When you are a wedding photographer you are faced with the similar traditions of a wedding, a groom waiting for his bride, a bride wearing a white dress, walking down the aisle, more guests arriving for the evening reception and so on. However when you are photographing a wedding where you’ve never experienced the traditions, it’s a very different experience.
This is why I’m sharing this wedding by James Tracey Photography. He was very exciting to shoot his first Asian wedding. Now if you’ve ever been to an Asian wedding, there are many traditions (a lot that differ on the family or religion) that occur and it’s definitely not a one day event! The bride’s brother and sister (Imran and Uma) wanted a different angle for their sister’s wedding. Which is why they decided to book someone who had never shot an Asian wedding because they knew he could achieve wonders based on his photography.
It’s always interesting to see how some couples (and their families) pick wedding photographers based on a variety of reasons. Obviously, the most important being their photography style and experience. A while ago, I saw something online from an Asian Wedding twitter account (I can’t remember the exact details or which one) but they tweeted something like: “Things your asian wedding photographer needs to know about your wedding.”
I cringed – a lot.
A photographer doesn’t have to be asian to photograph an asian wedding.
Just like this wedding, Imran and Uma told James all about the key points he needed to look out for and a little research ensured that he wouldn’t miss any of the important events of the day. That is exactly what you want out of a wedding photographer. Going the extra mile – outside his comfort zone – researching and asking questions to ensure all the important parts were noted. Looking at these photographs, he did rather well that the bride, Tas, wrote a lovely testimonial:
I feel privileged at the fact that my wedding was the first Asian wedding James had photographed. His portfolio is amazing and has such a friendly and natural personality where he is able to get along with anyone and everyone. James was not phased by the change in culture and was able to capture some very special moments. I am able to relive my wedding through my pictures and feel every emotion I felt on the day all over again. That’s thanks to James and all the hard work and effort he put into creating something so special for me, my husband and our families. For once my younger sister knew what she was talking about when she recommended James to me : )
From the photographer:
The day started a little earlier than usual at 8am with the bridal preparation at Tas’s family home in Oldham. It was clear that this was going to be an emotional day from the off. Tas lived with her family up in Oldham and her wedding day signified the start of her new life in Nottingham. Being incredibly close, it was clear it was going to be hard for Tas to leave her family. But the bridal preparation was the usual mix of fun and pressure and it’s fair to say that Tas made a particularly beautiful bride!
The service was held in Manchester and it was a colourful and vibrant occasion, with dhol drums greeting the groom, Rizvan. I was a little jealous of the red Ferrari he traveled to the wedding within, if I’m honest! After the marriage service I was invited to join the guests for the meal, which was particularly enjoyable as I am a huge fan on Asian food! After the group photos came the most emotional part of the day as Tas left her family to join her new groom. All in all it was an exciting and challenging to do my first Asian wedding photography, but one that I loved every minute of.
Photography: James Tracey Photography1