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I failed. Again!

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Tonight, I had slept early. Maybe I was tired or just wanted to rest, I am not sure. But, I fell asleep with the phone in my hand as is generally the case. If I am home, the phone is my friend and gives me constant company when I am not working. And then, an email notification suddenly woke me about 15 minutes back.

I failed tonight. Again. For the Nth time in my life, and each time I fail I lose a little bit of me. You see, a big project that I was working on and was absolutely sure I shall get to do, slipped through my hand tonight. Those 5 lines of email jolted me out of my peaceful sleep like an earthquake would! It’s not that such things haven’t happened in the past. Being in the creative industry, I have faced such failures time & again, but each time it happens, it feels like the first time. The result, essentially, is always the same – every time you fall short of achieving your goal, I fall back and go into deep self-critical role. And THEN, it becomes absolutely impossible and difficult to let go of all that negativity – the negative energy that I feel right at this moment about it all as I pen these words down (or rather, type this down).

As demotivated as I am right now, I think I need to boost my morale by building self-acceptance and through this blog post, I want to help everyone who has ever been through failure in their respective lives. I think, when we hold a negative perception of ourselves,  it is not surprising to feel lost, defeated and like a huge failure in life. Each obstacle, mistake or failure can seem like proof of what we already know, that we won’t succeed and that it is not okay. What we need to do when we feel demotivated or depressed is we need to learn to give priority to ourselves and value ourselves We need to focus on valuing who we are and NOT what you do.

During all these years working as a creative professional, I’ve also come to realize that when we look to our accomplishments for validations of whether we are “worthy” or not, our sense of feeling good about ourselves depends completely on those achievements of life, which, frankly speaking, is a little too harsh.

Yes, I feel terribly upset tonight, yes, I feel dejected & like I’ve failed big time but I also know that with self-acceptance and identifying the issues, I will be fine. I would, at this point in time, love to brag about having truly supportive & compassionate friends but truth be told – they are more like ‘acquaintances’ than friends; I have absolutely NO true friends whom I can fully trust or be open with about my issues. It’s not that I don’t have “friends”. But, those who really care are only a few (less than the number of fingers I have on one hand!). 🙂

At the end of the day, after some thought, self-pity and what not, I have come to realize that persistence is the key to anything in life, and each time I fail, I somehow motivate myself by different means after I am done feeling dejected. This time too, I need to do the same. I need to be persistent. With persistence, no matter what my goals are, I shall increase my chances of achieving them in life…

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Bobby Roy Photography || Getty Images Contributor

It’s a proud moment for me today, as Getty Images has invited me to be an images contributor for them. It is really a matter of honor and respect. Just incase  you didn’t know, Getty Images is one of the world’s biggest stock images company and is based in Seattle, Washington.

It is a supplier of stock images for business and consumers with an archive of 80 million still images and illustrations and more than 50,000 hours of stock film footage. It targets three markets—creative professionals (advertising and graphic design), the media (print and online publishing), and corporate (in-house design, marketing and communication departments).

Thank you, Getty for this huge honor. 🙂 I shall strive to do better!

Photo-shoot of Miniature Liquor Bottles for Client

Today was a very busy and hectic day. I had a photo-shoot of some miniature liquor bottles, that I was commissioned to shoot for a client. It was a very challenging task ofcourse, not only because these are miniature bottles and it is tough to actually photograph these, but also because they are made of glass no-less!

But, at the end of a 6-7 hour photo-shoot, all is worth it after the client likes the pictures. I love such challenging photo-shoots, and especially when it is for professional purposes. I am sharing below a few photographs from the photo-shoot, and I have also included a photograph of the actual size of the miniature bottles just to give you all an idea of the actual size of these liquor bottles. These are beautiful to look at and wonderful to photograph.

P.S: Drinking / Smoking is injurious to health, and I, in no way support this. I do not drink/ smoke.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professional Wedding Photographer? Do I really need one?

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I understand the fact that weddings are expensive affairs, but it is also equally important to understand that there should be some room left in that expenses list of yours, to include a professional photographer for your big day. Now, I know very well that your best friend has a “professional D-SLR” and can take pictures of your wedding day for completely free, but like everything in life, you get what you pay for (or in this case what you “free” for).

You see, a pro knows what he/ she is doing right from some suave couple shots to capturing the moments beautifully under any lighting conditions, to the perfect exposure, composition, and framing, the pro knows exactly what he is doing rather than that “friend” of yours who is still fiddling with finding that “perfect” setting in his latest, flashy new D-SLR. Now, when somene hires me to cover their wedding, it is not because they have known me for years or only because they know my work. It is also because of the fact that working as a pro for years has made me learn and understand a lot of finer details which an amateur doesn’t quite know. For example, a pro knows exactly how to manipulate the existing lights (whether it be natural or artificial) and reflective surfaces in ways that you could never imagine.

Photography as a profession, for me is almost an obsession. When I go to cover a wedding, I always look for different view-points, different ways of capturing the same old cliched scenes which every wedding photographer creates. It’s like transforming what you would’ve thought to be just another normal, may be even unremarkable setting into almost a photo-studio sort of an environment, but never losing the important candid moments for which I am hired for in the first place. Since I majorly shoot candids, I have access to places where a traditional photographer generally doesn’t, and these moments are when I, as a photographer do not quite have the time to think of what the exposure should be, what the framing must be. It all comes with years of shooting; just looking at the light inside a room makes it click in my mind instantly, what the aperture/ shutter combination should be and what to do so that I can get the exact image that I had visualized in the first place.

Staying on top of the new technology in this digital ae has its own set of challenges, one that takes a lot of professional comittment and ofcourse a lot of expense as well. Be it wedding photography, or even photography in general is a very equipment-intensive business and all this equipment is expensive. So, it really does feel bad when the client negotiates time and again, till the time it is almost like working for free! I sincierly feel that if we, as photographers are giving our 100% to each assignment that we are hired for, it is also the client’s responsibility to see to it that we are paid for the job that we are doing in the right way.

Now, I am not someone to charge exhorbitant amounts for the weddings that I cover, but it is important for the clients to understand the entire wedding does not end with just the end of the wedding. It goes on well beyond the wedding day, with the post-processing of pictures, choosing the right pictures, and then working on those for days on and upto 18 hours in a day.

Please understand, professional photographers, like any other artists or business owners need to spend money to make money. When you hire them, you are actually helping them pay for their investment and in return you are getting memories for your lifetime; memories which you’d cherish for the entire life. And when you give this huge responsibility to your “friend”, cousin, or someone who has almost next to zilch experience in shooting weddings, you are taking a huge risk for a few thousand bucks that could make the difference between you looking at the photos and crying out of disgust and tears flowing down those beautiful cheeks out of nostalgia.

Think about it…

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