How to hire a candid wedding photographer for your wedding in India?

Choosing the right wedding photographer and cinematographer is a tedious and an elaborate affair. As you plan your wedding, you will have questions like, how many photographers should cover my wedding. Should I hire a professional wedding photographer or a candid wedding photographer? Or, should I opt for both? Most importantly, you will be confused to identify who is a candid photographer and who is a conventional wedding photographer. Here is your answer to the question, How to hire a candid wedding photographer and does it add value and beauty to the wedding photo album.

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What is Candid Photography?

Candid photography is identifying and capturing spontaneous, momentary and natural instances of emotions, be it happiness, excitement, joy or even tears. One of the best USBs of candid photography is that it is shot in motion and the photographer will be able to capture someone in their most natural way. It brings in a sense of spontaneity and the chances of the subject to be too camera-conscious is rare. The images look realistic and contemporary. In weddings, candid photography is a method of capturing images that involve shooting the wedding from a journalistic perspective without ‘touching’ the scene in any way. Sometimes you will not realize that a photographer is actually covering your wedding. S/he blends so much with the crowd that his/her presence is not at all noticed.

Indian wedding photography is largely about capturing these natural shots, as it brings out the essence of the rituals and ambiance as they truly are, without always telling the bride, groom or the guests to pose. For obvious reasons, candid photography does not require the bride, groom or the guests to dress up elaborately or apply cosmetics. It could be those blink-and-you-miss-it moments as you wink at your BFF while getting to the mandap, or that rare moment when your dad sobs during your Bidai or even your aunt scolding the caterer. The shots are mostly frozen in natural lighting as far as possible. Most of the time the bride, groom or the guests, are not even aware that they are being clicked. These are those moments of your story that only a talented and experienced candid wedding photographer can capture.

How are candid wedding pictures important?

Professional wedding photographers are well equipped with their lights, lenses and the crew aligned to capture the wedding from beginning to end. They take all formally posed images with friends, family and all other acquaintances. They make sure that not a single important ritual or a close family member is missed out during the photo session. A story of the wedding with all rituals is well captured by them. Candid images blow an extra life to those images. You will find a coy bride in the formal images, whereas there are chances that you find her naughty side teasing the groom in the candid photographs. Adding them to the Wedding album makes it the best wedding album you can make.

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Identify a good candid wedding photographer

Wedding photography is one of the most competitive industries where you will find hundreds of youngsters labeled themselves a Candid wedding photographer. To pick the right one from this crowd is indeed a tough job. To identify the best candid photographer who will match your style, primarily, look out for these platforms

• Website
• Instagram page
• Facebook page

Look out for images s/he shared on these platforms. If they match the style you want to see in your image, bravo! You have found your best candid wedding photographer for your day. Some talented photographers will have NDA with their clients. If you think the guy has the potential, write to them and ask for reference images. They will share you their best clicks and you can choose accordingly.

As you have chosen the photographer, make sure you meet him/her personally or at least talk in person with him/her about your expectation and the agenda of the day. Let them know if you have any specific moments that cannot be left. Also, give them an opportunity to speak about their style of work. Build a rapport with the photographer so that you will be comfortable working together for the coming days.


Thus you have chosen the best candid wedding photographer for your most treasured wedding day. On the wedding day, let your family and friends know that you have an extra photographer working so that s/he can be accommodated during the make-up session, wedding, and the reception party.

Do not ask for all unedited images as s/he will have the best and worst, over and underexposed, and not so perfectly frames images. Give them time to sort and edit the best pictures and you will surely drool over them again and again.

Candid wedding albums

While creating wedding albums, it might be a good idea to include both candid as well as formal images. During weddings and other events, these Candid photographs manage to capture the hullabaloo of the preparations in a unique lively manner. Candid pictures speak a lot. This is what makes them extremely humorous at times, capturing the playful side of people, which comes spontaneously and which would never have happened had they been posing all along.

Madan Mohan + Shilpa Kavalam Wedding Videography | Knotty Tales by VikhyathMedia

When cricket meets radio, it’s an amazing combination. Madan made us proud when he swayed his bat and led Kerala Strikers to the winning moment in CCL ( Celebrity Cricket League). Shilpa is the girl next door who entertains every trivandrumaites with her wit and engaging voice at Radio Mirchi 98.3 FM. The wedding has been featured in Kaumudy TV swayamvaram programme.

We are happy to be part of this wonderful moment of this beautiful couple. Maddy and RJ Shilpa makes a wonderful pair . All wishes to this vibrant couple for their beautiful life ahead.

A beautiful Beach-side destination wedding videography at Kovalam, Kerala

Madhu Shani & Vidhuchan had a beautiful, intimate wedding in Kovalam last month. They both are Srilankan natives living in France but, they decided to have their wedding and other ceremonies here. What more than a destination wedding at one of the beautiful and serene beaches in India. Many of their friends & colleagues from France flew down to attend the wedding, which was full of personal little details thought out by the bride, groom and their very sporty parents.

