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Here you will find our recent work. We specialise in hindu, sikh and muslim weddings in the UK and internationally

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February 22, 2017
Let me begin by first quoting a statement by Aaron Siskind: “Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have...
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Let me begin by first quoting a statement by Aaron Siskind:

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”

We are surrounded by imagery in our everyday lives, be it through advertising, media, landscapes or even our own visualisations. There have been a small number of great painters who have made history and created masterpieces that have transcended through time based on their visualisations. Painters can create imagery completely from their imagination whilst photographers tend to use real life as a starting point. They are all meant for one thing: to evoke a feeling or an emotion, which we gain an understanding of by relying on our senses.

As a photographer, I have spent the best part of 17 years (so far) developing an eye, imagination and understanding of how my visualisations can tell a story to evoke an emotion from my photographs.

The ability to evoke an emotion is what makes photography.

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Take this image for example. From a literal viewpoint, it shows what looks like to be a man pushing a person in a wheelchair in a garden. It may be cold as the man is wearing a coat and the person in the wheelchair has a blanket and wearing a scarf.  Are they going towards the doors and into the building? Is the man a carer or a relative to the person in the wheelchair? One can ask a lot of questions depending on one’s imagination.

There could be a story behind the image. Perhaps the two people are more connected and a son is selflessly taking his mother for a stroll in the garden. Perhaps she is living the final years of her life.

The truth is, the man is my dutiful father and the elderly lady my dear grandmother who sadly passed away this day exactly one year ago. This is a very personal image where i was blessed to be the author which reminds me of the selfless devotion my father had in taking the utmost care of his mother for over forty years of his life. It also reminds me of the loving grandmother I had who was the pillar of strength for her family. She was born and raised in a simpler time where she developed and shared her wisdom with all the lives she touched. Her beliefs and faith gave her strength and she spent the majority of her life promoting humility through her philanthropic and voluntary service to the community.

This was one of the last images taken of her whilst she was relatively stable and happy before her health took a turn for the worst.

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, but love leaves a memory that no one can steal.’ – Richard Puz

It’s hard to forget someone who gave you so much to remember by and this image exemplifies a glimpse of her long-lived journey.

RIP Ms Charan Kaur Bhachu

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January 20, 2017
Indian weddings (or ‘Vivaah’) are typically recognised for their vivacious energy, scale, grandeur, colours and sacred traditions. Guests at Asian weddings often find it difficult to focus on one thing as there is...
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Indian weddings (or ‘Vivaah’) are typically recognised for their vivacious energy, scale, grandeur, colours and sacred traditions. Guests at Asian weddings often find it difficult to focus on one thing as there is always so much to see and experience, however there is a distinct moment that always captures their attention– the entrance of the bride in her red dress. Understanding the importance of colour and the history surrounding Asian wedding dresses could act as an important guide when it comes to selecting your very own wedding attire!

The Significance Of Colour In Wedding Dresses

Colour has always played a vital part in Indian culture and each hue signifies an aspect of life. A wedding symbolises so much in terms of change in the life of an Indian woman and so red acts as a reminder for the beginning of a new phase of life. Red saris are the traditional garment of choice for many brides in Indian culture and are traditionally made of silk, although the colour and fabric choices have expanded over time. The colour red is one associated with colour and passion and is also connected to the colour of the rising sun. Hindu brides are often asked to wear red as the colour stands for fertility and fertility.

Ceremonial Significance Of A Red Sari

An Indian wedding typically lasts for several days and is composed of many different elements, of which the colour red is always present. The highlight of Indian weddings is the moment when the bride and groom unite as a couple and to mark the occasion, women are dresses in red bridal attire to pay homage to the sacred Hindu religion. Grooms also tend to wear red on their wedding day as the colour suggests strength.

The Importance Of Culture In Wedding Dress

Wedding dress aside, the colour red is also important when it comes to the colour of the bindi the bride adorns on her wedding day. While a black bindi is commonly associated with a single girl, red is chosen for married women. Henna is also an unforgettable part of Asian wedding attire and is used to decorate the palms and feet of women for special occasions.

Types Of Indian Wedding Dresses

Saris, Ghagras or Lehnga-cholis are the most common types of clothing worn by Indian brides. Ghagra cholis have become more popular in recent years as they present a unique style and suggest a new level of elegance that is so synonymous with modern day brides. Alternatively saris truly epitomise tradition and adds a dignified and ethereal look for Asian brides. Some Indian brides in Western countries may also choose to wear a sari during their ceremony and then change into a Lehnga later on.

Asian Wedding Accessories

Once a bride has chosen her desired red attire, her look cannot be complete without the addition of jewellery. Indian brides will find an abundance of beautifully colourful and ornate jewellery, sandals and clutches to set off their wedding gown.

