What have you been doing since you graduated?
After I graduated, I was looking for opportunities in the field of photography that would focus on my interest and also help me enhance my talents and skills. I worked for almost a year with Lifetouch portraits as a photographer in Virginia. Then I decided to move back to India, and with the support of my family, I started my own studio, Gurinder Singh Photography. Now, mainly I focus on wedding photography and portraiture. I am based in Patiala, Punjab, India.
Describe your visual style.
I capture the story of the wedding through beautiful visuals in a candid manner. I carefully choose the moments that complete the wedding story. My visuals are mostly candid moments that are lifetime memories of a beautiful moment in the couple’s life.
Why do you choose to work in wedding photography and portraiture?
In India, weddings are big affair. A lot of people tend to spend a good amount of money on weddings. I found the gap and need for capturing those beautiful lifetime memories in a better way. I work as a team here with other professionals and give the best quality work to my clients. My wife (also an ISU graduate) is a graphic designer who helps me in the studio.
With the new digital age and phone cameras, we forget to frame our families together for lifetime. Portraiture helps bring about those families together, bringing happiness and joy. With framed posters of kids and loved ones, it becomes a lifetime memory.
When shooting an engagement session or wedding, how do you reflect couples’ personalities in their photographs?
The pre-wedding shoot (an engagement photography session), which is a couple-only shoot, is done few days before the actual wedding to get to know the couple and make them camera-friendly. There is one-on-one discussion about their interests and style they are looking for. Some couples tend to bring in props to showcase their personality — maybe a bike or simple bicycle or traditional dresses. Some do funny poses, while few go for romantic ones. I, as a photographer, capture those emotions and expressions at the right time and angle with appropriate locations and lighting that reflects their personality.
What is one thing you learned at Indiana State that has helped you most in your career?
Fran Lattanzio, my mentor at Indiana State, has been a great inspiration, and I got to learn quite a lot during my course work. She used to say something along these words: “A photographer can make a good location look beautiful, but a good photographer makes the beautiful pictures out of not so good one.”
Also, my internship experience with Tony Campbell, manager of photography services, helped me learn and understand the importance of being quick and alert when photographing events.
What do you miss most about campus and Terre Haute?
As a college student at ISU, my stay in Terre Haute was fun with friends. The campus was great place to study and work, and the fountain side was always a refreshing and relaxing place to be at.