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Aditya Varma

Aditya Varma

Aditya Varma is a director of photography and photographer from Mumbai.

He has shot two full-length feature films, ‘Namdev Bhau in Search of Silence (dir. Daria Gai) and ‘Kia and Cosmos’ (dir. Sudipto Roy).  Both of the films have traveled to various international film festivals and he was nominated for best cinematography in Milan and Nice International Fim Festivals for ‘Kia and Cosmos’. 

He has shot and edited over twenty advertisements for leading companies and fashion campaigns for national and international brands like Jio, Myntra, Facebook, Hallmark, Jade by MK.

He has shot the music videos of ‘Cold/Mess’, ‘Into The Night’, ‘Kasoor’ by Prateek Kuhad and ‘Sage’, ‘Liggi’, ‘Khamoshi’ by Ritviz, ‘Nit Nit’ by Jasleen Royal, ‘Nothing For Our Own’, ‘Home Alone by Haniya Bhambri, ‘Batein Karo’ by Vayu and ‘Hold Tight’ by Ape Echoes.

He has also been the still photographer for ‘Manto’ (dir. Nandita Das), which was showcased at the Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section, the photographs of which have been compiled and published in ‘Manto & I’ by Nandita Das. He also shot the campaign for “India’s Got Colour”.

He was an ambassador and mentor for Fujifilm.

He has most recently shot ‘Cruising Legends II’ for MX Player, a documentary series on bikers in India, and the national campaign for Bumble India.

 

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Inderjeet Gill

Inderjeet Gill, an IIT graduate turned contemporary wedding photographer, has always been an art and technology lover. A self-taught painter since childhood, his love for art transitioned from painting to photography. Inderjeet’s ability to create compelling images even in the simplest of settings using light & various elements of the location to his advantage has given him the repute of a photographer who “paints with light”. Being an army kid, he has traveled across and has been exposed to the diversity of rich Indian culture, which he deeply cherished. Wedding photography gives him the opportunity to continue to travel, explore the rich Indian culture, meet new people & capture their stories. In the last eight years of being a professional wedding photographer, his company IG PHOTO FILM has captured over 200+ weddings across 60+ cities in India covering almost all faiths & cultures. He started IG PHOTO FILM with the vision that ‘moments do not happen as per the photography package, so every small or big detail needs to be covered to make the memories of a couple’s wedding celebrations last forever. He believes in creating timeless memories by capturing precious emotions floating at the weddings in their purest form. Inderjeet is an avid reader of technology and art. He is innately passionate about sharing knowledge and is well known for this in the Indian photography community; he believes it is imperative for both individual as well as community growth.

 

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Naieem

Hi, this is Naieem here. I am a wedding photographer based in Kerala.

My story might seem familiar to a lot of you guys out there. It’s a usual engineer turned photographer kinda story. Cliche stuff right? Though it might seem very usual these days, trust me it wasn’t at all easy for me.

I’ve had this weird obsession/habit of trying to see and observe day-to-day things as light and shadows, right from my school days. Back then I used to do graphite drawings and oil paintings. Later on, I started taking this habit seriously and started doing commissioned graphite/charcoal portraits for others. I kept doing this for quite a long and at a point, I even made a website offering this portrait drawing service online.

Slowly I started trying my hands on photography. I started doing travel photography with a compact camera I owned back then. I have always thought of photography as an extension to doing paintings. That’s when ‘it’ happened. A cousin of mine came home for vacation with a big-sized,  “never before seen”, kind of camera. He told me it had a detachable front part, called a lens. I honestly thought he was trying to fool me! I went home and started searching online and to my pleasant surprise, I understood he wasn’t lying. That piqued my interest in the system. During that time, I sold off my mobile phone and I purchased a DSLR camera, and started doing photography as a hobby. I started doing street and travel photography and started shooting bugs, insects, birds, cats, flowers, and whatnot!

Right after college, I joined a leading Indian IT company and later decided to quit my job as I just couldn’t handle the work pressure any longer. I wanted to be free of all the work-related stress and hence I thought starting a wedding planning company(Band Baja Bharath hangover maybe?!) could be the answer to all my problems! I started a wedding planning company along with a few friends and for a time pass, I started shooting weddings! That’s how the journey started.

