Kamana + Gowri Documentary/Lifestyle Family Session, Hyderabad

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”
— Aaron Siskind Continue reading “Kamana + Gowri Documentary/Lifestyle Family Session, Hyderabad”

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Suzanne Family Session at Copenhagen

Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is. – Mandy Hale Continue reading “Suzanne Family Session at Copenhagen”

Ursula Family Snow Session

At each photo session, my goal is not just to take good pictures. My goal is to give my clients an experience – an experience that they can get lost in, love, laugh, cherish and be themselves. And to capture those moments so pure becomes my goal! Continue reading “Ursula Family Snow Session”

The Daniel Family Christmas Reunion

The Queen delivered one of her best Christmas speeches last month. Clad in an ivory white dress, looking graceful and poised, she said,

“We think of our homes as places of warmth, familiarity and love; of shared stories and memories, which is perhaps why at this time of year so many return to where they grew up. There is a timeless simplicity to the pull of home. For many, the idea of “home” reaches beyond a physical building – to a home town or city.”

I got to wrap up 2017 photographing Daniel and his family’s Christmas reunion. Each family had flown in from different parts of the world to spend the holidays together in Stockholm, Sweden – their home!

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The reunion was a very special one for them because it was first time all members of the family were present. For me this shoot was special because it was the first time I was photographing three generations together.

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Just as the Queen had put it, I could feel the timeless simplicity of the warmth and love shared between the grandparents, parents, siblings, cousins, nieces, nephews and grandkids.

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These were truly timeless moments because the distance and the time that had separated each other, vanished that moment. I am sure time stood still those few days as they created memories together.

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“Being a family means you are a part of something very wonderful. It means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life.”

In this fast paced world, such reunions become vital because that’s where love and the sense of belonging is brewed and strengthened!

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This beautiful home perched right on top of that little hill amidst the rocks and the evergreens holds memories that have now travelled far and wide but would last a lifetime!

Daniel, thank you for letting me capture these timeless moments for you!

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“From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another. The warmth and joy of Christmas, brings us closer to each other.” – Emily Matthews

Gisele + Nicole: Mommy-Daughter Session

A few days ago I posted this picture on my social media and I requested suitable captions or quotes. The replies I received, were sweet, creative and touching! I simply couldn’t choose one. So featuring all of them!

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“Peekaboo!” – Roshini, Jerusha

“If Love is as sweet as spring, then my mother is the sweet spring of Love!” – Rosy Grace

“Hidden Beauty!” – Helan

“I leaf you too, Mommy!” – Sumi

“Behind the leaves!” – Vimi

“Beauty behind the leaves!” – Sophia

“Peek-a-leaf!” – Hanna

“Hiding in plain sight!” – Esther

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The following quote written by Meenakshi in Tamil, may appear short for those who do not know Tamil. However, those who can read Tamil will be able to feel the emotion and the sentiment that are bigger than those words.

உதிர்ந்தாலும் இந்த இலை அழகு!
முதிர்ந்தாலும் என் தாய் அழகு! – Meenakshi

The English translation may not do justice to the beauty these words have in Tamil. But this is what it means,

“Although this leaf has withered, it is beautiful! My mom will remain the most beautiful no matter how old she gets!”

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Photographing this mom and daughter was truly a delight. There is something very pure and heartwarming about the love shared between a mother and her child!

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It is a love that transcends the love shared in every other relationship. It’s utmost selfless, unconditional and sacrificial form of love. So much so it’s often compared to the love of our Creator!

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When Manushi Chhillar, moments before being crowned the sixth Indian winner of the long-running contest Miss. World, was asked ‘Which is the profession that deserves the highest salary?’ she replied, “It’s that of the mother!”

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“A man’s work is from sun to sun. A mother’s work is never done!” – Anonymous 

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I knew the value of my mother only the day I became one. Up until that moment, I had no clue what it took to be a mother. From the moment my girls were born, through each stage of their life, the responsibilities I bear, the sacrifices I need to make, the strength I need to go about multi-tasking, the courage I need to be their role-model, keeps mounting as the days go by. As it does, every time I feel daunted by the challenges of motherhood, I remember my mother! I remember her with a grateful heart!

