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September 7, 2017
Your wedding is one of the most important events in your life. It is a day which holds huge personal and cultural significance, so you’ll want to be surrounded by all the people you love. Choosing your bridesmaids can...
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Your wedding is one of the most important events in your life. It is a day which holds huge personal and cultural significance, so you’ll want to be surrounded by all the people you love. Choosing your bridesmaids can be a difficult business, especially when you want to avoid offending or excluding friends and family. However, you need to pick people who you know will make your day enjoyable, special and will put you at ease. After all, no one wants a bridesmaid who will steal the limelight! The number of bridesmaids couples have at their wedding tends to vary; there are no hard and fast rules so choose the number that feels right for you. Here’s how to pick the right bridesmaids for your wedding.

Consider Who Will Step Up To The Role

Remember that being a bridesmaid comes with its own set of expectations and responsibilities. The maid of honour is the bride’s go-to for all things wedding related. They will help to organise the celebrations before and on the day of your wedding. For this reason, choosing your flakiest, most disorganised friend may not be the best choice for your maid of honour, no matter how much you cherish their friendship. Make sure that you pick someone who is going to take their duties seriously and can rely on them.

Consult Your Other Half

Once you have created a shortlist of the people you want to be your bridesmaids, don’t forget to consult your fiancée. They might have different ideas about who would be best for the role, or may have their own suggestions to make. In this case, you might need to compromise, such as if you need to ask your future sister-in-law to be a bridesmaid to keep the family peace.
Consider Any Problems Which May Arise
Your bridesmaids will have to give up a lot of their time to help make your big day go to plan. So it’s a good idea to take the time to consider the personal circumstances of each person you are going to ask to be a bridesmaid. Do they have their own family commitments? Or do they live half way around the world? Be realistic about your expectations to avoid disappointment.
Once you’ve decided who you would like to ask to be your bridesmaid, all that’s left to do is the fun part- asking them the question! You can do this in whichever way you think is most appropriate, perhaps through a formal invite or by simply phoning them up to ask. Don’t be offended if someone says no, they are simply doing you a favour by letting you know that they aren’t up to the task. Not everyone is up for the responsibility of organising such an important event. When you’ve got your bridesmaids sorted, the next thing you’ll need to decide is who is going to capture every moment of your big day. If you’re looking for a professional and experienced Asian wedding photographer, get in touch with Rashpal Photography today.

September 7, 2017
Before Henna became the body art that we know it as today, it was used as a cooling method. Men and women alike would soak their hands and feet in a henna solution, but how did this lead to the far more common intricate...
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Before Henna became the body art that we know it as today, it was used as a cooling method. Men and women alike would soak their hands and feet in a henna solution, but how did this lead to the far more common intricate body-art designs? When people soaked their hands and feet with Henna for the cooling effect, the henna would stain their skin, and as it began to fade it would leave patterns. This reportedly led to the idea of using henna for the artistic, delicate designs seen in modern times. But where did Henna originate from?

Origin

It can be hard to pinpoint exactly where Henna originates from due to the centuries worth of cultural interaction and the movement of peoples. While there is evidence of the use of Henna as decoration being used as early as the 7th millennium BC, it’s more commonly known that the earliest civilisations to have used Henna included the Babylonians, Assyrians, Semites, Canaanites, Ugaritics and Sumerians. Henna can be traced to the 4th and 5th centuries too, with clear illustrations on Bodhisattvas and deities of cave wall murals suggesting that this is the case – this would ultimately mean that Henna had been used in India hundreds of years before the inception of the Islamic religion.

Culture and Medicine

Henna has been used worldwide for hundreds of years both culturally, and medicinally. Whether it’s used culturally for self-expression, celebration of a special occasion such as a wedding or birthday, reminders (similar to tattoos), beauty, cosmetic treatments or inspiration, or medicinally through blessings and well-being and a range of topical treatments, Henna has been used and is still being used in cultures all over the world. Medicinally, Henna is considered an herb and it has been long-believed that it has healing qualities. While it isn’t ingested or inhaled, Henna can be applied to the skin surface to help solve a range of ailments including headaches, burns, sunburn, stomach pain, open wounds, athlete’s foot, and can even be used as a fever-reducer or to prevent hair loss.

