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Wedding Photographer Middlesex Rahul Khona shoots a wedding at Azul Fives, Playa Del Carmen, United Kingdom

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Wedding Photographer : Rahul Khona  
Couple : Suneera + Faizal
Wedding Photographer Middlesex
Ceremony Location : Azul Fives, Playa Del Carmen
Reception : Azul Fives, Playa Del Carmen
Wedding Date : 26th October 2013

Tell us a little about yourself??

Hey, I'm an Asian Wedding photographer, based in London, married to my best friend and super lucky to do a job I love so much. I also love music, football and ales – in no particular order.

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How do you think or would like people to describe you?

On a wedding day, I think people would describe me as energetic, passionate & calm.

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

It was a 200 person destination wedding in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. Everyone there had come to celebrate and party with the bride and groom and it was just an amazing day. Apart from the wedding day, there was a Welcome Party and a Sangeet night, so it was little bit of a fusion wedding.

The weather was against us throughout, and every venue changed due to contingency plans, but everything went smoothly, thanks to incredible wedding planners Kis Cubed Events and one very calm Groom! I had an amazing time at the wedding, I was treated like a friend from the start, and we partied hard every night, truly one of my best wedding experiences to date.


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How did you get into wedding photography?

I was always doing a bit of photography for my design jobs, and had a bit of an interest. But to be honest, I just liked the way photography at weddings was going, with the whole documentary unobtrusive style, so I started shooting with another photographer to gain experience, before I went out on my own.

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

This is my 3rd year on my own, and I was shooting with a friend for about a year and a half prior.

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Can you share how you've made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?

Hard graft. Always learning. Client service. Effeciency. These are the 4 things that have made my business as successful as it is so far. 90% of my bookings are from referrals, which goes to show how much attention I put into my clients needs.

My mistakes spending money on advertising that doesn't work.


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What do you think a bride or groom should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?

I would say coverage, is probably a key factor. My packages are all unlimited coverage as I don't want to miss any part of your wedding day story.
My biggest tip, would be, once you find a photographer you love, make sure you see a couple of full galleries to make sure their work is consistent, and if you can see some wedding albums in print, even better!


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How do you advertise yourself and what for you has really worked?

My blog has a lot of traffic, I'm always updating it, but also my facebook page gets a lot of views too. It's hard to keep up with all the social media tools available, but for me my blog and my facebook are two that never get neglected.

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Why do you think people hire you?

I think or would like to think they love my work, and then after that they just like me. Always being myself has always attracted similar clients to me, which I love to shoot.

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How many weddings do you average per year?

25-30.

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

Any couple in love with one another, that's all I need.

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If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?

Anywhere in the Far East, I love it over there.

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

2 5d mkiii's – 35 / 85 and 135 lens, along with a couple of flashes and triggers.

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

With most Asian weddings, its keeping up with the fast pace of it all, its challenging but I also thrive from it.

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

I just like to unobtrusive, shoot moments naturally as they unfold, and when given the chance create some epic portraits.

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Who or what inspires you?

I'm always trying to learn, I get inspired from all different types of sources, but I'm always trying to be better than my last wedding, and that gets me going.

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

Worst - Advertising in a magazine.

Best - Spending money on my existing clients, to give them something a little bit more, they didn't expect.


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If you weren't a photographer, what would you be?

DJ

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

I love this photo from their first dance, you can really feel how much these guys love one another.

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Do you have any goals for the future photography related or otherwise?

Just to keep learning and trying to push personal boundaries.

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What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?

Believing in yourself.

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Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you've stumbled across?

Fer Juaristi, Ross Harvey, Erik Clausen, Gabe McClintock, and Alma are just a few...

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

Anytime I shoot a destination wedding, I feel extremely proud that I was asked to document a wedding in another country. That honour always blows my mind.

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