Be sure to capture the glamour of your wedding day and your beautiful wedding dress by hiring a reputable Asian wedding photographer to ensure your wedding memories will last a lifetime…

January 13, 2017
This show is a ground-breaking, revolutionary show celebrating the beauty and diversity of Asian weddings. If you’re planning an Asian wedding and you’re looking for some inspiration for every element of your day,...
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This show is a ground-breaking, revolutionary show celebrating the beauty and diversity of Asian weddings. If you’re planning an Asian wedding and you’re looking for some inspiration for every element of your day, then the National Asian Wedding Show is the perfect choice. Here, you can sample delectable delights, take a look at some of the most in-fashion outfits, and have opportunities to shop, try, buy, and hire absolutely everything that you need for your big event. The National Asian Wedding Show is Europe’s largest Asian wedding show, and since October 2015 to date, there have been 6 shows in 3 major cities, featuring 500+ exhibitors and over 61,000 visitors from across the country and also across Europe.

2-Day Event

The National Asian Wedding Show offered unprecedented success with over 19,500 visitors over 2 days. Now, the National Asian Wedding Show is carrying out a UK tour with shows in Bradford, Birmingham and London throughout 2017. With Radisson Blu Edwardian hosting the show on the 5th February, the Birmingham Conference & Events Centre holding the show on the 5th March, and a two day event again in October 2017, you can be certain that there are plenty of opportunities for you to source the very best of Asian Weddings in the country, at numerous venues across the UK.

In Association With John Lewis

The prestigious show will be held in Heathrow’s Radisson Blu Edwardian, in association with John Lewis. This exciting sponsor of the show depicts just how far the National Asian Wedding Show has come, and with a number of venues solely focussed on providing exquisite weddings for the Asian community you are certain to find your dream location sooner than you may think.

Catwalks

One of the most unmissable parts of the show, aside from the 500+ exhibitors providing you with everything that you need to complete your wedding, is the catwalks. These catwalks will display some of the latest Asian wedding fashions, from bright colours, to traditional white ball-gown wedding dresses. The show hosts an industry leading and uniquely styled catwalk which runs 3 times throughout every day of the show, suited to the tastes of both men and women.

India Fashion Week

The National Asian Wedding Show will coincide with India Fashion Week when it hits London in March, and this will also include a number of catwalk shows from some of Indian fashion’s top designers including BIBI London, Lanacherry, Manay, Alpa Reena, Ravita Mayo, Valour Rose and many others. The National Asian Wedding Show purposefully coincides with this event to provide brides in particular with a huge range of choice when it comes to fashion exhibitors, allowing them to find their perfect wedding dress, no matter the style they are looking for.

If you’re searching for the perfect wedding photographer for your Asian wedding, then you’re in the right place. Award winning and contemporary, Rashpal Photography can provide you with the perfect photographs for your Indian, Asian, Hindu and Sikh wedding.

December 21, 2016
Asian weddings are a wonderland of customs, cultures, standards of service and cuisine which is what makes them unlike any other wedding in the world; full of colour, excitement and tiny details that makes them so...
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Asian weddings are a wonderland of customs, cultures, standards of service and cuisine which is what makes them unlike any other wedding in the world; full of colour, excitement and tiny details that makes them so spectacular! Finding the perfect venue can be tough in any circumstances and the time consuming process can lead to many unwelcome stresses. Coupled with the strain of searching for everything from the perfect photographer to the perfect dress, why not let our guide of the best London locations to host your Asian wedding take some pressure off of your wedding planning? The following list of inspirational settings for your big day are perfect no matter what your party size or budget- watch your wildest dreams come to life!

Natural History Museum

Imagine making your grand entrance by walking down the staircase of Hintze Hall in the grandeur of the Natural History Museum? While it may see out of the ordinary, this iconic museum can be transformed to become the most romantic and elegant of settings for your celebrations. Dining under the resident Stegosaurus us sure to make your big day the talk of all your friends for years to come!

The Dorchester

With a star-studded guest list comprising of the likes of Lady Gaga, Karl Lagerfeld and Elizabeth Taylor it’s easy to see why the gilded and lavishly decorated rooms of The Dorchester are so desirable when it comes to hosting a wedding. For a larger party, The Ballroom is an ideal choice, while The Penthouse and Pavilion are great for more intimate occasions and offer incredible views of Mayfair.

The Grosvenor House Hotel

Whether your wedding is large or small, The Grosvenor House Hotel has always been a popular setting for an Asian wedding. It’s great location and beautifully decorated function rooms make it an easy choice to those looking to have their wedding in London.

