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Best of January’18 | #inspiroindia

Greetings,

We’d like you to know that Inspiro India is receiving immense love and support from you ‘Creative Heads’ out there.

In the wake of the phenomenal usage of the ‘Inspiro India’ hashtag, we have a created a new section, ‘Best Pictures of the Month’.

Here are the Best Pictures from the month of January!

(The pictures are not in any supposed order. To get featured in the next month, use hashtag #inspiroindia)

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©Mihir Thakkar

 

 

©Joshi Daniel

 

©Harshit Doshi
©APrampar
©Namrata Vedi

 

 

©Shivam
©Piyush Tanpure

 

 

©Fazil
©Sunny Gala

 

 

©Anshul Mehta
©Manpreet Kaur

 

 

©Upasana
©Shevanee

 

 

©Shivam
©Sachin Chauhan

 

©Anunay Sood
©Mayuresh M. Warang

 

 

©Somia Mallick
©Shardul Umesh Kadam

 

©Manjima
©Rupesh Dev

 

 

©Ankit
©Sakshi Parikh

 

 

©Arfan Abdulazeez
©Harshal

 

 

©Shagun Chawla
©Aryan

 

 

©Manish Deo
©Anshuman

 

 

©Swapnanil Roy

 

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14 February 2018

Blogger of the Week: Dhwani Kathotia

Dhwani Kathotia is a fashion blogger, stylist, fashion consultant and visual artist in progress who overthinks like there’s no tomorrow. The blog which started out as a personal style blog has now shaped her into exploring more.

 

A creative canvas, her blog, she discovers conceptual art and storytelling through fashion. Each post has a concept behind it and the imagery used has a certain mood that goes with the concept. It’s not restricted to fashion but covers the entire story.

 

Dhwani Kathotia

 

Her online journal stands out from the rest as she does not stick to any rules or norms related to blogging. She wishes to delve into creative freedom! Dhwani and her audience find themselves resonating with the aspects of fashion explored through the blog. Defining one’s own style is different from merely following fashion trends. Her blog, ‘My Little Cupboard‘ is a fragment that expresses her unique style statement which she curates through separate creative pieces in a slow, sustainable manner. It’s about creating a look out of what one already possesses. It is also about utilizing all one has in numerous ways. Above all, it’s about creating a new story with every new post.

 

The blogger’s style statement, if she had to use only one piece of clothing to describe it, would be a plain white t-shirt, basic yet multi-functional! She likes to wear a lot of white and solid muted tones, oversized silhouettes and is most comfortable in wearing any clothing item basic in structure, fuss-free at the same time.

 

She believes that a slow and steady introspection is needed to find true inspiration. Over the last year, she focused on stealing some “me-time” from her busy routine and allocating specific hours to reading books, observing and absorbing everything around. It’ll surprise one to know how minimal our engagement with our surroundings is, she says. She has come up with the idea of giving herself a creative hour every week- an hour to cut off from everything around and spend time either experimenting with her camera or flipping through a coffee table book- no planned routine, but going with the flow. Her work is now inspired by recollections of jumbled pieces from everything around.

 

‘My Little Cupboard’ started as an experiment around 5 to 6 years ago. As someone who was (and probably still is) anxious about public speaking, the blog became the mouthpiece for her expressions (where the initial posts consisted of nose down pictures!) It began as a fashion experimenting platform where she mixed and matched clothes out of her closet which she hadn’t worn in a while. Dhwani cleaned her closet and dug out abandoned clothes! She tried to utilize all of it by styling in a unique way so that she didn’t have to discard them. This is how she found the appropriate title ‘My Little Cupboard”

 

Dhwani feels that blogging is a method of self-expression. In the contemporary scenario, blogging has become an established industry with certain norms and well-known brands and we agree! But if you take away the glamour and branding attached to it, she feels blogging is all about expressing oneself through any medium preferable to the person concerned-photography, clothing or even poetry.

