Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Sukhi of Sukhi Chandi Photography, based in Bedford, England! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
I am a wedding photographer based in Bedford, England, which is a small town situated outside of London.
Much of my inspiration comes from architecture by using lines and shapes in my compositions. I also have a real love for understanding people and reading interactions. My philosophy is to get to the substance of what my job is, which is to be a witness for my couples on their wedding day.
My belief is that I am not only recording the event for the couple, but that I am doing it for their children, and their grandchildren. My idea is to embody the personalities of the couple over the course of the day, so they can look back and see how they felt, their children can look back and see exactly who their parents were, and their grandchildren can see the youthfulness in their grandparents who were married on that day. And my approach is to capture the whole day as though my camera was set of eyes.
I stand firm that years after the wedding, my photographs will stand the test of time and hold the power to re-paint the personalities of the couple. That is my mission, that is Sukhi Chandi Photography.
Read the full interview after the cut!
How did you get into wedding photography?
My very first experience of wedding photography was when I went to India for a family wedding, I took along my new DSLR.
I took some photographs and shared them with family and friends, and really enjoyed the whole process, and decided to see if I could get some experience in assisting or second shooting to explore wedding photography more.
From there I contacted photographers who were looking for assistance and began on my journey.
I do not really have a favourite part of a wedding day, I am lucky to shoot so many different types of weddings from different cultures, and they are all unique.
I am very receptive towards powerful emotion, and moments such as when the father gives his daughter away during a Sikh wedding, or when the veil is dropped revealing the bride to the groom during a Hindu wedding. There are many moments during weddings which are similarly powerful, and that’s really what I’m looking for as a wedding photographer.
What is your favourite venue and why?
I am very lucky to have shot at some stunning venues, one of my favourites is Moor Park Mansion in Rickmansworth. It’s a Grade 1 listed mansion with beautiful fine art painted within it. You can see the story of Jupiter and Lo, also depictions of Aurora and the Dawn.
I have photographed there twice in the last two months and each time I photograph there, it takes my breath away.
Nikon or Canon?
Canon! This is primarily because the first camera I purchased was a canon, and over time I brought into the Canon ecosystem. Right now, it seems a number of my Wedding Photography friends are switching from Canon to Nikon and the Nikon D750 is the reason why! I am tempted, however I love my 5DIII too much!
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
I would love to shoot weddings where there is sun and sand, maybe somewhere in Asia.
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
I’m not massively into celebrity culture, dream couples for me, are those who love each other and can really let go on their wedding day.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Everybody is an individual with different strengths and different weaknesses, you may not naturally be the best in every aspect of wedding photography, but if you can push your individuality you will inevitably stand out. And do not be afraid to ask questions along the way!
A philosophy of mine is “learn, teach, learn, teach…”. I saw a quote recently which really resonated with me:
“Here on earth, you are worth exactly the good you do your fellow man, and the beneficial teachings you pass on. All the rest is worth absolutely nothing.”
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?
I feel that it is important to see the full body of a photographers work. When I receive an enquiry I provide links to recent weddings, and a full wedding gallery, which loosely represents a similar type of wedding to the enquiry.
Thanks Sukhi! For more information about Sukhi Chandi Photography, please visit his WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to his website.
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