On your Special Day – it’s not about posing for pictures… it’s about capturing what you are! This is what our Favourite Wedding Photographer Aviraj Saluja believes in…
What makes Aviraj Saluja our Favourite Wedding Photographer of the Month? Let’s find out…
1. Why & How did you choose Wedding Photography?
After 5 years of working as a markfeting professional, I finally found something that I thought I was good at and that I really enjoyed doing. And that was my new found love – Wedding Photography!
2. How did you discover your love for Candid Wedding Photography?
“I can’t call myself a candid wedding photographer – I’m just a wedding photographer!”
I started shooting weddings because this is how I believe weddings need to be shot – natural, elegant and non-intrusive.
3. You’re our Favourite Wedding Photographer! But what’s your favourite wedding destination?
I have shot weddings and events in 7 countries – from Bali to Italy – but I don’t think any other place gives you the kind of variety you get in India!
My favourite wedding destinations in India and abroad are Goa and Italy – it gives me a great excuse to plan a short holiday after the wedding!
4. How difficult is it to get people to pose just the way you want?
The key is to make your subjects comfortable!
Most brides and grooms don’t have experience being photographed, so my job is to be a friend.. make them comfortable and make sure they’re not feeling conscious or nervous… The rest takes care of itself!
5. Who’s your Favourite Couple from 2016?
I’m very lucky to work with clients with whom I get along very well!
It is very important to me that we share a good vibe. My favourite clients are those who trust me fully and allow me to do the best of what I do.
6. Which is your All time Favourite Wedding?
We shot the wedding Anika Dhawan Gupta, the founder of Rani Pink. She was the sweetest, happiest bride and being a fellow creative from the wedding industry, she understood the space and time we require to do a good job…
It was also our first time making a wedding film so I will always be indebted to her for trusting us with that!
What’s amazing is that her wedding photos brought a lot of attention to her amazing decor work and in turn got us a lot of visibility too. It was a win-win all around!
7. What’s been your Most Memorable Moment while Shooting?
At Aayushi and Smaran’s reception party, we surprised them with an edit of their wedding film. They were so happy with the film and the surprise that Smaran couldn’t hold back his emotions, repeatedly thanking and hugging me!
It was a very gratifying and fulfilling experience & gives us so much encouragement to keep doing what we do.
8. Any Funny Moments while Shooting?
The first time I was shooting a Tamil-Brahmin wedding and started shooting at 6 am – So I had obviously not had any breakfast yet…
I saw a big bowl of laddoos and quickly popped one in my mouth only to realize that they were not laddoos but turmeric rice balls which weren’t meant to be eaten!
It tasted horrible and I spat it out right away – but it was the most embarrassed I’ve ever felt!
9. What’s your Must Have Bridal pose?
There are lots of ways to do creative bridal poses…
I think it’s essential that the shot highlights her beauty in a simple, timeless manner!
10. What’s with your Love Affair with Symmetry?
Friends usually refer to me as Aviraj Symmetrical Saluja!
I love playing with lines and shapes. I always make sure I’ve got my lines and angles spot on when I’m composing a posed shot.
11. How do you balance work and personal life with so much of travelling?
All Pictures Courtesy: Feather Tree By Aviraj
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