 

 

Not having a concrete bigger picture for the blog means that there’s room for more creativity and experimenting. If there’s something to look forward to, it is her website which will soon feature all her styling and creative direction work form the last year along with her personal blog posts.

 

She collaborates with a bunch of photographers from Bangalore and hence the cameras used differ with every post. She shares valuable advice for people who wish to explore the world of blogging and has two crucial tips for them:

1.  Don’t get caught up in blindly following the trends. Blogging isn’t about rat race to top the ladder of trends or posting online only to gain popularity. Create a style that symbolises YOU.

2. Experiment, push your boundaries and never stop creating.

Words by Laveena Behl

 

©Dhwani Kathotia

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9 February 2018

Creative Head of the Week: Ishani Das

There are people who always witness something and realise that it could have been a stunning frame. And that’s how Ishani always felt – like her eyes were attached to secretive camera somewhere. She is a fashion communication student. First, she is an artist and always will be. She started the art of photography 8 years back with her little Sony digital point and shoot. She was very timid to take her camera out in the public and just start shooting. So, she resorted to closed rooms and the only subject she knew well there was herself.

 

A process just happens in her mind so fast. First a very random inspiration hits. Next thing for her is to visualise herself cutting that light, or how should the shadows overlay her etc. After that is just a matter of setting up her camera on self-timer. With time she has understood, at which angle her body will look good and where should light fall exactly so the photograph comes out great.

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Ishani Das

 

Ishani is not very vocal with words, her portraits are her only source of artistic expression. It’s just the determination in her that drives her.

She is her own inspiration. She looks up to many photographers but she has never tried to recreate anyone’s work or even take inspiration from them. She doesn’t edit much. It’s just a little VSCO here and a little Pixlr there. All phone apps though.

 She uses a Canon 600D .Apart from that, she has a 18-55mm lens. Also, she uses Photoshop and Lightroom but only rarely. Mostly she uses VSCO, Pixlr and Filterloop.

Her favourite subject is’ people’. Even when she meets people, she is more attentive to their eyes, hands, how they tuck a strand behind their ear or adjust their spectacles or laugh. She just admires how beautiful a person can be. She is not fussy about locations. She loves plain white walls. What she is fussy about is the light. Photography is all about the light.

 

 

 

The master-advice,

DON’T STOP. If you are trying something, it’s unique. Also, pay attention to details. It’s the details of a photograph, a painting, or anything that can really make it even more beautiful. ”

Words by Harpreet

 

Mogra Series

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Images by ©Ishani Das

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7 February 2018

Blogger of the Week: Sayanti Mahapatra

Sayanti Mahapatra is a 20-year-old student pursuing fashion communication, who has a quirky dream of possessing a huge closet of sneakers, the work is still in progress.  She has interned and worked as a fashion creator with seldom styling work in between. She currently works as a Content Partner and runs a blog of her own!

She has Bengali roots which are a primary reason for her love for art and aesthetics. She had no need to take any tuitions for art because she had a mentor at her home- her mother. Her mom infused basic principles in Sayanti which paved a way to develop her own peculiar interests. The passion to work in this is why she ignored the idea of attempting entrance exams for engineering after her school. Hailing from a legacy of engineers, swapping of careers wasn’t a piece of cake, but it all turned out to be positive eventually.

 

Sayanti Mahapatra

 

She primarily started her blog to showcase her personal style, her love for art, sneakers and basic clothes but it has developed into something more. It has transformed into an interactive platform where she is ever ready to take up different challenges that her audience wants. More than representing her personal style, she loves to curate the content for her readers. She also initiates soulful conversations.

