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Wedding PhotographyBraja Mandala
The Photographers
About

TOGETHER BRAJA AND GENE HAVE BEEN TRAVELING, PHOTOGRAPHING AND WORKING AS A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY TEAM SINCE 2010. MARRIED IN 2013 THEY COMBINED FORCES TO CARTER TO THE SOUTH ASIAN CULTURE. BRAJA HAS A KEEN EYE FOR STRONG PORTRAITS, WHILE GENE HAS A MORE CANDID APPROACH. Although They are complete opposites and have found success in photography by understanding YOU MUST ALWAYS WORK WITH SOMEONE WHOM HAS COMPLIMENTARY SKILLS.

Braja Mandala

A DEVOTED HARE KRISHNA SINCE 1995 AND INITIATED DISCIPLE OF HIS HOLINESS RADHANATH SWAMI, Combining her passion for photography and the hindu faith she has a clear understanding of the rituals and celebrations of an indian wedding. Over the past 10 years she has traveled the world and photographed some of the most beautiful locations and people. Her work can be seen in Harper's BazAar, Vouge, and Many other international publications.

Gene Higa

HIS EXTROVERTED PERSONALITY IS CONTAGIOUS AND PLAYS A BIG ROLE IN HIS PHOTOGRAPHY. Born and raised in Los Angeles, educated in san francisco, a 20 year photography career has Taken Gene to the four corners of the earth. From PENGUINS on the beach in South Africa to the whitewashed landscape of santorini making him an expert on DESTINATION weddings. later being NAMED AS ONE OF THE TOP TEN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS IN THE WORLD BY AMERICAN PHOTO MAGAZINE.

Working as a team
Q & A

1. Are Braja and Gene photograph the actual photographers?

 

Building a relationship with braja and gene throughout the planning process with be one of the most effective ways to getting great wedding photos. Think of them as family with big fancy cameras ready to capture the day. They work hard to understand your family, build trust and play off each otehrs STRENGTHS.

 

2. How do they work as a team on our wedding day?

 

Gene and Braja stay in constant communication throughout the day to make sure everything is covered. If you see Braja in the aisle of the ceremony, Gene might be running up a set of stairs to get the wide angle shot. When gene is grabbing candids of the cocktail hour, Braja is photographing all the reception details. It's important that whatever photograph each one is taking that their cameras compliment one another to tell your story. You will never see their cameras pointed in the same direction at the same time.

 

3. What makes you different from each other?

 

GENE IS THERE TO ENGAGE PEOPLE TO MAKE It ALL COME TOGETHER. Wether it's gathering of large groups in a baraat or bring out the best in people. BRAJA IS MORE STYLIZED AND SEES THE BIG PICTURE. She sees beyond the photograph and light. THEY ARE COMPLETE OPPOSITES, BUT, LIKE ANY WORKING RELATIONSHIP IT WORKS IN THE CLIENTS FAVOR.

 

4. We have a big family. How do you photograph family photos?

 

THEY UNDERSTAND AND RESPECT THAT EVERYONE WANTS A PICTURE WITH THE BRIDE AND GROOM. OVER THE YEARS OF WORKING SIDE BY SIDE, THEY HAVE DEVELOPED A SYNERGY TO WORK QUICKLY THROUGH FAMILY PORTRAITS. BRAJA TAKES THE PHOTOGRAPH MAKING SURE THE FINAL SHOT IS PERFECT. GENe IS HELPING FAMILIES POSE, FIXING Aunties SAREE or uncles tie, while ENGAGING THE LITTLES ONES TO SMILE. IT'S A TRICK THAT WORKS EVERY TIMe and real people pleaser.

 

5. What makes you different from other photographers?

 

It's rare to find 2 full time professionals working side by side. While other teams have assistants or associates as a second shooter or lead. They both can take the lead at any time to make a SITUATION flow with ease. Braja and Gene compliment each other in so many ways and are completely committed to one ANOTHER goals to get the shot.

 

6. What are your photography styles?

 

Gene is a master of getting people to love the camera. His camera is an extension of his minds eye and is quick to make situtations come together. Braja is a visionary. She has a clear understanding of what makes a perfect picture. There's a light and airy feeling to her photography, While Gene is more candid. The juxtaposition of their photos gives the best of both worlds in wedding photography.

 

7.We are having a multi-cultural wedding. Are you familiar with other faiths?

 

In recent years, the calls to cover multipe ceremonies has become more and more frequent. the short answer is, yes. Nigerian, Jewish, chinese to name a just a few of the cultures that have been covered by this duo. the respect for family traditions remain the same.

 

8. Can you cover multiple events happening a the same time?

 

hiring BRAJA OR GENE TO COVER AN pre-wedding event IS GREAT ICE BREAKER FOR THE FAMILY. WE CAN NOT TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMES THEY RECEIVEd A TEXT OR EMAIL WITH FAMILY PRAISE. BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS IS ESSENTIAL FOR GREAT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY.Small pujas also occur on the day of, Gene usually covers the men and Braja the women. Makes for a comfortable ENVIRONMENT.

 

9. What's your best advice for a bride and groom on the wedding day?

 

Braja suggests a stong line of communication leading up to the big day. Giving her a clear UNDERSTANDing of what's needed and wanted while building a relationship. Gene's advice is to stay in the moment and don't sweat the small stuff. Let others take care of you. emotion in a photograph is what moves you.

 

10. We are planning a destination wedding. How do you work with us to plan our photography?

 

GENE iS THE VERY FIRST PHOTOGRAPHER WHOM spoke to PHOTOGRAPHERS ON DESTINATION WEDDINGs. His very 1st indian wedding coverage took place in Ludhiana -Pujab, India. ONCE COVERING OVER 18 COUNTRIES IN YEAR AND PUBLISHED IN BACK TO BACK 20 ISSUES OF DESTINATION WEDDINGS AND HONEYMOONS MAGAZINE. BRAJA IS NOT FOREIGN TO THE EXPERIENCE. SHE HAS COVERED MANY WEDDINGS IN INDIA, AUSTRALIA, HONG KONG and europe TO NAME A FEW. They have some stories to tell, so When you meet, ask them to share some of their advantures.