Hilton Park Lane

Hilton Park Lane is the perfect choice for those want all their little details taken care of for that added personal touch. The Hilton at Park Lane offers couples a range of banqueting rooms to ensure you are always given the best possible solution to your wedding requirements. Moreover, the hotel’s award winning team of chefs are on hand to create the ultimate dining experience for you and your guests.

Courtyard at Royal Exchange

The Courtyard at the Royal Exchange’s design was inspired by the Grand Cafes of 19th century European cities like Paris and Vienna. The historic building offers couples a relaxed and elegant atmosphere with a stunning central focal point and beautiful high ceilings.

Newland Manor

Newland Manor is a stunning 17th century building offering couples a unique wedding experience. It has immaculately maintained walled gardens and acres upon acres of land so there will be endless locations to shoot some beautiful wedding photos.

Jumeirah Carlton Knightsbridge

The Jumeriah Carlton Tower in Knightsbridge is the ultimate choice for couples looking to make their wedding day explosive and filled with elegance. Their open air Promenade Lounge offers a unique setting for your ceremony and your guests will be in awe at the reception area in the Bilgah ballroom.

Alexandra Palace

An award winning venue and a Grade Two Listed Victorian Building, Alexandra Palace contains nine function rooms, with the Palace Suite being a perfect choice for weddings. Nestled in 196 acres of parkland and with unparalleled views of London’s skyline, Alexandra Palace is sure to put a magnificent twist on your big day.

Babylon Lounge at Gilgamesh

With a capacity to hold 250 people, the Babylon Lounge is a beautiful wedding venue in London’s Camden. The lounge’s booths are draped in luxurious satin, making them a beautiful feature for your guests to enjoy. Its glamourous interior is perfect for couples who really want to make their wedding day memorable and with a bit of wow factor.

Grand Connaught Rooms

The Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden are the ideal location for a super-central London location. It can host up to 550 dinner guests and 1000 at a drinks reception. The wedding coordinators at the Grand Connaught Rooms can bring any couples visions into real life.

December 21, 2016
When a picture tells a thousand words, what would you want it to say about the happiest day of your life? If you’re feeling a little less than excited about being followed by the camera on your special day, you are...
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When a picture tells a thousand words, what would you want it to say about the happiest day of your life? If you’re feeling a little less than excited about being followed by the camera on your special day, you are not alone. Having all eyes on you on your wedding day is enough to make most people nervous, let alone having to also act natural while having the event documented photographically from beginning to end.  So, if feeling relaxed and comfortable when being photographed on your wedding day is a top priority, rest assured: there are ways around the stress of having to look poised and camera ready at all time. Finding a wedding photographer that has a less curated and rigid approach to taking pictures of you and your significant other is certainly not impossible, it simply involves finding someone who understands your reservations and makes you feel completely at ease…

Trust Is A Must

Building a rapport with your photographer is a very important part of getting the type of images you can feel proud to share with family and friends at the end of your special day. Firstly, you and your photographer should take the time to sit down and ask one another questions in order to learn about one another’s ideas and expectations, as well as discuss any anxieties you may have. Secondly, it’s important to have faith in their expertise and, having selected them after looking and liking the sorts of photographs they normally produce, let them do what they do best. Professionals will have a vision and an understanding about how they can get the best pics out of you and your partner effortlessly, whereas an amateur might make you pose awkwardly which is something the more camera shy couples should avoid.

Style It Out

While it may be easier to pick a photographer who has a documentary style approach that involves you disappearing into the background, sometimes finding someone who interacts with you in the right way can bring out the best in you and your spouse-to-be.

Go’ Journalistic’

This approach differs from the documentary style of taking pictures in that it allows the photographer to blend into the background and capture intimate moments without being too intrusive. Posing does have its place, so don’t be put off when the time comes to take some more formal photographs. Any good photographer can make the process feel natural and over before you know it!

Hidden Camera

With technology developing constantly, it was only a matter of time until we created a mirrorless camera. This new breed of camera has been at the forefront of wedding photography recently and has been used to capture some or all of a couple’s special day. They are less bulky than a traditional DSLR and can be just the thing you need to relax and take less notice of the photographer’s presence.

Try An E-Shoot

Engagement shoots are additional shoots that couples often have before their special day and many find that it helps them to get used to their photographer and to being photographed by a professional.  Just think of it as a test run before your big day!

Just Enjoy The Day!

While it may sound cliché, the best thing you can do to cure you of your camera-shyness is to simply let go and not worry. While it sounds easier said than done, try to condition your mind to relax and repeat to yourself that your wedding day is the most magical day of your life. If you enjoy yourself, the images will take care of themselves.

