The Milni is a ritual in an Indian wedding that is usually referred to as a meeting of the two families. This particular ritual in an Indian wedding is set up in such a way wherein the mother of the bride is actually set to meet the groom and to greet him with a ritual that is meant to more or less welcome him into the family at the end of the day. the families from either side of the bride and the groom meet up so that they can go ahead and exchange flowers and garlands to each other when it all comes down to it. The family of the bride is meant to really hold the groom by the arm and to bring him to an altar where the Indian wedding ceremony is supposed to be held. This altar that is usually under a canopy is oftentimes referred to as the mandap. This is a kind of alter that is set to more or less represent the home that the couple are bound to make together at the end of the day. it is rife in symbolism and in meaningful exchanges all of the time. Most of the rituals in an Indian wedding are rich in things like this so try to keep up as much as possible.
This is a ritual or a ceremony that is commonly referred to as worship or as a prayer to Lord Ganesh. Lord Ganesh, in Indian culture, is oftentimes referred to as the god who destroys obstacles of all kinds. This is more of a religious ritual but at the same time, it is tinted with Indian culture as well at the same time. Things are set up in such a way wherein the priest is set to accompany the bride and the groom as well as their parents during the ceremony so that they can go ahead and offer their gifts to the Lord Ganesh. There is oftentimes food, flowers, and prayers involved in bringing something like this to pass. This is something that holds particular importance or significance to an Indian wedding because this is referred to as gaining the blessings from the gods. This is something that they do not take lightly. This is usually held in a temple or someplace that is solemn and dedicated to the praise and worship of the Lord Ganesh.
This is the part wherein the bride actually enters the area where she is supposed to be married to the groom. She is escorted to the canopied altar or to the mandap by her aunt and by her uncle from her mother’s side. This is a symbolic ritual that will more or less signify the fact that the maternal side of the bride is approving of the union of the bride and of the groom. Depending on the geographic location and of the specific culture of the tribe, there will also be instances wherein the bride will be accompanied by all of the female members of her family as well as by all of the female friends that she has managed to forged relationships with over the years.
Bring in some sticky tape to help you out with your wedding photography emergencies.
Sticky tape has all sorts of uses and it is the one emergency quick fix that will really help you get things together. You will be surprised at how bad the hemming is in most of the bridal tailors’ handiwork. This is something that can look really awful in the pictures that you will be taking and you cannot afford that kind of sloppy visual on the clothes of the groom and the bride as well as the rest of the other guests attending the wedding. Sticky tape is awesome for temporary quick fixes in the hemming and you should have it ready for any kinds of emergencies that might happen that is related to clothing and hemming in particular.
Ask for a go-to person that you can consult during the wedding photography event.
The couple may not be available as you would like them to be or as they would like to be during the actual wedding. Once it starts, things will start to get crazy. That is why you will need to make sure that you are able to have preparation and foresight on your side. Talk to the bride in advance and ask if there is a go-to person or coordinator that she can appoint that you can consult with all throughout the wedding photography coverage. This go-to person will be the one that you will ask your questions to and ask for sign offs in the event of any last minute decisions that will have to be made and you can’t get in touch with the couple about to be wed directly. It is their wedding day, after all. Everyone will be all over them and they may not have time for you so having someone else to stand in as proxy is actually a pretty good plan for you to set in place.
Plan a couple’s photo shoot separately.
Wedding photography make take several days at times. This may not exactly be the engagement shoot. You will need the bride and groom in their wedding clothes posing for some pictures. You may not have that kind of luxury during the wedding day. There just isn’t enough time before the wedding. Having the couple’s photo shoot after the wedding is not really that much of an option as well because they will be too tired and it will show in the pictures. You need to schedule the shoot on a day other than the wedding day. That is the only way for something like that to work out without you being too pressured on time. Talk to the couple ahead of time though just to make sure that they are alright with this kind of setup.
Be at the wedding venue before the actual wedding day.
You need to survey the area in order for you to know exactly what you will be dealing with at some point or so. Visit the place ahead of time and bring in some practice shots one way or the other.
If you want to make it as a wedding photographer in this cut throat industry, surround yourself with people who support you and your dreams. The truth of the matter is that chasing after your dream of becoming a wedding photographer is not a dream that occurs to some people as something that is conventional and you might be facing a lot of judgment and perhaps even criticism aong the way. You need a really solid support system to help you out especially during those times wherein you are at the point of giving up. Surround yourself with people who not only support you but who inspire you as well. Creativity and inspiration can only be all abundant every once in a while. You need to put in some solid work on it if you want to keep getting fresh ideas every single day.
Have patience in mastering your craft.
You do not become an expert overnight. You do not become an expert in something instantaneously. You will have to invest in a lot of time and a lot of hard work on your craft so that you become good at it. It will be slow in the beginning but slow progress is still progress no matter which angle you would like to look at it. Bring your camera out with you every single day. Do not step out of that house door without slinging that camera on your neck one way or the other. Do this even during those days when you do not feel like it. Really commit to things and have faith in the fact that you will eventually be able to get the hang of things the longer that you are able to work on them.
Brace yourself for failure while you are still starting out.
Things will not go through as easily as you would like them to at first. Things will not be as easily handed to you as you would like them to be. Do not be frustrated with yourself if things do not happen all at once in the beginning. You will be getting a lot of no’s in the beginning. That is really quite alright. Failure is normal in the first year or so because you are still trying to establish your reputation and your name in the industry. Train yourself to not take things too seriously at first. The more you are able to “thicken your face” for the onslaught of no’s, the easier they will be to handle. Keep this in mind whenever you feel like giving up.
Keep a job while you are still trying to build up your career as a wedding photographer.
Starting out a business is not an easy thing to do. It would be nice if you can have a steady stream of income coming in and not bank all of your needs on whatever it is that you will be earning from your little business as a wedding photographer at some point or so.