In 2019, I happened to do the Metanoia wedding photography workshop by the world-famous husband-wife photographer duo, TwoMann and that has been a turning point in my career. Since then, the way I see things and the way I connect with my clients have changed.

The biggest creative high for me is when a client calls me right after seeing his wedding pictures to say that he/she made the right choice by choosing me to document their big day. Today, it all feels like a dream. Having shot over 500 weddings now, I literally feel like I was born to be doing this. As John Keats said, “Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter”.

 

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Peach Kamath

I am a Filipina photographer based in Ahmedabad, born and brought up in the Philippines, and have settled in India in 2012 with my family. I am a proud Mom of two, Dev and Naomi, in my mid-30’s and forever 23 at heart!

My career in photography started in 2009, as Metrophoto’s lady photographer shooting mostly destination weddings while juggling a real (side) job in an investment bank. My husband Pravin and I started a child and family photography service in 2013 and eventually made my way back to weddings in 2015.

I am a fun-loving, no-fuss, free-spirited individual who seeks fun, real & unguarded moments, human connections & warm & loving embraces to photograph. My sessions are easy & my approach is fun. I direct pose when required, especially for my lifestyle & portrait sessions, but for the rest – weddings, events, documentaries, I only shoot in stealth. Space is an absolute necessity for people to be in their authentic selves as they savor a moment in their lives and for me to be able to capture all of it in its truest form. I look for light, but I chase moments. Having a good relationship foundation, being realistic and intuitive helps me a lot in capturing and weaving the story of every family I photograph.

I don’t know what my style is, but I can say that my character & personality shows a lot in my work – soulful, authentic, chaotic, and imperfect.

When I am not shooting, I co-manage a community of female photographers from all over India, PFPI (Professional Female Photographers of India), and half of the year I am up on my toes planning for our annual PFPI meet-up which I have successfully organised for the past 5 yrs now. Being a Fujifilm Mentor, I also share a bit of my expertise in photography through talks being organised by Fujifilm India.

During my free time, I would be mostly with my kids playing, getting some alone time, in the kitchen whipping up Chinese, Filipino or Indian cuisines, salsa/bachata nights with the husband, or in a random restaurant, pigging out! I am fascinated with nature and human behavior. The ’80s and 90’s music are my jam and Netflix to me is a luxury. I enjoy great conversations, good laughs, beach life, quiet moments, and hilarious memes! I am currently working on re-kindling my love for blogging, reading, and in constant pursuit of good food and good sleep :p

Photographs to me, are a legacy; and the photographs I take of you, your loved ones, and the important moments of your life are not just to tell stories to your next kin but to remind you of the life you’ve lived and the love you’ve shared with the people you are with at that very moment and make you yearn for those days again. Yes, I travel for work!

 

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Rajesh Satankar

A quintessential shutterbug, Rajesh Satankar co-founded Knotting Bells in 2013. After having completed a Bachelor of Arts degree followed by a Diploma in Applied Videography in 2011, he also pursued a Masters in Social Anthropology at the Goldsmiths University of London, the UK in 2019. He has conducted in-depth research on Indian wedding photographers and studied the role of the caste and class system within the very same profession. Since 2010, Satankar has been compiling a photo essay titled ‘Spiritual Journey’.

Having professionally shot over 300 weddings in exotic locations around the world in the last 8 years, Rajesh is brimming with ideas and is ever-ready to take on new adventures and explorations. He has been sharing eye-pleasing stories through his lens for over 12 years now. Each of his images teleports you in a way to the moment when it was captured, bringing out the warmth, mood, and personality of the setting and subject. Despite photography being a part of his daily routine professionally, Satankar also has a passion for exploring spirituality and Indian culture by means of his lens, for which he travels whenever work permits. Over the years, he has won several accolades for his creative work, such as from the International Photography Awards USA, The London Photo Show, Monochrome Photography Awards, Widdison Photography Awards, and The Black and White Spider Awards, to name a few. Awards, to name a few.

