As a professional photographer, there are times you are stuck into a loophole of doing the same kind of assignments again and again. You sure enjoy doing what you do, but there is a need to stop, see and reflect on your work and get back to your roots.


For quite a while I've been majorly working on video projects, and completely immersing myself into the whole process of conceptualization to producing the final cut. I feel contented by this gradual transition of photography to also making short films, and learning aspects of filmmaking on the go. But I miss those days of just using my camera to explore the person in front of me where the energy takes over any predetermined agenda or client's vision.


Just a simple setting, with one light, and focus on connecting with the person in front of you. No pressure of delivering the photos in time for usage, or removing a little hair which your client may notice after pixel peeping at 200%. ;)


And when my friend Karishma tells me she has got a few days off, I grabbed the opportunity to set up a test shoot. Kash is one of my very close friends who has no connection with what I do for a living, but I have always looked at her as a camera-friendly person. And she was instantly on board with her full energy!


I put on a simple one light setup and decided to utilize the natural light of my terrace as an alternative. Kash did all her makeup herself and we collaborated on the styling from her existing wardrobe. It's a lot of fun when the subject you work with is with you on your trial and error process and is ready to change into any outfit without hassle. Keeping the makeup to bare basic helped us both to focus more on expression and posing.



The day went very well but we both concluded after looking at the overall vibe and the photographs we could set up one more session the very next day. This time I decided to use one of the minimalistic paintings of my dad as a backdrop and to keep a simple lighting setup and concentrate more on building a rapport with Kash instead of changing the lighting setups. And it just worked and I had one of the smoothest sessions where almost everything we shot turned out to be keepers!


Doing these kinds of test shoots for me is more process-oriented instead of focusing on the results I will get, but I am glad this one turned out to be worth sharing. I can't wait to share more of my work with you on this blog. :)


Cheers,

Ankur.




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Front-page design of the portrait gallery page.

Hi there! There are a lot of things that I hardly thought I would be doing one day. From receiving that small digicam as a gift from my aunt and uncle to buying my first DSLR to receiving that first cheque to take photos and short films! I always knew I needed a website to showcase my work the way I always wanted to, but never ever thought I would host a blog on the site and write in my broken English! I feel that finally, my work has found a home that I always wished it deserved. :) It has been one hell of a ride building up the site almost from the scratch.

After a lot of online research, I finally decided to go with Wix as my hosting platform, though it was a close second choice after Format. The fact that Wix has a loooot cheaper plans especially in India than Format just skewed the slider on Wix's side. Though Wordpress is a great option for hosting I refrained from it as I prefer a platform that will not be as technical and comparatively easy to manage.


As can be seen in the Before/After screenshot it took almost horrendous time and effort to design every minor bit the way I wanted, and I still find it unbelievable to see it working out without me knowing an iota of coding! My mind is still playing seesaw about hosting a blog on Wix though. My preferred choice is still a Medium blog; where I have tried to write a couple of posts over time.


The most important page for me though on the site is Be My Subject. The tricky thing about being a people photographer is having a constant influx of interesting people to experiment with & work with. A lot of ideas keep crossing my mind for photo and video shoots, but to find the right person at right time at the right place is like the light at a golden hour where everything you click looks just out of the world! A place where we can have a trusted platform on the site where we get all the information needed is much better than those Insta dm's, where we go constant back and forth often losing the track on both sides. On the website, it's much better as anyone can take a peek into my work and also put in their most relevant info so we can immediately get to work!


I plan to share a lot of exciting things on this blog, from Behind the scenes of my projects to sharing images from new shoots to writing about my outlook and learnings in photo and film worlds. I would love to hear your feedback on any of my social media handles. And last but not least, it is my promise to you that the upcoming posts will have a lot more photos and videos than the endless reading. ;)

Cheers,

Ankur.


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