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I dedicate this post to every mother out there – the confident, the brave, the bold, the beautiful, the multi-taskers, the ambitious, the dreamers, the sleep-deprived, the frustrated, the overwhelmed, the struggling, the tired, the worn-out, the old, the wise… YOU WILL ALWAYS REMAIN THE MOST BEAUTIFUL!

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Enjoy these moments of pure affection shared between this beautiful mother Gisele and her adorable little princess, Nicole!

‘Farsdag’ Special Feature: Rajesh + Sudha Family Session

“The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.” ― Antoine François Prévost d’Exiles, Manon Lescaut

Just like mothers, fathers are irreplaceable and they are the ones who build the very foundations of a family. His role stretches far beyond than being the provider of the family. Every move, word, action, smile, decisions he makes keeps stirring and shaping the lives he begot. Unfortunately, many fathers are either unaware or they underestimate the power and influence they have on their children.

While dads are often referred to as ‘Superheroes’ and ‘Superdads’, it subtly sets an expectation for men to attempt the impossible or the unattainable to get the approval and admiration of their wives and children. Contrarily, the fact of the matter is, what makes them ‘SUPER’ are the little things that they invest their love and time into!

With ‘Farsdag’ (Father’s Day in Swedish) around the corner, I wanted to share five seemingly insignificant attributes that sets apart SUPER-DADS!

A Super-Dad Values his Wife

“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” – Henry Ward Beecher

The way a man values, honours and treats his wife with dignity will teach his son to respect and honour the women in the family and community. For a daughter who sees her dad valuing her mother, instills value and worth in herself. A super-dad will never ever consider his wife as a subordinate, but as his equal – his best half!

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A Super-Dad Sees a Super Hero in his Child

A super dad doesn’t merely raise a good child, but a child who makes a good difference. Every parent strives to impart good moral values to their children, but the time has come for us to raise children who are taught to think beyond themselves – kids who can be considerate about the people and the need around them. A super-dad not only teaches his child to identify the needs, but shows how small acts of kindness and thoughtfulness can make a massive difference! Thereby, nurturing the superheroes of tomorrow!

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A Super-Dad is Human

“Fathers, like mothers, are not born. Men grow into fathers – and fathering is a very important stage in their development.” ~  David M. Gottesman

A super-dad sets ‘excellence’ his goal and not perfection. A very crucial criteria required for excellence is to remain down-to-earth, owning mistakes and taking responsibility. For a father to accept his imperfection or mistakes and being open to feedback in front of his family will teach the kids that it is okay to stumble but it’s important to get back on the feet again. The emotional vulnerability a super-dad expresses shapes children who are more open and willing to learn and adapt!

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A Super-Dad is Present

With the advancement of technology, most dads bring home their work and are inseparable with their gadgets. A super-dad knows when its time to keep the gadgets aside and enjoy the moment with his family. He is present when his child wants him to listen, converse or play. He is present not just physically, but invests all of himself in spending quality time.

“If we miss the moment, we miss the clues. In the present, when we allow ourselves to fully live there, we are restored, made wiser, made deeper and happier.” –Marianne Williamson

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A Super-Dad Lives by Example

Today, parents set such surreal expectations for their children while their own actions are from the set expectations. That’s where a super-dad differs. He doesn’t just preach. He practices. It’s no longer his words that set the goals, but his very life becomes a testament to what he desires for his family.

“Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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Dads, reflect on these. These little things are what makes you a SUPER-DAD! Moms, sit with your kids and make a list of things that make your man a SUPER-DAD! He wouldn’t know it until you tell it! Make this Farsdag a very special and memorable one!

Enjoy this special feature of Rajesh and Sudha’s Fall Family Session! If you would like  one such session to celebrate this Father’s Day, CLICK HERE!