8 Bangalore Couple Shoot Locations you can't afford to skip!

The Wedding day is undeniably one of the most significant days in a person’s life, and so is the journey leading up to it. This journey must be captured and cherished, wouldn’t you agree? Sometimes, all you need is simply some tucked-away locations and a sprinkle of magic with the camera. Over the years I’ve uncovered locations that are gems where you should seriously consider getting your Couple Shoot done.

Let us show you some pretty locations for a photo-shoot, where maybe you will fall in love, all over again.

1.  Sommer House
With the perfectly peaceful surroundings and a vintage setting, this one is for those wanting to try out something exotic. Sommer House, Bangalore, is the snug place you would want to check out. With vintage cars and decorations and that elegantly beautiful bungalow, this adds that gorgeous old world charm to your shoot.

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2. Windsor Manor
Do you want your pictures to scream of grandeur and elegance? Windsor Manor, a 5 Star Hotel, is your place for a luxurious pre-wedding photo-shoot. With you and your photographer exploring the glamour of the beautifully constructed place, this might just create some of the best souvenirs for you and your lover.

3. Good Ol' Lalbagh
Who says you can’t have an atypical fairytale photoshoot? Think of scenic views and exquisite flowers, lush greenery, large expansive lakes as well as a relaxing ambience. Lalbagh or Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, offers exactly this and oozes of romance.

4. Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple
Linger at and explore a historical or religious place while your photographer captures some masterpieces. Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple, dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva, offers for a pious environment and hence a good start for your journey ahead. A pre-wedding shoot which gives off this vibe, interests one and all. Located at the base of Nandi Hills, it is evidently very picturesque.


5.  Elements Resort
A gorgeous place outside the chaos of the city, which provides with greenery, starlit halls and amazing customisable décor. They make for a riveting stay and also provide for a perfect backdrop for your pre-wedding photographs. Elements Resort's beauty is synonymous with the description of heaven, with unique designs to offer for weddings and photoshoots.

6. Satori
The possibilities are essentially limitless, but a place that is secluded and untouched, AND with you being comfortable with each other, will give you a chance for some epic photos. Satori, a farmhouse in Whitefield, offers you things which makes your shoot extraordinary. Landscaped gardens, with being close to nature, and the vast open space, result in mesmerising photographs which you will look at ten years from now and adore.


7. Bricklane Grill

A cozy place that truly reflects everything you are and how you love, is the best location for a photoshoot, according to us. How about that Café where you first met? Relive those memories, smile like you did when you first realized they are the one, and create a perfect photo album. Bricklane Grill provides the perfect ambiance and everything about it is just so personalized, genuine, and beautiful.


8. A Makalidurga trek
For the couples who are nature lovers or adrenaline junkies, nothing could be better than a trek route. The route, in a way resonates with their journey to their wedding as well. Makalidurga is a perfect location, situated just 60 kilometres on the outskirts of Bangalore. The lake surrounding it, the railway track passing through the base of the hill and the enchanting view of the sunset from the top - all provide respite to the adventurous couples and also are a photographer's dream come true.

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Wonderfully capture the journey to your wedding in locations which resonate with you. These photographs would take you back to the beautiful days of your lives and make them stay with you forever.

What is it Like to be a Candid Wedding Photographer

I get this question a lot and I decided to answer it on Quora. I never expected the post to get over 9000 views in just a week. Must be a popular question. :)

So here is my answer below. The original post by me can be found at Quora here.

The short answer - It is a lot of fun!

The long answer -

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Background - I took up full time professional photography after 6 years in the corporate world. It was a seamless transition for me as I've been shooting fashion, wedding and jewellery photography for many years before I took the plunge.

Since then the following have happened -

1. I meet different people

My clients include a diverse range of people. I've shot -

  • doctors from the US looking to get married on the sands of Jaipur
  • A groom who runs his own mobile gaming startup
  • A super smart politician who wears a Fitbit
  • A graphic artist + Art Director
  • A Hindustani classical singer who performs and teaches
  • An anchor of a Bollywood talk show!
  • An MBA grad who has started a social venture

This has expanded my world view and since I meet them and capture their special moments during their wedding we form a good bond. I now have friends from a more varied set than I have had before, especially via work. They represent more geographies, nationalities and occupations than I have ever encountered before.

