These photographs are not from the actual wedding. Tony and Varuna live in Trinidad, a country mostly known for its one of a kind annual carnival. They got married a bit earlier and just wanted to have really good wedding photographs. We picked a time frame that was convenient for all of us and after 7 months of planning, I flew in for the session. It was 2.5 days of shooting,with a tiny bit of sleep in between. If I would label this experience, I’d put it as the hardest session I’ve ever done creatively. Trying to come up with 3 days worth of creative photographs is not an easy task!!
For the first day we flew early in the morning from Trinidad to Tobago and spent a day there in various places,right until a gorgeous Caribbean sunset. I also had a chance to try Doubles – common street food in Trinidad and Tobago. Basically it’s a flat bread with curried chick peas. Very spicy yet really tasty!
On the 2nd day Varuna and I spent a few hours on our own as Tony had a meeting to attend. We drove around Port of Spain,taking pictures in different (and not often safe) neighborhoods and with total strangers. Then later we drove to a horse farm. It was really strange and cool to see more than a dozen curious horses surround us as soon as we came in. After that we went to see wild buffaloes. They also were very curious and came in pretty close to us, once we started taking pictures in “their territory”. 2nd day ended late in the evening with a small family get-together. I was drinking quite a bit of coconut water during the day. It was my first time trying it. For some reason I thought it doesn’t taste good,since previously I only tried coconut milk,which obviously is not the same as young coconut water . I also learned that coconut water has the same qualities as our blood. It was used during World War II (and even still being used in some countries today) as emergency blood plasma transfusions!!! After I came home I spent a few weeks trying different brands of coconut water(most don’t taste very good…) and now try to drink it as much as I can as it is very delicious and refreshing. And since I avoid drinking water(don’t ask…lol), this is a perfect substitute.
On the 3rd day Varuna dressed up in a beautiful Indian sari and we took a bit more photographs around Mount Saint Benedict.
This trip was quite an experience and I can’t wait to get back to this beautiful country!!!
Here are a few of my personal favorites(out of more than 800 photographs):