Mangaluru, Dec 18, 2018 : When 47-year-old Mangalurean photographer Vivek Sequeira was asked to cover a wedding saying ‘Zindagi ban jayegi’ (You’ll be set for life), he had no idea who the client was. Turns out he had been chosen to cover one of the most talked about weddings in probably decades – that of Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal, reported TNM.
In a span of 15 days starting December 1, Vivek and his team of photographers claim to have captured over 1.2 lakh photographs, ranging from housewarming, wedding related ceremonies, to an array of entertainment by domestic and international celebrities who graced the fairy-tale gala. “This by far is the biggest wedding I have covered in my life and it was no less than a dream,” says Vivek.
The winner of Better Photography’s ‘Best Wedding Photographer’ in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014, Vivek says he bagged the Ambani contract through the acquaintance of a common friend of the Ambanis and the Piramals.
“Initially I was not even told whose wedding it was. It was in June 2018 that this person asked me to block my dates between December 1-15, and send samples of my work. Soon after, I was confirmed for the event but the client’s name was kept confidential,” he says.
It was not until October that Vivek realised that he was going to cover the Ambani-Piramal wedding. “I was ecstatic. It took me two days to digest the news. I also questioned – why me? There are so many celebrity photographers. I felt thrilled that they selected me based on my talent,” he says.
After signing several confidentiality agreements on photos and remuneration awarded, which does not allow him to share any of those details publicly, Vivek quickly raised a squad of his trusted aides to cover the event.
“Seventeen of us from Luxe Captures, the company started by me and my partner Shankar Katwe, left to cover the event. While Shankar, four others and I covered the photography at multiple venues in Mumbai and Udaipur, seven from our team managed videography and drone. The others assisted the team,” says Vivek.
Apart from Luxe Captures, there was another Indian photography team and celebrity photographers from the UK, Italy and other countries hired to cover the wedding.
Vivek had to cover the Piramals’ vastu pooja and house warming ceremony on December 2 and 3 in Mumbai, and the pre-wedding ceremonies in City Palace, Udaipur on December 8 and 9. Later, the team covered the wedding on December 12 at the Ambanis’ residence Antilia and receptions on December 13, hosted by the Piramal family, and on December 14 by the Ambani family at Jio Gardens in Mumbai.
sha Ambani and Anand Piramal’s wedding was probably the wedding of the century and everything about it was grand.
The wedding saw all the big names from sports, entertainment, business and politics attend the celebrations and even dance on the sangeet ceremony. In fact, Hillary Clinton got on the stage and did bhangra.
Even the coverage of the wedding was beyond this world and apparently the photographers clicked over 1.2 lakh photos of the entire festivities. And it was done by a Mangalurean photographer and his team.
Starting from December 1, in the span of 15 days, Vivek Sequeira, a 47-year-old photographer and his team clicked these unbelievable amount of photos.
In an interview to The News Minute, Vivek said, "This by far is the biggest wedding I have covered in my life and it was no less than a dream." He also revealed that when he was first offered the event he didn’t even know that it was the Ambani wedding. He was just told that ’Zindagi ban jayegi’ (You’ll be set for life).
"Initially I was not even told whose wedding it was. It was in June 2018 that this person asked me to block my dates between December 1-15, and send samples of my work. Soon after, I was confirmed for the event but the client’s name was kept confidential," he said.
The deal was kept strictly confidential between the parties. Vivek revealed that he had to sign various confidentiality agreements on photos and remuneration awarded before taking up the job.
The whole celebration was captured by Vivek and his team of 17 members. Also, in a span of a fortnight, about 30 TB of hard disks were filled with photos.