 

Her blog stands unique because all the fashion tips and tricks that she shares in her posts are inclined towards spreading body acceptance and self-love. “There’s no way to feel beautiful if you aren’t in love with yourself, or you aren’t embracing your flaws because that makes you, you”, she says! Her blog shares her personal experiences as an overweight kid who was often mocked down, the starvation she donned upon herself in lieu of cutting down calories. Working out to stay fit is reasonable, starving to death isn’t. It took a lot of time to accept her own natural self and feel grateful for her talents. She had no one to boost her with confidence and that it’s perfectly normal to wear shorts even if one has cellulite thighs. This is the self-confidence she wishes to instil in the female audience that they deserve all the love and respect for who they are. And this what makes her blog different from other blogs

 

There’s no symbolic style of her own. She tries to experiment a lot, from bohemian to laid back to traditional Indian! From Gucci to Sarojini, from French girl to Frida Kahlo she admires every style. She likes to stay versatile but denim on denim look is what wins over others in her case. She loves how basic and yet unique that outlook can be.

The inspiration for Sayanti comes mostly from the streets. But she also likes to follow different celebrity bloggers like Audrey Hepburn, Victoria Beckham, Chiara Ferragni, Santoshi Shetty, Masoom Minawala etc. Everyday style is still what arouses interest in her. Metros, street markets and even at times people I come across in my society’s elevator are the glimpses that serve as inspiration.

She started with microblogging around May 2016 but she had so much to put out in front of the world. Hence in July 2017, she began her own website while she was working with other different websites. One of her articles went viral which paved her way for an offer from UC News to become its Content Partner. This is when she decided to take up her own blog-something that defines and designs her niche. She recalls an incident which gave her thought of starting her own blog an affirmation. Once she came across a girl in a metro who walked up to her to compliment her outfit and wished to know where did she purchase the outfit from and if she runs a blog to provide fashion tips and tricks. She revealed that she has no blog of her own to which the girl replied that she must start one soon. And that’s how Sayanti got the work for her blog started!

 

Blogging for Sayanti is an escape, a stress buster. Over a period of two years of reading, writing and creating content, the blogging process has become a part of her life. It makes her feel empty without getting engaged with her blog even for a day, and she admits that she prefers to remain occupied with work because that makes her feel happy and content. According to her, blogging should help you connect with people and not add to the burden of your daily life. It should be something that relieves you of your stress and not adds to your existing anxieties.

Her only requirement while deciding a suitable blog name was to add the word “Basic” in it since her styling is about incorporating basic things to come up with a stylish outfit like she came up with 10 styles with a simple white shirt. But she couldn’t come up with something catchy. One day she and her sister were brainstorming, and her sister pointed out that she does everything in excess since she was binge-watching and eating, and Voila! It clicked for her that she binges on particular stuff, for example, wearing a pair of denim jeans for 5 days continuously. And hence she came up with the name “Binge on Basics”.

 

Her audience consists of mostly women with age range of 15-26 years old and who are fashion oriented and love to interact along with continuing her work on her blog, which is her foremost love. Sayanti wishes to pursue styling as a career in future.
 She uses a Sony Alpha 58 to click pictures and at times iPhone for a grainy and vintage effect, which is her current favourite.

 

Sayanti extends her gratitude to all the readers because she feels that bloggers are nothing without their dedicated audience, and all the hard work they do is for them. She feels great to know that people admire her work. And hence she wants her audience to reach her out because the community would always be happy to help them in any manner.
For someone who wants to start blogging, she urges them to just make the move without much thought. Passion is all it takes. All the doubts will fade away sooner or later and things will be figured out slowly and steadily, but kick-starting the project is the most crucial step. One should not expect to unravel it all before actually beginning it. The other important thing to follow is originality. ‘Find your own style, make your own statement’ is the ultimate mantra. Whatever you intend to serve to your audience, it should carry the flavour of authenticity.

Words by Laveena Behl

 

©Sayanti Mahapatra

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Art | Blog | Photography

26 January 2018

Creative Head of the Week: Chandni Dua

Chandni Dua started out by enrolling in an art college for animation but later discovered her love for photography through a couple of teachers who were photographers themselves.

She was drawn to the idea of requiring no books for the task, editing her personal pictures and ultimately trying to learn how to click a better photograph in the first try!

