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My interest in photography developed in the 12th standard with nature and travel as an interest. I had a Nikon camera then, which I used to carry everywhere, to click pictures and upload them on Social media. The response on social media was really overwhelming.

 

I graduated as an Engineer and worked in an IT company but it never seemed right as I was always passionate about photography. When I decided to switch my career to photography, it was really tough to convince my parents. Like all parents, they wanted a stable career for me and I already had a good job but I just couldn't live my life in a profession I didn't love. I was determined to pursue photography so I quit my job and started my professional journey. I named my set-up as "Art per Second". 

 

I have a small team of 3-5 members and we do Wedding and Commercial photography. What I love about wedding photography is that it involves travelling, glamour, personal touch with clients, creativity and most of all it gives a  memory of a lifetime. I have covered many weddings all over India in the last two years and the experience has been thrilling.

Now that I make more than enough money, my parents are proud of my career choice as well. I recently got married. My wife supports me and that motivates me a lot.

 

One of the most interesting clients that I bagged, was the one I received through a Wrong number. Two years ago, a guy dialed my number by mistake and it turned out to be, a right call at the right place at a right time. He was looking for a wedding photographer and we clicked. I became friends with both, the bride and the groom (and we still are). Shooting their wedding was the best experience ever.

Growing in this industry has helped me evolve, both as a person and a photographer. Work gets better with more experience. As a person, I used to be an introvert, I couldn't get friendly with people and liked to remain in a small circle. However, this profession requires a lot of  interaction with clients so I practiced to put myself out there and it really helped me grow as a person. Building a relationship with your client is of paramount importance so that they can be comfortable around you. This will help improve your output.

Last year, I saw an ad by Samsung stating 'You can be a Samsung Members Brand Ambassador' so I enrolled and was surprised to receive a call back from them a few days later. They interviewed me about my views on mobile photography. Since it was my thing, I gave them very frank answers. It was pleasantly shocking when I received an email about being selected as the Members ambassador for Samsung. One of my articles was published by Samsung India's twitter last week.

 

Being an artist is a hard job. But valuing your own art is the most important thing every artist should do. Value not just in terms of reviews, but also in terms of money. Don't sell your art at a low price. Mark your graph high. It will motivate other photographers too. Consult your local fellow photographers and build professional relationships.

 

I love a quote by Malcolm Forbes

"Too many people overvalue what they are not, and undervalue what they are"

Dream Big. Achieve even Bigger.

If you too want to share your journey into Photography, drop us an email at stories@fo2.in

Blog by- Shashank Joshi & Harshita Sharma


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