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MorePhotos Radio - Joshua Kamanapalli Photography


ANNOUNCER:  Welcome to the More Photos’ Radio Photography Spotlight brought to you by helping professional photographers with all their internet needs. Also brought to you by Finally, an e-commerce solution for professional photo labs that makes sense. Now here is your host, Damien Allen.  DAMIEN: Good afternoon and welcome to More Photos Radio. My name is Damien Allen, and joining me today on the telephone is Joshua Kamanapalli of Joshua Kamanapalli Photography. Good afternoon, Joshua, welcome to the program.
JOSHUA: Good afternoon, Damien. Thank you for having me.
DAMIEN: It’s a pleasure to have you with us today, sir. Could you tell us where are you located and how did you get started in the business of photography?
JOSHUA: Washington D.C. is where I am currently, but I lived in Los Angeles for the past 13 years and that’s where I started my photography. I moved here in 09 and been working here for the past 2 years.
DAMIEN: Now you primarily do weddings. Why did you pick that particular niche?
JOSHUA: I enjoy weddings. Celebrating love, being part of a happy moment and a happy day, celebrations and it brings me joy and also everyone looks beautiful and it also transforms well onto pictures.
DAMIEN: I’ve been to your website, what makes your photography so unique?  How do you capture, and I know you say you generally do a photojournalistic style, but what makes that photography so unique for you Joshua?
JOSHUA: I think it’s having an eye for amazing shots for capturing moments. I think I have an instinct to anticipate the reactions that the couple are going to have and that’s usually a smile or a gesture, must being ready to freeze the moment that is going to happen and what it ties into is the preparation beforehand. We go into having multiple photographers and making sure that we catch the whole day as it unfolds not just concentrating on the bride and groom, because as you know, they invite all these friends and families that are close to them, and I’m pretty sure they want to see reactions on their faces when things happen. So we capture the whole day as it unfolds. I think that’s what makes it unique for us.
DAMIEN: We found out you are be going to be doing something unusual, to say the least very soon. Could you tell us what is going on?
JOSHUA: It is pretty unusual. I have been getting that response from a lot of people that I’ve been speaking to lately. Yes. I’m moving to India. I’ve lived in America for about 15 years and I’m taking my talents to the Indian subcontinent. I’ll give you the reason why. Traditional Indian photography, well wedding photography, is known to be notoriously bad with direct flash and not really having a romantic mood to it. And most of it is usually geared around posed pictures with family members around. Now the culture of India is changing to a bit more of a modern educated ceremony, per se, and couples are interested in higher quality images and artistic work, and I started getting a lot of inquiries from Indian couples, and I haven’t been, you know, it is a price point that we struggle with, but I can see with the move it takes away a couple thousand dollars in travel cost which makes it that much easier for clients to book me.
DAMIEN: Indian ceremonies are very elaborate and there is a lot of colors. Is there a lot of difference in the wedding  ceremonies there as per se to here?
JOSHUA: Not necessarily there and here, but maybe between Indian and non-Indian weddings. With traditional American weddings you have everyone being quiet during the ceremony. That’s definitely not the case at an Indian wedding. It’s got people chit-chatting with others while the priest goes over the mantras as they call them, and there is so much action going on at the same time. They have the bride’s family tries to steal the slippers of the groom and all that happens as the ceremony unfolds and yet you have to keep your eyes open and have someone concentrating on finding the peace per se and capturing that too.
DAMIEN: So it’s a ceremony and a contact sport at the same time?
JOSHUA: Pretty much. 
DAMIEN: Have you worked in India before?
JOSHUA: Yes. Yes I have and it’s definitely a feast for the eyes. It was a huge wedding. It was about 7,000 people who were at the wedding. It was not a small affair and definitely that pressure that comes with 7,000 people. We had a couple of photographers there to be able to…I think we had about a six. That was definitely a grand affair that had to be captured. That’s a lot of people that show up, but having the Indian clientele understand the value of the time that they keep aside for photography is also a big part of what I try to do with Indian clients so they understand and not just pretty much show up on the day when it’s a little organized chaos, I guess, to make it a little smoother for them by educating them on how to get better photographs for their life.
DAMIEN: You mentioned you had  multiple photographers with you? Do you generally take multiple photographers with you on shoots like this?
JOSHUA: Usually I take a second photographer and an assistant on a regular American wedding. Obviously this was a higher profile wedding so I had a lot more, but I usually have another photographer and an assistant that helps me around. And an assistant also is a budding photographer. This helps me in nurturing talent as well as getting my own thing done while having someone else set up the lights per se or doing anything else that I don’t necessarily need to put my mind to.
DAMIEN: What advice can you give a client who has never had their picture taken by a professional photographer and at the same time what is the best piece of advice you can give for a new couple for choosing a photographer?
JOSHUA: Having a professional photographer maybe one you probably have never met is probably going to be hard, but advice that I give is just relax and be yourself and pretend that he or I are not around. It just makes for better pictures and maybe if you are shy (the bride I guess) if she is shy, let that show and that’s what will capture. And my advice to new couples choosing a photographer is just make sure that the photographer meets your vision of how you want the day documented. There is a lot that has been said about being yourself for photographers which is true mostly, but I think couples usually hire people because of the pictures they look at. Not necessarily a biography they read about the photographer and that’s not to say that that’s not important. It goes that much further once you are working with the couple, but make sure the vision is the same as what you have for your pictures and once that is set make sure the guy is nice so he doesn’t ruin your wedding day for you.
DAMIEN: Does the bride need to know more than the groom at that point? Does she need to know more about how to interact with the photographer? Should she let the photographer know more so than the couple themselves as it is generally heard what to expect and how to prepare for it?
JOSHUA: I don’t know. I think I may not be so traditional. I would expect both of them to be just as knowledgeable in what is going to happen and how to cooperate with the photographer just so that when you have a couple pictures taken, you need both of them involved not just one of them. So I think that’s probably important to have both of them and another part of that goes into it is you need to find a photographer that manages time well. A wedding only happens once and you only have 24 hours in a day and you have to make sure that given the time, make sure it is discussed beforehand, obviously and make sure a photographer can keep within that time frame and get all his work done.
DAMIEN: We know weddings are a big part of your business. What is your favorite type of session, Joshua, and what do you find rewarding about being a photographer?
JOSHUA: My favorite session is something new that has come up which they call First Look before the wedding or after the wedding. To me it really doesn’t matter, but it’s important to have the day of the wedding just because of how the couple feels that day. It’s all about them. They have everybody’s eyes on them. They feel like movie stars. They are dressed to kill. They are happy. They are going to spend the rest of their life with the one they love. That all translates well into the pictures and the happiness shows on their faces and that’s usually the best portraits I love to take just because it’s joy, emotion, it’s love, and it just translates onto pictures really well.
DAMIEN: If someone wants more information on Joshua Kamanapalli of Joshua Kamanapalli Photography, where do they go? What is the website and contact information they need?
JOSHUA: It’s and I’ll give you the pone number for India, because I’m moving now. 
DAMIEN: Right.
JOSHUA: It’s (961) 867-5111.
DAMIEN: We’d like to thank you very much for joining us today, Joshua.
DAMIEN: Good luck with the move. You have been listening to More Photos Radio. We’ve been speaking with Joshua Kamanapalli of Joshua Kamanapalli Photography, formerly of Washington D.C. on it’s way to the subcontinent of India. Good luck with your change of venue. Everyone, thank you for joining us today. Have a good afternoon.  
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