Back in 2008, when I shot my first wedding, the bride's dad asked me ,"Varun, what is so special about your pictures?" I replied, " Honestly, I don't know, uncle. Maybe we will find something when the pictures are ready”. Nine and a half years later, I still don't know how to articulate what my style is . But, I do know today what it is I like to photograph and why I do it the way I do.
I think it all comes down to how I interpret life and people, and what truly gets me going.
I believe when you strip away the many crusts and layers of a person, all that remains is a basic yet honest emotion that isn't confined by time, place or circumstance.
I see it in the simplest of melodies in an epic musical piece. Or in the decluttered narrative shots of a Roger Deakins masterpiece. I even see it shining through in a swift, unguarded moment as a bride gives in to a burst of laughter, before realizing that the layers on her face wouldn't take it too kindly. This authentic release of emotion is what I look for in life and photography and I guess that's why I shoot the way I do.
Through the many weddings I have shot, I have made friends for life and meaningful relationships that I cherish. All of these started with a calming reassurance that I could feel and relate to what the day meant to them, even if just a tiny bit. Because I have the privilege of being in their personal space even if only for a day, I am able to capture the true essence of their personalities -- beyond the prettiness, amidst the chaos. Just who they really are, even on their big day.
If you would like to know more about me, see what some brides and grooms have to say about me here.
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