2015 Trends in Wedding Photography - The First Look

First reaction wedding pictures always get me...

What is "The First Look" you ask? Well let me tell you all about this trend that continues to gain popularity in 2015 as part of the wedding photography package.

The first look or the "first reaction" takes place when the groom sees his bride dressed in white for the first time. Typically this took place at the end of the wedding aisle, when the father walked the bride to her new husband and revealed her face by removing the veil. 

Nowadays, with everyone pressed for time and couples wanting bridal portraits many times before the actual wedding ceremony, this first look takes place ahead of time. In this case a growing trend is to plan this first look and capture the reaction on film (or digitally in this case ;).

The easy way to go about this is to find a nice location before hand and take the groom there. He must wait standing or sitting with his field of vision turned away from the direction in which the bride will arrive shortly after. Once photographers are in position, the bride is queued to walk up to the groom from behind and tap him on the shoulder. This is his hint to turn around and see the bride in all of her glory for the first time and take a minute to let it all soak in.

Let me tell you why first look/first reaction photo session always gets me. You would think that something so planned would be void of genuine emotion and look, well, planned, but think again! Time after time, I see grooms overwhelmed with emotion and brides driven to tears when it comes time to turn around and see each other for the first time in their wedding gowns/ suits.

Check out our latest First Look Shoot for the beautiful Mahjabeen and her now husband Danijel at the lovely New jersey Wedding Venue: Frogbridge - Windows on The Water.

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What Equipment does a Professional Wedding Photographer need?

Well I'm happy you asked!

First of all, every photographer is different. For example some photographers have a preference for Canon or Nikon and choose their wedding photography gear based on this. Also, a good photographers equipment evolves over time to include the newest camera bodies and lenses as they are released by the big brands.

This being said, let me give you a sneak peek into some of Pratik Doshi Photography's go-to set-up for wedding season 2015. In our bags at all times you will find most things on this list:


  • Nikon D810 36.3 mp FX - Quality- One of Nikon's most innovative sensor creates absolutely rich images. 

  • Nikon D750 24.3 mp FX - Versatility - With its light weight, small body and tilt screen, this body boosts your physical reach. 

  • Nikon D610 24.3mp FX -Reliablity- Having this for nearly 3 years and has never let me down. 

Yep - At Pratik Doshi Photography we are big Nikon fans, we just kept upgrading to the next model so we have quite the collection going on :) We have a D300 also that we use in photo booths with a wide angle lense.

  • Nikkor 50mm 1.4/D - The detail lens. You cannot go wrong with having this on during an event. Though small and deceiving to the eye, this lens really packs a punch. I think we own about 3 of them now. 

  • Nikkor 14-24mm 2.8- The dance floor lens, I love this lens. It creates alien like images that really show movement and emotion. One of Nikons flagship wide angle lenses, this really can add something magical to an event album. 

  • Nikkor 17-55mm 2.8- Our secondary wide to normal lens, We use this mostly for multi shooter events, or when we need the photobooth to have some pop. 

  • Nikon SB910, SB800, SB600, and 2 SB400 Flashes Although personally I'm all about natural light, sometimes you just need the boost, and its not even a question when shooting indoors or at night. The problem with these fellas is they devour AA batteries. We carry a bunch of those on hand as well at all times.

  • Tamron 70 - 200mm, 2.8/ VC USD . This baby is THE wedding photography camera lens. Consistent and just as reliable as the NIkkor 70-200 2.8 VRII we have tested previously. We keep 2 versions of it handy, one as a main lens, the other older model (Sigma 70-200 2.8 OS HSM)  as back-up just in case (fingers crossed) the other one becomes damaged during an event. Its powerful zoom allows you to get in close and personal so that you don't miss a single tear or detail during the wedding ceremony, without having to be in the bride's mothers face - which I am sure is greatly appreciated. Plus the low F stop provides that sharp focus and excellent bokeh (blurred out background that we are all so warm and fuzzy about.)

  • Sigma 35mm, 1.4DG ART Series. Remember what I said about not getting in people's grill while you shoot? Scratch that. This beauty up close at 1.4 lets you get details up close perfectly. It is perfect for capturing wedding decorations and details on gowns, the rings, and it's actually pretty damn good at capturing everything else as well. This is my go-to lens. It's not too heavy either which my arm and shoulder appreciate after hours of shooting non-stop.

  • Quantum 1+ Battery Pack This rechargeable battery pack is pretty cool because it allows us to save a bit on AA batteries for the flashes. It will last us an entire event, so I would say it replaces roughly 10 AA batteries in every charge, probably more.

  • 8 Lexor 64GB 1000X SD cards Lexor is just really cool. We like them because if a memory card fails, they recover the images and replace the card for us free of charge. Convenient huh? We think so too. :)

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The Pratik Doshi Photography Team

What it is like to be on the set of a Fashion Magazine Cover Photo Shoot

As you know, at Pratik Doshi Photography we specialize in premium quality wedding and engagement still photography in New Jersey, New York and beyond. However, we are also extremely passionate about the fashion world and since we are based right outside of Manhattan we love to get involved in editorial projects from time to time.

In this case, a couple of months ago we were thrilled to work with Indian beauty Aditi Shah to shoot the cover and main spread of popular Indian Bridal Fashion magazine Bibi Magazine.