January 13, 2016
Upon meeting Jay & Simran, we were instantly able to see the love and passion between this beautiful couple.  They share a strong energy and we knew that there asian wedding will be full of some many great moments...
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Upon meeting Jay & Simran, we were instantly able to see the love and passion between this beautiful couple.  They share a strong energy and we knew that there asian wedding will be full of some many great moments and emotions.

The engagement shoot was to be the first opportunity to shoot the bride and groom to-be and there could not have been a better backdrop than Stowe House and Landscape Gardens.  With a beautiful mix of monumental gardens, 18th century temples and natural rivers it really is a photographers dream!

It was a delight to capture these images for Jay & Simran who were proud to present these to their wedding guests during their reception.  We look forward to posting images from their sikh wedding soon…

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September 21, 2015
We are excited to be showcasing the Engagement shoot of the lovely Rav & Maninder! Upon brainstorming for the shoot, the couple were ever so enthusiastic with the number of ideas we came up with and decided for a...
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We are excited to be showcasing the Engagement shoot of the lovely Rav & Maninder!

Upon brainstorming for the shoot, the couple were ever so enthusiastic with the number of ideas we came up with and decided for a split into two concepts.  The first concept was to be ‘geeky’ and ‘fun’ with a range of props to drive the look followed by a romantic and passionate shoot.

The Hill Gardens, London proved to be the ideal backdrop!

 

We look forward to posting more asian wedding photography from their magical wedding day soon….

 

Enjoy!

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May 11, 2015
The wedding of Inderveer & Priya was set to be a grand affair, and certainly did not disappoint. The traditional sikh wedding ceremony took place in Slough at The Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha followed by their...
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The wedding of Inderveer & Priya was set to be a grand affair, and certainly did not disappoint. The traditional sikh wedding ceremony took place in Slough at The Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha followed by their luxury reception at the Sofitel London Heathrow. When Inderveer and priya came to me, they had a vision set for how their wedding was to unfold and I knew the wedding will be fun packed with loads of family attending from all around the world and full of emotion.
Heres where their memories begin…

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April 21, 2015
Being able to shoot Engagement shoots in so many beautiful locations is something I personally really enjoy. What makes it even better is having the perfect couple who are mad in love and inspired to go above and beyond...
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Being able to shoot Engagement shoots in so many beautiful locations is something I personally really enjoy. What makes it even better is having the perfect couple who are mad in love and inspired to go above and beyond in creating spectacular images no matter how adventurous the idea. With Davinder & Navjot this certainly proved to be the case! Navjot was daring enough to stand on the edge of the embankment to create a truly memorable image. I was more afraid for her than she was! On a beautiful day in the city of London, heres how their shoot went…

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April 20, 2015
Wedding photography is extremely important, and for the amateur photographer it can be a nerve-wracking experience. The bride and groom are relying on you to provide them with photos that they can look back on forever,...
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Wedding photography is extremely important, and for the amateur photographer it can be a nerve-wracking experience. The bride and groom are relying on you to provide them with photos that they can look back on forever, which means the stakes are very high, and mistakes can be incredibly costly. Amateur photographers often run into the same kinds of problems when it comes to the big day, from having difficulty with the levels of exposure to forgetting the best types of shots to use. Here are the most common problems that amateur wedding photographers come across.

Exposure

The bride’s dress is the centrepiece of the day, and choosing the dress has probably been one of the biggest decisions in planning the whole wedding. Unfortunately a bright white dress is also very hard to photograph, and it becomes all too easy to over or underexpose.

Background

Nice, clean backgrounds are always the aim, as a messy one will distract from the focus. Simple doesn’t have to mean boring, but just remember that taking your pictures in front of an untidy bush in the church garden won’t give off the best results.

Forgetting the best shots

Professional wedding photographers will know every shot to take and every trick to make those shots look perfect. However it’s all too easy for amateur photographers to forget which kinds of shots to take, rushing the process and possibly missing some really great moments.

Chaotic group shots

An amateur photographer can find it hard to gather big groups of people together correctly for the best shots. By the time you’ve assembled everyone together you also have the task of making sure they’re facing the right way, smiling and looking at the camera. This can be intimidating, and it’s easy for group shots to turn a bit chaotic.

Equipment failure

Let’s face it, mistakes happen. There’s going to come a time when you accidentally drop the camera, or it stops working, or your memory card could even fill up and you’re left without a spare. An amateur photographer is unlikely to have the right backup equipment to fall back on, and this is where you really see the advantages of hiring a professional who has two sets of gear.

These mistakes are often seen at weddings where a professional photographer hasn’t been hired. When it comes to your wedding you get what you pay for, and should never compromise on price – the main concern should be having photos that will last a lifetime. With Rashpal Photography you’ll get professional looking photographs, captured by experts who have been doing this for years. Get in touch for more details.