The showstopper bride, the designer couture, reckless naach gaana, A-list guests, cuisine and the magnificence! We have been introduced to what not from the most talked about wedding of Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja. But when we are not physically there, it’s always the talented photographer and his team who gives us the visual info of the cheesy and dreamy moments.
The man who captured the wedding of India’s top fashion icon is none other than Anand Rathi. His Mumbai-based studio “Reels and Frames” truly transcended the affair into a fabulous piece of art. Documenting everything related to this wedding in the coolest and quirkiest way with his talented team has been one of his biggest assignments so far. However, pulling off this colossal wedding’s moments was not a cakewalk. Needless to say, his creative cameras and cinematography were largely responsible for making Sonam and Anand’s wedding look no less than a fairy tale. Since the shots stuck out, we were impatient to hear about his storytelling of the same. So, let’s hear him out!
Q. What do you like the most about photographing weddings?
It amazes me how the shots can convey so many feelings, emotions, and memories. But overall, the photographs are precious and like an opportunity to create treasures for the future generation. It takes them back to their parents’ or grandparents’ favourite moments and phases.
Q. How would you describe your photography style?
My personal photography style is a mix photojournalism and beauty shots. That means, understanding the different genres, trends and techniques come along with the concern of having visually appealing shots. So, it is a blend of technicalities, composing, perfect angles, ideas, poses and the insight into a particular subject or story that you want to highlight.
Q. You just shot the biggest wedding of the year. How was the experience?
Well, there is a lot to say on the mammoth project. I was there living through all the awe-moments of the bride, the Kapoor family, and her A-list guests and friends. So, no wonder, it was surreal, tiring and 100% happy moments. Being a celebrity, posing for Sonam comes naturally but it was on us as to make her personal occasion all the more special. In short, it was a complete madness along with loads of fun and flare.
Q. What was the best part about working with this power couple (Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja)?
It was all so natural about the celebrity couple who was madly in love with each other. There was no speck of jazz and attitude about being the high-profilers that either of these two seems to be carrying along. They were quite simple, all smiles and non-pretentious. It was absolute creative freedom and I just loved the opportunity to work with such a chilled-out couple. Things fell in place easily with the duo, and Reels and Frames really feel privileged to have captured what was for us the most jovial wedding of the year.
Q. How did the couple (Sonam Kapoor & Anand Ahuja) and their families help you click the best shots at the wedding? Any specific quality that you would like to share about the couple and that you would want your future clients to have?
I have more of those that I can count. The Kapoors are an exuberant bunch to work with and are full of warmth and life. Their happiness and their candid smiles were all real that helped me make the most of my photography. This, more than anything allowed our team to be at ease. Wedniksha, the event planner did a par excellence job ensuring we get great lighting that made the shooting process quite joyful. Sonam and Anand are an inspiration for all brides and grooms on how to be calm and comfortable on your big day.
Q. What has been your most memorable moment of shooting Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja’s wedding?
I noticed the essence of Sonam and Anand’s bond that reflected into the rituals, pictures and festivities. Pretty much every time Sonam and Anand looked at each other; they had this language of smiles going on between them. This is what celebrations should be all about and all this became a part of our timeless memories too. Their chemistry helped us a lot in our techniques and composition.
Q. What are some of the new things that you did as a photographer at this wedding?
Interestingly, we kept it basic and did not go overboard with anything to ensure not overshooting something that what was not required. We did no gimmicks, were visible when we needed to be and invisible for the rest of it. We captured the celebration and jubilation for the sake of it and not to turn those into a page 3 party. We allowed the warmth and love to keep flowing and did not enter the physical space of people if it was not necessary.
We see how the man behind the lens, Anand Rathi has a different perspective when it comes to capturing a celebrity wedding. He shares his wonderful journey with the Kapoor and Ahuja family. His signature photos of the high-end wedding of the style icon, Sonam and businessman, Anand Ahuja are not only taking the internet world by storm, but are also setting new photography goals. No wonder, the budding photographers and photo-journalists will look up to his style of photography as an inspiration.