Dey-ja-Vous - Shooting the Deys
The Deys are a delightful family to work with. We know this, because this was our second shoot with them, and it went even better than the first one. We had done their maternity shoot when they were expecting Abheek. So when they asked us to photograph their family, we were only too eager. On a fine Saturday morning, we packed our mobile studio and set up shop at the Dey residence in Powai. Their beautiful, airy and lovely home was our camp for the day.
The Deys are perfect clients - they follow instructions to a 'T', make sure our guidelines from pre shoot consulting meeting are adhered to, and make minimal fuss. What we loved about them, was they were all mentally prepared for a day long session of taking pictures. Mother Dey - Yamini, was all set with pre-decided color coordinated outfits for the kids, not a hair out of place, nails trimmed and what not!, Daddy Dey - Preetam, was all dapper and sharp and gung ho!
Work began around noon, and the first agenda of the day was indoor shots, using a few props, and natural lighting. We did go pre planned with a few concepts, but then those concepts are at the mercy of the children's mood. Thankfully, the little Deys are simply adorable and went along with our shenanigans.We were able to wrap up a couple of ideas before lunch. Anyone who knows us, knows that when food comes, everything else stops.
No Ball Tampering Here!
After a quick lunch of home cooked food, we took a break to let the kids nap a bit, while we synced up on our photos. For our next concept, we had planned an entire series outdoors - in the gardens, with our kids, and so on. With the falling light, the gardens can become very interesting subjects to shoot with. But you have to be very quick, as more often than not, passerby's will be very interested in your work. Sometimes this can be good, but more often than not, it isn't. We had planned for 2 hours in the garden, but ended up shooting for 3. We were having that much fun.
By principle, we never go with a fixed hours to shoot, because one thing we realised with experience is that trying to bucket a photoshoot to 2 or 3 or 4 or whatever hours is not doing justice to our clients. We understand that this will cut down the number of shoots we would be able to do in a day, but hey, that is how we roll!
One concept we definitely wanted to execute was a mother - daughter set. And it was one of the most fun things we did for the Deys. The duo was simply superb as subjects with no inhibitions, as you can see.
Mother - Daughter
By 7 pm we were able to wrap up the shoot to our hearts content.Incidentally, just in time for an evening tipple with the Delightful Deys!