 

Chandni initially used to have fun and was obsessed with her camera, carrying out both paid and unpaid jobs and never really giving it a serious thought!

Once out of college, Dua started taking photography earnestly by taking her own pictures, communicating through self-portraits!

 

With composition and technicalities in mind, Dua feels it’s the emotions that matter the most. She makes sure her snaps breathe the emotion even though they’re badly composed or even at the worst location or scenario.

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Chandni Dua

 

A huge attention is given to the lighting, angles and highlighting the object she wants to show. Natural light loves Chandni’s attention and she refuses not to experiment with it!

 

Currently inspired by Nirrimi and since many years, Chandni does 3-4 edits according to how the mood for the picture was initially planned!

 

Dua remembers to be once addicted to Adobe Photoshop. She started with editing before photography, her advancing editing skills got her to love and get into photography.

 

Her recent venture into wedding photography has seen about 90% use of Adobe Lightroom and the rest in Adobe Photoshop. She also captures photographs from her phone and makes the use of VSCO app regularly.

 

Photographing and executing her ideas on her sister and friends, basically everyone when she’s travelling is what she loves doing the most. Endless hours of shooting in the hills or places with huge trees and vastness are what makes her happy!

Other than that, a person with an interesting face and bold expressions never fails to impress Chandni Dua.

 

A typical day in the photographer’s life consists of researching and executing ideas every week by collaborating with various artists in the city! If not that, her evenings are spent by exploring new places with food!

 

In her opinion, anyone who is into photography shall keep experimenting on something they took inspiration from.

She never replicates anyone and advises the same!

She feels it’ll never satisfy the inner artist which also happens to be her long kept secret!

Words by Harpreet

 

Images by ©Chandni Dua

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24 January 2018

Blogger of the Week: Ramandeep Kaur

An Engineering graduate, Ramandeep Kaur worked in some of the top MNCs in India for 6 years until last year when she moved to the UK with her husband. Having managed her day job and blog together for 3 years, last year she decided to take up blogging full-time. Besides blogging, she loves to dance and travel as well as enjoys reading inspirational stories about successful people as it fills her with positive energy.

 

Hues of Me” as the name suggests, is her personal online journal where one can find stories about fashion, beauty and travel aiming to inspire every woman around the world reading it. With a strong desire to create and serve relatable quality content, she thrives to put up articles that are visually appealing and aspirational for her readers.

 

Ramandeep Kaur

 

Ramandeep has been blogging for 4 years now and ardently believes that every blog has a unique essence. Since she has a personal blog, everything that goes with it is unique as well as personal to her.

 

Inspired by real-time success stories of people in her field of interest, reading about their journies inspired her to reach where they are today. Also, getting appreciated for her work inspires her to keep doing what she loves.

 

She started her blog in 2014 as an online space where she could articulate things that she loved. She was reading a lot of blogs around that time and felt that starting her own blog was a perfect way to feed her creative soul. It started off as a hobby and now is her profession.

 

Her style constantly evolves but she calls it comfortable chic. She loves to refresh her wardrobe with latest trends but prefers to keep her classics too. Kaur believes investing in classic pieces like accessories or handbags to be the best style advice one can get. She believes that fashion is a lifestyle and how one dresses on a daily basis while running errands or chores defines their personal style.

 

Blogging to her is about sharing independent views with her readers on any given subject without being biased. It is a platform where she can reach out to many people around the world as well as connect with them on a personal level. According to her, this is the most amazing aspect of blogging.

 

She started out with a different blog name and later changed it to “Hues of Me”. She wanted a name that resonated with her work on the blog in terms of content and her personality and “Hues of Me” was a perfect fit. Majority of her readers are in India but she also gets views from UK and US. Now that she is fully dedicated to her blog, she has some big plans for it and wishes to come to India soon. She wants to concentrate on creating good quality content that her readers can relate to and get inspired by. She wishes to work on some dream collaborations this year and knows that it would involve a lot of hard work, but she feels ready to put her best foot forward. She is also planning to spend more time on her own YouTube channel in order to connect with a wider audience through it.

