Editorial Bridal Shoot with Aalisha Panwar

Editorial Bridal Shoot with Aalisha Panwar

This time we bring to you a conceptual bridal shoot with the gorgeous and vivacious actor Aalisha Panwar of Ishq Mein Marjawan fame. The style and the concept of this shoot was put together by Celebrity MUA Neha Adhvik Mahajan. This shoot happened at Mitron Cafe & Bar at Andheri.

The moment you enter Mitron, the first thing that entices you is the similarity with the popular sitcom of the 90’s era “F.R.I.E.N.D.S”. There is a strong feeling of deja vu, and as you settle down you can totally get connected with the old world charm in the form of redwood furniture and the vast community tables. Also the quirky quotes on the walls, the high chairs, the hanging lights, and a dope bar captures your attention throughout. There is also an exterior area to this bar which has staircases, high vaulted door and magical wooden sitting areas. We made sure we utilised all the amazing photo-ops that this gorgeous place provided to the fullest.

Look 1
For the first look, Aalisha was dressed in a pastel blue lehenga with a tinge of silver. The very unique blouse with the arabic blouse gave a total contemporary feel to her look. She accesorised her look with diamond jewelry and looked stunning in every way. 


Look 2
For the second look, Aalisha was dressed in a royal red and golden lehenga with double dupattas to give her a larger-than-life look. Again, a unique blouse work did the trick in making the look out of the world. 

 

Neha also stated  “I always choose the best person to capture the special moments of my celebrity brides. So for this exclusive shoot, I called the best wedding photographers of India – KnotsbyAMP to give Aalisha the true feel of a bride.” We have worked with Neha earlier, a few times on our wedding assignments, so things were at total ease and comfort. And the result you can see in the photos ūüôā 

Credits :
1. MUA & Stylist : Neha Adhvik Mahajan
2.Outfits : Look 1 – Apsara Sarees,
Look 2 – Asiana Couture, Payal Keyal
3.Jewelry – Khurana Jewellery House
4.Photographs by: Soumi Goswami & Pratik Mehta (KnotsbyAMP)
5. Location : Mitron Cafe 

 

Jobs at KnotsbyAMP

Jobs at KnotsbyAMP

Job Title: Sales & Marketing Executive

Full Time, Navi Mumbai
Salary: 
As per industry standards and aspirations of the right candidate. 
Age no bar: Fresh College Graduates can also apply. 
Marital Status: Not a concern. 

Job Description: The person shall be responsible for working on sales and marketing initiative and strategies through digital media and traditional ways of marketing. 

Skill Set Required:
–¬†
Good communication & written skills in English.

РMust be a graduate. 
РGood interpersonal skills 
РAn interest in photography and visual arts will be a plus. 
Honest, Diligent and hard-working.

Who can apply:
– Anyone who thinks they fit the above requirement can apply.

– People with a background in Mass Media, Hotel Management, Assistant Directors in Films and Television will find the job role as per their skill set, however, don’t hold-back yourself, if you think you are smart, good at communication and you can run activities and manage multiple things.

Job Title: Photography Intern

Full Time, Navi Mumbai
Stipend: Rs 5K-10K/ month

Age no bar: Fresh College Graduates can also apply. 
Marital Status: Not a concern. 
Duration: 1 year
Work Hours: Monday to Saturday
Timings: 10.30 am to 7.30 PM 

Job Description: The person shall be trained in all aspects of photography and post/pre-production work. At the end of successful completion of the internship program, the candidate will be considered for full-time position at KnotsbyAMP. 

Skill Set Required:
–¬†
Good communication skills. 

РMust have completed +2 examination.  
РGood interpersonal skills 
Honest, Diligent and hard-working.

Who can apply:
РAnyone who thinks they fit the above requirement can apply. 

РPeople with a keen interest in photography can apply. Ideal candidates are those who are looking to work with a great photography firm and make a career in photography. 
– People still pursuing education shouldn’t apply.¬†

 

Job Title: Cinematography Intern

Full Time, Navi Mumbai
Stipend: Rs 10K-15K/ month

Age no bar: Fresh College Graduates can also apply. 
Marital Status: Not a concern. 
Duration: 1 year
Work Hours: Monday to Saturday
Timings: 10.30 am to 7.30 PM 

Job Description: The person shall be trained in all aspects of cinematography and post/pre-production work. At the end of successful completion of the internship program, the candidate will be considered for full-time position at KnotsbyAMP. 

