Nirmala & Ramesh Munipally’s 25th Wedding Anniversary Couple Session at Iconic Golconda Fort

I have photographed numerous couples in the last three years. A majority of them are young couples – about to be married or just married or young parents. It is indeed a very refreshing and delightful experience photographing two people head over heels in love. You can see the eagerness and anticipation they have to dive into the adventure of life that awaits them as a couple! I find a lot of love and admiration in their eyes. It is when couples are in this exciting phase of their lives, they book me! Continue reading “Nirmala & Ramesh Munipally’s 25th Wedding Anniversary Couple Session at Iconic Golconda Fort”

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Michelle + Axel Pre-wedding Session

Who can relate to the first time you felt infatuated? Remember, the time you fell in love? Your heart longing to spend time with him/her? That excitement when you see your lover after a period of time? I am sure it is a feeling that cannot be described in words!

Looking back, that stage when I was 17 to 25 was a very exciting one. The whole idea of falling in love and finding ‘the person’ seemed like the only task in hand. Each time one of my friends were proposed to or mutually fell in love, we used to gather around them in our hostel rooms to listen to their story with wide eyes. Most times our conversations would run way past mid night. We bombarded them with questions like,

How does it feel to be love?

Did your heart really skip a beat?

Did you kiss?

What was it like?

We used to nag our friends until we were convinced they have shared every ounce of their story!

And then we used to watch romantic comedy movies for hours on end. Serendipity, Notting Hill, You’ve Got Mail, Sweet Home Alabama and Sleepless in Seattle were some of our super favourites! Those good looking actors, the romantic dialogues, the music and the cinematography would leave us all lovestruck sending each of us into dreamlands.

The reason I was flooded with these bygone memories is because a couple of weeks ago I got to photograph this very adorable couple who are engaged to be married this summer. It was the first Saturday of 2018. It was a super cold morning with the real feel around -8°C. Except for a few joggers, the vast gorgeous landscape of Hagaparken was at its picturesque best. The golden sun was peering through the ginormous bare trees. The glistening water, the meadow and the woods appeared like a painting. Michelle and Axel walked right into that painting!

Watching them both felt like one of my favourite romantic movies being playing out live in front of me. They were head over heels in love. You can just tell they were smitten with each other. To add to their chemistry there was this certain sweetness, innocence and simplicity in both that made photographing them a pure delight!

Here are some of my favourite moments from their pre-wedding session. Do not miss the video right at the very end!

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When two souls fall in love, there is nothing else but the
yearning to be close to the other. The presence that is felt
through a hand held, a voice heard, or a smile seen.

Souls do not have calendars or clocks, nor do they understand
the notion of time or distance. They only know it feels right to
be with one another. – Lang Leav

My best wishes to Michelle and Axel as they plan their dream wedding and a very very happy ever after!

‘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!

Julia & Philip Family – Stockholm City Session

The best things in life are the people you love, the places you’ve seen, and the memories you’ve made along the way.

I have learnt that no matter when you are from, when you begin to live in a certain place for a period of time, that place becomes a special part of you. The sights, the sounds, the people, all become an unspoken part of your life. In simpler terms, the place we live becomes the backdrop of our lives which we paint over day after day!

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Julia and Philip are childhood sweethearts who fell in love, married and today they have two amazing kids. Years ago, they moved from Poland and today Stockholm is their home.

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Julia shared with me that she wanted some family pictures in some of Stockholm’s prominent landmarks since this city is special for their family. It inspired me to come up with the ‘Stockholm City Session’!

One lovely Sunday afternoon, I requested the family to come to Kungsträdgården!

Kungsträdgården in Swedish means ‘King’s Garden’. It is the heart of Stockholm, bustling with life, culture, cafes and concerts. That’s where we started our photo walk!

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Casper, Julia’s son, is a football player just like his dad. I was told the father and son spend most evenings playing football together. I realised that’s the bond I wanted to capture for the family. So I let them play, sat back and captured these moments!

