Saturday, September 17, 2011

Inspire yourself.

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I get asked all the time, in emails, personal messages, on my blog; what inspires me and what advice i would give to young photographers . Like you already know, even i am young, even am constantly evolving and redefining my style.  So, here goes: 

  • Music - Everyone listens to different types of music. Some like RnB, pop, rock. For me, music plays a major role in my photography. For me Indie, Folk, rock work wonders. Because i can't post all the videos, here's a small list of music/people that inspire me. Maybe they'll inspire you as well. 

The list goes on and on. :)
  • Emotion: Major major major part! I get this urge every time i photograph someone, I want  my photographs to show how am feeling. If am sad, happy or feeling insecure, in love. Everything. Like i said earlier, i can't click regular fashion photographs, that's not me.  

  • Places: Now i know many of you ask me, where i find my locations. It's not a big secret, really. I am an explorer; maybe what inspires me, will not inspire you. A tree, a small garden where old people come for their evening walks etc etc. You need to open your mind and feel the wind. Spread your energy. Every time i find a location, i close my eyes and let the wind do the talking. really, am not kidding. I am a little weird.

  • Books:  Lots and lots of it! I love plays. A huge fan of History,Geography,Science and Political Science. I love the universe, planet and star. I love to read about them.

  • Be yourself:  I never click photographs to make someone happy, though i try to make them better each and every time i click an editorial. Take photographs for yourself first, look at them , if they make you happy and satisfied, then go ahead and show them to the world. If they don't like it. It's not your problem. If you're happy in the end it really doesn't matter at all.You have to be happy with your work. When i first started out, i experimented a lot, i still do. But, in the beginning i wasn't really happy with my photographs. But now, am happy, i am showing the world how i actually feel. 

  • Support If it weren't for the support of my family and friends; i wouldn't be here, writing this blog post. My friends have supported me through my ups and downs. Photography is a really tough business to be in. You have to be different if you want to stand out. I thank my Maa who's always supported me. My brother Nilesh, who's so smart and  constantly helps me with my decisions(Yes, he handles most of my client accounts and he's only 18). My Dad, for being so patient.  All my friends! I thank Aimee, she will always be my favorite model. If you don't know, she was the 1st person i ever photographed. And she is so beautiful!  Thank you Aimee. :)

  • Love and Be Kind : Never ever stop doing that. yes, i do feel hurt. Yes, i do get angry. Yes, sometimes i don't know how to react if someone says he loves me.  I've made mistakes, but never stop loving someone.  I can express love through my photographs but in reality am still learning. Be kind. 

I want to keep on writing, but i guess it ends here. I hope this blog post helped and inspired a few of you. :)
Much love,

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Kashmir - II

We left Patnitop early in the morning and stopped by for breakfast at Peerah. It's a must! You get the most amazing Rajma Chawal! Nobody was hungry, except me and my brother. But, in the end we ended up eating 8 plates of Rajma Chawal+ 3 glasses of Lassi. I will definitely click a picture next time i go there! :) 
From Peerah the picturesque road heads north to Kashmir.  

 We stayed at Pahalgham for a night. To be honest, Pahalgam is more peaceful and beautiful than Srinagar. The place is simply breathtaking! High snowed covered peaks all around,streams,vibrant green foliage, and the pristine air are a sheer delight to the tired city lungs! So River rafting+ delicious desserts + snow = bliss!
We stayed in Srinagar for good 4 days. It is a little crowded, but we enjoyed alot. Getting up at 6 in the morning, taking bath in cold water because the geyser refused to work was something!  

 Lets move to Gulmarg now, where i almost died. Yes, it is true. -4 degrees, my right foot froze. My mother thought i was pretending. Es, she thinks i am a good actress. well, i wasn't joking around this time! It was later when we reached the hotel she realized that i was actually sick. so being sick in kashmir results in lots of vodka, lots of rum and lots of brandy. It wasn't that bad after all! :P 

 The journey was full of adventures! I have never enjoyed so much in my life.  I can't wait for my next trip! Ladakh, here i come! :)
Much love,

Friday, September 2, 2011

Lavender Dreams

Model: Orvana Ghai
MUA: Kavita G.
Styling : Shriya Kaul and Bhumika .B

Much love,

Can i love both?

When i was a kid, i used eagerly wait for my summer holidays. Since it is my hometown, Bombay has always been close to my heart. But as the years went by, I fell more n more  in love with Gurgaon. The houses are better, more spacious.  But, I get more work in Bombay. Everytime am there, i don't feel like going back home. But  alot has happened, everything's changed and this was probably my last Bombay trip. I know i say this everytime. But i hope i stick to it this time.

Now you know why it is so difficult to choose? Maybe my love - hate relationship with bombay will never end. Can i love both?
Much love,

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Amritsar- Kashmir- II

I know i am super late. but lets being? :) Our 10 day trip started with a BANG! We took the metro from Gurgaon till New Delhi Railway station. Reached on time and my cousin comes up to me and says * The Train is running 2 hours late!* In this scorching heat, almost 40 degrees. All of us sat down, took out all the food we had packed and started eating. HA! i know but thats how me and my cousins are. A little crazy. Whilst everyone kept staring , we didn't bother. So after the yummy food, we found out that the train was running 4 hours late. God bless you Indian Railways. So my mother, being the superwomen she is. Told us jump into next train that comes, and yes thats what we did. With no tickets. Group of 14 people, God bless the  our TC, he was God in disguise. We didn't want to miss a single day , so reached Amritsar at 11pm. Stayed in a hotel next to The Golden Temple. It's divine.

We were there for just 1 night . If you haven't been to Amritsar, You must! It's divine and everyone is very friendly. And the FOOD! Super delicious food! The Lassi, Kulcha, Paratha everything! . We just saw Wagah Border from a distance as we weren't allowed to go inside. And Attari Station is a must see. Train from Pakistan comes Every Sunday and leaves Monday morning. So i asked the TC how much does the ticket cost? He laughed and said 25 Rs + Visa( Thats how much the cycle rickshaw wala takes from my place till the metro station; 30rs and ofcourse minus the visa. heh).  So if you plan to go to Pakistan for your next trip, you know what to do. 

Since we had only 10 days. We left for Jammu the next day. Road trips are fun if you have good company.
Much love,