ailse with her farther

Sonia Sees Malkit for the first time that day.

Groom Sees bride for the first time

Ready to Take the Vows

Exchange of rings

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Bride and Groom at Langtons House

Bride and Groom at Langtons House

Langtons House with Bride and Groom

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Drinking Champange

Being Asian Wedding Photographers

Like many things in life the original vision for the company did not play out in the real world and what we have now is very different from the vision we discussed three years ago. Our original plan involved a large amount of event photography, with some corporate and wedding work making up the mix. As it turned out we ended up shooting many more weddings during the main season with corporate and party photography filling in the gaps. Continue Reading →

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