 

She uses a Canon 1200D DSLR camera with a basic kit lens and a 50mm prime lens. All her pictures are clicked using the same camera or her iPhone.

 

For someone who wants to start blogging, Ramandeep advises one to work hard, not succumb to the numbers or worry about what others are doing. She feels that one should always carve his or her own niche and stay true to oneself.

Words by Laveena Behl

 

©Ramandeep Kaur

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17 January 2018

Blogger of the Week: Shivangi Lahoty

Shivangi Lahoty is a full-time fashion designer, fashion blogger and off-lately a Youtuber as well. An award-winning graduate from NIFT Mumbai and FIT New York, her blog “With Love Inaaya” is a personal styling space where she articulates what does and doesn’t work for her in fashion. It is centred around fashion along with a little bit of everything else that comes with it. Through her reach, time and again, she attempts to address some important issues most millennials face.

 

The unique feature of her blog, she believes is in creating content that she herself would like to read and the products she would find comfortable to use, hence putting herself in the shoes of her followers. Unlike most blogs featuring everything that comes their way, she prefers personal screening before publishing anything. Each outfit or look is created with the utmost detail, keeping in mind that her audience includes working women who won’t doll-up to work every day but need daily fashion ideas to use their existing wardrobe as a resource, mixing and matching it to up their fashion game.

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Shivangi Lahoty

 

She has been using her blog to address some bigger issues in the last few years, namely depression, self-doubt, self-love and body image issues. These are the issues all of us fight inside our heads but accepting them is tough. When you have someone you follow or like discusses these issues in an open space, you realise everyone is vulnerable and hence you can find a recluse in the other person, she says. This makes you shed your inhibitions and talk. Being a NIFT alumni, she has recently started a segment called “Weekend Fashion Classes with Shivangi” where she addresses students’ queries about NIFT and fashion education. This adds a touch of educational and professional aid to her blog as well.

 

Her style statement is largely inspired by her Maa, as she has grown up watching the way she dresses up in a starched cotton saree worn in a prim and proper way daily. She’d sometimes tie a scarf around her hair when they went out, or put on a pair of Mommy jeans and team it with a button-down shirt if vacationing. Over the years she has realised her knack for all things vintage and retro, a style influenced by her mom, nothing maker her happier! She likes to dress gracefully, a saree or a skirt, she gives it a retro twist!

 

She loves Jenny Cipoletti when it comes to blogging, for effortless style and Tara Milk Tea for her beautiful Instagram feed. In her life, it is her mother who is her biggest inspiration. A major encouraging and driving force is the need to create and innovate various styles.

She began with creating content in 2011, but her full-fledged fashion blog came into existence in 2015. She was then involved in a research on the ‘Rise of Fashion Bloggers’ for her college and she interviewed Bryan Boy, Tavi Gevinson, Aayushi Bangur, Gia as well as some other fashion influencers. Two months of research and she knew she wanted to do this. It may sound unbelievable but Shivangi had a lot of body image issues and she had built herself over the years to the persona she is today. Once unsure about putting herself out there for the world to criticize, in 2015 she began her journey of blogging.

 

For Lahoty, blogging is a beautiful way to meet new people and reach out to a larger audience with your style and more. She runs a full-time fashion label: Inaaya & Co. It gets exhausting at times: managing all the bills, the tailors, the embroiderers etc. “Honestly, blogging is my escapade”, she mentions. It is therapeutic. Creating different style looks and answering questions for teenagers who want to pursue a career in designing or women who want recipes of dishes she posts pictures of online makes her happy!