Tradition

One of the most commonly-thought of uses of Henna is in religious or cultural traditions. In Africa, Pakistan, India and the Middle East, Henna is traditionally used for weddings, birthdays, and even religious or public holidays if the occasion calls for it. The Mehndi (henna) Night is a night where the bride, her family and her friends all get together to celebrate the coming wedding. With games, music, dance performances, the night is quite simply a celebration of the bride, who will get extensive henna patterns done on her hands and feet, that will travel down to her elbows, and possible even her knees. This can take hours, and are often done by multiple henna artists. Guests can also, and regularly do, get small designs on the backs of their hands as well.

Modern Use in the West

People in the western world have quickly adopted the more ancient traditions of decorating their bodies with henna, but most notably it became popular in the 90’s in America. Celebrities like Xena, Liv Tyler, Gwen Stefani, Madonna and more all proudly adorned their bodies with henna, and often showed them off in public, movies, videos and more. It was often found that the adoption of henna designs also came with the adoption of the traditions too, with many people in the west decorating their skin for weddings, pregnancy and sometimes even while going through Chemo or to cover any number of other scars.
This beautiful art form has become a big part of worldwide culture, and is still used widely and fondly today. Whether it’s for a cultural tradition, or simply because you find the art form to be beautiful, henna body art especially is a timeless art that many still practice or receive worldwide.

August 14, 2017
Every bride wants to look perfect on their wedding day. After all, it is one of the most important and memorable days of your life. Gathering your friends and family together for the celebration makes it even more...
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Every bride wants to look perfect on their wedding day. After all, it is one of the most important and memorable days of your life. Gathering your friends and family together for the celebration makes it even more special, but you’ll want to stand out from the crowd.
Choosing the perfect lehenga, the traditional ankle-length skirt worn by Indian women for formal occasions, is a complex matter. You need to find the ideal colour to compliment your complexion and enhance your beauty. Many women choose to wear red because it is associated with love, strength and bravery. Read our blog on the significance of the colour red in Indian weddings to find out more about the importance of colour choice.
After you have decided which colour you are going to wear, the next decision to be made is the style of your lehenga. You’ll want to choose a style which flatters you figure, helping you to look beautiful on your big day. Here’s our quick guide to styling an outfit for some of the most common body types.

Apple Shaped Figure

Women with an apple shaped figure tend to carry the majority of their weight around their waist, hips and bottom. They are blessed with a curvy body which will look best in a full-length flared lehenga. This is because the flared bottom will flow outwards, giving you the appearance of a petite waist. Women with an apple shaped body should general stick to a lehenga with a solid colour and avoid heavy embroidery as this can make the wearer appear bigger than they are.

Pear Shaped Figure

A pear shaped figure is similar to an apple, however pear shaped women usually have a small bust and shoulders, with wider hips. The most flattering lehenga style for your body type is an A-line lehenga. The A-line style will appear sleek and sophisticated, fitted close to compliment your waist before flaring out at the bottom. This draws attention away from the hips. You can further enhance the image by adding a detailed choli or puffed sleeves to draw attention to your upper body and slim waist.

Hour-Glass Figure

Women with an hour-glass figure have a small waist with evenly proportioned curves on their hips and bust. Hour-glass figured women could choose a flowing full-length lehenga to exaggerate her small waist. Alternatively, you could opt for heavy detailing on your choli and lehenga to make a bold statement. Hour-glass figured women have the luxury of being evenly proportioned so there is no need to style your outfit to draw attention away from certain areas!
Remember there are no defined rules for how you should style your wedding outfit. The most important thing is that you feel confident, comfortable and beautiful. To help put you even more at ease on your big day, why not hire an experienced photographer who specialises in capturing the magic of Indian weddings? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with Rashpal Photography today.

