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My Daughter, My Muse, My Legacy

My Daughter, My Muse, My Legacy

Much before I had kids, my camera was still my passion. Only that the passion was buried under the part of “Get Education”, “Get a job”, “Prove yourself “, “Be independent ” and “Get married”. Once all those phases of life were over, I was able to get back into following my passion. My passion always lied with clicking landscapes. Every breathtaking view I saw needed to be captured. Every green mountain called my name. Honestly, I had no clue what I was doing. I clicked only for myself and believe it ot not, only in the Auto camera mode. 

Slowly as I got back into the groove, I was finding myself into spending more time looking at other people’s work and trying to make sense of what they were doing.  

Another phase of life started soon after called” Kids”. And once again, it got crazy trying to raise twins. But this time, my camera turned to them and every month me and my husband tried to make an effort to click as many pictures of the kids as we could. That was the time when smartphones were just coming into the market.

We realized as part of the routine, we had tons of pictures but a lot of them has so much shake cos I was still new to knowing my camera and understanding it well. We also realized we weren’t really part of the pictures cos it was always about getting them into the photos. So we decided to go to a chain store to get our family pics done.

Long story short, after hours of effort to get the kids ready and dealing with cranky little ones, we made it late. Our slot was gone, we waited some more and got some prints, which I won’t say, were bad. The white backdrop looked like gray. There was no effort to pose us so we stood where we stood and we posed with what we knew. We got 20 minutes in which we had our session. Waited for an hour in the chain store studio, selected our prints and walked out feeling victorious that we survived our session. At least we got prints with kids, our parents and us.

That same victorious feeling was soon replaced by..I need more. I deserve better. I need to learn.

A dear friend of mine told me I sucked at lighting. Ok now I suck at knowing my camera and light control. It was time to either learn better or to stop calling photography my passion. 

My journey where passion met profession started that day. I have never looked back and I am so grateful that I got support and a chance to make my passion into a profession. Not many are blessed that way. I understand not everyone can value custom photography or what I offer for I am so content with people I can help. People who value what I can cerate for them. Something a chain store or a shoot and burn photographer cannot offer. I offer you my time, my talent, my experience, my expertise, my vision and your own custom session, which is uniquely yours. It took my years and lifetime of journey to understand the science of photography… and I am enjoying the journey I have embarked upon.

My little ones gave me the much-needed push and every year we create portraits. Portraits of our family, portraits of our kids and print them and proudly hang them on our walls.

Every year my daughter, my muse, my model lets me learn on her. She’s an artist at heart and understands her mother so well. She puts up with me so patiently with a book in her hand, giving me time to setup the light exactly as I want.  

So every year I create a series of portraits for my kids and honestly it’s mostly with my daughter. She has the patience of an angel and lets me get creative with her. I have learned so much just cos of her and I am able to create my legacy via her. 

In my heart I wish, hope and pray that someday when she grows up, she will value them. Love them and the generations to come will treasure my legacy…her legacy…our legacy.

#Printyourphotos #createthelegacy #createourlegacy

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Why do you need Professional Head shots and Branding?

Why do you need Professional Head shots and Branding?

Big question right?

Why do I need professional head shots?

Why can’t I crop and use the beautiful photograph I have from my family photograph from my last get together?

Why do I need branding? What will it do for me as a business?

Why do I need a “Professional” image for LinkedIn or my website.

Why???

Answer to your question are few more questions!! 🙂

Do you want to show how successful you are?

Do you want to be the candidate that gets picked when employers visit your linkedIn profile and your head shot stands out and it conveys trust and confidence?

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Now that we know why Head shots are important , here is why you need to get it done professionally.

  • Head shots and branding are are ALWAYS about the PEOPLE…
  • „Most important aspect of a headshot is ….CONNECTION CONNECTION CONNECTION

„ALMOST everyone finds facing camera overwhelming and scary. a professional can help ease your fear and pose and light you beautifully. It brings out the confidence in your body and eyes.