I also work an an amazingly talented bunch of make- up artists, fellow photographers, event planners, venue owners etc. A healthy mix of ages, nationalities and perspectives!

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2. I've been exposed to new cultures

There are a dozen clichés floating around Punjabi weddings and destination weddings and Marwari weddings and so on. Some are true and a lot are not. I've had the fortune of being exposed to various ceremonies and styles due to which I've come to believe India is a nation of nations.

Within a linguistic state's wedding the sheer complexity of style blows your mind. There are often various levels of practices/ceremonies/rituals -

  • That of the religion
  • That of the language
  • That of the region/state
  • That of the family.

This is simultaneously enriching and bewildering. :)

3. I get to design how I spend my time

No more morning commute!

I'm much more in control of my schedule now that I run my own wedding photography service. I've had more time to indulge in hobbies. I've tried to -

  • Start a Garden (ok only the cactus and the money plant survived, but i tried!)
  • Practice Visual storytelling via Instagram
  • Learn some Art - I gave making Kerala Mural Paintings a shot! Have a look -
  • Reading! (discovered the Harry Potter & Anne of Green Gables series)
  • Explored other forms of photography like food photography (even managed to hit 500px's most popular section a couple of times)
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4. I can see the impact of my work

Corporate work is great. You get structure, a steady income and relatively low amount of uncertainty compared to running your own business. But in most corporate jobs it is difficult to see your impact.

In my daily work I can gauge my impact. There are brides who call tearfully (from the US forgetting that it's 3 AM in India!) to talk about how much they loved their pictures. There are men who arrange couple shoots on the sly for their fiancé and often the shoot is the first time they both have met in the absence of their parents!

At one wedding I was the point of cultural translation between the bride and the groom's families who were from different states. Another time I remember a bed ridden grandmother who could attend for a short duration. I did not know about her condition and captured her throwing flowers in the ceremony. Months later I got a call from the family saying that this was one of the few images of her where she is so happy and in the rush and bustle of the wedding no one thought of capturing it.

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5. I've learnt the importance of a 'No'

I've learnt to be more disciplined. I've learnt to say No more often.

I say No to clients who might pay a lot but may not get what I do or appreciate how I do it.

I say No to good clients often, as I don't want to stress myself and my team with back to back weddings during peak wedding seasons. Both creativity and the health get hit.

I've learnt to say No to a dozen small things that come in between my client's requirements and my ability to deliver great images to them. These include cheaper equipment and doing my own taxes ( now this is outsourced :) ).

Saying No helps me focus. :)

6. I've started travelling better

I've had the fortune of travelling for photography the past few years. I never expected to shoot in a resort at Jim Corbett.

There are a dozen other places I've shot weddings in.

But I mean over and above wedding/photography related travel I've started doing extended travels. I did a trip to Turkey where I spent over 7 days in Istanbul only. I could do this as I chose to forgo business. I could rejuvenate in a foreign land and by doing street photography in Istanbul, learn and cross learn photographic skills. I could amble down various streets at leisure.


Overall its been a wonderful and personally enriching journey.


Source: https://www.quora.com/What-is-it-like-to-b...

Why the Ganjam Mantapa at Bull Temple Road, Basavanagudi is so Gorgeous!

December is one crazy month for wedding photographers, and this December is no different. Whew, tiring but fun. I’ve been meaning to write this post for sometime so here goes.

I’ve covered a couple of wedding at the Ganjam Mantapa and it is an elegant wedding venue. The venue is a home converted to a wedding hall due to which a certain old world charm pervades the Mantapa.

When my brides have a wedding here, I often feel I am shooting at their home and the venue is intimate, warm and due to its relative size chaotic in a nice way. 

Here are some pics from the recent weddings I have covered at Ganjam. Isn’t it gorgeous!