Sikh Ceremony & Reception in London

 Natasha &Baljit’s Sikh Ceremony & Reception in London

Did you know that only in India, you can use the hands, combine that with a head nod to communicate an array of sentiments? ‘ That’s Fantastic’, ‘Let’s do it’ or even ‘Get out of here’! are just a few examples of what can be said without the utter of a word. I kid you not!…it can be done. It would be accurate to say, we the Indian’s (very broadly speaking, people from the Indian subcontinent) are an expressive bunch who love to communicative with their hands. The point made famous by Gurinder Chada’s 2008 movie ‘Bride and Prejudice’ The scene where ‘you screw in a light bulb with one hand and you pet the dog with the other. It’s all in the hands!

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I wanted to share a few images from a recent wedding with you that demonstrates my point. Not that I go to the wedding looking for hands or feet to shoot but something that I noticed while editing. Anyway, the backdrop to this story is from Baljit and Natasha’s wedding, which was absolutely amazing. I’ve known the family over the years as I shot Ranjit’s wedding (Baljit’s older sister) over 10 years ago. Ranjit and Ayaz (Ranjit’s husband) were super fun to work with and we literally clicked from the get go and over the years we became friends. So when Ranjit’s younger brother was getting married, I felt honored to be asked to cover the ceremonies. As you can see from the photos, I felt very at home with this couple and the family. Had full access to go everywhere and shoot however I wanted to. So I was on the floor one minute, up against the wall the next. But most of the time I was sitting amongst the guests. I think they forgot that I was there which is how I like it. For me, this is when I’m in my zone looking for real moments between people.

Watching the day unfold

So going back to Baljit and Natasha’s events I noticed a lot, sitting there watching interactions between people. Listening to friends and family as the day unfolded. A look here, a glance there. I could see how hard Ranjit and the families had worked to make the wedding a possibility. I sensed the love between the siblings. The little brother who grew up to be a handsome groom. I saw how emotional Baljit was around his mum and the how happy his mum was to welcome Natasha into their family. I saw how Natasha’s mum held it together and let go of the little girl that grew up to be a stunning bride. How proud Natasha’s dad would have been had he been alive. There were lots of tears at this wedding. Proud to say I was there amongst it all.

Sorry in all of this I forgot about the hand gestures. Take a look at the photos and see for yourself. How many hand gestures can you spot.

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Comment from : Natasha

What can I say? I am the happiest bride that has had the most beautiful wedding. In all the craziness a wedding brings, it all seemed to have gone smoothly. Each moment is memorable and truly amazing. It was beautiful, touching, emotional, overwhelming and many mixed emotions from both our sides.
The months leading up to the wedding I was stressed however when the day came around I enjoyed it all. Seeing Baljit waiting for me at the altar and at the Gurdwara was the happiest moments that made me feel warm, calm and I just knew from those moments and forward everything was going to be ok. Baljit is not just my husband he is my best friend, my soul mate and I truly believe we have been put on this earth to be together to spend the rest of our days together building upon our dreams. I honestly cannot wait to see what the future holds for us.
Our Storyteller!

What can I say about Azad? He is an amazing person and his work is incredible. He made the both of us feel very comfortable and because of this, it was so easy to work with him. We first met Azad on our pre wedding shoot, it was fun and we had the best time. Azad was more like a friend and we both felt like we had known him for a long time, we could trust him and his vision. His ability to tell a story through pictures is great. At the pre wedding shoot, we talked about how we met and Azad told this story through his pictures. Looking back, every picture holds so much value to both of us.

On the wedding day, Azad calmed our nerves and blended in with our family which was lovely to see. We didn’t feel nervous or feel any sort of pressure, we had faith in him and trusted him implicitly. From the bottom of our hearts we would like to thank Azad for all his time and effort he put into creating these special memories for us. All the pictures look beautiful and we’re so glad to have had Azad be part of our Wedding journey.

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Comments from the family :

Ranjit ( Grooms Older sister)

For me, the day was magical.. for one day, our lives became a wonderful fairy tale and this wedding was all our happiness for the last 7 years (the length of mum’s Illness) combined and enjoyed in 24 hours. We fulfilled my mum’s forever wish, to see Baljit get married in the traditional way 😀
The day before the wedding, mum danced and sang with us at home with immediate family. It was sooo bitter sweet. If she was well she would have been running everything and her and I would be fighting over who knows best 😆
I was elated with how the day turned out and how everything went smoothly and everyone was so happy. In all honesty, it was better than I had expected and most importantly the newly weds were over the moon with it all!
A bitter sweet memory for us at home. Thank you for capturing these fantastic moments. I could not have asked for more. Every time I look at these I feel so emotional. We will cherish these over the years.

