Most Indian weddings start and end with a bang. So when photographer Vinayak Das of Photo Tantra tells us that his favourite wedding shoot ever was “the Big Bang One”, we look at him with little excitement. But he gleams with pride, showing us this album. We browse. Oh vow, we shoot back.
The album will lead you to pictures of Kunal Nayyar (who plays super geek Rajesh Koothrapalli on TV sitcom The Big Bang Theory)’s Delhi wedding, that Photo Tantra shot. The pictures are super fun and un-shaadi like, with the actor and his bride (a former Miss India) hovering in the air like matrimonial superheroes and Kunal peering myopically through a string of seed pearls hanging from his turban. Our favorite is a photo of Nayyar grabbing his bride’s sari, making an Incredible Hulk face while she laughs (also watch Kunal explain Indian wedding rituals to Conan). Beauty and the Geek, indeed!
This wedding photography company is run by husband-wife duo Vinayak Das and Snigdha Sheel. They have very few photos to show for their own wedding - seven friends they entrusted with the task of taking pictures found a bottle of Black Label and the rest is history – but they can definitely make your wedding look good in print.
They start by making a special effort to become friends with their subjects, an intimacy that is evident in their lushly gorgeous, intensely personal shots. With them, you’re much more likely to see photos of fire eaters and grinning brides than customary coma-inducing “stage” ones. The duo can shoot a wedding of any size, at any destination (you’ll have to pay for travel and accommodation) and work with a team of junior photographers as well – they did one with 4,000 guests, and had six photographers on duty. Their junior photographers can also be hired for minor pre-wedding functions or for other events like anniversaries and birthdays. They're happy to work on your wedding too, but only if it’s happening next year: Photo Tantra is booked up through the coming season.
Before the Big Bang, Vinayak’s most fun nuptial memory is of one they shot in Goa, where fire eaters made light of the situation and the couple ran into the sea shortly after finishing their vows. That’s what you get for saying I do!
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