Skill Set Required:
–¬†
Good communication skills. 

РMust have completed +2 examination.  
РGood interpersonal skills 
Honest, Diligent and hard-working.

Who can apply:
РAnyone who thinks they fit the above requirement can apply. 

РPeople with a keen interest in film-making can apply. Ideal candidates are those who are looking to work with a great photography firm and make a career in photography. 
– People still pursuing education shouldn’t apply.¬†

Job Title: Editing & Post-Production Artist

Full Time, Navi Mumbai
Stipend: Rs 15K-25K /month

Age no bar: Fresh College Graduates can also apply. 
Marital Status: Not a concern. 
Duration: 1 year
Work Hours: Monday to Saturday
Timings: 10.30 am to 7.30 PM 

Job Description: The person shall be responsible for pre-post production work in Photo & Video-editing. 

Skill Set Required:
–¬†
Good communication skills. 

РGood interpersonal skills 
Honest, Diligent and hard-working.
РAdobe Lightroom, Premier-Pro and Adobe PhotoShop. 

Who can apply:
РAnyone who thinks they fit the above requirement can apply. 

РPeople with a keen interest in photography can apply. Ideal candidates are those who are looking to work with a great photography firm and make a career in photography. 
– People still pursuing education shouldn’t apply.¬†

 

 

 

Shuttrbox: Website & Online Proofing for Photographers and Artists

Shuttrbox: Website & Online Proofing for Photographers and Artists

Wedding photography is one of the fastest growing industry in India and the competition is getting tougher by each day. Seizing the opportunity, new listing services are coming up which try to create a marketplace of photographers. But getting business and converting lead is not as simple as getting into the featured list of wedding portals as the conversions are really low from these portals as is being experienced even by the top photographers in country. The need to have your own website and solid content is more than ever, if one hopes to make good business.

But making a good website can be a time consuming and costly affair. One also needs to optimize it for higher search rankings on web. Having spent almost months in developing my own website and building content slowly took a lot of hard work but it all came to a halt when my wordpress based website was hacked. Despite having an engineering background and being tech savvy I admit with pain that maintaining a good website is a very difficult task. I can only imagine what other photographers would go through who are not geeks. Most Indian photographers still don’t have a website and rely on facebook pages for its simplicity and reach. While facebook is a good to build a following, it is not the best way to send across your portfolio to your client. You loose face-value just right there!

Thankfully to address the woes of professional photographers there is ‘Shuttrbox’. And just how wonderful it is will become clear in the below points:

– You can make a website in 8 easy steps which takes 10 minutes literally.

– Sign-up for free using your email account or Facebook.
– Use custom domains for eg. www.knotsbyamp.com instead of www.shuttrbox.com/amp
– You can choose the way your website looks by selecting from the ever-increasing templates.
– Among the other upcoming features as Testimonials and reviews section, social media integration, FAQ section and Blog. All the things a professional photography or independent artist’s website requires and even more..
РClient Proofing tool: This is the most powerful tool of Shuttrbox and this where it wins heart. This feature is helpful for even people who already have websites and this is the exact feature which got me hooked to it. No more I have to spend time in selecting photos from my raw collection. I get them approved from the client through Shuttrbox. For any confusion you can also checkout my product demo video. 

How to use the client proofing tool from Shuttrbox.com

– Convert your RAW files to low res jpegs ( 250-400kb at 400x600 pixels ) by exporting out of lightroom.
РUpload the low res files in an album and make it private be selecting the option provided. 
– Share it the album with the people who want to select the photos ( clients ). More than one person carry out the selection.

– Selection is done by clicking the heart button on the photo. Shuttrbox is completely mobile friendly so clients can select photos on the go using the link.
– Once the client finishes selection. The photographer can see the selected photos.
РShuttrbox unlike any other platforms further allows to download a list of file names selected. 
– Using photo-list-importer you can select photos in Lightroom when you have a comma separated list of photo file-names in a file.
– Once you copy paste the file names in C.S.V. format and paste it in your Lightroom catalog by doing a CTRL+F and pasting the file names in the dialogue box which opens up. All the files will be selected in your Lightroom which are there in the list. Without these steps it is a nightmare and a painstakingly time consuming process to select photos one by one.

After adopting Shuttrbox, it has really improved the customer satisfaction and also saved a lot of time for our team at AMP. Seeing that this is a new product and entirely developed in India we agreed for a detailed product review. Do share in comments your experience with Shuttrbox.

