So after my own wedding where I decided NOT to hire a candid guy I can safely tell you now not to make the same mistake I did ! My album has a picture of me in my mehendi outfit with a sea and a Chinese hut in the background. No jokes. I honestly wish I had moved around my decor budget into my photographer budget and just pushed for a candid wedding photographer !!!

That is why when we started our new Wedding Website – wedmegood.com we personally picked wedding professionals to feature there. (chosen by me and Anand). Anyway, wedding photographers is one category both of us really did a deep dive into because on our own wedding we didn’t hire one.

These are the wedding photographers we have featured across all budgets! I tried to give a mix of budgets because I do understand that not everyone can afford a very expensive fotog!

For Price Range: Approx 1.5 lakhs a day (however cheaper if hired for multiple days) :-

Morvi

Morvi Images

  • Morvi Images : Morvi is extremely talented with a unique style of capturing bridal portraits. Her black and white shots are magical. Don’t take my word for it, her work speaks for itself. She’s also very friendly and easy to work with.

Price Range: 180,000 onwards

  • Cupcake Productions : Started by Shruti Khanna & Jayant Chhabra – a husband-wife duo, Cupacke productions is one of the most sought after photography teams in the city. They make it a point to talk to the couple and understand their needs before work begins. What’s cool is that they use their imagination and creativity to capture people in the best light.

Price Range: 150,000 onwards

  • Bhumi & Simran Photography : Shot two of my friends weddings, and I actually saw them grow from just being two girls Bhumi & Simran, to being ‘The Bhumi & Simran’. Love their play of light and I dont know if this even makes sense but their photographs have some sort of a warm, inviting quality to it (or maybe thats just cos both my friends had rustic fort weddings and wore jewel tones).

Price Range: 150,000 onwards

  • Dot Dusk Studios : We discovered these guys recently, and I initially brushed them off just because I thought they were studio guys but oh my  god was I wrong. They are two sardar gentlemen behind Dot Dusk and not only have they shot one of my personal favourite weddings (coming soon on wedmegood so excited about that wedding I can barely contain myself), but their videography is really beautiful as well !!! They are always travelling though (which is a good thing!)

Price Range: 150,000 onwards

DotDusk studios

DotDusk Studios

For Price Range: Approx 1 lakh a day (however cheaper if hired for multiple days) :-

  • Shutterdown – Lakshya Chawla : Lakshya believes that he’s not just taking pictures but capturing a lifetime worth of memories. All the reviews on his Wed Me Good profile bear testament to this fact. He is super professional, easy going and manages to capture all the beautiful moments of a wedding – big or small.

Price Range: 100,000 onwards

Going Bananas

Going Bananas Photography

  • Going Bananas Photography : Prasheila and Abhimanyu will melt away all your apprehensions and nervousness and turn them into pure beaming joy. You don’t have to pose or put on a fake smile with them around. Their imagery is bright and happy, reflecting the couple’s story in the most stunning way.

Price Range: 110,000 onwards

  • Rish Photography: Another firm favourite, Rishabh agarwal claims that he makes you capture what you feel on a wedding and not just what you look like , which is what we think candid fotogs are about right? One look at his portfolio and you will know why we are fans!

Price Range: 100,000 onwards

  • Sharik Verma : There is a certain softness in Sharik’s photos which I love. The colors in his photographs are absolutely phenomenal (saturated, beautiful, vibrant) and he shot one of my favourite couples- Sana and Karan whose wedding, just from the photos seemed like one big party . They personally recommended him to me and once I saw his portfolio I knew we couldn’t have a Delhi photog showcase without Sharik!

Price Range: Expensive

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Arjun Kartha Photography

  • Arjun Kartha Photography : Arjun and Prerna are a husband wife team who shoot some of my most favourite couple portraits. Not only have they shot weddings featured on P&B like this one, but there is a certain energy in the photographs they capture that I absolutely love. Arjun also is really helpful- he is always ready to help out with photographer gyaan about what looks good in photos, what doesn’t etc !

Price Range: Expensive

  • Phototantra : Probably one of the stalwarts of candid photography and one of the first few to actually start off with the trend in India. Not only are Vinayak and Snigdha some really nice people, but their photographs are so stunning they really give you memories for a lifetime. We featured a real wedding shot by them on Wed Me Good (You can view the reviews section of their profile), and attended a wedding shot by them too !!!

Price Range: Expensive

 

For Price Range: Approx 50k to 1 lakh a day (however cheaper if hired for multiple days) :-

  • Sid Wedding Photos : They say a picture speaks a thousand words but the photographs of these guys speak volumes ! They have a knack for capturing the love between couples in their work. Ask anyone who’s hired them for a wedding, they’ll only have good things to say about the team.

