Asia is a highly diversified continent.
The culture is immensely interesting and colourful. You can never get enough. By extension, Asian weddings are a thing to behold. To be honest, there are just a few things in the world that can stack up to the beauty of an Asian wedding. Traditions are important in Asia and because of the nature of passing them down, weddings are a thing of spectacle, vibrant, resplendent, aesthetically beautiful and full of joy. If you are going to have an Asian wedding, you really want to capture these moments and treasure them forever.
Now you have to choose, between a photographer who specializes in Asian weddings or a generalist, jack-of-all-trades. No doubt, both of them will give you results and honestly, expensive doesn’t necessarily mean better. However, experience goes a long way.
First off, most Asian weddings are days long. A typical wedding begins with 2 to 3 days of cultural and religious pre-wedding celebration and ceremonies.
Chinese weddings usually last for two days. Indian weddings can be between 3 days to a week. Pakistani weddings also last for about 3 days with lots of customs to observe. Day 1 is “the Mehndi”, day 2 is “the Shaadi” and day 3 is “the Walima”. Unsurprisingly, across the various tribes, you should expect variations.
Point is, you want to capture all these events.
Hiring a specialist who is familiar with most of the events and timeline is as important as your wedding ceremony itself, rather than a regular photographer who might get clumsy along the way. Indian weddings for example are usually long ordeals with little chance of sitting down or taking a rest. Additionally, the whole event will be hectic. So, you will most likely need to hire a specialist photographer dedicated to your wedding event.
On the other hand, Asian wedding photography is a different ball game and photographers might be more expensive to hire. Many of the experienced ones have their works published in magazines and are well known. This will definitely increase their fees. A wedding photographer will generally charge an average of $2500 for 8 hours’ worth of work, depending on the portfolio and added packages. For an Asian photographer who is going to work a number of days, you should expect the fees to nudge up to between $3000 to $4000. Some photographers will calculate a day’s job and charge a certain fee per hour for any other day.
You also want to decide on an estimated number of images you want, since time will be spent going through thousands of pictures. Some photographers factor in the number of guests you are expecting to attend the event. Sukhi Chandi Photography, is a wedding photographer who specializes in Indian/south Asian wedding photography “takes an average of 7,000 to 10,000 images for a full wedding and delivers around 100 images per hour of coverage”. That is a lot but it can be worth it.
Lastly, you should consider distance and location. You will have to pay for travel expenses and accommodation if your photographer stays far away.