I am a Mumbai-based photographer specializing in contemporary wedding photography and film-making. A Chartered Accountant by qualification with a thriving career in coaching, I was always passionate about art. When this calling of my heart became too much to ignore, I decided to leave the safe shores of my job to pursue my love for photography and films. Dreamcatchers Photography® was born as a part of my unending quest for creating meaningful imagery. We have been privileged to be a part of 250+ unique wedding stories from more than 18 cities and 3 countries so far and have been fortunate to win a few prestigious awards including Fearless, Reportage, WedAward, and WeddingSutra.
Apart from photography, I love traveling, reading and am passionate about cricket.
I shoot with Fujifilm XT4s with Fujinon 50mm f1.0, 35mm f1.4, 23mm f1.4, and 16mm f1.4.
A name that is synonymous with excellence & creativity. Dabboo is one of the most famous modern, portrait and celebrity photographers from India. This year he completes 25 years in the industry and continues to master the art of photography. From personality portraits and advertising campaigns to fashion and magazine layouts, Dabboo has developed and showcased a discriminating and unique style of his profession. His work is elegant, natural, timeless, and captures the subject under their most honest side.
Known for his unassuming disposition, sincere dedication and an eye for making his subjects seem surreal, lens-legend Dabboo Ratnani’s resume shrieks names that scrape the upper echelons of Bollywood’s aristocracy. Some of these celebrities have refused to shoot with anyone but the man himself. Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, Michael Jackson, Bret Lee, Chris Gayle, Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Sachin Tendulkar, Sanjay Dutt, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Aishwarya Rai, Alia Bhatt, Vijay Deverakonda, Kareena Kapoor, Mary Kom, Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif, Virat Kohli, Tiger Shroff, Priyanka Chopra, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sania Mirza, PV Sindhu, are just a few who deem this man as the only one who can capture the good despite the bad and the ugly!
Always accommodating and admirably relaxed, never pushy but gently persuasive, Dabboo has a knack for getting his pictures despite the odds…
The imminent human element of his work, combined with a highly artistic sense of composition makes him an exceptional photographer whose works are difficult to forget. The near iconic stature that he has acquired has not diminished his human traits. His gregarious and easy relationship with his subjects infuses his work and humor. The stars trust him as he combines sensitivity with allure.
Born on December 24, this easy-going Capricorn unveils his annual calendar every year since 2000. Dabboo’s annual calendar is a collector’s item and is eagerly awaited with bated breath by the Bollywood fraternity. It is sent out to clients, friends, and prospective clientele. Over the years the same is shot purely for his creative satisfaction. “My Calendar is a platform to showcase my work. I aesthetically shoot Indian actors as they have never been seen before and I style the picture the way I imagine. I experiment with lighting, angles, background, and location. The stars often do cooperate with my experimentation and fortunately, I do manage to get my ‘first times’ out of each star. The calendar has a shelf value of a year and it’s very important for the image to tell a story within itself. This is one product I can truly call my form of art”, he confesses.
Dabboo believes photography is a blend of art and business. He expresses, “I am as excited about my job as I was on my first day. The fire is still there. I breathe photography. I am always looking for new things to incorporate in shots. It’s in my bloodstream now”.
Dabboo is a free spirit who has an artistic license and needs the freedom to pursue his creativity.
Sundeep Bali is a lens-based artist and commercial photographer.
Bali was trained to be an arts-management professional and curator. And accorded a US Fulbright Fellowship in visual-arts before he became a full-time photographer. As an artist, Bali has exhibited widely- in India, New Zealand and the US.
Commercially Sundeep shoots art interventions & installations, fashion & beauty, food & locations.
Client list includes CFA Institute(Hong Kong), Harper’s Bazaar, J.J. Valaya Luxury Holdings, Goethe Institut, MAC Cosmetics, Embassy of Switzerland, Polish Institute, Pro Helvetia: Swiss Arts Council and KHOJ International Artists’ Association amongst others.