August 14, 2017
Most people will know how important and celebrated Asian weddings are. Every bride wants her wedding day to be special, it is one of the biggest celebrations in her life. The events are usually huge, with whole extended...
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Most people will know how important and celebrated Asian weddings are. Every bride wants her wedding day to be special, it is one of the biggest celebrations in her life. The events are usually huge, with whole extended families and friends invited to celebrate, and the celebrations can last for days. Some Asian brides-to-be hire a wedding planner or wedding coordinator to help them to organise their event. However, there is a big difference between a wedding planner and a coordinator. A planner will help you to prepare for the big day but a coordinator will be there throughout the whole process. So, what exactly is the role of an Asian wedding coordinator?

Organisation

First, the wedding coordinator will discuss the couple’s wants and needs for their wedding celebration. This will involve discussing how they imagine their wedding day and their personal preferences for all elements of the wedding, from the music to the food.
The coordinator will then take on the role of organiser to make sure the day runs smoothly. They will meet with suppliers to arrange catering, decorations and entertainment. The couple can be as involved in the selection of suppliers as they choose to be. This is ideal because it gives them the time to focus on other elements of the wedding, such as choosing the perfect outfit, while still enabling them to be involved with planning the day.
After the suppliers are arranged, the wedding coordinator then takes on the role of itinerary planning. This involves organising how the whole day will run, from the speeches to the cake cutting, and ensuring that the suppliers are aware of the proceedings. An Asian wedding coordinator will organise every detail of the wedding, meaning that nothing gets missed.

Communication

The Asian wedding coordinator is also responsible for all of the wedding communication. This includes becoming the main point of contact and taking phone calls from suppliers, so the couple is not disturbed during the run-up to the wedding. They will help to answer any queries from both the soon-to-be-married couple and the suppliers to ensure that everyone is happy and ready for the big day.

On the Day

An Asian wedding coordinator will usually attend the wedding. On the day they will provide support to help make sure that all of the guests are looked after. They will take the pressure off of the couple by helping out however they can. This could involve showing guests to their seats or collecting the gifts for the couple. This leaves the happy couple free to enjoy every moment of their day without any stress or pressure.
As you can see, an Asian wedding coordinator can play a huge role in making a very significant day for Asian families extra special. It can take the pressure away from the couple, enabling them to spend more time with their friends and family. To help you capture all the excitement of your big day, consider getting in touch with an experienced Asian wedding photographer at Rashpal Photography.

July 10, 2017
Having done a number of great weddings in the family, it was now simrans turn to get married so we knew it was going to be a good one!  Her other-half to be, LP was very enthusiastic and shared in our vision. We really...
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Having done a number of great weddings in the family, it was now simrans turn to get married so we knew it was going to be a good one!  Her other-half to be, LP was very enthusiastic and shared in our vision. We really enjoyed working with different elements and props including a luxury Maserati and using smoke to really add that WOW factor to the images. Heres a few from their day…

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June 27, 2017
So many couples say that their biggest bugbear and the cause of one too many arguments as a couple to be involved the organisation and dealing with RSVP cards and paperless wedding invitations on the whole. As more and...
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So many couples say that their biggest bugbear and the cause of one too many arguments as a couple to be involved the organisation and dealing with RSVP cards and paperless wedding invitations on the whole. As more and more couples are opting to send out their wedding invites online or via email, there has been a complex debate started between traditionalists who still prefer paper to those who seek out a cheaper and environmentally friendly solution to bring their guests together for their special day. So which option would you choose having considered the following pros and cons of each?

 

Paper Invitations

Paper invitations are unlikely to go completely out of style and their relevance in today’s wedding trends is still highly significant. When planning your wedding day the little touches and details are the most important, which is why so many couples still enjoy sending out physical invitations even in an age where technology is taking over.
Something that also brings a lot of couples joy is the fact that they and their friends are able to have a hard-copy to serve as a long lasting memory of their special day in the form of a paper invitation. It also ensures that you do not have to deal with the worry of having your precious wedding invitation not load up or send properly, or even end up in the spam folder by accident!
The downside of paper invitations is in the matter that they might get lost in the post or in the fact that they will require you to know the postal details of everyone you are looking to invite- not to mention the fact that you will need to ask for a favour from someone willing to hand write the envelopes! Time to start recruiting!

