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Wedding Photography Workshop Mumbai, India (April 2014)

The wedding photography workshop is now over. I have just got back home after an amazing week in Mumbai with some fantastic people, and WOW that was intense! It is only about twice a year that we manage to put together a workshop and believe me, it is not an easy thing to do. We try to do it at a different city every time and have already had workshops in Bangalore, Goa and Jaipur. I think it is safe to say that this four day workshop in Mumbai, held at the stylish Ministry of New in Parel was our most intensive one till date. Don’t get me wrong, intense, but lots of fun. See for example my Über favourite spot in the room :-)

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Wedding Photography Workshop in Mumbai

We have always limited the workshops to a three-day session but started feeling that this time frame might be a bit too short so we decided to try it a bit bigger. A four-day workshop with three photography leaders and not only two as in the past was the next step. Having three photographers would enable the participants to watch how different people work and understand that there is not only one way to shoot. That photography is a very personal medium and one should search for his or her own voice instead of trying to imitate someone else’s style. Andrew Adams and Christophe Viseux who came to India especially for the workshop added a wonderful perspective and lots of insight. It was an absolute treat to have them there.

During the four day workshop all the participants had a chance to go out shooting with all the three leaders to three different shooting locations in Mumbai. It was later great to compare the work we shot and see how different each of us interpreted the locations to create completely different images. Both Andrew and Christophe have also blogged their own experience of the workshop and I recommend that you check out their posts as well.

Here is the post on Christophe Viseux’s website: [Wedding Photo Workshop] Mumbai 2014 And the post on Andrew Adam’s website: Mumbai Wedding Photography Workshop

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We did manage a somewhat proper group shot as well.

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A special thank you is due to Fujifilm India who gave us cameras and lenses to use during the three day shooting. All of the images seen above, except the group shots, are shot exclusively on Fuji cameras. For those of you who are interested in the technical part; X100s camera and XE-2 body with 35/1.4 and 56/1.2 lenses.

I’m really not sure when the next workshop will be but I sure do hope to see you there. If you wish to be added to our workshop mailing list please drop us a message on the facebook page or just mail us to info[at]sephi.com

See you soon . . .

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  1. Hermit Panesar
    Hermit Panesar says:

    Sephi you started the workshop saying -” what you will learn here will keep you
    thinking at least for 6 months” & so true that thought was. I have
    been shooting weddings for about a years time but i have started to look at my
    pictures in a very different way after the workshop. I have learnt to celebrate
    myself & my style after the workshop & i would say this is YOUR USP.

    Sephi, Christophe & Andrew you are great teachers who poured their several
    years of experience without holding anything back from us, all my doubts &
    questions were answered. You discussed intense photography & cracked up at
    the same time making the workshop fun & engaging.

    I loved every bit of the workshop including butter chicken, pasta’s, green tea,
    unlimited giggling with the girl gang & sexy you :)

    • Sephi Bergerson
      Sephi Bergerson says:

      Hermit, remember that I’m a vegetarian so all I said about six months to digest is limited to those who do not have butter chicken. If you had that you might take longer to digest it all… ;-)

  2. Parinita Salian
    Parinita Salian says:

    Working with you has always been a blessing Sephi. And attending this workshop was a fantastic experience. Thank you for giving me this opportunity. Each of us took so much from the four days. It is still sinking in. There was more than ‘wedding photography’ and ‘photography’ in what you, Christophe and Andrew taught us. It was more about self-discovery. The location shoots, group critique and post-processing sections were my favorite parts of the workshop. Thank you again :)

    • Sephi Bergerson
      Sephi Bergerson says:

      Pari, I said that once and I’ll say it again; You are such a darling. The work that you put has really helped so much in making this workshop happen. Thank you for this, and I forgive you for everything else :-))) LOL

  3. Suhitha Shetty
    Suhitha Shetty says:

    Hey Sephi. You better start planning for the next workshop ASAP. This workshop gave us an insight to who we actually are And what exactly are we aspiring for. All three of you including Andrew and Christophe shared with us all Selflessly all your knowledge and secrets which I deeply appreciate.
    It was a fantastic experience for me to have come in contact with people like yourself and andrew and Christophe who are so talented. Looking forward to more workshops such as this and not to forget the re-union
    Btw Sephi, you aren’t as harsh as you claimed to be. The critique sessions made me nervous and was gearing myself up to witness the “harsh ” side of you. I was pleasantly surprised as well as relieved. You are a sweetheart and a wonderful selfless man. Thanks for sharing the knowledge.
    And the rest of the guys who were there at the workshop, it was fantastic meeting you all. Everyone had enormous amount of talent and passion. We surely did have some great fun !
    Love
    Suhitha.