Tie up with Make-up Artists

Tie up with Make-up Artists

We are looking for tie-ups with Make-up-artists for wedding projects cross-referrals. Our brides are always open to suggestions for make-up artists. At the same time we are looking for earnest partnerships with few select make-up artists with a good portfolio.  

How do we refer the clients to make-up artist: We send out brochures to every prospective client who approaches us with an enquiry. We are going to mention our partners for make-up in the same brochure along with a hyperlink to their website. 

Who can approach us: Reputed makeup artists with a good body of wedding work. We wish to em-panel 3 makeup artists from each of the following city:  Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Delhi and Lucknow. These are the major cities where most of our clients hail from.

Pre-Requisite: 

РWebsite: An online portfolio on web with a clear identity and good body of work. Facebook pages will not be enough. 
– People with minimum two years of experience.

Is there a charge for the tie-up? РThere is no charge or commission fee. We are looking for cross referrals. Just like we would refer your services, we expect that you will refer us too. 

Those who don’t have a website can use one of the following services to make a website quickly:¬†

– Shuttrbox – Neat and clean websites for online portfolios in six easy steps. Modern and neat themes. – www.shuttrbox.com
– Squarespace – A powerful tool to make website but requires more technical expertise. www.squarespace.com
– Shopify – Very good but expensive. More suitable for online stores. www.shopify.com

You can use your own domain with all of the above websites. Kindly get back to us by 21/9/ 2016 with final submissions. You can reach out to us at mail@knotsbyamp.com

How to signup for notifications on a Facebook page

How to signup for notifications on a Facebook page

There is a lot of ambiguity on how to signup for notifications for page on Facebook that you like. Many people are still not aware of it. Here is a simple guide how to do it :

1: Go to the Like button on the page you want to follow. When you take your mouse cursor on the button a drop down menu will appear like below. Select “Posts in News Feed”.

signup1

 

 

2: After this a second box will appear and here you can select “Default” or “See First”. It is better to select “See First” so that you don’t miss an update from the page. After this select “done” and you are good to go.

signup2

 

 

Wedding Photographer: Checklist

Wedding Photographer: Checklist

It has been more than 2 years since I started wedding photography professionally. I had been doing photography for past 8 years before I finally decided to make it as a career. The reason I chose weddings is because I enjoy meeting new people and photograph their peculiarities and nuances, something which I have enjoyed ever since I had got involved in photography. So whether it was clicking rural village folks near the college in the wee hours of the morning or capturing performances on stage to shooting girls in college, who were often more than happy to have a great profile picture for their Facebook. My stint at Better Photography magazine and later working on my own calendar for the college gave me more confidence in my photography. 

Kiss of Love: The beautiful image which is being copied by other photographers :P

Kiss of Love: The beautiful image which is being copied by other photographers ūüėõ

So, in this span of 2 years I have learned a lot and I wish I would have known a lot of these things before I started. This is going to be a comprehensive post.

1: Never rush to be a professional: Before you get into photography and risk taking photos something as important as people’s wedding. It is a good idea that you practice your skill enough – 2 years is minimum and then also learn under a professional if you get the opportunity. A lot of photographers keep looking for assistants in their shoots to lift their bags, editing and even second or third shooters at times. It is a good idea to get associated to a photographer. You can learn a lot about handling customers, managing expectations and learn a lot by editing a good photographers photographs.

2: Observe a lot of good work: Make a list of best wedding photographers and study their work. Try to imagine how they would have clicked it – lens, focal length, vantage point, angle, composition and lighting. At the same time try recreating them on your own and you would know it is not as easy as it seems ūüôā

3: Get the right gear: Wedding photography is the most demanding form of photography if you really want to shine and be among the top photographers in the country. Carefully look up the ratings on DXO mark. Understand terms like Dynamic Range, color depth, ISO performance and Auto-Focus. It is very important that you get a good camera before you start to make money out of shooting people’s wedding. Other approach is try to shoot low budget weddings with crop sensor entry level DSLR where the expectation is minimum and then save for the right gear. You can also rent the equipment and at least charge your client for all your equipment rental, travel, editing efforts and don’t forget profit so that you can keep upgrading your gear.

