Today we’re thrilled to introduce you to the first of our new Bride Vs Groom resident experts! We’re on a mission to give you the best advice on all things weddings and that’s why we’ve enlisted the help of some expert specialists to make Bride Vs Groom the one-stop shop for everything the baffled Bride and Groom need to know!
Every faith has its own amazing wedding traditions and little cultural differences from Sikh weddings to Muslim weddings to African weddings to Jewish and Christian weddings and all of them are extraordinary to be a part of. There’s so much we can learn from each other’s cultures when it comes to weddings and we’re here to do our best to help you whatever type of wedding you’re planning. That’s why we’re absolutely thrilled to welcome Indian Wedding Photographer Bhavna Barratt to our expert panel to help couples of all faiths and cultures with planning their big day. The lovely Bhavna photographs weddings of every culture across Europe and, having personally seen her in action we can’t wait to see what she has to share with you all! But first we thought we’d get to know Bhavna a little so we caught up with her over a cuppa chaa and asked one or two questions…
image by Bhavna Barratt
Bhavna, how long have you been an Indian wedding photographer?
This is my second full year of being an Indian wedding photographer.
How did you get started?
I’ve always been an ambitious individual, aspiring to work for myself at some point in my life. I’d been taking photographs for a while and had been photographing family and friends weddings. When I got made redundant I jumped at the chance to start my own business.
I love weddings and I love photography. So naturally, I was drawn to wedding photography, I have never looked back.
What’s your favourite Indian wedding you have ever photographed?
Ooh, this is a tricky question, I have thoroughly enjoyed every Indian wedding I have photographed, I am grateful that I have had such wonderful clients who have had the best weddings.
Photography is my passion, sounds a bit cliché right? But it really is. I get giddy with excitement before a pre-wed or a wedding because I know I’ll be out, doing what I love doing the most. I then I look forward to showing the couples the stunning images, the smile it brings on their faces, brings with it a sense of fulfillment, I just love that.
What sets you apart from other Indian wedding photographers?
I’d like to think it’s my vision and style of photography…I like to look at things from a non-conventional perspective so I guess that helps set me apart.
image by Bhavna Barratt
What is your favourite trend in Indian wedding photography currently?
Flash Mobs! I love all the dancing at Indian wedding receptions anyway, pair it with a good flash mob that is well choreographed and filled with lots of energy, totally amazeballs.
You’re going to be sharing your top tips and advice with us, but what would you say is the most important thing to consider about your Indian wedding photographer?
As a wedding photographer, I am with the couple the entire day, so I think the most important thing when considering your Indian wedding photographer, is to make sure you book someone that you click with, get on with and someone whose style you like. This way you’ll feel comfortable and relaxed when you’re around them and get more natural photos, also don’t cut back on your photographers, choose the best you can afford, these are memories to last you a lifetime.
Why do you feel it is important to use a professional Indian wedding photographer?
A wedding is one of the biggest days of your life, you have planned and planned a gazillion times again to make sure everything goes the way you want. You’ve bought the most beautiful lengha (dress), booked the best make up artist, the venue of your dreams, then wouldn’t you want all this captured perfectly by someone who knows what they are doing?
What can a couple expect from you on their big day?
Oodles of laughter and fun, some tears (I’m an emotional lady), someone who joins in on the dance floor and captures those amazing moments.
On the day, I’m not just the photographer, I’m there pinning the sarees in place, letting them know they need to touch up their make up, making them feel comfortable, asking the bridesmaids to get the bride a glass of water and being supportive. In fact one of the first things I’m known to do, is have a cuppa chaa with the bride during bride preps.
I’ll do everything I can do make sure the day goes smoothly and you get the photos that you can treasure.
What’s the best thing about your job?
I love being around people in love and around families, and I quite like the chaos of a wedding, it ‘s a happy chaos, it brings back fond memories of my large family unit in Tanzania. It’s a journey that I feel privileged to be part of (oh and I love all the gulab jamuns I get to eat)
Image by Bhavna Barratt
Welcome on board Bhavna! You’re going to be hearing an awful lot more from Bhavna very soon and we’ll also be opening up the opportunity to ask questions for each of our experts in the near future, but in the meantime you can find out more about the lovely Bhavna on her website:
Profile photo by Tux & Tales Photography