    • Sephi Bergerson
      Sephi Bergerson says:

      Was it really so easy to fool you to think I was nice? :-) Give me some time and you’ll see the ‘dark side of the force’ LOL. But on a more serious note; you showed good work and the critique was honest. Sometimes honest is brutal and sometimes it is just honest :-)

      • Pulkesin K Tiiwary
        Pulkesin K Tiiwary says:

        Sephi is the most amazing guy u can work with. Honest to the point, and great to pull a leg. Don’t get personal with him on Religion. Everything else is cool. Keep your boundaries, know your limits.

        • Sephi Bergerson
          Sephi Bergerson says:

          Oh why Pulki? Please let’s get personal about religion. One of my favourite subjects :-)
          Sephi

  4. Saurabh Rungta
    Saurabh Rungta says:

    So what prompted me to do this the second time around ? Yes , you read it right ! I was attending the workshop by Sephi and Christophe, for the second time in as many times it was hosted. That could mean only two things: Either you don’t pick up much the first time around any which ways ;) or that the experience leaves you longing for more !

    The Wedding Photography workshop by Sephi, Christophe and Andrew is special because firstly it under promises and over delivers every single session ! I mean how do you go on to describe such a workshop to lets say a photographer friend, where the mentors are equally interested and enthusiastic in your personal projects as well as your commissioned ones, where the USP is in helping each photographer find his/ her own distinct and signature style, where any particular image being critiqued could take you on a creative journey of understanding both the psychology of the photographer as well as the underlying hidden stories in the image. I guess this is why i returned : to experience the various layers anew !

    The first time I participated in the workshop, all of us had christened Sephi as Spehi baba for the nuances he brings into his lectures very subtly delineating the boundaries of self identity and image making. The thing is : these guys for sure don’t sit on their laurels and accolades passing passive information to the participants. They are constantly on the go innovating , learning from each other and others, experimenting with new styles and yet keeping their signature identity distinct. I have on both occasions found them easily accessible and the photography community that one ends up developing at the end of these workshops are there to stay ( as the Jaipur workshop group and its constant dynamic discussions will testify ). So no wonder its all so overwhelming and needs a revisit every now and then.

    I heartily recommend a healthy dose of Sephi, Christophe and Andrew to all who are uninitiated and are looking for an anchor/ guide in their photographic journey !

  5. Yashovardhan
    Yashovardhan says:

    Most tiring and an Incredible workshop ever … To be very frank i feel emptiness after it all has ended… Learned a lot perspectives ,styles and approach … And more over understanding yourself what you like to do , getting closer to your inner self
    Thank You For conducting such a workshop Sir

    Regards
    Yashovardhan

    • Sephi Bergerson
      Sephi Bergerson says:

      Thank you Yash. And I hope Parinita is reading this so she could also start calling me Sir ;)

  6. Parvathy Mira
    Parvathy Mira says:

    Hey Sephi, Andrew and Christopher,

    A month back I registered for this workshop on wedding photography. I was extremely apprehensive before I signed up and checked with everyone I knew if this was the right one for me. 
    I would say I didn’t get what I paid for…but a far more than what I bargained for. The workshop was a process of discovery for me. For someone who thought that wedding photography was all about shooting the bride, the groom, the relatives and the rituals, the lessons I learnt were about the different elements that can dramatically change your pictures and the way you look at it. 

    What I was humbled by was the fact that the three wise men did not hold back anything from the aspiring students. In a time and age where knowledge is power and everyone with a DSLR is an “accomplished” photographer, this was an eye-opener.

    All in all, three wonderful teachers, four days, 21 students, unlimited green tea and numerous frames and elements…and friends for life.

    These are the memories I carry with me.
    Onwards ahoy, from here on…

    • Sephi Bergerson
      Sephi Bergerson says:

      It was great meeting you Mira, and I look forward to seeing more of that personal project you showed . .
      We will surely meet again some day.

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