„Believe it or not, professionals make sure your headshot matches your brand.

If you are not convinced yet, call me :). Here are some examples of head shots and branding and you can check out more here:

Personal Branding(Headshots)

 

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A Date With The Canyons

My date with the canyons

A few months after I came to the the US , my husband took me to the beautiful Grand canyon. I’ll be honest here it was too hot during the month of June / July whenever it was for me to enjoy anything at all. I hated being there.. I hated being outside at all.

I was a mountain lover (still am) and loved the lush and the greens of Seattle and Portland. My heart and soul was mesmerized by the colors of the tulips, the mesmerizing beauty of the wild flowers and the most beautiful Mount Rainier.

I had absolutely no interest in the beauty these orange or Red rocks offered.

The beauty of experience and age is that you start looking at things with a different perspective. My amazing camera and the knowledge to use it helps I have to confess:).

2014 was a year of canyons for me. Not only I was able to witness and respect the beautiful creations of nature but also to fulfill my bucket list.

Last year I was blessed to witness, photograph and understand the history behind Bryce National Park, Zion National Park, Antelope National Park and Grand National Park – the most amazing majestic Canyons..

We love family vacations, to hike and to teach kids to enjoy nature. Being out of the network helps you take your mind of the cellphone , the ongoing social and political issues.

Before we left for Bryce i told my friends that it was my wish to see the lovely Reds of Bryce canyon against the white snow. The temperatures forecasted were in 60ies and i remember checking that right when I was packing( a night before the trip). I knew I wasn’t going to see what i wished for but a woman and pray and hope :).

We stopped at Vegas, rented our car and along with two little ones started our on our trip.

Not too long into the drive I was out of network and it forced me to enjoy the sights outside without worrying about what my work emails were about.(Hail Sprint 😉 )

No long drive comes without kids asking you 200 times.. “Are we there yet?” :)).

It was late evening by the time we made it to Bryce.. Well almost made it. As we entered the area, the visibility went down. Car had to be slowed down as it was extremely cold and we saw dusty air… well took us a minute to realize it was snowing.

One can image how excited someone would feel about a wish coming true. I was dreaming about the reds and the whites already when i was gently reminded that the snow might not stick until morning if the temperatures went up.

Again.. hopeful, excited and praying hard I would not let that dampen my enthusiasm. We reached the hotel finally after extremely caution driving in our Sedan. We had no idea about the snow else we would have been wiser to rent an SUV.

The next morning made me the happiest person alive. The snow had not melted and i knew someone up there loved me so much. It was a wish come true. The hike to the Inspiration point was so worth it . Bryce NPS remains as my most favorite and the best places to visit among the canyons.

Here are some beautiful images I was able to capture on my trip. White on Red.

#BryceNationalPark

Next stop was Zion National Park. Not too far from the amazing Bryce but a drastic change in the rock formations. The trails are more accessible . The water from the mesmerizing “Narrows” was ice cold. We tried our best to cross… but it was freeezzziinng…

We were in the water jeans rolled up with a child in one side and my big camera bag in another. Which photographer would go to a National Park without a suitcase load of lens, filters and all the fun gadgets.

The sights Zion had to offer were beyond reality. I wish we had more days to hike and explore this fine park..but all good things come to an end.

My memories from Zion…

#ZionNationalPark

This one as clicked right outside the Visitor Center at Zion . Sun was at the peak but clouds gave me soft light and this image remains as one of my favorite.

The trip was over but my heart was still not content. So of course when the time came to meet our cousins during the Christmas holidays..off we went again to see the Grand “Grand Canyon” and my other wishlist..The HorseShoe Bend.

I knew how much i missed on my first trip to the Grand Canyon and i wanted to make sure i don’t repeat that mistake again. The day was perfect and we were ready.