4: Don’t be the only photographer in a friend’s wedding/ Discuss what you will provide clearly: It is important to discuss what you can deliver. Don’t overstretch yourself with timelines. Clearly communicate that it will take 20 days at least to process the images. You are new to lightroom and trust me you are not a master when it comes to batch editing unless you have edited 5-7 weddings assignments where the number of photographs to be delivered are huge – 1000 to 2000! People don’t understand your work and they are likely to compare with the other studio wallahs who will churn images more quickly than you. The reason I say to avoid friend’s weddings in the beginning is because you don’t know yourself how long you will take to edit so many images because you never have edited 1000 images in one go. Also it can get more tricky if you are only shooting in ‘natural and ambient light’. Friends can be very demanding and you may not be able to satisfy them. This may sour your friendship.

5: Get the contract signed: Always get the contract signed. The contract will be a written document on the deliverables promised and later on the client or you can’t budge from what has been promised. Newly weds can be quite demanding in their demands.

6: Know important people: Be careful to ask who are important people in the wedding. Some people are very reserved and they may not interact much on the wedding scene and while being important may get left out. Whereas a beautiful girl or a boisterous aunty ji may seem to be important but might just turn out to be a neighbour in the building ūüėõ To be safe just click atleast one photo of most people you come across. Don’t forget to click bride’s and groom parents. My advice click their solos, them together and with bride and groom. It always makes the client happy.

7: Variety : Don’t restrict yourself to just close up shots from a distance. Be bold and take wider shots too which tell stories. Wedding photography is not just about portraits after all. If you fail to capture the essence of the wedding, the bigger picture, the underlying story, the details, the cake, the jewellery, attire etc, then you have failed in your job. Wedding photography is not an easy job and hell not easy to satisfy your demanding clients.

8: Don’t get tired: The weddings are very hectic and intense environment to work. You may end up being on your feet for 15 -16 hours! So it is better you take good care of your health and drink a lot of water!

9: Carry the earplugs: Yes this is very important because during DJ playing or Baraat your eardrums will thank you if you don’t forget the ear plugs.

10: Always carry two cameras at least – While it is good practice to carry two and shoot with two at the same time if you work with prime lenses. There are times when one of your camera can go wrong for any damn reason and it can get quite scary if you came to the wedding scene carrying just one camera!

11: Use Bounce flash: First thing a wedding photographer needs to get is a flash. Lot of you still may not use a flash, but bounce flash saves you from getting noisy and dark images and most photos just need contrast and white balance correction if you have exposed your image properly.

12: Two lenses to rule them all:  I will let you a small secret which most photographers may not tell you. If you are beginning your career, then just get 35mm 1.4 and 85 1.8 lens. I shoot 90-95% times with these two lenses despite having 7 lenses in my bag.

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13: Don’t get bored: While it is easier said than done, there are some functions which are downright boring. ¬†Endless exchange of gifts, Tikas¬†time and again on the forehead may bog you down and tempt you to find a corner with a sofa and doze off. But for a thorough professional this is the time to get a little experimental to find a different angle and if you are still learning experiment with your compositions.

14: Don’t be afraid:¬†There are times when some guest or relative might get rude to you for no apparent real fault of yours for eg. blocking their view from their comfortable seats. Don’t get the scolding stop you from running around and working hard to get the perfect shot just be careful you don’t hurt anyone.

15: Not everything can be Candid: Candid photography doesn’t mean that you have to take natural expressions only. It is alright if you give a call to the bride or groom to look towards you. This is especially helpful when the pandit is chanting mantras to which no one is paying attention and groom and bride might just be sulking and lost in their thoughts of how their life will now change. Mostly they will be happy they their photographer is asking them to strike a smile. Ever seen a celebrity walking the red carpet posing happily for the shutterbugs? Your clients are the celebrity running down the gauntlets of a cherished dream!

16: Dealing with over-enthusiastic brides: These are the brides which will keep you on your toes and test your stamina but they are also the best clients to work with. The key is to be more enthusiastic than them. They are full of ideas, work along with it and also try different things which you may have been planning for your shots but may have not got the opportunity to implement earlier. Make them jump, twirl, sit on bed, lie on sofa, stand by window, run down the alley with their groom close-behind. If you are beginning to get tired, don’t worry…the groom will get tired before you do ūüėõ

17: Communicate well: Good communication is the key to success to any profession and in a people’s profession it is paramount you have good communication skills. In fact if you don’t have that, don’t dream to be a wedding photographer at all. It is like being a soldier who doesn’t have limbs. There is a solution to this problem though. Have enough money to hire a girl to do the talking for you or even better marry a girl who would be ready be a photographer alongside you.

To be continued…

The next post will be about the back-end monster and about the business of wedding photography.

 

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