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30 November 2017

Interview with Wedding Photographer: Harsheen Jammu

Meet Harsheen Jammu, an IIM graduate and photographer

Harsheen Jammu

 

Inspiro India: Tell us something about yourself and how did you get started?

– Originally from a management background, an IIM graduate, it was my love for capturing the colours in our everyday life & the sentiments attached to them that pulled me towards photography. Clicking pictures is what truly makes me happy, it is fulfilling in all its dimensions.

 

Inspiro India: Can you talk a bit about your unique style and way of working?

– I don’t believe in planning a lot for a shoot as it brings in a certain expectation you tend to have with the output and you completely ignore the other possibilities. I try to incorporate the environment and emotions at that point of time in my frames.

 

 

Inspiro India: Did you face any kind of problems while pursuing this field? How satisfied do you feel after working in this field?

– My parents were not very supportive initially, but I was very adamant. Like all professions, most of the days, I feel happy about my choices but there are some difficult days as well.

 

Inspiro India: What is it about wedding-photography that interests you the most? What are your top three favourite photography locations? And Why?

– The fact that you are going to create a piece of history for someone which is going to be passed on to generations is something which fascinates me. No favourite locations as such. I believe there is beauty everywhere, you just need to observe for a while.

 

Inspiro India: If not this, What would have Harsheen been doing?

– Probably a civil servant.

 

Inspiro India: What is typically in your camera bag while travelling?

– I don’t shoot much while travelling. Something shall be experienced without cameras.

 

Inspiro India: Could you tell our readers how to reach such excellent results in travel wedding photography? What are you looking forward to purchase next?

– Just try to be a part of the family, connect with the environment and results would come. I am looking forward to purchase a wide lens.

 

Inspiro India: How has witnessing so many weddings changed your life/outlook?

– It has impacted me in a major way. I am very sure about what kind of a wedding I want and what is a complete no-no. On a serious note, you tend to examine families of different cultures on a very micro level and there is one common thing across all cultures and that is patriarchy.

 

Inspiro India: Describe your post-processing work flow And the equipment that you use?

– I use photo mechanic & lightroom for post processing. Equipment – iMac 27 inches 8GB RAM.

 

Photos by ©Harsheen Jammu

 

Inspiro India: What advice would the artist inside you like to pass on to our readers?

– What kind of Equipment you use plays a very minor role in your art. Explore, shoot, edit with whatever tools you have and you will be amazed by the results

 

Check out his full feature in July’16 Edition of Inspiro India Magazine issue#30 – Download Free.

 

 

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29 November 2017

Blogger of the Week: Charuta Arvind Yadav

Charuta Arvind Yadav is the Founder and Creative Head of art inspired, experimental fashion, DIY (do it yourself), travel and lifestyle blog named ‘Moda Yalda’. A masters degree holder in technology in Genetic Engineering, Charuta blogs about wearable art, street style and has recently started sharing her travel experiences via blogging.

 

A blog free of following set patterns or trends, the blogger always adds a personal touch to her blogs. ‘I would not force trends or brands down your feed. I have a strong voice and I believe in what I say and that’s very important otherwise you just become a part of the herd’, says Yadav.

 

Charuta Arvind Yadav

 

Her blog name, ‘Moda’ is derived from Spanish meaning ‘Fashion’ and Hebrew word “Yalda’ which means ‘Daughter/Birth’ which ultimately translates into ‘fashion’s birth or fashion’s daughter’ in English!

 

A fashion bipolar, she does not have a tedious approach to style. Experimental by nature, Charuta wants to try everything and wear everything that makes her feel good without caring about the rules. ‘I do love vintage finds and statement pieces’, mentions the blogger.

 

Greatly inspired by art, travel and people, the engineer started her blog 3 years back. With an idea to document her personal style, she started wearing self-designed hand painted clothes turning it into a visual diary. Charuta uses a Nikon D5100 for her artistic pictures.

 

Blogging is much more, to have a voice of your own is one such thing she believes in. To create content of which one is proud of, something that is cohesive with one’s vision should be a top priority when it comes to blogging. The blog (website) should be the main focus. She says, ‘social media apps like Instagram and Facebook come and go and they are just extensions where you share your work, your blog is your work’.

 

The blogger feels blessed to have a mature audience that understands the work she does. They also have the capability to appreciate her love for art based blog posts. She wishes to continue her blogging journey and give more time to her personal brand ‘Adagio’ in the future.

 

She advises our readers to not worry about trends or rules when it comes to fashion or style. If you like it, wear it – is her motto when it comes to blogging.