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We then crossed over the Strömborn bridge. Riksdagshuset, Sweden’s Parliament house was a perfect backdrop!

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Just a little further was the Kungliga Slottet, the Royal Palace!

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The Kungliga slottet, evening sunshine and Riksdagshuset all composed themselves so perfectly in this picture!

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As the family marched on the bridge, the National museum was hard to miss!

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Skeppsbron was our next stop!

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The yachts, ferries and the glistening water ways are what makes Stockholm ‘the Venice of the North’!

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As Julia and Philip stood there looking into each other’s eyes, totally rapt in the moment… It felt as if time stood still!

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Stortorget, Swedish for the ‘Big Square’, is the oldest square in Stockholm. It’s well known for its Christmas market and the prominent buildings number 14-22, which you will find on postcards and fridge magnets. That’s where we went next.

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We finally made it to the medieval alleyways and cobbled streets of Gamla Stan!

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The archaic north german architecture invariably takes one back in time!

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This old town of Stockholm dates back to the 13th century. With the medieval and Renaissance architecture, Gamla Stan has been charming tourists for more than a century!

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Photographing this wonderful family in this spot that has so much history and feel to it, was incredible!

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The Viking caps placed outside the souvenir shops caught my eye. It occurred to me that it would sum up our afternoon in Stockholm and their time in Sweden so well!

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We were almost done and we were walking on the Norrbro bridge that connects the Gamla Stan and the little island that houses the Riksdagshuset. Julia had mentioned that the Stockholms stadshus, aka Stockholm City Hall, is an important place for her since that’s where she wrote her nursing exam. From where we were, the City Hall fit the frame perfectly and made for a perfect picture!

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Years from now, I do not know which part of the globe this family would be. But I believe these pictures would bring them back to this moment in time when they called Stockholm their home and revive their memories of this facinating city!

As a photographer, believe as important it is to capture the people we love and moments we cherish, it is important to capture the place, the city where our lives and moments happen!

I hope my ‘Stockholm City Session’ will be a perfect combination of the people you love + memories + places you have seen along your way in Stockholm!

Laura & Jon Family Session

“You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.” – Frederick Buechner

I have come to experience this quote for real now that we are living so far away from our immediate family. A world does lives within us. A world around which our hearts and minds constantly revolve. A world far too precious!

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Laura and Jon’s family session was one of the sessions I had the most fun.

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Their two little girls were super friendly and adorable bundles of joy.

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Just when I thought I should try out the games I had in mind for their session, these two came up with their own little games. It was absolute fun!

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A child’s play is not simply a reproduction of what he has experienced, but a creative reworking of the impressions he has acquired. — Lev Vygotsky

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I have come to realise that sometimes life’s best moments and lessons happen when we keep aside our grown up selves and listen and watch the little ones. They often can be quite profound teachers!

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As these little ones took charge of the session with their games, I got to capture some very candid moments. The kind of moments which one cannot fabricate. Authentic and pure moments. Moments that defined them as individuals and as one family!

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Laura and Jon waited for this particular day to have the photo session because Jon’s parents were visiting them from across the miles.

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The presence of the grandparents made the family unit complete and whole!

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The grand-daughters were evidently their delight, pride and sunshine!

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This session was my first family session with grandparents. Each of them meant a world to the other in the family. The contentment and satisfaction that comes from photographing this flawless love is something that transcends words!

Claire & Karthik at Kraków

It was seven am that Monday morning. It had poured heavily the previous day. The rain left the cobbled streets of the Old Town Square wet, the air so fresh. The square that was packed with tourists, street artists, horse driven chariots and street vendors, was now empty and quiet. As I stood there savouring the quietness and the ancient charm of the square, I saw Claire and Karthik walk towards me! Continue reading “Claire & Karthik at Kraków”

Srilakshmi & Sriram Couple Session

For nearly a year, Srilakshmi and Sriram, worked in the same city and the same company in India. However they had no clue on each other’s existence, until destiny brought them to Sweden! Continue reading “Srilakshmi & Sriram Couple Session”