By Sreejan Guha Niyogi Last Updated:
At the end of any wedding, it is always the photographs that give couples memories that they cherish forever. Talking about wedding photographs, one trend that is dominating the scene in India is that of the pre-wedding photo shoot. It is a concept where the to-be wed couples get a chance to create some un-replicable precious moments that are beautifully captured by their photographer.
Almost all couples and their photographers prefer natural outdoor locations for their pre-wedding shoots. An outdoor location allows the couple to be themselves in front of the camera. So, choosing the correct location can do wonders for your shoot. Well, we have compiled a guide to help you choose the best location for a pre-wedding shoot in your city. We have already done the first part of our series on Best Places in Delhi for a Pre-wedding Shoot. And, here is another one for all the soon-to-be married couples in Kolkata. Here are the best locations in Kolkata for a pre-wedding shoot.
The morning life in the Hooghly Ghats is a unique mixture of boats, bathers, religious offerings and local masseurs. The morning light is just perfect for photography. The smokey atmosphere in the winters will create an aroma of mystery in your photos, which will make them even more special.
You can take one of the boat rides to capture a photo with the Howrah Bridge behind you. In addition, you can check out other surrounding areas of the Hooghly Ghat, which are just perfectly deserted yet adequately crowded for a perfect photo-shoot session.
The two kilometer stretch of beautiful riverfront (of the sacred Ganges) is what amplifies its photographic significance. A popular hangout place for lovebirds is a good enough idea for pre-wedding shoot, especially early in the morning or at the brink of twilight.
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Even wedding photographer, Indrajit Bhattacharya, of Wedding Bells says, “I would say Prinsep Ghat is the best location to capture a couple in a romantic mood.”
Talking about the location and the reason why he loves this one, he adds, “It is cliché but classic. It has combination of white pillars, a park, railway tracks, Ganges and bridge view, all in a single location. And, it goes well with all kinds of dresses.”
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Eco Park is rather recently developed when compared to other places in the city, but is an appropriate choice for a pre-wedding shoot. Located at New Town, its key attractions include- Rose garden, Butterfly garden, Fruit garden, Tea garden and Eco Island.
The crowd mostly consists of laid back visitors who have come to relax and enjoy. Once you are there you can take all the time you need to complete the shoot void of any distractions and disturbance.
Talking about this location, photographer, Indrajit Bhattacharya, says, “Eco Park is another favourite of mine these days. It is a combination of water body, park, walkways, boat ride, all that a photographer can ask for.”
He further adds, “The sun sets on the horizon of the water body here, which makes it exceptional for photos during the sunset hours.”
Located on the west bank of Ganges in Shibpur, Botanical Garden is a beautiful location for a pre-wedding photo shoot.
Botanical Garden is for those who want to steal away a few moments, away from all the prying eyes, in the laps of the nature.
Its famous Banyan tree, palm collection, and giant amazon lily pads offer a stunning natural backdrop to a couple’s photos. There you will also get a boating lake, to add interesting elements to the photographs.
From Hooghly in the west to Chowringhee and Park Street in the east, Maidan is a huge urban park. This huge stretch of open land is lined with lush greenery, tram tracks and statues. It also houses Fort Williams, Victoria Memorial, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Birla Planetarium.
Its vastness is the reason why it is so preferred location for a pre-wedding shoot by Kolkata-based couples and their photographers. Maidan is a huge open field, which is quite crowded too. Well, maybe that is a reason why Abhijit Bhowmick, of 35mm World Studio, loves this location.
He says, “I try to capture the couple's moments oblivious to the busy and chaotic surrounding. It makes the couple stand out. Also, I love shooting trams in the background. Trams hold historical significance in Kolkata.”
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While in Kolkata, how can one forget Victoria Memorial? It is a spectacular display of British colonial architecture and an unexplainable blend of European, Indian and Persian styles.
It is well maintained with beautiful gardens, which has earned its name as “couple’s hangout” over the years. It is the ideal location for a pre-wedding shoot with so many potential features to exploit in creativity.
Photographer, Indrajit Bhattacharya, says, “The interaction during the shoot helps the photographer to know more about the couple, their preferences, communication style and these will help the photographer to understand the couple's requirement during the wedding easily and enable him to capture the candid moments with ease as the couple will not be stiff since they'd know their photographer already.”
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Photographer Abhijit Bhowmick, tells us, “Based on the comfort level of the couple they should decide to do indoors or outdoors. Since in the outdoor shoots most often there will be undue attention given by passer-bys or locals, so in such cases, if the couples are comfortable in posing or be in their candid moment, they may opt for an outdoor shoot."
Abhijit, also adds,"If opting for outdoor, couples should decide what kind of background they want in their photos. Do they want to capture any historical significance of the place, do they wish to capture the cultural significance of the place, or they wish to capture the essence of daily life of the city? If couples are opting for an indoor shoot, then they should consider places where there is sufficient light and it is spacious. There should be minimal flower decoration, and curtain or cloth based background should be avoided at all cost.”
Well, Indrajit sums it up the best by saying, “The real mango tastes better than a packaged drink, isn't it?” And, Abhijit, adds on this and says, “Outdoor shoots provides ample creative shots and space to photographers. Also such photos tend to capture the essence or pulse of that particular city.”
So, all you soon-to-be married couples, who are planning for a pre-wedding photo shoot in the vibrant city, Kolkata, use our guide to your advantage. Are you ready to create some amazing and everlasting memories?
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