 

Her blog name ‘Inaaya’ is her pseudonym. As she mentioned earlier, she was quite sceptical about putting herself out in the world of social media in the past hence she used ‘Inaaya’ as her disguise, which made her feel secured yet confident. She believes there’s an ‘Inaaya’ in all of us, a side which we are hesitant to show to the world. With her blog, the idea was to basically embrace her other side. She has myriad of age-range in her audience, but mostly, she has a generous number of working women looking at someone making their lives easier by helping them decode wearable looks. A huge number of young followers who follow her due to her academic background from NIFT and FIT and also thanks to all the sessions at Fashion Colleges in the past year and her YouTube channel. She also has a section of women in her audience who follow her for her Indian aesthetic towards fashion – a more sustainable approach.

She is admirable of how ‘Inaaya’ has grown in the last couple of years and the small community she has built along with her followers. In her future, she wishes to focus more on the fashion educational segment.

 

For vlogging, she uses a Canon G7X Mark II and for blogging her photographer has a Canon Mark D IV. For pictures on her Instagram feed, she puts her iPhone 7 to use.

As a blogger, she wants the audience to know that ‘the picture perfect 9×9 grid’ is not a reality so one must not feel pressurized to maintain a socially acceptable persona. One should love oneself, embrace their body for what it is and not let apparent ‘social media standards of beauty’ pull them down.

She asks the aspiring bloggers to do what makes them happy and do not let other people’s work affect their growth.

Words by Laveena Behl
©Shivangi Lahoty

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Blog | Photography

12 January 2018

Creative Head of the Week: Gitesh Gupta

Gitesh Gupta, also known as ‘Luke CG’ is a professional photographer who hails from the scenic hills of Kullu. His journey started from his engineering days with the first photograph he clicked from his brother’s camera. His fascination gave birth to a zeal to view the world through the lens of a camera. The episode made him realise the power of perspective and imagination combined with a single click!

 

Gitesh Gupta

 

For Gitesh, the premise of any concept is human emotion, which ranges from the bliss of happiness to dejection of sadness. He feels that photography is a similar journey- it is always about telling a tale through a picture and different types of software are the tools that aid the process. His work is heavily influenced by cinema. He is fond of sci-fi action, and movies that exhibit drama with excellent cinematic experience. There is a lot to learn, he says, from the nuances of such sources- about lighting, camera angle etc. He finds in it interesting visuals and concepts in motion and a great source of learning. Thus trying to implement all of it in his work, in an innovative way.

He is largely inspired by events happening in his surroundings- bustling streets, clouds-anything and everything so to say. He also draws inspiration from another artist’s work. All of it encourages him to create a definitive work of his own. Music is another important feature that adds a cherry on the top of all his hard work.

 

When asked about his post-processing, perfection at first glance, he mentions that it all depends on how one sees things. He thinks of it as a puzzle, which has to be arranged in a  perfect manner, conjoining the right pieces, which don’t make him feel scared about the process, unlike many other people.

He compares post processing to cooking- some like it spicy, some like it sweet, but an excess of flavours might upset one’s tongue. In the same way, one has to be efficient while making use of different kinds of software available due to improved technology, he adds. The Creative Head puts to use his Canon 5D Mark IV and Canon 6D cameras along with Canon 70-200mm f2.8, Canon 85mm 1.8, Canon 16-35mm f4 and Sigma Art 24-35mm f2 when it comes to picking the right lenses. Phottix Indra500 and 120cm Octabox for the lighting. 

He primarily uses Adobe Photoshop CC for editing along with Wacom Tablet on his iMac 27. He feels Pen Tablet makes life much easier by aiding a precise selection as well as blending different elements together. He also recommends people to try one for retouching.

 

A typical day in his life is indeed scenic with a life in the mountains. Gupta prefers working late at night for editing as it is more peaceful and can focus better on ideas. His daytime is spent in regular official work-queries, e-mails, phone calls etc.

His favourite subject to click is a ‘yes’ to the camera by the subject. The attraction lies in the mysterious ways the eyes try to speak. Gitesh does not have a favourite location but he desires to explore the picturesque landscapes of Iceland and New Zealand.

 

The photography mantra he shares with our readers is to “Learn+Shoot+Practice+Repeat”. The first shot, Gitesh Gupta says, is never perfect-one, one has to rigorously practice for it.

