Satpal Kainth Photography

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Top Five Tips to choose your Asian wedding photographer in 2020

For any couple who are getting married, one of the most important parts of their wedding is to ensure it is documented in photographs for themselves and their families to treasure forever. However, choosing the right photographer can be daunting – especially as, unlike other aspects of arranging a wedding, the end result will not be seen until after the fact.

Here are some of my top tips to choosing the right Asian wedding photographer in 2020.

1) Settle on a style

The first thing any couple should decide is what style of photography you would prefer for your wedding. Whether it is traditional, photojournalistic (candid) or fine art (Creative portraiture) – there are many different styles of photography and it is important to find the one you love. Spend time looking over photographer’s websites and pour over their Instagram feeds to find out what styles they do and which ones you like. It may also be a good idea to create mood boards or use a site such as Pinterest to group together ideas until you find a style you like.

You can check out my portfolio here, or alternatively find me on Instagram with @satpalkainth.

2) Identify possible photographers

Once you have identified a style of photography that you like, the next step is to find a photographer that fits this style – of course you can search online for an Asian wedding photographer but also asking family and friends, checking social media and also asking for recommendations within the industry e.g. from your venue or caterers may help you to find a shortlist of potential photographers.

3) Meet your photographer and see if you “click”

Once you have a shortlist of photographers make sure you arrange a phone call or face to face meeting to get to know them. Be prepared to talk about where you are with your wedding plans and the style of photography that you are after e.g. will your wedding be taking place outside on a hopefully sunny day, or inside in a dark building?

It is also important for Asian weddings to identify a photographer who recognises and respects the various customs and traditions of each faith. I have photographed Hindu, Sikh and Muslim faith weddings throughout the UK, including Hindu Wedding Photography in Birmingham, Sikh Wedding Photography Birmingham and Indian Wedding Photography Birmingham.

You should meet the photographer so that you can see if your personalities click and that they share your vision. Your photographer will be present at your wedding for much of the day shadowing yourself, your family & friends around to take pictures so it is important that they do so unobtrusively.

4) Price and what they offer

Another important consideration is of course your budget, when meeting any photographers ask them about the packages available and what is included e.g. second shooters, hi-res JPG’s, prints, pre-wedding shoots etc. Also be sure everything you definitely need is included within the quote rather than having any surprises afterwards.

Furthermore, it is important to remember that unlike other parts of your Asian wedding such as catering and decorations, the photographs will serve as a permanent reminder of your wedding so this should be a consideration when looking at your budget to see if any savings could potentially be made.

5) Delivery

Once the wedding is done, you need to know when you will receive the photos – ask your photographer for a rough timeline of when you will receive them. It is also important to consider that just because it is faster may not be better as someone who takes longer may spend more time on each individual image in order to get the best result.

My name is Satpal Kainth and I am an Asian Wedding Photographer specialising in Indian and Asian Wedding Photography in Birmingham, London, the UK and also destination weddings. If you would like to find out more then have a look at recent weddings I have photographed or to contact me, call 07925328236, email info@satpalkainth.com or fill in the contact form here.

Mount fine art prints

Mount fine art prints

I decided to take the plunge and enter my artwork into the prestigious wedding photography competition of and WPPI. Before I began my journey I realised that there was a lot of information on how to mount fine art prints on YouTube but wasn’t sure if it applied so much to entering competitions.

I have decided to write this blog to help others in their journey of entering competitions and also apply this knowledge into creating beautiful pieces of art. I hope this guide on ‘how to mount fine art prints’ helps you on your journey.

My initial step is to decide which prints I want to enter into a competition. In order to decide which prints I wanted to enter, I followed the following criteria taken from the WPPI website:

10 Steps to a winning entry by Jerry Ghionis

  1. Impact
  2. Creativity, Originality
  3. Technical skill
  4. Post Production
  5. Emotion, Story, Communication
  6. Print quality, Presentation
  7. Lighting
  8. Posing
  9. Composition
  10. Category

After whittling down my images, the next step is print my artwork. This was my favourite part of the journey – seeing my prints come out the printer, it was an amazing! Choosing what paper to print on can be a mine field. There are so many companies offering fine art paper and numerous types of papers – Photo Rag, German Etching, Fine Art Pearl etc. This step of the process is often decided upon personal preference, as there is no logical process or steps to follow. I printed some of images using a selection of fine art papers until I liked handful of prints. My deciding factors were based on visual ascetics, texture and the quality of shadows/highlights.

After printing my images I ordered my Antique white mounts and backing boards which I personally love, as the antique fine art feel of the mounts and paper enhance the presentation of prints.

Now to assemble the prints and mounts. Firstly, I aligned the prints onto my mount and attached the print into the correct position ensuring no white space is displayed. Also ensure that no important features of the print is cropped.

Now onto attaching the back board onto the mount. I used double sided tape to stick the back of the board onto the mount. The texture side should face up.

Now I am ready to stick the mount and the board together. Peel back the double sided tape and align the board up with the mount.

The end product will be a beautiful and elegant fine art piece. This is not the only method you can use to present your beautiful artwork but it is a very effective method of mounting prints for competitions and framed pieces.

wedding photography styles

Wedding Photography Styles

Choosing a wedding photographer & their wedding photography styles

Every wedding photographer has their own creative vision, approach and style of photography. Choosing your wedding photographer can be an overwhelming task because there are so many styles to choose from, for example, wedding photojournalism, fine art wedding photography, contemporary wedding photography and traditional wedding photography.  As a client you need to consider which style best suits your individual needs. I have explained each style below and hope that this will help you to make your final decision.

Wedding Photojournalism

Wedding photojournalism is an unobtrusive approach to capturing your wedding day. The approach is a story telling style that involves minimal or no involvement from the wedding photographer. The wedding photojournalism photographer allows the day to unfold without any direction and captures natural and honest moments rather than setup poses. The day through their photography and creative eye.  The images will convey genuine emotion based on the photographer’s artistic vision and perception.

Fine Art Wedding Photography

Fine art wedding photography is about the artist behind the camera (the photographer). It’s not about capturing what the camera sees; it’s about capturing what the artist sees. In fine art photography the artist uses the camera as a tool to create a work of art. The camera is used to make an art piece that reveals the vision of the artist and makes a statement of that vision rather than documenting the subject before the lens.  This style of photography often involves more innovative and dramatic post-processing of images.

Contemporary Wedding Photography

Contemporary wedding photography is also known as fashion, creative and modern wedding photography; it’s partially inspired by editorial fashion photography. The photographers approach is to create high impact and visually interesting images. Although the shots are set up but they are likely to be less formal and rigid. The photographers aim is to find interesting spots as a backdrop and use/creates strong light effects and unusual angles. The images created will mostly represent the photographer’s style rather than the couple’s personality and the overall atmosphere of the wedding day.

Traditional Wedding Photography

Traditional wedding photography is an approach that usually concentrates on key moments and group shots; they will also shoot a set list of photographs. This style of photography involves a lot of involvement from the photographer and a lot of time is spent on formal set ups.  The images will document the participants but many not reflect the atmosphere of happiness and the excitement of the wedding day.

In order to find out about my wedding photography style please get in touch by filling in my Contact form.