Shalini and Vikrant - Muncie, Indiana

When Shalini’s sister first contacted me about the possibility of photographing Shalini’s upcoming wedding, I was so excited!  My husband, Rajeev, and I have photographed Nepali weddings which are similar, but this was our first Indian wedding.  It was so beautiful and vibrant!!  Both the ceremony and reception took place in Muncie, Indiana, at the Horizon Convention Center.  (This was also the first Indian wedding to take place there!  It turned out beautifully!)

I started the day with Shalini as she got ready…

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I love this shot of Shalini’s relatives and friends helping her to get ready - especially with all of the beautiful bangles and henna adorning their arms and hands!!

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Shalini was absolutely stunning!!

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Meanwhile, Rajeev was with the guys as the groom and his family arrived, complete with music and dancing!

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Once the groom was inside, it was time for Shalini to go in to join him.

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The ceremony consisted of traditional elements of an Indian wedding, including exchanging garlands, blessings from family members, and walking around the fire, but since I can’t include all of the photos from the day here, I’ll include a few of my favorites!!

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In this shot, adjusts her wrap and jewelry just after Vikrant has applied red powder to her hair, signifying that she is married.

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A few photos of the couple before they go to change into different clothing for the evening reception and celebration.

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The reception was decorated in vibrant reds and golds…

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Shalini and Vikrant share their first dance.

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Soon, the celebration was in full swing, with no shortage of guests filling the dancefloor and having a great time together.

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We had so much fun photographing this wedding!!  I want to thank Shalini and Vikrant and their families for being so great to work with and for giving us the chance to be a part of capturing the memories of such an amazing day!  We wish you all the very best!!

Shalini and Vikrant - Sneak Peek!!

I’m be posting more from Shalini and Vikrant’s wedding very soon, but here are a quick couple of photos that I’ll post as a sneak peek until then!

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Lilly and Brody - 3.5 weeks old

You may remember seeing Laura’s maternity photos a few weeks ago!  Well, here are her precious little twins, Lilly and Brody!  These photos were taken when they were 3.5 weeks old, and they were such sweeties!

Baby feet and toes!

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Here are a few of Lilly and Brody together.

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They seemed to have different opinions on when to sleep and when to wake up!!  :)  Lilly was out like a light for this part of the session, while in this shot Brody seemed to be wondering when exactly this photo shoot thing was going to be finished!!

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And now for a few of just Lilly…

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Gotta love it when they give you smiles!!

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Getting sleepy!

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And now for little Brody!

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I’ll include some more cute little toes, and then end with a shot of Lilly and Brody’s faithful dog, who wanted in on the photo shoot as well!!

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Thanks, Laura and Jacob, for letting me photograph your sweet little boy and girl!!

Documentary: Born Into Brothels

This weekend I watched the documentary Born Into Brothels.  The film was created by photographer Zana Briski and filmmaker Ross Kauffman.  In 2005, the film won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature (and many other awards as well).  Kids with Cameras, the organization that came about through Briski’s work teaching photography to children in the red-light district of Calcutta, describes the film in this way:

“A tribute to the resiliency of childhood and the restorative power of art, Born into Brothels is a portrait of several unforgettable children who live in the red light district of Calcutta, where their mothers work as prostitutes. Zana Briski, a New York-based photographer, gives each of the children a camera and teaches them to look at the world with new eyes.”

Briski teaches the children to use their photography to express themselves, and to give them a voice.  The children’s work has been displayed in galleries, made into a book, and is available for purchase through the Kids with Cameras website, with the goal of supporting the children’s education and well being.

It has been 10 years since my first trip to Calcutta, India, but watching this documentary brought back so many memories of my time there.  I was reminded of the beauty and tragedy that fill the crowded city.  I think that the film tries to capture this.

I want to post a few of the photos taken by the children featured in this film.  I hope that looking at these photos will challenge us all to stop for a moment, to remember the many kids around the world living in incredibly difficult circumstances, and to do what we can to be a part of helping ease the world’s pain.

The kids - taken by Zana:

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Taken by Manik:

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Taken by Shanti:

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Taken by Gour:

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Taken by Kochi:

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Taken by Suchitra:

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Taken by Tapasi:

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Taken by Avijit:

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If you have a chance, I would highly recommend watching Born Into Brothels.  You’ll definitely be moved by the stories it tells.