For better results, he mentions, one needs to click a good-quality picture with the camera, and the post-processing edits can add finish to it. 
His message for people struggling in the field of photography is to never search hopelessly for the answers but figure out the right questions which will finally lead you to the solution.

Words by Laveena Behl

 

Images by ©Gitesh Gupta

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10 January 2018

Blogger of the Week: Vinitha Shetty

Vinitha Shetty is a blogger, stylist and a production manager. An all-rounder, ‘Beingnita’ is a blog about a girl next door’s journey which strives on figuring out latest trends. The idea behind the blog is to have an individual style intact. She features high street, affordable luxury and even thrift buys giving rise to an array of personal style for a perfect look.

 

Vinitha’s blog is not your average blog, she says she does not see people accepting their flaws that often. Shetty adds, ‘I see it in their style, but they seem to not mention why or how they chose their outfit’. This is where she stands out from the crowd and does things differently. She makes each outfit a step-by-step!

 

The blogger prefers to dress comfortably with a touch of modern and desi styling. She features clothes that suit her the best irrespective of trends and adds her own touch to the outfit.

Mood, as well as her current weight, is her primary source of inspiration when it comes to fashion and style. Apart from that, she loves stalking other bloggers and their take on fashion.

 

A plethora of picture-perfect bloggers, with great skin and perfect body, made her want to start her own blog. She also wanted to represent women with different body types and skin tones.

 

Vinitha Shetty

 

Vinitha Shetty believes blogging is a great way for people who are invested in fashion to engage with those who do not take it as a full-time job and would find it helpful in terms of latest trends in the fashion world. ‘I think blogging is a huge responsibility as you want to give your end user the ultimate source of information’, mentions the blogger.

 

Being Nita is a variation of her name, the blog intends to show her audience a different side of her. A reform of herself – ‘Nita’

Beingnita’s audience is varied and consists of a majority of 16-year-olds looking for latest fashion ideas. Women in their mid-twenties look for relatable stories to read whereas women in their late twenties hunt for sustainable fashion via her blog!

 

The multifaceted blogger would like to venture out into making more videos in the near future. She uses a Canon 700D with a 50mm lens for her pictures.

 

Vinitha says, ‘If you like it, wear it. Trends and fashion faux pas are not the law!’ Someone who’d like to start blogging or is new to blogging, being true to oneself is a must. The ultimate point of blogging should be to portray one’s true version and not a make-believe persona!

Words by Harpreet
©Vinitha Shetty

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4 January 2018

Interview with Photographer: Jassi Oberai

Meet Jassi Oberai, a pharmacist living his dream life by capturing the beauty of nature and everything that comes his way. 

Jassi Oberai

 

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

– Photography happened to me suddenly. I did not plan to be a photographer. In one of my corporate trips to Corbett, I bumped into a wildlife photographer and my 5-minute interaction with him changed my life. The irony is that I don’t even know his name or remember him. But once I picked up my first DSLR, there was no looking back.

 

Inspiro India: Can you talk a bit about your travel photography and way of working?

– Unlike earlier, today my travel photography is mostly on the photo tours that I organise and conduct. And that poses a huge challenge because when you are leading a photo tour, the priority is participants and not you. I have managed to fine-tune the act of balancing.

 

 

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

– Well, nothing except for weather challenges and that is what makes photography ever so exciting. I remember one incident while I was trying to shoot a seascape in Bali. After identifying a spot on the edge of the rock on a beach, I waited for almost 15 minutes to check how far the strongest wave reaches. And I thought I was safe. I set my tripod and camera with ND filter on it and the moment I looked through the viewfinder to do fine tuning before I finally press the shutter, a strong wave came out of nowhere and totally drenched me along with my camera. The camera was dripping wet and so was I. Luckily my camera was waterproof so no damage was done. It took me another half an hour to create one image and obviously it is highly satisfying to see the final result.