She also shares her tips for new bloggers or someone who’d like to start blogging. Number one, be original. She stresses newbies to have their own voice and to stand true to their vision. Last but not the least, blogging shall never be started because of perks or sheer excitement one has out of fancying a particular blogger’s style! ‘Because to be honest, the perks do not even suffice for the hard work you put in’, she says.

Words by Harpreet
©Charuta Arvind Yadav

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Gorkey Patwal’s series is an amalgamation of noir and white portraying raw emotions | Photo Series

Gorkey Patwal is a 24-year-old innovator from Delhi who searches for beauty in everything around and remoulds it. He is on his path to become a fashion photographer and let the world know the significance of his name.

 

He often works with a stylist and model to figure out a theme for the shoot. He doesn’t prefer to instruct the model and keeps the theme open to the model’s interpretation which ensures the raw, natural shots. This series is an amalgamation of noir and white, Gorkey mentions, is a collaboration which he and Ishani have been planning for a year. The entire process of finding a suitable time from their busy lives and planning took 3 months, are just a few of many hardships they went through to manage 3 shots to be uploaded to Instagram. People, he feels, are unaware of the tedious background work a photographer goes through, to manage one perfect shot.

 

Gorkey is not fond of post-editing hence he tries to fix the problem by clicking multiple shots so he can select the best out of all the shots. The device he uses is a Canon 6D and a Sigma 50 mm. For editing, he uses Lightroom. He has a penchant to play around with natural lights, for example – a piece of glass, lighter and even a lot of leaves!

 

His key source of inspiration is the thought of someone making an effort, a notch higher than him every hour to creating better work in this world. Being a part of this league, he too has to aspire to work hard so that he too sets an example and a beacon for others to follow.

 

 Photo Series by ©Gorkey Patwal 

 

A single series, Gorkey tells us, it takes almost a month of planning and coordination between the model, the stylist and the makeup artist to scheduling dates and choosing the appropriate location for shooting. Since he was employed fulltime, he had only weekend for himself to execute the shoots. On Mondays’ of every month, Patwal would plan his weekends for shoots.

Words by Laveena Behl

Photographer: Gorkey Patwal
Model: Ishani Das
Styling: Anuradha

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24 November 2017

Creative Head of the week: Nupur Singh

Nupur Singh hails from National Institute of Fashion Technology in Mumbai. She learnt Fashion Photography in college but never entirely picked it up until she joined Instagram in 2013.

A platform to share her photos and stay up to date with what her friends were doing got her in the mood!

 

She started liking neat frames once she realised Instagram was much more than a social media application. It was full of

designers, artists, photographers, bakers, video-makers, bloggers and content creators sparking the inspiration instantly.

 

Nupur is all in for expression, ‘I want to express to the world my liking for food, for ordinary doors and walls, for flowers. I want to express my troubled thoughts. I want to express my fashion sense. I want to express what I think looks good’. Hence, she creates her expressions in the form of pictures!

 

She looks for a story in her pictures, where the subject came from, how the subject poses and what compliments the subject.

For instance, whilst styling a dish, she makes sure to play around with a few ingredients on the side to give the viewer the feel of how it was prepared.

 

Nupur doesn’t follow any rules while preparing frames, whatever feels right in the moment gets her attention and on work to create pictures. The elements are kept ready before every shoot, however, the composition of those is done spontaneously!

 

A Canon 60D semi-professional camera, coupled with 50mm f/1.8  and 24mm f/2.8 lenses make the cut to her photography gear.

She shoots in raw format, following which her pictures go through four stages of editing – Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, VSCO and finally some minor Instagram adjustments.

 

 

The online creative community inspires her the most. Appreciations and compliments from followers on Instagram,

inspires her to become even better. ‘You see, inspiration is everywhere. One just has to find it!’, says Nupur Singh.

 

Photos by ©Nupur Singh

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1 November 2017

Blogger of the Week: Sonali Singh

The immense love and support from you ‘Creative Heads’ have been surreal over the past few years. Inspiro India wishes to grow with the growing population of ‘#inspiroindia‘. We’re continuously working to bring great content to anyone and everyone following us on various platforms.

This year we present to you, an all new feature presenting ‘The Blogger of the Week’.

 

Sonali Singh is a full-time blogger, with an education which spans from science to event management and has always been interested in multiple things.

‘TheStyleDrug’ is a personal blog which exists solely because of Sonali’s love for fashion! She likes sharing her views on fashion, connecting with readers and experimenting from time to time.

