The Boss of Candid
Wedding Photography

“Mahesh Shantaram is easily one of the best wedding photographers in India today, with a zero-bullshit take on life's fleeting moments...”






Defined candid Indian wedding photography in 2006.

Continues to redefine it in 2015. World-class wedding photojournalism for all - rich dad or poor dad; tamil ho ya punjabi; palace wedding or village gathering; kalyana mantapa or farmhouse with helipad. My honest pictures will tell the story of your family, your society, your culture and traditions.

Images that sing. The candid wedding photography movement. Playful by nature, and yet very serious about what I do, I've found my voice in photography. I create images that sing. I am one of the pioneers of the candid wedding photography movement in India. I’m known for my approach to telling wedding stories driven by moments of surprise, drama, and intrigue.

Wedding photographer with a decade's experience.

Everything you learnt about the business of wedding photography – throw it out the window. You are not a photographer. You are an active participant. A friend. Part of the family. At the end of the day, you will go home with a story to tell. That story is about why the world must care about these two people. Contracts don’t matter. How much you’re getting paid doesn’t matter. People matter. Stories matter. Make it personal.

What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?

The checklist of questions you’re told you should ask candid wedding photographers in Chennai or Delhi doesn’t matter. Have a free-wheeling conversation with your photographer. See if he has stories to tell you. If he does and if you feel the passion in those stories, go right ahead.

I started a new candid expression in wedding photography back in 2006. I work for Real People who have one foot in the modern and the other rooted in tradition. My style? As someone once put it, in a world of pop music, I am trance.

What can candid clicks do for Indian Wedding Photography?

There was a time when booking a wedding photographer was just another ‘tick mark’ in the to-do list. But the scenario looks entirely changed now as weddings have got more eventful than ever and wedding photography has become more of a connoisseur’s area than a customary task. And this noteworthy shift in perspective towards wedding photography has been brought about by two prime factors – increased sophistication, and of course the breed of innovative wedding photographers in India, led by few like Mahesh Shantaram – the best candid wedding photographer in India today!

What sets Mahesh Shantaram apart of the crowd?

While most of us perceive a professional photographer as a serious individual with some technologically advanced equipments, busy taking snaps all the time, it is not so in case of Mahesh.

Probably for the first time, here you got a person who breaks the conventional. Mahesh is one rare kind of a guy who has proven that excellence does not come through apparatus or high-tech cameras, but it comes from heart. You can actually spot his joviality in his snaps and can easily make out that Mahesh is an admirable photographer because he is an interesting human being!

Comprising a perfect blend of snapping finesse with a terrific sense of humour, an aura of liveliness can be felt with Mahesh’s presence. Now that is something highly desirable and because it is there, snaps naturally get candid and get aptly captured in the clicks of this leading wedding photographer!


Mix of diverse photography styles

Mahesh has long believed in one philosophy – every wedding is special! Apparently, he is passionate enough to push boundaries and make every wedding album a memoir.

Mahesh’s snapping skills are diverse and he uses them all, without you even knowing any of them. He mastered Photojournalism long ago but along with it, he rightly jazzes up his candid wedding snaps by mixing other styles like the contemporary and portraiture.

Again he has a concise objective and an inherent passion here – to make his wedding albums tell a love story, in which entire family looks joyfully united to make it one happy event. What a way for a top candid photographer in India to shape dreams into reality!


What sets Mahesh Shantaram apart of the crowd?

While most of us perceive a professional photographer as a serious individual with some technologically advanced equipments, busy taking snaps all the time, it is not so in case of Mahesh.

Probably for the first time, here you got a person who breaks the conventional. Mahesh is one rare kind of a guy who has proven that excellence does not come through apparatus or high-tech cameras, but it comes from heart. You can actually spot his joviality in his snaps and can easily make out that Mahesh is an admirable photographer because he is an interesting human being!

Comprising a perfect blend of snapping finesse with a terrific sense of humour, an aura of liveliness can be felt with Mahesh’s presence. Now that is something highly desirable and because it is there, snaps naturally get candid and get aptly captured in the clicks of this leading wedding photographer!


The Signature Wedding Photo Book

Signature Wedding Photo Book adds exclusivity to Mahesh’s work and to make this possible, he has the vividness of Vidya Rao – his associate and the photo book design expert!

On one hand, it is Mahesh’s distinctive style and versatility that brings life to every wedding snap, while on the other, it is Vidya’s proficiency to carve the signature wedding photo book which carries the very essence of wedding event, page after page.

It should be right to say that this duo creates “magical moments” to treasure in the documented wedding compilation forever!

No wonder why bunch of clients are elated with the top wedding photographer’s work. Mahesh goes on with his obsession to convert weddings into fairytale love stories – through his candid wedding photography; yours can be next!