People from California (Bay area) who have no clue how winters can be. During the trip we made Flagstaff as our base. The mornings were cold and the windshield was icy. The ice crystals decorated our car and the crazy photographer in me did a little happy dance.

Meanwhile my husband was trying to figure out how best to clean off the windshield and get to the park:).

We Bay area-ians are pretty bad with dealing with “harsh” winters. Cos were were in a rush to drive out, we threw some water on the windshield expecting it to wash away the crystals. Only to realize it froze into a layer of ice as soon as it hit the glass. We spent the next 10 minutes trying to scrape off the icy layer formed on the glass. As I said.. Bay area folks have no experience with ice.;)

The is the south rim of the Grand Canyon.

#GrandCanyon.

Next stop HorseShoe bend . Its a small little spot so easy to miss near a city called Page. Hidden away a 30 minute hike from the road. The only way we found it was cos we looked it up on google maps.

I had to go there. No way I would miss this place especially when am so close to the canyons.

Here is the memory from the majestic HorseShoe Bend. HorseShoe Bend is one of the place photographers love to go and click. We saw a ton of folks doing Selfies.. makes me wonder how they came out. The place is wide and a small camera won’t do justice esp. when the sun is at its peak.

#HorseShoeBend

One more canyon before we are done with our trip. I would say this was the most anticipated canyon for me but very disappointing too. The Antelope Canyon is extremely beautiful. It’s the sacred lands for Native Indians.

The access to the Lower Antelope canyons is via tours only. You cannot do this by yourself. I think its good that way. The sacred land is thereby protected. So disappointing why u ask??!!

Well the only time slot we had an option for was around 3.30PM. That is the time when sunlight is very very low during winters and the land get very very cold. The inside of the canyons are dark and no flash photography allowed. The human side of me is blessed to have seen that place but the photographer in me very sad. I wasn’t able to click a decent image without cranking up my ISO and even then am not happy with the pictures.

Oh well. Thats another excuse for me to go back some day and fulfill my dream yet again.(Big Grin 🙂 )

#AntelopeCanyon

Last but not the least and i don’t have any pictures to share. I strongly recommend visiting the Lowell Observatory and doing a tour with Jim Cole.

His tours are not just educational but his style to tell you the history behind that observatory is amazing. Its like a story leaving you wanting for more information.

A absolute dream for a person to visit the place where Planet Pluto was discovered years back. In a time where there were no high end telescopes like today or even color and digital photography. Its amazing what astronomers did and how science progressed.

Check out

https://lowell.edu/ for more information.

A our final stop before we got back to reality. Amazing Las Vegas.

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Newborn Photography Safety First

Newborn Photography –  A specialized skill

I am tempted to write this up as a newborn photographer today.

I have had a lot of new parents enquire about newborn packages with me. So to educate all those new moms and dads, here we go.

Newborn photographers can do their magic best when the little one is between 6-10 days old. That is the best time to get the cuddly , snuggled cute images of your little one. Please know they will not be this little for too long.

Their sleeping patterns, eating habits all change. Baby acne, cradle cap start to show up. They need to feed more often, sleep lesser and need more snuggles from mom. For all those reason I advise my clients to shop around for the newborn photo services much in advance and call your chosen photographer the time you deliver.

Soon new parents will be sleep deprived , tired and calling their photographer will be the last thing on their mind.

By the time they realize it is no longer possible to get back time and the tiny toes and features of your little ones. However having that date on the calendar will help your photographer remind you of the session and will help out with the planning. You will get enough time to choose your preferred colors, bands and props.

The best time to shop for your newborn photographer is while you are pregnant. Book your session and let your photographer know when you deliver so you get your session date in time.

So what is too early?

Any time before day 6 I think is too early. You can still do it but it takes time for mother’s milk to come in and babies starve very quickly. Which means they eat more frequently. So my 2 cents is that your photographer will schedule your session anytime between 6 and 15 days. Ideally around 9-10 days.