Andrew Adams: Indian wedding magic

Detail from a wedding in Lucknow. Bride and groom exchange beautiful floral garlands. Photograph by Andrew Adams.

Inspired by the beauty of India’s wedding rituals

Andrew Adams of Katha Images is an Indian wedding photographer extraordinaire. In the past 12 years, he estimates he has shot close to 200 Indian weddings, both in North America and India. His portfolio is awash with glorious colour, fairy-tale locations, resplendent traditions and heart-felt emotion. And these are all the reasons he loves shooting Indian weddings.

“I grew up in a small Canadian town,” Andrew told me. “Indian weddings, and all the rich cultural traditions, were completely new to me, and very exciting.”

The band plays during the Baraat in Delhi. Photo by Andrew Adams

Andrew studied photography at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, and apprenticed with a fashion photographer who shot weddings on the weekend. He learned to shoot weddings from her and soon branched out on his own. He loves the creative freedom wedding photography affords, and also the freedom of running his own business. After about three years of shooting weddings, he started to specialize in Indian weddings. That was 12 years ago, and he’s very excited about where this specialty has taken him.

He has shot Indian weddings in Delhi, Goa, Jaipur, Lucknow, Bangalore, Kerala, and Udaipur amongst other places. “Shooting Indian weddings gives me the opportunity for travel, to go to new locations and meet new people; that’s part of the passion for me,” he said. “I feel full of life and energy when I’m in India.”

Indian culture, as exhibited in Indian weddings, is an endless source of fascination. “They are very colourful, very vibrant,” Andrew said. “There’s lots happening, lots of energy, lots of emotion. I love the beauty of the rituals and the close family bonds.”

Story telling in images

Sindhi Bride taken from behind the Mandap. Photo by Andrew Adams

Both the aesthetics and the culture of Indian weddings appeal to Andrew, whose company name, Katha, means story telling. His website explains: “Katha is an Indian style of story telling, often expressed through traditional dance, paintings, poetry, and other forms of creative art. Katha Images is all about telling the story of your wedding day, as seen through the lens of a creative, sensitive, documentary photographer.”

Indian weddings tell “stories” through rituals. And the variety of customs, rituals and traditions throughout India also appeals to Andrew, who says shooting Indian weddings never gets dull or routine. “I especially love Hindu wedding rituals — the fire ceremony, the seven steps, the focus on the feet, the many details.”

Indeed, Andrew’s love of Indian culture bursts through all his gorgeous photos. He’s an equally talented travel photographer, and I hope to be showcasing his India travel images on upcoming blogs. To view more of his work, and learn about his weddings in India and abroad please visit his website, Katha Images.

Career highlights

Below are several photos chosen by Andrew — highlights of his career. These photos represent moments that Andrew found compelling, beautiful or moving.

The Vidaai – A bride and her father overcome with emotion as the bride is carried away (to begin her new life) on a beautifully decorated Palanquin. Photograph by Andrew Adams.

Beautifully adorned elephants flank the entrance of City Palace in Jaipur to welcome the wedding guests. Photograph by Andrew Adams.

Detail from a wedding in Bangalore showing the bride’s henna on her feet, and killer shoes! Photography by Andrew Adams.

At a wedding in Bangalore, a brides mother applies tilak to her forehead, just before the Vidaai. Photography by Andrew Adams.

Groom smiles shyly at his new bride — while ensuring she’s the right one! Photograph by Andrew Adams

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5 Responses to Andrew Adams: Indian wedding magic

  1. Poonam Sikka August 4, 2011 at 7:09 am #

    Hi,

    M Poonam Sikka. M in just love wid your photography…its amazing…..m also going to get married this year Oct. Can I hav a broad idea of the cost??

    Thanks

    Poonam Sikka
    9818700941

  2. Mariellen August 4, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

    Hello Poonam, Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! I am sure it will be beautiful, and I can completely understand why you would want Andrew to shoot it. You can contact him through his website: wwww.kathaimages.com

    Mariellen

  3. Wedding Photography Delhi April 24, 2013 at 4:22 am #

    Great Job! Such a beautiful capture of emotions and the Indian Culture.

  4. James Malvi September 30, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    Beautiful Photography.. Nice Mahedi’s Photographs…

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