 

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

– I am in love with nature and Landscape Photography excites me the most. My top three favourite photography locations are Iceland, Norway (still on my bucket list) and Ladakh.

 

Inspiro India: If not this, what would have Jassi been doing?

– I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. Honestly, I always wondered why people look down on a salaried job but the moment I took the plunge I realised why people do that. There is nothing better and satisfying than living your dream and making it come true. There was a time I wanted to become a doctor, I became a pharmacist instead, spent my better-salaried life selling financial products and managing teams but nothing more satisfying than capturing the beauty of nature through my lens and making it eternal.

 

Inspiro India: How would you describe your photography style?

– Freestyle. I like shooting almost everything that comes my way. But yes over a period of time I know that some genres are beyond me like street, product and food photography.

 

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

– Landscape Photography is all about patience. You identify your frame, set it up and wait. Sometimes you have to go there another time or day to get the best shot. One thing people must understand is that Landscape Photography is certainly not photojournalism. You have to be good at post processing to create breathtaking images. When creating slow shutter or long exposure landscape images, accessories like, tripod, ball head, ND filter system are of extreme importance.

 

The list of equipment to be acquired is long and expensive.  But yes I am looking forward to own support equipment to shoot my timelapse.

 

Inspiro India: What did you want to become when you were a child? What dream is still on your bucket list?

– As a child, I wanted to become a Doctor. My dream is to influence as many as I can with my art and impart photography education. And I am relentlessly working on that.

 

Inspiro India: ‘Studio Light’ or ‘Natural Light’?

– Natural Light any day. I somehow don’t like the artificial studio set up.

 

Inspiro India: Out of all the photographs you have ever taken, which is your favourite and why?

– My favourite is the recent image of ‘Northern Lights’ taken in Iceland. Though I was lucky with Northern Lights with almost daily sighting but somehow good composition was eluding me. While we were at the fag end of our tour, we decided to try a new spot, Black Church and viola we got what we were looking at.

 

Inspiro India: Describe your post-processing workflow? Which camera do you shoot with? Your favourite lenses and other equipment that you use?

– I use Adobe Photoshop and NIK Plugins to process my images. I shoot with Canon 5D Mark IV camera and my favourite lens is my newly acquired Canon 16-35 f/2.8L III USM wide angle lens.

Favourite Photograph // Northern Lights

Photos by ©Jassi Oberai

 

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

– Don’t be in a hurry. Embrace patience and keep moving towards your goal. Put skill enhancement on a priority list of gear buying syndrome. A good camera will give you better result only if you are skilled enough to extract the best out of it.

 

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Blog | Photography

22 December 2017

Creative Head of the week: Gaurav Hingne

Gaurav Hingne is a full-time photographer based in Mumbai with a formal education in fine arts where he started his journey of photography. Photography, a medium he later shifted to, he now does weddings commercially.

 

 

What drives him to create pictures? – Light. Gaurav has an inclination towards natural lights and the patterns created via it when it comes to taking photographs. ‘So it’s mainly that, that I take into consideration before choosing a place to shoot and then place the subject accordingly’, he says.

 

People are his favourite subject to click. Locations are based on the play of light, which doesn’t come as a surprise!

Gaurav uses a Nikon D750 and shoots portraits extensively with a 35mm or a 50mm lens. Post-processing consists of editing images in the way they were originally clicked. ‘I try to keep it real’, he mentions.

 

A typical day in the photographer’s life is spent working on commercial work. Currently, he is trying to complete a long pending book ‘Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision’ by ‘David duChemin’.

 

In general, dedication and hope of doing better than what he did yesterday inspire him. ‘Try to do better than what you did yesterday’, says Hingne’s inner artist when it comes to advising our readers when it comes to photography. Also, steer away from following anyone else’s vision, he says. ‘Create your own and give it time. Nothing happens in a day or week’s time’, adds the photographer.

 

Words by Harpreet

 

Images by ©Gaurav Hingne

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