The couple had one clear objective — have the time of their lives, surrounded by their closest friends and family. As destination wedding photographers, we thought that the destination they chose provided a gorgeous background to do it!

Here are some of our favourites from their wedding…

Thus we worked with Gonzalo from Vienna

VikhyathMedia has always thrived to deliver the best  possible to their clients in a reasonable budget. In our journey towards excellence as one of the best wedding photographers in Trivandrum, we have associated with the best talents in the industry. Last wedding season was one of a kind when we got the opportunity to associate with Gonzalo Bell, an international photographer from Vienna. It was a new experience for us and we could work together for almost a dozen of weddings.

Gonzalo Bell is a documentary photographer came down to India to shoot the vivid and various wedding rituals in India. We had the good fortune to meet him and associate with him for our winter weddings. It was indeed a great experience to work with such a talented person who even has the experience working for UN’s humanitarian projects. Watch what Gonzalo has to say about VikhyathMedia.

At VikhyathMedia, we are open to talents with different capabilities. Every photographer is unique in his/her own way. We provide the right platform for them to show case their talents. This is probably one of the main reasons behind us being one of the top professional photographers in Trivandrum.

The Great Indian Destination Wedding Reception at Vivanta by TAJ, Kovalam

The UK-based Dr. Basil Skinner and Dr. Aneeta Skinner were very particular that their daughter’s wedding shouldn’t be any less than a fairytale wedding. Almost 10 months before the wedding the Skinners came down to Kerala and met us to brief us on the wedding that is to happen at Vivanta by Taj, Kovalam. The wedding was planned for two days with Mehendi and Sangeet on the first day and wedding reception on the second day. A destination wedding with guests from India, UK, Austria and USA, it was nothing less than a big fat Indian wedding.

After a civil wedding in the UK and a church wedding in Austria, Sharon and Nikolaus had their Indian destination wedding at Vivanta by Taj, Kovalam, Kerala.

The Venue
Vivanta by Taj Kovalam is a wonderful property with beach and a lagoon at both sides. It provides the guests with the lush greenery and serene atmosphere. The venue is big and can accommodate all guests who had come for the wedding. Mehandi and Sangeet were organised at the beachside venue, whereas the wedding reception on the second day was on the lawn facing the lagoon. Both ceremonies were accompanied by music, dance, and fireworks.

On the wedding day, Sharon came in a decorated boat through the lake and Nikolaus came on an elephant accompanied by Chendamelam. Sharon’s younger brother received the groom with all honor and they waited at the lakeside to receive Sharon. Accompanied by dancers they were taken to the Mandap, where the priest summoned their wedding.

The wedding reception had a feast of all traditional classical dance forms like Kathakali, Mohiniyattom, Bharathanatyam, Theyyam and Kalaripayattu. These dance forms were followed by Bollywood dance.

Sharon and Nikolaus
Sharon is a UK based Indian who is doing her MBA in the USA. Nikolaus, is an Austrian citizen, working in Frankfurt. They met at an official gathering five years ago and fell in love. Their love story advanced and resulted in a beautiful wedding ceremony in Kerala. Sharon chose to wear Ghagra-choli for both days. Nikolaus, as Sharon says, “Looked like an absolute Maharaja in his Shervani”.


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An Iyengar wedding Tale – Krishna- Raghuram

A Tamil Brahmin wedding is a completely different experience from the more Hindu Nair weddings that happen in Trivandrum, as you can imagine, everything from the rituals, the music to the settings are all entertaining and colourful. If you have attended a Tamil Brahmin wedding before, you should know how much fun they are. From the maapilai azhaippu, the exchanging the garlands, the kasi yatra and the oonjal, etc. There is so much to delight on in a Brahmin wedding. Adding to this was the combination of a vibrant bride and a handsome groom. To us all this meant one thing – more exciting moments to cover and take pictures of.

The most important factor from the perspective of a photographer/videographer is the chemistry between the couple. Almost always, we make sure the couple are happy and not nervous while shooting some pre-directed shots to add fun to the wedding album. The couple would already be overwhelmed with so many things happening around them on the wedding day and we want to be the last of their concerns. But for Krishna and Raghuram, we could sense the wonderful chemistry between them and we were all excited to shoot their wedding. Their familiarity with each other showed in the final output. They had so much fun during the rituals and the photoshoot that followed, that it was just a tireless job following them to get some amazing frames and finest moments.Their friends and family were very cooperative as well, which made our job so much more easy.

This is one of the weddings where we just could not narrow down to 10-20 best shots and upload it here. There are just hundreds. The wedding video and the photo album are flowing with those wonderful instances, that the couple will have a multitude of reasons to go back and relive the day again and again.