 

Paperless Invitations

While some wedding planners scoff at the very notion of sending a wedding invitation via email, it has proven to be one of the biggest trends among couples in recent years. Paperless invites are cheap to make and can still feature the same design features that you would associate with a ‘proper’ card invitation. In fact, they also allow couples the opportunity the chance to get more creative with the fact that they can add sound and moving graphics to really capture the attention of those on the other end of the email.
As well as this, a wedding invite is also unlikely to go missing (you can easily filter through your emails to locate it) and you can also send a reply instantly- this will allow you to instantly sync the date into your diary so that you won’t have to remember to do so manually. Also, should you wish to have a physical copy of your invitation you can just as easily print it out. It has to be said that the downsides of sending your invite online is the fact that it has to deal with the potential threat of falling into the ‘spam’ folder or potentially deal with being unable to send invites to older generations who are not as technologically savvy as the younger generations.
Regardless of how you prefer to gather up your guests for your wedding day, be sure capture the special moments of the occasion by hiring a professional Indian wedding photographer. Here at Rashpal Photography, we work hard to ensure that your special day is immortalised in the most contemporary and stunning way possible.

June 14, 2017
Red is an incredibly symbolic colour, it has many different meanings depending on where it is seen. In cinematography it often represents love, desire or danger. When we see it on street signs we know we are being given...
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Red is an incredibly symbolic colour, it has many different meanings depending on where it is seen. In cinematography it often represents love, desire or danger. When we see it on street signs we know we are being given a warning. Colours are typically important in wedding traditions across the globe and they are often influenced by religion. In England the bride usually wears white to symbolise purity, while red is associated with the devil. The symbolism of red in Indian culture is completely different, influenced by Hindu beliefs, and features heavily in weddings.
In Indian culture colours are highly important. Red symbolises love, commitment, strength and bravery. These associations with the colour red come from Hindu religious beliefs. Red is often connected to Durga, a warrior goddess who symbolises strength and power. It is also associated with the stunning sunrises that spring to mind when you think of India. These are all desirable qualities for a bride to be associated with.
It is traditional for a bride to wear a red sari, ghagra or lehenga-cholis to symbolise prosperity in her new life. Interestingly, in Indian culture, white is typically worn for funerals. Guests are also expected to dress colourfully and avoid wearing black because it represents mourning. It seems to be a universal tradition to avoid wearing the same colour as the bride!
Red is considered one of the most flattering shades to wear on the big day, as it complements the complexion to enhance a bride’s beauty. Red henna may also be worn to symbolise the passage into adulthood and married life. Jewellery is also typically red and so is the sindoor some newly married women wear as a mark of respect. The sindoor is sometimes said to represent the husbands life, so women may have a long, dark sindoor to symbolise a long, prosperous life for their husband. In Hindu tradition married women wear a red bindi, while single females may opt for a black one.
An Indian wedding may last from several days to up to a week (the stages of a Hindu wedding are explained on our blog). The colour will be seen in all stages of the event, if it takes place in a temple the deities will be covered with red powder. Even traditional rituals feature the colour red. Before stepping into her new home, a bride walks barefoot through red water. Her footprints represent the beginning of a new role as wife.
There has been increasing number of Indian brides choosing to wear gold for their wedding instead, as it is considered sophisticated and is associated with royalty. But red remains the most powerfully symbolic colour in Indian culture and will remain a hugely significant part of wedding ceremonies for years to come.
If you’re looking for someone to capture all the colour of your special day, consider getting in touch with a knowledgeable and experienced Indian wedding photographer like Rasphal Photography today.

May 25, 2017
Hindu wedding ceremonies will generally vary from one to the next, depending on the preference of the couples, but there are a number of rituals and special moments that really set a Hindu wedding apart from the rest. A...
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Hindu wedding ceremonies will generally vary from one to the next, depending on the preference of the couples, but there are a number of rituals and special moments that really set a Hindu wedding apart from the rest. A Hindu wedding ceremony will be carried out by Shastra, and as it is one of the world’s most ancient religions, some of these practical rituals are carried out according to the couple’s personal choices and preferences. Here, we’re taking a look at the most important parts of a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony.

