After a seriously long search, interviewing many photographers in the New York City area, we had become so exhausted with the search that we ready to pick one of the many that we interviewed at random. None of them quite seemed to fit what we were looking for especially with the ideas that we had in mind. When my fiance suggested that we drive out to New Jersey to meet Abhishek, I initially didn’t want to have to go through the effort of renting a car and going all the way out to meet him. I am so glad that she changed my mind! During that first meeting with Abhishek, we were very impressed. As soon as we left his studio and got back in to our car, we knew we wanted to hire Pandya Photography.
During our meeting, Abhishek really took the time to get to know us as a couple. He understood our concerns and he was aware of the all the cultural factors to consider. We walked through the timing of all the ceremonies and events and he provided us some much needed insight based on other weddings he has photographed. We discussed the wedding attire and various logistics about how to handle photo shoots. Soon after that initial meeting we decided to work with Abhishek and kept in constant communication via e-mail about updates to the wedding itinerary and logistics. We talked about doing an engagement shoot at Central Park but the combination of weather and schedules didn’t work out. It’s too bad, because I’m sure it would have turned out amazing!
We had ceremonies over two days. On the first day, Abhishek and his team were ready to go on time. We had a brief photo shoot with immediate relatives outside the venue. Even though we were a little crunched for time, Pandya Photography pulled it off very efficiently and we got all the photos that we wanted with the families just before guests started arriving. I was particularly impressed by how they handled the cultural sensitivities about directing where people should stand in a group shot. At other weddings, I have seen some photographers practically yelling at the guests to move from one location to another. Abhi is very good at interacting with guests and the manner in which he showed people how to stand was particularly impressive. He was able to show them without being rude and without touching elders to realign them in a shot.
During both days of our wedding events, we found that we just go caught up in the moment and did not even notice that photos were being taken. Abhishek was able to capture these amazing shots that truly and accurately reflected the emotions and events. As cliched as it is, they say that a picture is worth a thousand words and you really have to see the photos to truly understand what we mean. Almost one year later we look back on the albums and we smile and laugh at all the scenes that were so deftly captured.
After the wedding was over (which believe me flies by faster than you can imagine), Abhishek kept us updated on the progress of the processing of the photos. In this day and age when people are tweeting photos as an event happens in real time it can seem like a century before you actually receive the processed and culled photos. To help placate some of our eager friends and relatives who were constantly asking about when the professional photos will come out, Abhishek posted some sample photos on Facebook as soon as they were ready. Shortly thereafter, we got the photos on CD in the mail. It was definitely worth the wait, especially if you compare the pictures that your guests take to ones that you get from Pandya Photography.
Abhishek and his team were great throughout this whole process and we are so glad that we found them. We will unreservedly recommend them to any of our friends who will be getting married in the future.
A word of friendly advice: Abhishek will tell you that you should try to have your family not take photos over his shoulder at the same time and tell them that they should rely on the professional photographer. Having tons of people taking photos interferes with the lighting conditions and it distracts people in group photos. There were several photos where we had a few people looking all sort of directions because they didn’t know which camera to look at! I would say that you should definitely have a chat with your family, especially those that are inclined to bring their own SLRs to the wedding. Pandya Photography can work around those family members but it causes unnecessary delay and can require unnecessarily re-taking the same shot to get everyone looking at the right camera.
All the best,
Zain & Marukh