 

With the ongoing blog trend, ‘TheStyleDrug’ does tend to shine out! Sonali feels, ‘A blog is like a person, individual and unique’. Copying is a strict no-no when it comes to styling clothes and daily outfits. She tries creating unusual attires so she can have something original to write about.

 

Sonali Singh

 

With a style which has evolved pretty dramatically, Sonali tries to showcase chic, polished, edgy, effortless and casual at the same time!

Getting inspired by her mom is a no-brainer and quite cliché agrees the blogger. Her mother’s style has always taught her to wear whatever one is comfortable in. ‘She always emphasises not to fit in according to people’s wants!’, adds Sonali.

 

TheStyleDrug is only 2 years old and was born during a very random conversation with the best friend! A simple question like ‘why not?’ started her journey to blog, followed with taking pictures with her best friend which turned out to be quite beautiful. It was time to share it online and make the blogging journey more obvious!

‘TheStyleDrug’ is a platform for experimenting, going out of comfort zones while dressing up along with sharing her viewpoints and ideas for a reason.

‘Every blogger has their own reasons for wanting to share and every blogger has vastly different levels of dedication to it’, says Sonali. The blog also boasts of a young audience of girls who look up to Sonali for daily style and outfit inspiration.

 

Her blogging tips and tricks include her iPhone 8 Plus camera for daily Instagram updates and a Canon camera for the website pictures. She also suggests being inventive and consistent when it comes to blogging. Agonizing over comments and likes is also a thing of the past, ‘the most important thing is to have fun with your job. Love it and be happy’, stresses Sonali Singh!

Words by Harpreet
©Sonali Singh

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Blog | Interviews | Photography

12 October 2017

Interview with Photographer : Rema Chaudhary

Meet the woman who quit stock market to pursue photography full time.

Rema Chaudhary

 

Inspiro India: Tell us something about yourself and how did you start creating?

– Well, I worked with my father in the stock market for 2 years before I decided I wanted to pursue photography. I’d always carry my point and shoot camera around when I was in college, taking pictures of the most ordinary things. So I bought a DSLR and started shooting portraits of my dad’s employees and taking pictures on my commute to work every day. I got good feedback from family and friends and decided this is what I wanted to do. At some point in 2010, I got my first commercial job which was a real eye opener because that’s when I realised that this is not easy! Then I went on to study it in Massachusetts at Hallmark institute of Photography and I think that’s where it all really started for me.

 

Inspiro India: Can you talk a bit about your mesmerising portraits and your way of working?

– I spend a lot of time location hunting. I think nothing inspires me more than being outside surrounded by nature. I have endless notes on my phone with pictures of things and their location, whether it’s a random tree or a strange door or a pretty staircase. I keep revisiting my notes and try to figure out what I would like to shoot there. It’s probably the most important part of the entire process for me, and also the most private. Unlike all the other aspects, I’m very used to doing this alone. Apart from that, a lot of it evolves as we go along. I try and evoke a sort of harmony between the environment and my subject, whether it’s with their gesture or expression.

 

 

Inspiro India: Did you face any problems while pursuing this field? How satisfied do you feel after working in this field?

– Yes of course, what is any profession without problems anyways. It was rough in the beginning. The work you get to do more often than not depends on your network rather than your actual work, which is sad. Another thing is when people will commission you to create something that has already been done have absolutely no vision of their own. I find that incredibly nerve-racking. But it’s starting to change slowly.

 

Inspiro India: How would you describe your photography style?

– Aaaah that’s a tough one. But I guess you could say intimate and at times, melancholic almost. Something that is more about the feeling than it is about the content.

 

Inspiro India: Which genre of photography interests you the most? and why? What are your top three favourite photography locations?

– I do enjoy shooting people. Whether it’s portraits or a fashion sort of setting. I think Fashion photography allows me to explore the kind of photography I like which is moody and has a narrative. No top locations but I do love shooting outdoors.

 

Inspiro India: Your portfolio includes quite a lot of portraiture. Walk us through your process of creating a great portrait?

– I’ve realised that for portraits, less is more. I try staying away from directing my subject too much because it can get confusing and they often lose themselves. I will just give them a very basic brief of what I’m looking for and then kind of let them get comfortable or even uncomfortable for that matter in that environment. I’m very disconnected from my subject during portrait sessions and I think a lot of the great shots, for me, happen in the awkward silences.

 

Inspiro India: Could you tell our readers how to reach such excellent results in fashion photography? What gear are you looking forward to purchasing next?