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Location 1: Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha. Hounslow
Location 2: Chiswick House & Gardens www.chiswickhouseandgardens.org.uk
Working with :
Cinematography: www.filimweddings.com
DJ’s: www.kudosmusic.co.uk
Hair & Makeup Artist. Priti info@pkblondon.com
Food: Clay Oven : www.theclayoven.co.uk/

 

 

 

 

 

The Muslim Ban Protest

The Muslim Ban Protest

Here are a few images from a protest in Central London on 4th February 2017. The protest took place in London’s Grosvenor Square. I wanted to shoot something a little different from my usual wedding/families captures and thought the opportunity would give me a chance to notice other forms of expression, anger, frustration and maybe even humour. The challenge on the day was the rain so I geared myself up to shoot in the rain. I always feel a little uncomfortable when it comes to rain as I worry about my camera and all the what if’s. There wasn’t any going back or staying in bed as I had made plans with a few photography buddies that I would be there. So I couldn’t bail on them.  As I walked up to the crowd I could see groups of people gathered and the sound of music playing in the background. It did feel a little like a carnival. The atmosphere was relaxed with lots of people walking around chatting and looking at the stalls.  Watching the protestors in groups, the space began to fill up. The clouds gave way to rain yet people huddled together and chanted to the call of the main speaker.  Here are a few images from the day. I wanted to capture images that not only showed expression but also had a deeper message in them. Would love to hear your thoughts and views on the photos, what they say or don’t say.azad-yasin-9369 azad-yasin-9382 azad-yasin-9412 azad-yasin-9429 azad-yasin-9435 azad-yasin-9451 azad-yasin-9453 azad-yasin-9476 azad-yasin-9502 azad-yasin-9524 azad-yasin-9549 azad-yasin-9666 azad-yasin-9692 azad-yasin-9702 azad-yasin-9745 azad-yasin-9761A few shot

 

 

Visions in the evening. A photoshoot for couples

Visions in the evening. A photoshoot for couples 

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Valentine’s day is around the corner. Anything planned ?. Here on offer is a photo shoot that will take place in and around London. It will take around 30/40 mins and we should get some creative images. Choose a location and surprise your other half. It’s a fun and relaxed shoot. If it appeals to you, please complete the form at the bottom of the page, or drop me a text. It’s taking place throughout the month so choose a time that is suitable for both of you, a location that you like. Then we can get started on the shoot. 

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F.A.Q

1.What is this shoot about?

This shoot is a celebration of companionship and love. 

2.Who is it for?

Anyone that wants to create some magical images in with a great London backdrop. 

3.When is it?

The shoot will take place in February 2017. There are a limited number of slots available which you need to book and pay for online. Please scroll to the bottom of the page to complete the form and secure your spot.  Once you have secured your spot, I will email you a brief with suggestions for outfits and logistics on the day. 

4.What is the cost? 

There are various packages you can go for to suit your budget. Below are the details

Package 1. This will cost you £99.00. ( RRP £150) The shoot will last around an hour and you will get to keep 5 edited images within 5 days of the shoot. 

Package 2. This will cost you £150.00. (RRP £225) The shoot will last around an hour and 15 mins and you will get to keep 8 edited images within 6 days of the shoot. 

Package 3.This will cost you £225.00. (RRP £300) The shoot will last around an 2 hours and you will shoot in two locations get to keep 15 edited images within 8 days of the shoot. 

The deposit is 50% of your package.  You pay the final balance once you select your images online. 

5.Where will it be?

You can choose one of the locations below or two if you choose package 3:

Tower bridge area

St Pauls Cathedral area. 

Paddington Station 

Leaden-hall Market

The Natural History Museum

University of Greenwich

Hay’s Galleria

Covent Garden Market

Trafalgar Square and The National Gallery

6.What if it rains, or snows. 

We still shoot. The rain or snow will add to the effect.

7.What will we get? 

As per point 4. Each package comes with a set number of edited jpegs. These will be sent to you via a link to preview. Once you have selected and paid for your images, you will get a link to download the images. 

8.How do we book? 

Please complete the form below and make your deposit payment.

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How to book?

1)Contact Azad on 0794 970 56 66 to find a suitable date.
2) Pay your deposit via PayPal.
3) Azad will then send out a confirmation.

The Little Dragons

Little Dragons | Happy Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year is one of my favorite holidays as it’s very close to my heart and reminds me so much of my early years. As a child growing up in East London, I recall being part of a school that celebrated cultural diversity.  I remember clearly making decorations for my class and learning about the different animals and their significance in the Chinese New Year calendar. It’s amazing how some things stay with you. So on Sunday, I took the opportunity to go and see the parade starting in Trafalgar Square. As I walked around and watched, it was heart-warming to see so many people out celebrating together. People old and young of different religious and ethnic backgrounds joining forces to unite in joy and laughter. Seeing this, I couldn’t help but relate it to the current political climate and wonder what life will be like in a few months and years. I for one, know that I will do my best to show my children the world and the diverse cultures it has and the importance of embracing difference.  I feel this is the only way to build tolerance and respect for all. Anyway before I get carried away with my thoughts, here are a few snaps from a few hours of snapping. Love to hear your thoughts and comments.  

 

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