 

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Rohith Ravi

Hi, I am Rohith. Hailing from God’s own country, Kerala, I was working as an Engineer with one of the leading IT giants. I like to call myself an “accidental businessman”. I was an ardent traveler and thus the photographic genre was mainly travel and street. But covering one of my friend’s weddings made me curious about the unexplored field. Then came the turning point, my own wedding! 🙂 My wedding was covered by one of the pioneers in Candid Photography and now my mentor, Phalgun Polepalli of Cuspconcepts. A year later, I covered my friend’s wedding in Delhi and it was followed by an 8 wedding streak in North India.

I believe what clients love the most about my pictures is how I capture each story unique to each wedding and present it in the most beautiful way. As you could see, the concept here is to capture and preserve those eternal memories.

There are two main factors that I love about my new career. One is how I was able to produce something valuable to people. The ecstatic calls that customers give when they receive the pictures are what gives me the high. The next point was how creative and independent my life had become. Learning newer skills and traveling to newer destinations, capturing the WOW moments, Running my own business. building the core team and working towards better CSI each day, And I believe the best is yet to come.

 

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Saravanakumar Thangavelu

I am Saravanakumar Thangavelu. An engineering graduate, former software engineer, and a Self-taught Indian Wedding photographer who has shot more than 250 Weddings across India, Singapore, the US & Dubai. Driven by passion, and strongly believe the quote “Touching people’s heart is limitless”. Co-founded Mystic Studios, a wedding photography company in the year 2012. Mystic Studios is made of people who believe in art and venture themselves into it. Having operations in Chennai and Coimbatore, Mystic Studios caters wedding photography services globally.

Accolades: 

Listed in “62 best wedding photos taken in 2019″ by Americas Insider Magazine” 

Won two fearless awards in Collection 50 of Fearless photography community.

Curates as “Best Wedding Photography in India” by Fearless photographers community.

Final nominee of Wedding Sutra Awards “Bride & Groom” Category 2018 

Finalist of Fearless collections 42 & 43.

 

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Sayed Wasi

I am a photographer from Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. My rendezvous with the camera began at a very young age; when my father bought an imported camera, and I was occasionally allowed to play with it. The very idea of giving fleeting moments permanence gave me a strange kind of high and jubilation. Growing up in a city that is world-famous for its spirituality, vibrance, diversity, and colour; I constantly found myself being pulled towards people and places in its multi-ethnicity and diversity. All this inspired me to venture into the field of photography. My journey as a photographer is very new and ongoing. India as a country is a mini world in itself. It is a heavenly abode for the photographers who wish to capture diversity in its grassroots essence. This inspired me to venture into portrait and street photography. I also love to play with lights and shadows. 

Being an ardent observer and admirer of naturalness; the different aspects of life intrigues me. More than perfections I find myself being drawn towards flaws. To me, natural flaws are way more appealing than artificial perfections. But what attracts me most are people; in their varied experiences and expressions. There are billions of people walking on the earth at any given time; yet it is impossible to find two faces, experiences, and expressions similar. To me, every face and every life story appears like a small world onto itself. I am constantly propelled to give this impermanent, little world of people, some permanence. This very idea pulls me deeper and deeper into the complex, mystifying world of people. I love to personally relate to each person; before capturing their face through my lens. 

What appeals to me is not only the periphery of the external appearances; but the very roots that are the foundation of the manifested forms. In every ruin, I crave to explore the beautiful structure that once stood. In every wrinkle, I wish to see the youth that was once there. In every cloudy eye, I strive to capture the sparkle that once thrived. In every bend, broken form I long to reach to the strength that once existed and is burdened by the journey of life. This desire to capture the hidden along with the apparent; the invisible along with the visible, propels and inspires me to know and relate to each and every frame and face at deeper, intimate levels. The more I venture into the world of people; the more it pulls me towards its core. The one conclusion that I can derive from my journey as a photographer to date is that in spite of varied differences in every face, form, and life story; there is an innate oneness and sameness in every human being that asserts in the deeper recesses of our beings. This beautiful similarity makes us human and humane. I consider myself as an ever-learning and aspiring student of life itself. Deeply inspired by this journey called life, I look forward to giving more meaning, aliveness, and permanence to it; through my lens.

 

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