Writing a blog on Indian wedding photography means that I get to look at many, many beautiful photographs taken by our candid and contemporary wedding photographers, at the weddings they are hired to shoot. The emotions, colors, joy, jokes, laughs and tears as captured by their cameras never fail to amaze me. And sometimes, the pictures themselves provide the inspiration for the post. That’s what happened here – as I went through a recent batch of photos, it struck me what a force lighting can be! As candid wedding photographers would never overuse artificial lighting and elements, but rather capture everything that happens at the wedding and surrounding ceremonies in an organic manner, we end up with some really unusual, cool and funky colored photographs as a result. From a wedding guest bathed in green hues to the bride back lit by blue strobes to catching the couple in some dim lighting as they share a quiet moment together, these are the non traditional, unexpected and ultimately memorable and cool photos you’ll go back to for a second and third look. Candid wedding photography is an art, you know! So, it makes sense to make lighting work for you. Plan and use colored lights and even high and low lighting, to make sure you look your best on your wedding day. And as decorative and accents go, lighting is a cheap and simple way to punch up the decor or take it down a few notches, and set a romantic mood. If there is a space at your wedding venue which has blah lighting or is just painted in drab colors, the right light will make a difference and make things as festive as everywhere else. You can use lighting as a complementary decoration – pick a color that suits the main wedding theme color palette and you get a whole extra oomph to the look, for hardly any expense or effort. You can also use lamps and diyas to add both a traditional, festive touch as well as some unique shadows and angles for the candid wedding photographer to have fun with. Hanging lights, cut out shades and paper lanterns, candles, even crystal chandeliers, are all examples of ways you can make lighting add many dimensions to your decor. As a candid wedding photographer would sparingly use artificial lighting and elements, but rather capture everything that happens at the wedding and surrounding ceremonies in an organic manner, we end up with some really unusual, cool and funky colored photographs as a result.