Ganesh Puja & Graha Shanti

A traditional Hindu wedding ceremony will begin with a prayer to Lord Ganesh, who is believed to be the remover of obstacles. This is to help ensure that the entire wedding day and itinerary runs without a hitch, and this will be carried out by the bride’s parents. Another prayer usually completed by the bride’s parents is the graha shanti, which is a prayer to the nine planets of the solar system. The idea behind this is that the bride and groom are blessed with strength, courage and peace of mind, because the planets are believed to have an influence on the paths that we walk in life.

Entrance Of The Bride & Kanyadaan

The entrance of the bride is cued with the announcement of ‘Kanya padharo sawdhaan’ and the bride will then be escorted by her maternal uncles and whomever else she would like as part of her entrance. In some variations, there may be a white cloth held up in front of the groom so he cannot see the bride during the entrance. Kanyadaan is the giving away of the bride, where the bride’s parents will announce that they are trusting the groom with their daughter, and the couple will then vow to accept each other in equal partnership.

Varmala & Ganth Bandhan

This is a chord made up of 24 cotton threads which is placed around the couple to represent their new bond. The sister of the groom or the priest will then tie the groom’s stole to the bride’s saree (ganth bandham) in order to represent that they are bound to each other eternally.

Agni Puja, Shilarohana and Mangal Fera

This is the part of the ceremony where the priest will light a small fire, which is supposed to act as a pure and sacred witness. Shilarohana is where the bride places her right foot on a stone, and vows to be as strong as the rock in order to preserve peace. Mangal fera is where the couple circle the fire four times in order to represent the four goals of life: righteousness, wealth, desire and salvation. When they circle the fire, the bride’s brother will bring an offering of rice or barley.

Mangal Sutra & Sindoor

This is a necklace that the groom will gift to his bride, normally made of gold and black beads. The mangal sutra is placed around the bride’s neck and then sindoor is the act of parting the hair – a symbol of a married woman.

Saptapadi

This is the moment where the couple take seven steps, while repeating seven vows in order to cement their marriage.

Aashirwad

This is the moment where the couples take their final blessing from both sets of parents, and any other elders within the family.
A Hindu ceremony is full of rituals and spiritual moments, and a specialist Asian wedding photographer like Rashpal Photography will ensure that all of these moments are effortlessly captured, without any disruption to the ceremonious events throughout the wedding. Get in touch with our team today to discuss your Hindu wedding requirements, to ensure your special day can be kept as an ever-lasting memory.

May 8, 2017
Asian weddings are known to be extravagant and full of colour. These exceptionally magnificent celebrations of love and life are often defined by the expensive ceremonies that are all a part of the celebration. One of...
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Asian weddings are known to be extravagant and full of colour. These exceptionally magnificent celebrations of love and life are often defined by the expensive ceremonies that are all a part of the celebration. One of the biggest and most important parts of any Asian wedding is the wedding dress. According to research by Asiana Wedding Magazine in 2015, the average Asian couple in the UK actually spends a whopping £50,000 on a wedding, but here, we’re taking a closer look at some of the most expensive Asian wedding dresses ever created!

£100,000 Lengha

A lengha is a traditional skirt and top outfit that is very popular as an Asian wedding dress. In 2015, the world’s most expensive Asian wedding dress was created by celebrity designer Sati Takhar and the dress’s extravagance cannot be denied. Encrusted with diamonds, weighing more than 30kg and being worth more than £100,000, this incredible Asian wedding dress was on display at the Asian Wedding Show in London and kept in a glass box guarded by a bodyguard. The lengha features a strapless corset and flared skirt which are both encrusted with diamonds, and a veil which is placed around the head and shoulders.

Aishwarya Rai’s Kanjeevaram Saree

This charming bride, and a Bollywood celebrity, donned a traditional yellow and gold Kanjeevaram saree for her wedding to Abhiskek Bachchan. This was designed by Neeta Lulla and was finished with Swarovski crystals and golden thread-work to make the dress look even more stunning. It wasn’t just the dress that made this outfit so expensive; in order to complete the look, Ms Rai wore 22 karat gold jewellery (which included an emerald and a gold armband), and was also gifted 15 kilos of gold and diamonds for her big day!

