Step-Up - Wedding Portraiture and Outdoor Shoot Workshop by Karthik Rajagopal

“Step-Up” a wedding photography portraiture & lighting workshop named was conducted in Chennai on 04th August 2019 at TRN Studio. This workshop was organized by three wedding photographers Mr. Kiran Kumar ( @03rdeyestudios ), Mr. Rajkumar Jeevaraj ( @clickbugsphotography) & Mr. Karthik Rajagopal ( @tryanglephotography) along with Mr. Ranjith of ADNT Rathna for gear support. The workshop was sponsored by Profoto, a leading photography light brand in the world, Srishti Digi Life and supported by Sony India. We had professional models Sandhya, Priya and Rocky who were decorated by eminent makeup artists like Pinky (@pinkyvismaya) and Anuradha Kiran (@agam.artistry). Stage decorations were done by Wedding Chakra.

While many photography workshops are conducted from basic to advance level, we could not find a lighting workshop which  addresses the lighting needs of wedding photographers who operate in tight situations and time. Hence we curated Step-up to address the lighting and portraiture needs of a wedding photographer. 

The session started with a technical session from Karthik Rajagopal on lighting with live demonstration of types of lighting, methods and its effects. This was continued by Kiran who demonstrated the workflow to shoot a set of 15 best bridal shots within a span of 15 minutes with speedlights using techniques like HSS and value adding lighting props in a wedding scenario. This was followed by Raj who demonstrated bridal shoot using 2 point lighting in an elaborate wedding set.

After lunch, we had expert talks from PV Subramanian (Founder -, Profoto & Ilford mentor), Karthik Yadhav (Yadhu Photography) and Sriram Raghu (Signatures) to share their experiences and business insights with our participants.

At 4 pm we all moved to a nearby private beach for outdoor couple shoot. We used mirrors and showed participants on ways to compose infinite reflection shots for pre-wedding couples. Although it was raining, both the participants, sponsors and organizers were enthusiastic and did not show any signs of returning to the studio. When the rain subsided, mother nature blessed our workshop participants with rainbow as a prop. All participants explored the power of Profoto B10 Plus in HSS mode.

During the course of the workshop, participants were able to use Profoto lights like A1, B10, B10+ and B1X with a variety of professional modifiers. We also demonstrated how reliable Profoto lights were and how these lights throw light without variation of energy and colour temperature even while shooting continuously at high speed.

We thank Mukesh, Ismail and Yash for supporting us with various activities during the workshop.


From a thundering bullet to a Romantic symphony... by Karthik Rajagopal

Here is one of a very different pre-wedding story I shot. As with any client I try to talk a lot and find out interesting things about them before I touch my camera. Both groom and the bride come from a family with a music background. When tried to know more details, I found that Sudarsan's passion was about riding his bullet. You can say it is his first love. Subashini on the other had was a passionate singer. I could have always made her sing to the bullet's tunes :P But, I wanted better options. I knew Sudarshan's dad for a long time when I was working with L&T and I know that he is passionate about music. When I asked him if he can play any musical instrument, Viola !!! there gets the gap filled up... Violin :) Now let me show how they found their love in each other :)

Once upon a time there lived an young man Sudarshan whose passion was riding a bullet and playing violin. He was a solitary reaper. Behold him single in the field :D



Thaniye thannan tahniye naan kaathu kaathu nindren... I wave of melancholy sweeps over him...

Will no one tell me what she sings? -
Perhaps the plaintive numbers flow
For old, unhappy, far-off things,
And battles long ago
— William Wordsworth

At the same time there lived a girl Subashini who spent all her time in reading books and singing songs.

Subashini as a cheerful girl remains a solitary reaper enjoying her own songs...

Love’s gift cannot be given, it waits to be accepted.
— Rabindranath Tagore

Thundering beats of the bullets show down to the tunes of a violin... The melodies of the girl and the tunes of the violin unite.

Hey, are you the one I was waiting for???

The melodies develop to hymns of love...


They make his bullet a party to their romance...


They take a new path together... A new life...

They decide to get married...

He takes her on his bullet to his home seeking permission for marriage...

Periyorgalaal nichyikka pattadu.

Artin pottu ambu vittachu periyavanga aasirvadhatodu !!!

No Indian wedding happens until the families unite... Here you see two families become One

It din't take a long time before they could dance..

Evanga sendhanga... enna thaiya vittangappa... Dhud Dhud Dhud..... Dum Dum Dum Dum... :)

How do you invite your friends for your wedding? by Karthik Rajagopal

While many resort to preparing interesting wedding invitations, here is a couple who have went on an environment friendly, yet an interesting way to announce their relationship and invite for their wedding.

Imagination is the best description... Camera went out of focus :P

Concept & Photography by Karthik Rajagopal

Thermocol Artin & Slate Script by Krithika Chidambaram