Your wedding photos are such an important part of your wedding because they help capture all of those special moments. We all know that weddings tend to go by fast especially for the bride and groom so getting a solid photographer who can create an album that will freeze those moments in time is essential. That’s why we’re chatting with Harjot Singh who leads the team at Catch Motion Studio. Read on to learn about what it takes to have the best shots for your South Asian destination wedding.
- Tell us about Catch Motion Studio and why you chose to get into the photography business.
I’ve always enjoyed capturing beautiful moments in life. Originally, the business started out with design as the main focus. But our calendar reflected more and more photography opportunities. Now we are happy to capture one of life’s greatest moments.
IDW: It must feel like a real honor to be there for someone’s biggest moments! We feel the same way about helping our clients with their travel and wedding needs for their destination weddings. It’s wonderful to know you helped make their bid day feel extra special.
- What are 3 of your best tips for brides and grooms when it comes to choosing their photographer?
Choose someone who helps combine YOUR vision with their own. Make sure the person you pick is someone whose skill and style you respect. And finally, as you think about who you will pick, try to select the one that you see more as a friend as you work with them.
IDW: That last point is especially important. When your team feels like friends, it helps you relax and be in the moment at your wedding.
- What are the biggest mistakes couples make when it comes to working with their photographer for their destination wedding?
There are two big mistakes we’ve seen. First, one error is not being realistic about location shoots. And the second is not being willing to facilitate the travel of the photography team.
IDW: When it comes to destination weddings, flexibility is key! We’ve noticed that the couples that are open to just going with the flow have the best experiences.
- How much experience do you have with South Asian destination weddings?
We have over 10 years of experience with South Asian weddings.
IDW: So, you’ve really seen it all when it comes to South Asian weddings!
- What do you think sets you apart from other photographers that a couple might be considering?
My years of experience and my niche sets me apart from other photographers. Specializing in South Asian weddings, my team and I see more and crazy situations than every day, traditional, wedding photographers might see. We are prepared for anything and already tackle enormous and overwhelming events every day.
IDW: Yes, we all know how big South Asian weddings can be and it’s important to have a team that can shine through all of that!
- How would you describe your photography style?
Catch Motion studios takes pride in our grand and unique photography style. The images we produce reflect the true beauty within our client’s love stories.
IDW: Those grand shots of yours truly are your signature. We love that!
- What are the top tips you’d give a bride to help her look her best in her photos?
a. Get plenty of sleep!
b. Give preference to their portraits
c. Relax! If you feel comfortable, the photos won’t look forced.
d. Be excited!
e. Have an idea of what you want out of a shoot and you’re more likely to walk away satisfied.
IDW: It really is important to communicate with your team so everyone is on the same page. We second that!
- What was the most memorable South Asian wedding you’ve shot?
which took place in Riviera Maya with your team.
IDW: Oh, we loved that one too! Swati looks so glamorous in her shots. You did a great job of capturing all of the emotions and making it looks like a magazine spread. You did a wonderful job at that wedding!
- How far in advance should the couple book their photographer?
Being confirmed with your photographer a month or more in advance not only helps you to plan but it also eases the scheduling process for the photographer and their team. We get countless requests from clients every day for many different dates. The sooner you can one hundred percent confirm with your photographer, the better.
IDW: Yes, the photographer is one part of your team that you should get as soon as possible. Photographers these days are getting books so fast and if there is one a bride and groom like then they should book them fast.
- How are wedding portraits in tropical locations like Mexico or the Caribbean done differently than those done closer to home? Are there any special considerations the bride and groom have to keep in mind?
Keeping an eye on the weather, and temperatures, in those locations is always a good idea. Weather in those locations can often change at the drop of a hat. Always having plenty of water and shade that can travel with you will help keep the bride and groom cool.
Always take time when you arrive at your destination to explore where you are staying and holding the event. It allows you to choose some key locations you may want pictures in. Having done this before your shoot allows your photographer to plan in advance and make the most of your time.
IDW: Those are all excellent suggestions! Thank you so much to you and your team for all that you do to make sure our clients have the best photos from their destination weddings.
At Indian Destination Wedding, we not only bring together all of the travel arrangements for you and your guests, but we also provide entertainment for your wedding. And, we match our clients to mehndi artists, videographers and other vendors they need for their wedding, too!
Ready to plan your South Asian wedding in Mexico or the Caribbean? We’ll help you find the right resort for you and bring together all the travel details for you and your guests. And we’ll even connect you with vendors that specialize in South Asian weddings so you can shorten your wedding to-do list.