When everyone was struggling to decide on a career, Abhishek Verma had a different vision in his mind. He wanted a job where he could be responsible to spread the love with a camera in his hand. The concept of marriage is real close to him and this merriment gives him the nerves, excitement, laughter, and emotions. That is how he chose to become a Wedding Photographer.
Always fascinated by art and innovation, he goes out of the box for these couples, especially in their Pre Wedding pictures. “I am always trying to capture the essence of love between two people who love each other and want to spend their whole life together,” says Abhishek. He makes them calm and relaxed for their shoot. Vintage, quirky, traditional, or rock n roll, the bride and groom can choose it their way. It reflects in his photography. At times he becomes this creative head of the team and comes up with unique ideas that not only fascinate couples but the viewers too, who get attached to the story of the bride and groom just by looking at their pictures.
Abhishek Verma never imagined that his love of photography will soon become a profession of clicking wedding memories. A computer science student during his engineering days hanging around with his camera around the whole campus, clicking candid or poses, always behind the scene today is responsible for giving smiles to the couples and their families. He lives, breathes, and share these moments of weddings where everyone is busy or enjoying themselves he is also busy creating memories for them.
An interview with Abhishek Verma, let’s know more about his company and about his success journey.
1. Tell us something about yourself and your company
I’m Abhishek, a wedding photographer based in Jaipur. A fun-loving guy who loves the whole family and friends vibe; you know, eating around the table, watching films and going on holiday together, stuff like that.
It’s funny looking back on how the whole photography thing started for me; during my engineering days I was hanging around with my camera in the whole campus, clicking candid or poses, I always believed in making memories. Keeping a different vision in my mind I always wanted a job where I could be responsible to spread out love with a camera in my hand. The concept of marriage is real close to me, this gives me nerves, excitement, laughter, and emotions. So here I am, a self-made Wedding Photographer – The Founder of Abhishek Verma Photography.
2. What’s your competitive advantage and why can’t it be copied?
Rather than standing at a distance, I love being right up close to the people capturing every moment. I’ll mingle with the families chatting & listening to their jokes. I become a friend to the couple and their families, understanding their feelings and emotions during the time. I am just a call away for them for their shopping needs or any headache they have.
At times, according to the clients we customize packages to fit into their budget, to give them the best day from our side.
3. What challenges/obstacles did you face in your journey so far?
Challenging locations, challenging light, personalities, timetables, and high expectations are all part of being a wedding photographer. We shoot with costly equipment that’s why sometimes we look overpriced. Amidst all of that, it can be a challenge to maintain a superb and creative quality and aesthetic to a client’s work. That’s the number one driving force behind why I create timeless, fine art wedding photographs – it’s a challenge.
4. What are your expansion plans?
When potential clients see the images on my social media platform, they see images full of emotion and story. They see a little of themselves in those images and this is one of the reasons why they hire me. And that sort of makes me have the dream job- to reach out to more diverse weddings across the world. Since we are in the midst of COVID-19 I would surely love to expand in India.
5. Tell our audience more about your failures? How should one bounce back?
You have a great timeline in place and a good coordinator and your big day are finally here, so now you get to just enjoy it!! But it isn’t the same for everyone. There were clients with less budget and I was unable to do anything. I and my crew decided to create a different team for the clients with less budget and we gave them similar quality pictures.
6. How do you define success?
Success is more than material, it’s a state of mind and direction. It is a state that your loved ones want for you.
7. Please share with us some of the challenges you faced in your journey.
It feels terrible to say No. We do only 4 weddings in a month that is 36 weddings a year. So far we have done almost 240 weddings in 5 different countries. We have a detailed system and we stick to it. I love a good schedule and work closely with the couple before the wedding to create a timeline.
8. What would advice to someone starting up and particularly to women entrepreneurs?
Start shooting! Shoot a lot! Never be afraid to ask questions. Just keep wanting to improve and do the good work, the world will know eventually. Make sure to put your work on social media platforms so that everyone can see your work.