Last January I had the pleasure to team up with my good friend and fellow photographer Sephi Bergerson in Bangalore for a three day Wedding Photography workshop. It started off at Counter Culture in Whitefield, Bangalore, A cool restaurant/artist community centre, which provided a relaxed environment for learning.
The first day Sephi focused on a lot of practical theory, and marketing, while I presented a short slide show and discussion about my experience photographing Indian Weddings. Later that evening we all headed over to Opus Restaurant for an informal discussion and shoot by Sephi on working in Low light conditions, followed by dinner and drinks. The next day was more hands on; with the help of two couples who became our models for the day. We went out on two very different locations, We split up into two groups, with Sephi focusing on off camera flash, while I demonstrated using natural light. For the first location we used our available surroundings, an industrial area near Counter Culture. Our second location was a beautiful Winery just outside Bangalore, but first a nice lunch and wine tasting! Great way to start a shoot! We also conducted individual portfolio reviews for each student. The last day we were lucky to have Lakshmi Ramohan of Dreamweaver Weddings drop in to give a talk about working with Bridal Planners, very informative! After lunch Sephi continued on with post production and workflow using Adobe Lightroom.
I really enjoyed the whole experience. Sephi is really great to work with and I admire his openness in sharing all his knowledge with the students. I also loved the enthusiasm by all the attendees, and I was really impressed with their images, (I’ve posted a few below.) some great new emerging talent in India!
Sephi will be conducting another Wedding Photography workshop this August in Goa. This time he is teaming up with the talented Christophe Viseux who also shoots a lot of Destination Weddings. I wish I could be there, I am sure it will be an amazing experience for all who can attend! Details are here.
And a few of my favorite images from the talented students;
Photo © Madhavi Kuram