Diptabhas Sarkar , Nov 20, 2001; 07:41 p.m.
Hi Mark, I have never specifically shot a Hindu wedding as a professional , but being a Hindu myself, would like to assure you that there are no really serious don'ts. Normally Hindus would go bare footed to their place of worship, as a mark of respect. That is one precaution that you might want to take. There might be very specific don'ts in a particular family and it would be perfect for you to ask the family beforehand as to what you are not supposed to do. You can snap at will -- no hassles at all. Also you might not want to chew on a hamburger at the holy area. Beef is the single most sacrilegious item in a hindu dictionary. In a Hindu wedding the problem for you would be to find a clear spot from where you will get a clear view of the ceremony itself. People would throng the place at the opportune moment where the wedding ceremony is held, to bless the newly wedded couple and as it turns out, that is the moment that every family would like to get framed. One more thing, in a Hindu wedding you will see more gold than you will see anywhere else. A woman will be decked in gold, her ornaments, the gold threads in her sari, the sari itself will be extremely bright (mostly red) with very intricate thread work. The colors that are normally seen in a Christian wedding - white and black are conpicuous by their absence. The back reflection from the metal and the shiny sarees, might be a problem when you use a flash. So you might want to do some research on that. Hope that helps. Have fun.