We are excited to finally be able to share this project with you!

We shot a total of 5 looks, each with careful styling and location selection, over a 7 hour span. Definitely a productive day at the office! :)

Take a look at some behind the scenes footage captured on my iPhone 6 and catch the final images that appeared in the magazine in my other post HERE.

Write to us with your comments, we would live to hear what you think. Or contact us HERE to talk to us about your own projects!


Catch more videos of the live shoot on our Facebook Page! :)

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The Pratik Doshi Photography Team

Best Engagement Party Ideas

Featuring Leana & Nick's Engagement Party Pictures by Pratik Doshi Photography


Hello there!

If you stumbled across this post, odds are you are here to see Leana and Nick's party pictures from this past weekend's event or you're engaged (congrats!), or maybe you just know someone that is engaged or maybe I'm completely off...but nevertheless welcome to Pratik Doshi Photography's blog! :)

Now, assuming that you or someone close to you has just gotten engaged and you are to some extent involved in the event planning of the whole situation, this post will hopefully be useful to you so please read on. You are probably wondering a million things like for example do I have an engagement party? If so, what do I do, where do I host it? Should it have a theme? Should I invite the whole office? Is it Ok to wear white???! OMG I have to set a date, find invitations, find a venue, HLPGkiqHp08*R$$#!!!!!

Take a breath, here are our 2 cents on the matter:

1) Q: Do I have an engagement party? A: Yes, have an engagement party to gather friends and family and commemorate a special milestone like this. Plus hey, any excuse for a party... am I right?

2) Q: What do you do? A: Whatever you want! It's your party after all, and everyone attending will be there to support you and be happy for you so there is really no going too wrong...or if it does turn out to be something really weird, odds are your friends and family had predicted it already and have grown to accept it. LOLZ

3) Q: Should it have a theme? A: Ummmm, YES, just consider this party invitation: "You're invited to Kim & Kanye's Engagement Party". OK now compare it to this one: "You're invited to a Kim & Kanye Engagement party this Saturday, we will have a fun contest and will award "grammy awards" to the winners that our Kanye West impersonator may or may not have an opinion about... yea I got kinda carried away... anyway I was just kidding, themes are always fun, absolutely true, but for the real answer to back to point number two. It's your party and you can do whatever you want to. 

In case you want some ideas, here is a list I have compiled with what I have decided are some of the best engagement party themes in the world, ever. I wont include Kim and Kanye simple because that one is obvious plus I already talked about it earlier. Here goes:

  •  Colors

Pick 1, 2 or 3 colors that mean something to you or that you simply find aesthetically pleasing and use them for inspiration for your invitations and party decorations. You can take is one step further by asking all of your guests to dress in the specified colors. You can choose to play along, or be the only one going against the rules and thus standing out a bit more on your big day. My personal favorite is an all white party. This theme goes best with beach/outdoors/summer events but is also super fun at night or indoors especially if you are having a dance floor equipped with black lights. You will all glow in the dark like crazy!

  • Cultural Food

Do you have a favorite cuisine? Why not use it as inspiration? I'm not sure if sushi is Leana and Nick's favorite food, but they chose to have their engagement party, photographed in these images, at a sushi place and it was pretty awesome! Earlier this year, Pratik Doshi Photography photographed a Mexican themed wedding reception with themed food, drinks and even HUGE Mexican sombreros, maracas, mustaches and all types of fun accessories for the photo booth. It was an absolute blast!

  • Activity

Choose a fun activity for everyone invited to your event can partake in and have fun with! Go for crowd pleasers such as a wine tasting engagement party or go for something completely unexpected like horse back ridding or boating. You might want to give your guests some kind of a heads up about the dress code in some of these cases... 

  • Location

Everyone has heard of destination weddings, well same concept different occasion. Choose a location outside of your home town or the city where you now live to have your party and make it a weekend trip or an overnight adventure for your guests! It doesn't have to be too far if you don't want to or are scared it may be inconvenient for some of your guests, just think about the endless possibilities: beach, winery, friends vacation cabin, etcetera etcetera and if any of these sounds like a good idea for you, go for it.

  • Surprise Engagement Party

This one might be tricky because you don't want anyone missing your party BUT if you can pull it off could you imagine people's faces when they realize they have just walked into your Surprise Engagement Party?! "Hey, happy you made it to my party, plus hey, we're engaged!!!!! SURPRISEEEEEE!!!!" Maybe a good idea is to use a birthday party or some other important occasion to gather everyone and then spring the good news on them.

  • Costume Engagement Party


And now to conclude the list, some other random ideas I stole from an article I just goggled by The Knot because I was running out of original content:

  • Wine tasting Engagement Party
  • Cooking Class Engagement Party
  • Rooftop Engagement Party
  • Chocolate and Champagne Engagement Party
  • Buttoned up BBQ Engagement Party
  • Beach Clambake Engagement Party
  • Brunch Engagement Party

4) Should I invite everyone from the office? 

Just kidding about this section! But seriously, yea invite everyone..... poor Larry, Gary, Jerry Gurgrich...

Hope this helped a bit and hope you enjoyed these pictures from Leanna and Nick's engagement party last weekend. Leave us a comment or reach out through our contact form to ask for a photography quote for your event! Also don't forget to follow us on social media. We are on Facebook and Instagram!

Best wishes,

The PDP Team