Shipla Shetty’s Red Sari

Designed by one of the best designers, Tarun Tahiliani, Shilpa Shetty wore a red saree that was embroidered with 8000 Swarovski crystals. In fact, this dress was valued at a whopping Rs. 50 lakh! With kundan jewellery, uncut diamonds and plenty of emeralds to complete the look, this wedding day between Shetty and husband Raj Kundra was simply breathtaking and can still be remembered as one of Bollywood’s most ceremonious weddings!

Miss Asia Pacific’s Non-Traditional Saree

One of the most eye-catching and expensive Asian wedding dresses was flaunted by former Miss Asia Pacific Dia Mirza, back in 2014. Moving away from the traditional red and gold colours, Miss Mirza chose an extremely beautiful green and beige saree. This sharara outfit was the creation of Ritu Kumar, and was matched with a long, golden jacket which truly completed the look. In addition to this, she wore plenty of diamond and emerald jewellery to keep the price tag up!

Asian Wedding Photographers To Catch The Beauty Of Your Dress

If you’re having an Asian wedding in the UK and you want the beauty of your expensive Asian wedding dress captured in all its glory, then there’s no better choice than Rashpal Photography. As an Asian wedding photographer, Rashpal has plenty of experience in capturing the best moments of the wedding to help ensure your memories last a life time. Get in touch with a member of the team to discuss your Asian wedding photography options today!

April 22, 2017
It can feel like quite a challenge to plan a wedding when you don’t know where to start and a grand Asian wedding in particular is going to require a lot of planning. If you don’t know how to start planning your...
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It can feel like quite a challenge to plan a wedding when you don’t know where to start and a grand Asian wedding in particular is going to require a lot of planning. If you don’t know how to start planning your spectacular Asian wedding then here is some advice to get the ball rolling. We hope to get you on your way to creating an incredible wedding and creating memories that will last you a lifetime.

Work out your budget

The first step to planning a wedding should always be to work out how much you have to spend. Your budget is going to have a huge effect on your wedding decisions, so the sooner you start figuring it out the sooner you can get to making important decisions.

Get the important details out of the way first

Your big decisions should be the ones to get through before anything else, even if they’re tough to make. The first things you will need to do are choose a date for your wedding that are suitable for both you and your guests, choose the number of events, choose a theme, calculate the number of guests and allocate responsibilities between the families. Once this is done, you will find yourself having a much easier time making the smaller decisions.

Choose your venue carefully

The venue of your wedding is going to be setting the tone for the occasion, so don’t jump into a decision too soon. Take a look around for the sort of venue you want and start looking for it early to make sure it isn’t snapped up by another couple. The best places get booked quickly, so don’t waste any time in touring around your options and working out the best place for you and your guests. One of the biggest Asian wedding mistakes is underestimating the amount of guests in attendance, so make sure the venue is big enough to fit everyone on your guest list with some extra room for dancing.

Experience everything first hand

Many couples in a hectic rush to book everything for their wedding might just see an impressive service or product online and make the decision then and there. However, this can often end in disappointment when the day arrives and what they saw online is not what they got. If you are booking a makeup artist, caterer, live band or any similar kind of service, make sure you have a sample of their services long before the wedding to make sure that they are capable of meeting your demands. Taste their food, get a makeup trial or listen to their music, giving yourself enough time to find someone else if they don’t meet your standards. Use a similar principle when booking suppliers or purchasing your wedding attire. Even if a company have been recommended by the venue or were used for your friend’s/ family member’s wedding, make sure you consider them carefully and read lots of reviews before you choose the one that’s right for your wedding.

Get a good photographer

Choosing the right Asian wedding photographer is one of the most delicate parts of wedding plan. These wedding photos are going to last you for the rest of your life and document this special event, so you need to make sure that the photographer you choose knows how to capture the perfect wedding photos that you would be proud to frame and show off in the years to come. If you want contemporary, elegant and stylish wedding, look to book Rashpal Photography.