His personal wok is aligned between street and culture.
He has also been accorded the honor of a Lens Ambassador for Carl Zeiss, the iconic lens- manufacturer since 2013.
As a professional proactively working towards photography education Bali has been designing and conducting workshops/photo- expeditions for a wide gamut of audience – from corporate groups, educational institutions like NIFT to groups of passionate amateurs.
Bali has been a core faculty-member of APEX (Academy for Photographic Excellence)from 2006 till 2015.
Senthil Kumar is a photographer based in Bangalore, India who loves telling a story with every picture. Over the last 20 years, he has worked on advertising and photojournalism.
As a child, he was fascinated by sketching and painting and enrolled in the Government College of Arts and Crafts Chennai, one of India’s most esteemed art colleges. Through the course of his studies, he found a passion for photography. He then worked under the mentorship of renowned photographer Sudhir Ramachandran for 6 years and further went on to start his own career in the world of photography.
During the span of his career, he worked on numerous campaigns including national and worldwide campaigns for multinational brands. Senthil has conducted workshops, was awarded the Top 10 most influential People in Photography, has won many national and international awards, and is soon to release his second book.
Born 1957, Prashant Panjiar is a photographer, picture editor, and curator.
He has worked as a photojournalist and editor in mainstream media (India Today, Outlook & Indian Express) and as an independent photojournalist for leading publications such as Time Magazine, Focus, New York Times, amongst others. As a documentary photographer, he works on issues of health, education, and livelihood for international non-profit organizations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, American India Foundation, UNFPA, IPPF & HIV-AIDS Alliance.
Panjiar has curated all 3 editions of the Delhi Photo Festival (2011-15) of which he is the co-founder and co- Creative Director. In 2014 he curated a permanent collection of contemporary photography for the new corporate building of Star TV India in Mumbai. In 2015 as Creative Director he curated and helped conceive the first edition of Sensorium, a festival of Arts, Literature & Ideas for Sunaparanta, the Goa Centre for the Arts. He is the project curator for Kanu’s Gandhi, the third title in the Nazar Photography Monographs series, and of the resulting exhibition. He is currently engaged in curating a major photography show for the Serendipity Arts Festival 2017 for which he was the curator in 2016 too.
Panjiar has served on the jury of the World Press Photo Awards, the China International Press Photo Competition, the Indian Express Press Photo Awards, and the National Foundation of India’s annual photography fellowship.
Being one of India’s leading photo-practitioners, Panjiar is actively involved in mentoring younger photographers.
Prashant Godbole, Creative Head, Founder, ideas@work, Applied Art
Graduate from J. J. Institute of and Member of Bombay Art Society worked for several advertising agencies, major brands in India and abroad like Bajaj, Raymonds, Park Avenue, Shoppers Stop, Airtel, NECC, Marico, Tata Group, Taj Hotels, Killer Jeans, Colgate, UPS, The Times of India, Citibank, Philips, Tetley, Thomson, Zee TV, Big Rock, Infosys, Reid and Tailor, Big rock Rustomjee, LinkedIn, Pepsico, Addidas shoes, etc.
He started his career as an art director and with the iconic ‘Hamara Bajaj’ campaign and has been the driving force behind some of the most talked-about campaigns in the industry over the years.
With a career spanning about 30 years, Prashant has worked with almost every top agency in India and has seen his work win over 250 metals at award shows like Cannes Lions, D&AD, One Show, the New York Festival, Asia-Pac Awards, and others.
He is passionate about photography and art, capturing life as it unfolds in a moment. His journey as a photographer began with the Airtel – Express Yourself campaign, which won accolades for its slice-of-life imagery. His recent photography work for Mumbai Mirror: Hated By Some campaign, which won him the Photographer of the Year award at Goafest and also picked up metal at the Cannes Advertising Awards 2015, in the photography category. His campaign for the outdoor association of India won One show, New York Festival, Asiapac gold, and photographer of the year in Adclub.
