For Chirag, the way to get great shots is to make sure his clients are at ease. “Often, people don’t have a lot of experience having their photograph taken. Part of my job is to get them to feel comfortable, to relax. Whether that’s scheduling photographs for after a wedding ceremony, when the bride and groom can relax, or asking a child about a favourite toy to get a natural por-trait, I love doing that. I like people - I’m a people guy.”
Shooting weddings comes naturally to Chirag. “I’m interested in capturing the chemistry between a couple, the love story.” And thanks to his years of experience, Chirag knows where to point his camera. “I know instinctually when something is going to happen,” he laughs. “I can predict the moment before it comes. I counted once, I shot over 57,000 images in one year! That’s how you learn to be at the right place at the right time.”
Chirag favours a spontaneous approach, and he’s been known to take advantage of whatever the environment offers up when it comes to getting a great shot. “In Old Montreal, maybe you’ll have a busload of tourists, and I’ll tell the bride and groom, quick let’s get on that bus!” It doesn’t always produce a perfect picture, but it almost always leads to a few genuine laughs.
“My whole idea is that working with me should be fun.”