Nadil Khan bringing a different style to wedding photography
By Darryl Dass Saturday, August 18 2012
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Wedding photographer Nadil Khan....
Nadil Khan cannot be found at home on most weekends. While many people are relaxing at home on those days, this young man is out at work. But for him these weekend exploits are not considered laborious nor stressful as he has an intense passion for his work and does it with great style and flair. Nadil Khan is an acclaimed professional wedding photographer.
Born in 1982 to a Filipino father and Trinidadian mother, Khan’s introduction to the world of photography occurred purely by chance. As a young boy he assisted his uncle, a real estate evaluator, photographing buildings using a polaroid camera and it was from this initial exposure to photography that his career was born. He soon developed an interest in cameras and photography and later applied for his first job at Ambassador Photo Studio in Chaguanas. While at the studio, he learnt the art of classic portraiture and wedding photography and went on assignments using a Minolta X700 film camera. Here the love affair with cameras and photography developed and is now in its 12th year.
As a professional photographer, Khan brings a totally different style to wedding photography and this is probably the main reason for his success so far. He found shooting weddings in traditional ways extremely boring and wanted to do something very different. In essence, he wanted to stand out from the crowd and delight his clients. With this aim he began studying the style of world renowned photographers such as Jeff Ascough and Marcus Bell among others and started applying some of their styles and techniques to his work. He also tries tirelessly to capture the feelings of love, romance, mystery and total passion in his wedding photos and makes every effort to ensure that those emotions are both evident and visible in his work. He is a master at securing stolen glances and tear filled smiles. He has a truly artistic and modern approach to photography which is ever evolving with each wedding he does.
His easy going nature relaxes even the most anxious of couples and spending time with his clients before their big day is paramount. Khan sets out to tell the story of their wedding with his camera so that in 15 years the couple could still feel the excitement while looking at their photos. He effectively tries to shoot pictures that will produce an emotional response from the viewer.
At the age of 30, Khan is one of the most sought after wedding photographers in Trinidad and Tobago and although he has never shot a wedding outside of this country, he has done work for many couples from Switzerland, Hawaii, Ireland, Russia, India, Canada and USA who would have chosen Trinidad and Tobago as their preferred country to tie the knot. He is a registered member of Wedding and Portrait Photographers International and was also judged the winner of the AMPOTT best wedding portrait in 2007 and 2008.
Instrumental to Khan’s success has been the contribution made by fellow wedding photographer Stephen Aziz who has provided him with valuable insights into the world of photography and has become somewhat of a mentor to him. Providing additional support to Khan has been associate photographer Shiraz Sultan and Khan’s wife, Angine. Sultan has been affiliated with Khan for the last six years and brings his own unique style and creativity which blends with and complements Khan’s work while Angine provides the finishing touches in her role as prime photo editor.
Today, Khan already has bookings for weddings to be held in 2013. Some of his work can be viewed on his webpage (www.nadilkhan.net) where he documents his feelings about each wedding with a short caption which he later intends to include in a book to be called “The Love Journal.”
An excerpt from his webpage reads, “Please note that the images that you are about to see below are true events of individuals who fell in love and chose to be united by marriage. Please take into consideration that some images can be very emotional and may bring tears to your eyes, viewer discretion is advised. Time will pass but these stories will live on forever. The images below were all photographically documented by me... Nadil Khan.”