Charmi Patel Peña


Charmi Patel Peña

Program: Navigating Indian Weddings

Who doesn't want to shoot bold color, crazy dancing, elephants and horses??  But are you really prepared to shoot an Indian wedding?  The key is understanding that they aren't a monolith - and yet some themes carry through from family to family.  From the culture to the people, walk with me through different multi-day Indian weddings.  Indian weddings go far beyond the color, food and dancing - understanding the traditions, relationships and details of ethnic weddings is KEY to capturing them with authenticity and respect for your clients.

I’m not one of those photographers that was born with a camera in my hand. I come from a family where the acceptable career choices were: doctor, lawyer, investment banker… you get the idea. While medicine appealed to me for a long time, I double majored in economics and IT at Rutgers University just because… Then, I met the love of my life and my whole world changed. He gifted me a camera to keep me busy while I figured out what the career should be. – A gift ended up changing the trajectory of my life.

I’m not at your wedding to simply “take pictures”. I’m there to preserve memories and give you a carefully curated collection of images you will fall in love with. In a wedding day, I’m all in for my couple. If that means I’m going to be photographer/seamstress/bobby pin fixer/windsor knot tie tyer/family appeaser, I’m in! I love what I do not because I love the camera, but because of the people who I get to know through those lenses. It’s a privilege to witness your day and an honor to preserve your story for generations to come.