What an amazing week! Things are definitely going full speed ahead, pedal to the metal, as we head into the last few weddings.
This week I had the pleasure of working with Hanny and Jesse for six out of seven days. On Monday we did an engagement shoot, Tuesday I made them prints to be mounted so everyone could sign them at the wedding, Wednesday Hanny and I did a walk through at Turning Stone Casino. Then we were together until late on Thursday while she was getting her Henna done. Shai Eynav joined us early Friday morning for the first three ceremonies and was with us until Monday morning (thank you Shai for all of your energy and dedication. It was an honor to have you there, and your images are awesome). Nathan Holritz, and Luke Walker were the icing on the cake when they entered with their guns blazing on Sunday. Add the videographers and at times there were nine people creating images. Wow!
It was an astounding event and far exceeded everyone’s expectations. The colors and culture are amazing, and it was an honor to be part of, and to record all of the Hindu/Christian traditions. There was so much energy in the air that it managed to carry us through to the very end. I was going on very little sleep, and my legs were actually numb, by the end but the images we captured are some of the best I have ever seen. I can’t thank my wonderful team of photographers enough. When the going got tough, they got tougher, and Nathan and Luke were just the shot in the arm we needed to get us through to the end (the shot of the boyz below is Nathan’s, thanks bud). Please be sure to check everyone’s blog because there have posted some great images. I tried to post different images here so each blog would be a little different. It was a huge event with thousands of images so to narrow it down for a blog post was nearly impossible.
It was funny because friends and families were actually cheering us on by the time Nathan and Luke arrived. Nathan couldn’t believe it and said “Dude, they are cheering for you, how good must that feel?” It did feel good, real good. It is always great when people recognize how hard you are working and the effort that you are putting into their event. At the final dinner/reception on Sunday I put up a slide show with 678 images. I know it had to be the longest slide show ever presented, and people were just glued to it. Afterwards, it seemed as though we had attained celebrity status. Dozens of people came up to me and said that they were totally blown away by the images. “Incredible” was the word I heard most, followed by “thank you, thank you.” One new friend (we made so many) said he was going to tell the Indian world all about us because we did a much better job than he has ever seen. He said that even Indian photographers who are familiar with the ceremonies don’t capture it like we did. Another friend made me laugh when he said “to look at you, you would never believe it, you are such a big guy but you move like a cat, crawling on the floor, and in more crazy positions than one could ever imagine. I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t see it with my own eyes.”
The end result will be thousands of images, with each one being more amazing than the one before it. Below is just a taste from the different events. As always, you can click on the image to make it larger.
Thank you again Hanny, Jesse, your families, and friends for welcoming us with such open arms, making us feel like family, and looking out for us the whole time. It was a great pleasure and honor to do this with you.