I am coming to Andaman for my honeymoon. I am looking for photographer for couple of days in which he/she can take our pics on beach or any other good locations.

This Good Sir also provided their mobile phone number in their otherwise very-little-info email. That, above, was all there was on the email. If they truly expected a response, they must be insane, in which case, I feel sorry for whoever they married. Ooops.

 

On what basis are you inviting a photographer – essentially a stranger – to photograph you on your honeymoon? Are you mad?

Have you considered building a relationship with a bunch of photographers? And then tentatively asking them about how best to handle a “honeymoon photography session”? Ask. You will find out details of how this works.

Just because I have a couple of travel stories from my personal vacations in the Andaman Islands does not mean I’m a photographer based out of Andamans! Neither does it mean that I am aware of or willing to share details of photographers that live / work out of there.

The preposterous nature of this gent’s presumptions is mind-boggling.

And you’re sharing your phone number because what? I’m going to actually call you? Fuck off mate.

Photographing a couple in intimate conditions requires a kind of sensibility most Indian photographers lack. One could blame our conditioning or the culture of shame that surrounds sex. Or one could blame how easy it is to turn professional in the photography industry. To top that, in all probability, this prospective client also has issues when it comes to being in an intimate setting with their partner.

I’m not saying that there aren’t any photographers in India who have this sensibility – what I’m saying is that you’re not going to find them by mass emailing hundreds of strangers who now have your mobile phone number.

I wouldn’t touch anything like this with a thousand mile pole.

And I’ll die laughing the day I learn they actually factored in the cost of flying down the photographer – with a second shooter – and taking care of their accommodation and F&B and paying them on top for photography and editing and possibly printing a physical book. With a contract agreement. And complete privacy. Will only work if the photographer comes recommended via word-of-mouth from another couple that used this photographer’s services for something similar.

If you end up hiring a stranger, you might want boudoir photography but all you’ll get is a Bhojpuri Film Poster.

This is India. Sadly.

 

More anecdotes and stories in the #WTFNaina series. ( These are all inspired by true stories. Some written emails, some from face-to-face meetings. They have all been piling up for years now and I’ve decided to put them to use! )