Price Range: 80,000 onwards

  • Vikram Arora : Someone who is extremely value for money personally, for the amount he charges he is very bang for buck material and also a thorough professional. I discovered Vikram on facebook one day and we knew we had to have him on Wed Me Good when we launched ! Over time whenever Brides write in asking about Vikram, I know to always give an ‘A+’ rating to him!

Price Range: 65,000 onwards

  • Rishabh Sood of Candid Tales Photography : A recent addition to Wed Me good, but a very promising one at that. His pre-wedding shoots are absolute class !

Price Range: 75,000 onwards

  • I dont say cheese : Oh well, but we do  when Gaurav is around. Love his attention to detail, and the hidden smiles he manages to capture !!! His photographs also seem to capture so much fun, and life in them that it makes me smile ! And that’s what you want from a wedding photographer right? Memories that make you smile.

Price Range: 60,000 onwards

  • Alma Wedding Photography: Neal Karthik has been written about a lot honestly and deserves every bit of the praise he gets. He shot Rupan and Tushar which is again, one of my favourite weddings on the WMG blog and Rupan actually booked him the DAY she got to know her dates are fixed. So you can imagine why we wanted him on our showcase – his work is absolutely amazing and people scramble to get dates from him!

Price Range: 60,000 onwards

  • Shweta Poddar Photography : Someone i discovered just by chance, and then one look at her portfolio and  I knew we had to get this hidden gem on WMG !Sometimes when you have a passion for something it really shows, and in Shweta’s case I think thats it . Having scene her at work (she was the fotog for our red carpet bride feature on the WMG Blog) , I know she gives each shot a 100%.

Price Range: 60,000 onwards

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Avantika Meattle Photography

  • Avantika Meattle : Avantika creates magic. There isn’t anything else I can say about her. She shot one of our favourite weddings of the two sisters we love on P&B and her portfolio I’m not kidding has photos I think I can pin all over my pinterest board. The colors, the shots of the brides behind a dupatta, the decor- its all absolutely amazing and has this almost wonder-land kind of effect that has made me a true blue Avantika Meattle fan!!!!

Price Range: 60,000 onwards

  • Nikhil Kumar Photography : Nikhil says that if you want a ‘no holds barred’ coverage of your wedding you should hire him. I can see why he says that, because his portfolio is full of so many FUN, FUN shots that are wacky, creative and capture all the madness that goes on behind that perfectly poised affair we call Indian weddings !

Price Range: 60,000 onwards

 

For Price Range: Upto 50k a day (however cheaper if hired for multiple days) :-

Through the barrel

Through the Barrel

  • Through the Barrel : Pranav’s aesthetic sensibility shows in his work. His pictures are raw and honest because he doesn’t believe in over edits. If you ask me, that’s exactly what sets him apart. He has a penchant for capturing the feelings and emotions people go through during a wedding in the most natural manner.

Price Range: 45,000 onwards

  • Vijay Sharma : A relatively undiscovered talent, but someone who deserves as much recognition. Absolutely beautiful use of saturated color, and composition with some innovative frames. Very value for money as well!

Price Range: Medium

 

Other names to check out – Atul Pratap Chauhan (stunning colors) , Mahima Bhatia (pictures that are just ‘pretty’ – don’t know how else to put it, her brides just look stunning in her photos) , Joseph Radhik (Based in Bombay so haven’t mentioned here but he is right up there)

How much do these guys charge?

The rough starting price details can be viewed on the links given above but in general the ones labeled expensive charge around about 1 lakh a day (but they customize packages so a 4 day package won’t be 4 lakh directly, it will be cheaper), the one labeled medium- exp charge between 70k-1 lakh a day, the ones labeled medium could charge anywhere between 35000 a day to 60,000 a day. We know there could be photographers who may be cheaper, but we didn’t find any whose work we really liked honestly

How do I choose which one is for me?

Well, I guess prices are the most important for some, so you may want to filter by price on wedmegood. But for me the best way to understand their work is to follow the Wed Me Good Wedding Blog and see real weddings that have been shot by them. (The link to the blog can be found on the right sidebar). It’s a newish blog so we have limited content as of now, but stay tuned for tons and tons of real weddings. I think real weddings help you decide a lot about who you want to hire because you see the person in action and not just their best shots!

You also should make sure that when you do decide to choose which one you want – take a look at not just their portfolio but ask them some questions like- How many people do they bring, do they also click conventional snaps on the wedding, do they do albums or help you do albums, do they bring their own lighting. Just a bucket list of questions to make sure you have everything covered. While candid is the future of wedding photography do understand that Indian weddings are a bit different and often you need a mix of candid and traditional shots to keep everyone happy!

Do they travel to nearby locations like Lucknow, Amritsar, Chandigarh?

Not just nearby locations, these guys travel EVERYWHERE. Having a wedding in Dibrugarh or Timbuktoo, as long as you are ok with paying for travel and stay they are on board!

The whole list of the photographers on the WMG handbook can be viewed here.