Today, aside from being one of the founder-NCDs of creative boutique ideas@work, he works on photography projects for reputed brands and gives guest lectures at various art schools and photography schools across India.
Goa Photography School
Edelweiss Foundation art group show.
Projection of That’s life’s work at Glasgow Visual Arts Festival.
That’s life’s joint exhibition, Thalam, Bangaluru, India
Filter Art Gallery
ShatteredNotBroken: A Stance against terrorism. Survivals of Mumbai terrorist attack Mumbai. Kashmir through the lens of football at the Rangoli Art Centre, MG Road.
Stolen Moments by Prashant Godbole, at Rustumjee Seasons, Bandra.
Samsara artworks and sculptures were created out of reclaimed material from nature at Jehangir Art Gallery.
A Moment in Time: A photography exhibition at Gallery Manora, Bengaluru.
Kunal Kelkar is one of India’s leading automotive photographers and is the co-founder of a creative house, “The Autofocus.”
Autofocus specializes in creating unique and appealing content for the automotive industry. He has been carving his way through the automotive industry by creating photo and video content that is unmatched even at global levels.
After switching his world from molecular and cell biology, Kunal went after his two passions, photography and cars. Kunal works with a wide array of clients, not just locally but internationally too. His list includes brands such as Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Rimac Automobili, Zenvo Automotive, and many more. Kunal stands by Sir William Lyons quote that, “The automobile is the closest thing we will create to something that is alive,” and that the effort that man puts in to create this masterpiece of engineering should be celebrated by showcasing the beautiful design in the most unique way possible.
His style can be defined as “Refined Reality,” where he does use some post-production to enhance the reality of the images captured. His work takes him all over the world, capturing automobiles in various locations.
Most of Kunal’s work is for the commercial space, images are used in campaign commercials for print and digital promotions.
Dinesh Khanna has been working as a freelance photographer for over 25 years with an eclectic blend of commercial and personal work. For advertising and corporate clients, he has been shooting food, people, and interiors. Whereas his personal work has been published as acclaimed books like ‘Bazaar’ and ‘Living Faith.’ The latest books he has worked on are – “Right of the Line – The President’s Bodyguard” and “Life in Rashtrapati Bhawan’ which have been commissioned by the Rashtrapati Bhawan and Sahapedia. Over the years his work has also been shown in solo and group shows in galleries from Delhi to New York and Varanasi to San Francisco.
Dinesh is a Managing Trustee of Nazar Foundation, and one of the Co-founders of the Delhi Photo Festival, and also one of the Photography Curators for the Serendipity Arts Festival. He also teaches Photography in various institutions and also conducts workshops and is a Visual Consultant with Sahapedia.
I am a landscape photographer from the city of Calcutta, India. I am really passionate about photographing extreme weather, especially storms and cloudscapes. I am extremely concerned about the changing weather patterns worldwide and try to use the medium of photography to document changes in extreme weather primarily in south Bengal. I have been documenting clouds and storms for the past 10 years and try to do my bit to spread the message through my website. One needs an extreme amount of mobility to shoot storms and cloud systems and I have been looking for a lighter gear option and decided to partly move the X-E1. After that, I fell in love with the Fuji X system and bought the X100s and the X-T1. Currently, I’m using the Xpro2 and the X-Pro1, with the XF14mmF2.8, XF23mmF2, and the XF35mmF1.4. I have been a Fuji Slide film shooter from the time I took up photography seriously and it was a real joy to get back to the colours of the Fuji Velvia and Fuji Sensia that I had used extensively for many years. Thank you, Fuji for bringing back mobility into my photography and bringing back the joy of slide film colours to the new generation of photographers. The X-Pro2 and the X-Pro1 also double up as fantastic travel and street cameras. Due to its size and appearance, it is virtually invisible to people around me which leads to easier image making.