– I do think that more than the gear you use, you have to have the eye for it, and you will make some amazing images if you do. It’s really not about the most expensive camera and lenses. But either way, I use the Canon 5D mark III and just invested in the Sony a7R II last week, so I’m still getting used to the switch.

 

Inspiro India: Describe your post-processing workflow? Which camera do you shoot with? Tell us about your favourite lens and equipment.

– Well, it starts with taking everything into Lightroom. Shortlisting photos probably takes the most time. I go through 2-3 rounds of shortlists, the first time I look at the images and then come back to it a few days later to see if I feel differently about any of them. Once I know which ones I’m going to work on, I start colour correcting and making other adjustments after which I take it to photoshop to refine them further if need be.
My favourite lens has to be the 85mm. I shoot everything I can with that lens.

 

Inspiro India: What did you want to become as a child? Any dream which is still on your bucket list?

– I honestly don’t even have a memory of what I wanted to be as a child. I always thought I’m going to grow up and start working with my father because that’s just how things happened in my house. But currently, my dream is to learn how to play the piano.

 

Inspiro India:If not this, What would Rema be doing?

-I would be a musician.

 

Inspiro India: Which is your favourite photograph you’ve taken till date and why?

– Hard to pick a favourite really, there are so many! But I think one of my all time favourites would be this image I shot last year for Roha. I would explain why I like it but that would just be me generating my own propaganda. I’d rather have the viewer project their own narrative onto the picture.

 

 

favourite photograph

Photos by ©Rema Chaudhary

 

Inspiro India: What advice would the artist inside you like to pass on to our readers?

– I would tell them to go out and keep shooting. Don’t just look at pictures. Study them, and keep trying to get better. Don’t worry about who will or will not like it, you simply can not please everyone.

 

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28 June 2017

Blogger of the Week : Shivani Boruah

The immense love and support from you ‘Creative Heads’ have been surreal over the past few years. Inspiro India wishes to grow with the growing population of ‘#inspiroindia‘. We’re continuously working to bring great content to anyone and everyone following us on various platforms.

This year we present to you, an all new feature presenting ‘The Blogger of the Week’.

 

Shivani is a fun loving person and love dogs! Apart from being a blogger, she is a  musician and is currently working on her E.P. “The Velvet Radio is something through which I speak my mind. It’s basically a visual story teller. Currently it has the following major sections : Fashion, Lifestyle, IAndAThing. ‘IAndAThing’ is where I feature people who are living their dreams and in some way inspire me to work on my dreams. Also, June onwards, I have started a ‘music’ section where I would cover major music concerts across India and a few music related talks( The first and the latest one being ‘The Music Scene In North- East India: A Retrospective’). Coming to the fashion section, which is the crucial section of the blog, I mostly try to come up with conceptual ideas so as to be able to tell stories through the pictures. As I go by my motto- “Let Art Begin”, I love to experiment with my wardrobe.” Boruah talks about her blog.

 

Shivani Boruah

 

The Velvet Radio is a visual storyteller drawing major inspiration from Art. “I try to portray a few grey areas of the society through my pictures( Two such blog posts being–  Mannequin and Phantom Bride ). In the days to come, I want to bring to light more such grey areas of our society.” As she continues to talk about her blogging ideas.

Shivani’s style is all about comfort. Although she experiments a lot, it always revolves around comfort.

“Art and a lot of Art. Apart from it, its the people around me, people on the streets who inspire me. Also, it’s the kind of music I listen to helps me draw my inspiration from  ‘cause I like to move along, groove with the music, dance or headbang a little bit, so yeah, that’s the kind of clothes I usually prefer to wear in which I am comfortable to do all these! Plus one of the major source of inspiration is the nature itself! I also draw inspiration from the trend forecasts by the elite magazines and webzines but try to add the me- flavour to it.” Shivani shares about her inspirations.

Well, It was last year July ​​that I took my writing skills and ideas about fashion a little seriously and started blogging. Although I kicked off TVRadio as a Fashion Blog, now it has many other sections too. I have a great interest in putting my thoughts into words and then I also needed a platform to showcase my ideas behind fashion with a poetic flare. Fashion, for me, is a creative expression and a beautiful form of art. My blog serves as a medium for my visual/ photo stories.”

