Arjun Kartha is a ‘non-wedding’ wedding photographer with a candid, contemporary and off-beat approach to shooting Indian marriages. With years of rich experience, Arjun is one of the finest and most sought after wedding photographers in India. Working as a husband-wife team, Arjun and Praerna are candid wedding photography specialists – and veterans of the fledgling wedding photography genre in India. With a penchant for making “fun” photos, they love creating behind the scenes memories that will last a lifetime. Arjun is also a category winner of the prestigious Kodak Wedding Photographer of the Year 2011 award.
What is your date of Establishment?
Arjun helped pioneer the fledgling candid wedding photography business in India. With over ten years of photography experience, Arjun and Praerna started shooting weddings back in 2010.
How far in advance should clients book your services?
We recommend starting the process at least a year to six months in advance, especially if your wedding is during the peak wedding season. The earlier the better! :-)
What is the advance payment before the event?
We expect the industry standard practice of a 50% advance for booking your dates.
What is your cancellation policy?
We understand that you will only cancel your wedding (or your photographer) due to drastic circumstances. Dates booked are naturally non-transferable. We'd rather not define a clear-cut cancellation policy, and are open to discussion. However, do note that the industry accepted norm for such cancellations revolve around no-refunds.
Why choose me?
- Award winning wedding photography
- A husband-wife team, we understand what it takes to get married!
- Rich wedding experience and expertise
- No-nonsense and no fuss.
Oh, and brilliant wedding memories! Need we say more? ;)
Can you describe highlights of your work
We're fun-loving people, and seamlessly integrate into your family as part of your wedding party. This approach guarantees lovely behind-the-scenes memories from your weddings that are as real and non-posed as they get.
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day?
When we commit dates to a client, we're yours for the duration of your wedding. A wedding shoot takes a lot of physical energy, and there's no way we can multi-task with multiple couples during a wedding.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Yes. Even our backups have backups!
What special techniques do your specialize in?
We prefer to keep our style off-beat and contemporary. We also created the "action-reaction" style of wedding photography, where we combine multiple viewpoints of a single moment as seen by different people. (Imagine a bride laughing hysterically as her groom shakes a leg on stage!)
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
In spades! Weddings are the only genre of photography where lighting changes faster than a butterfly flaps its wings! We're very good at what we do, and masters of changing light. That's our headache, and not something you ever need to worry about.
How many photographers do you work with?
We believe in a small team. Arjun and Praerna are the primary photographers -- and more than enough to cover your entire wedding. We do bring along students and interns from time to time, and maybe an additional photographer to cover the traditional shots on request. Any more feet-on-the-mandap, and your wedding will look like a photography convention. Our job is to stay behind the scenes, and we try our best to blend in as much as possible.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
When we commit dates to you, we will make it. You are contracting us based on our work, and it would be a disservice to you to send a replacement photographer.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
All sorts of cameras, lenses, lighting equipment, triggers, flashes, strobe lights, bags, tripods, stands and even the kitchen sink. We bring everything and anything that is needed to guarantee you mind blowing wedding photos.
Do you charge for travel?
We travel all over India and abroad shooting weddings. Any non NCR wedding will involve travel charges at actuals. We travel by air to save time, and have no fancy airline preferences.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
Your wedding photos will be ready typically 2-3 weeks after your wedding. Typically just after you're back from your honeymoon!
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
Copyright is a tricky and often misunderstood issue. Along with the assignment, you own the full usage rights to your wedding photos for non-commercial use. Legal jargon aside, that means you can do whatever you want with your wedding photos (like making more albums, taking prints, sending them out to relatives, sharing them online and what have you). The only thing you cannot do is resell your wedding images – which I am sure you will not want to do! As the photographer, I will own the ‘copyright’ to the photographs, which means I own the author rights to the photograph.
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
Yes, we hope to be able to use the photos we take for our own promotion. This will be limited to our social properties, and maybe some press activity.
When will the client get the final album?
Of course! An exquisite photo album is the best way to view our work. We have multiple album options available, and these are typically discussed after your wedding.
Are you a commercial studio or a home-based business?
We are both a home-based as well as a commercial studio based business. Weddings require us to travel all over the world, but in addition to weddings, Arjun and Praerna are also commercial and assignment based photographers, which require the usage of a studio. Know more here:
What is your style of photography?
Portraiture, Candid Photos, Photojournalism, Contemporary, Pre-wedding shoots, Couple Shoots, Location Shoots
What does your package include?
Albums, Digital Files, High Resolution Images
What types of events do you specialize in?
Weddings, Sangeet, Bridal Shower
What price range would your services fall under?
Apart from weddings, what else are you into?
Food Photography, Wildlife Photography, Travel Photography
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