I’m glad that you’re here to know more about me, so here’s my story…
I’m a happy-go-lucky person who accepts everything that life throws at me with a smile. My school days were filled with fun and mischief. I was especially interested in sports and went on achieve district, state and national level honours in swimming, firing and yoga. My interest in sports also guided me towards the NCC and I became the NCC commander for south India. But, at 18, I took a completely different path and decided to pursue an undergraduate degree in Journalism, after which I spent a few years working at a call centre and then moved on to work as an HR at an international bank. And here I am today.
It was my aunt introduced me to photography, when I was a teenager. She was a photographer herself and wanted me to learn the art. But, being the mischievous, carefree boy that I was, I showed zero interest in exploring the world through a lens. It was during college that I unexpectedly fell in love with the camera, when I was forced to bring one to class to complete a course assignment. I developed a ‘connection’ with the camera and it was at that moment that I decided that this was my life.
My new-found interest in photography and my love for the camera pushed me to grab every opportunity to explore the art. From macro to portraits, I jumped at every chance to learn something new. I still recall, with a wonderful sense of nostalgia, those days during college, when my buddy and I fought over the one camera that we had, competing for a chance to click more photos. My friends saw something special in my portraits, and their encouragement pushed me to pursue portrait photography.
During my time as an HR, I continued to engage in photography. It took me three years of sitting at a monotonous desk job to understand that life is too short to do things that don’t really make you happy. I quit my job and jumped into full time photography.
My transition into the world of photography was a journey in itself. As a young, self taught photographer, with limited experience in the area, the first couple of years were a struggle to say the least. I was shy during shoots, hesitant to assert myself in a professional space. During the first few weddings that I was hired to shoot, I remember how I had feelings of uncertainty, thinking twice before even asking someone to move out of the way if they were blocking my line of sight. But, even during the darkest of times, I was fortunate enough to be supported by a wide network of friends and family, who were more than happy to recommend my services to their contacts. And as the months went by, my confidence and skills grew with my portfolio.
Now, with over five years as a professional photographer under my belt, I am amazed at how far I’ve come, and am pleased to look back and see how much I’ve grown since my first shoot. But if there’s one thing that hasn’t changed since those days in college when I first started exploring photography, it is the learning curve that comes with this profession. During every shoot, I learn something new. With every shot, I understand my camera better. And with every photo, I am convinced that photography is truly my calling.