Shivani talks about the blogging industry, “ It is good to see how the blogging- industry is developing but also at the same time there is a lot of grapevine around it. People usually do not know how much time and effort bloggers and photographers spend on one concept. Also, in blogging it is very much important to be original and never copy the style and content of an already- famous blogger. Two of the key traits a blogger has to have are: Patience and Honesty. I don’t endorse brands with which I can’t relate my style to. My blog is a personal blog portraying two of my passions: Fashion and Music. I wanted a name that would highlight both, hence, the name. Velvet signifies fashion and Radio signifies music. Well, since my blog is pretty new, I do not have a huge follower base. Plus as I am mostly into an editorial theme, people can’t always relate to it. But yeah, it’s the youngsters around the age group of 15- 30 yrs within and across the nation.”

As she moves ahead with her future plans, “ I want to be better w.r.t., the kind of work that I have been doing. At times, I don’t get what I seek from the photographers, as in, there is a clash of taste and interest. And it is very important to maintain your flare throughout no matter who you work with. Its my creative direction that I put into my pictures, so as to master it I want to develop good photography skills. I do not shoot and am still in my learning phase with my Canon 700D. I use my iPhone for on- the-go pictures. My photographers get their own cameras but I only work with photographers who understand my flare and with whom I am very confident shooting.”

Shivani gives us two tips regarding blogging, “Never lose your originality and develop  the basics of photography and editing.”

Words by Archita Rajkumari

FRIDA for eShakti

Phantom Bride- A concept blog dedicated to Early and Child Marriage

In the shoes of a PAINTER who longs for unadulterated art for QUIRKBOX

Showcasing Maybelline’s EYESPEAKDRAMA Campaign as a tribute to victims of Domestic Violence

What does a MANNEQUIN desire

©Shivani Boruah

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14 June 2017

Blogger of the Week : Varun Singhania

The immense love and support from you ‘Creative Heads’ have been surreal over the past few years. Inspiro India wishes to grow with the growing population of ‘#inspiroindia‘. We’re continuously working to bring great content to anyone and everyone following us on various platforms.

This year we present to you, an all new feature presenting ‘The Blogger of the Week’.

 

Varun Singhania aka BeardsEyeView is many things but mostly a photographer, a personal style blogger and a hardcore beard enthusiast. He says he is a misfit, a non-conformist and an introvert.

 

While talking about his blog, he says, “My blog is a showcase of my personal style and experiments with my own wardrobe. My blog is an amalgamation of my personal style, my experiments in fashion, and a bit of travel and photography. I don’t endorse brands I don’t stand behind or the ones that don’t represent my personal style. It’s how I view fashion and how I like to see it on myself. I’m also not your typical tuxedo-wearing slick-haired dapper blogger.”

“My style is very fluid and it keeps evolving, but more often it’s a fusion between hipster and grunge/ street.” As he talks about his style.

 

Varun Singhania

 

His inspiration is a lot of Italian, Asian (Indian & Korean), underground street and tribal fashion.

Also, fashion within music, especially from the 80s inspires a lot.

Varun started blogging about 3 years ago and it was around the time He started growing  beard as well (pun intended). He says, “In fact, my beard was pretty much the game changer. It made me switch up my style and up my fashion game and I began documenting it. I also got into a lot of photography around the same time and my personal Instagram just evolved into a blog from there on.”

 

Varun’s take on blogging, “I believe that blogging should be a representation of who you are and what your views are. Whatever the core of it might be, it should always be authentic and stem from your own creativity. I don’t believe in blogs & bloggers that turn into mere advertisements and billboards.”

Varun’s blog was initially just his Instagram where he used to post his everyday photography and edits. It had nothing to do with fashion initially. “Around the same time I began growing a beard, and I began to be known as “beardie”. And it just suddenly hit me one day that I wanted an alias name; one that would be representative of not just my beard but also my vision. A friend and I got thinking, and the same day we came up with ‘Beards Eye View’ as a pun on the phrase ‘Bird’s Eye View’.”

 

He says, “My audience is a mix of beard enthusiasts, guys who want to switch up their style and women who appreciate a man who tries different things.” They’re scattered between the age group 15-30yrs and mostly from India, Italy and USA.

 

 

Varun says wherever his blog takes him regarding his future plans with blogging. “My interests are split between my blog and my photography currently, and I’m trying to find a way to fuse both. I want to experiment more with contemporary Indian fashion and also include more travel oriented content on the blog.”

 

He uses a Canon 6D and a GoPro, and occasionally iPhone.

Varun gives advice to readers would be to not judge. Never judge anyone for their style, their views and their take on things.

Two tips to future bloggers would be 1) Hire or collaborate with a good photographer. Quality pictures always make a great impression. Also, learn how to edit your own pictures/ videos. 2) Be yourself and experiment within your own style and comfort zone. Don’t be a sell out.

Words by Archita Rajkumari
©Varun Singhania

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