Category Archives: People

#34: Labor Day Weekend Shoot

Had a shoot planned. Set out with some locations in mind. Passed by a rail road track near my house…stopped and did the whole shoot right there. Gabby was fun!

 

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#33: Kristy’s Wedding

Last weekend, Murali and I had the pleasure of attending Kristy’s wedding. Kristy is the daughter of some old friends of ours. She grew up with our son. We had not seen each other for 15 years. There was such warmth in the reunion.  Kristy was a beautiful bride and the day was just so filled with joy.

It was a very memorable trip.  Here is an image of Kristy and her Dad….

#32: Gabby!

Gabby was a fun shoot.  We met just after a big storm and shot for two hours. She is a delightful young woman. Thank you Gabby!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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# 29: You did a beautiful job…thank you!

You did a beautiful job Usha…Thank you…..

These were the words that resulted in a long exhale. And now I am ready to share a story that made me proud.

Photography has been a hobby for me for a while now. I enjoy it with a passion that I never knew before photography came into my life. I love everything about it….the way it makes me feel, the way it makes people feel when they see the images, the way it allows me to really see things I would have just passed by and the connections I make because of it.

And yet..I have never thought of myself as any kind of a “professional photographer”…..or even a “true artist”….Recently, my friend told me that he had a friend who was getting married and was looking for someone to shoot their wedding. Keith recommended me to Joe. When he told me this…I blanched. Me…shooting something like this….the responsibility of such an important occasion? Wow! No way….but then I instantly thought…why not….I love shooting people and events and this was a very low key event and would allow me to practice shooting under such circumstances.

I was determined to work really hard and spend a ton of time during and after the wedding to deliver to the VERY best of my ability. I was grateful that Joe gave me this chance. Just yesterday, I delivered the images and a music slideshow with their favorite song. Later that night, I received an e-mail from Joe saying….”You did a beautiful job Usha. Thank you!”.

I teared up, exhaled and felt so very proud to have completed my first real job….and I am very happy to have finished it successfully.

Thank you Joe and Loreen for taking a chance with me.  I am grateful.

Here are two images that symbolized the event for me….


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#21 Gypsy Ladies…..and their babies

Here are four images of what I call Gypsies from India. Not really sure if that is the right term…but they are wandering folks, and kind of dress up brightly and sing and dance on the streets. Hope you like them. They are not works of art, but presented here to show a documentary style display of such folk.  I was attracted to their smiles and their spirit.

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#20: Nose ring and a smile

I feel that this lady had such an open presence to her. She was bright and cheerful without it being in your face or made up. There is something about her quiet smile that I really enjoy.

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# 19: Snake Charmers

I was wondering if we would run into snake charmers during our visit.  I had heard that these folks and people with performance monkeys were either banned or discouraged now-a-days in India.  However, as we were leaving the Mehrangarh Fort, we ran into this group of individuals and their snake.  Keith and I were so happy and spontaneously started shooting with glee.

As we were doing this, the guys behind us, who were selling trinkets and paintings and postcards, came up to us and started watching us.  A couple of them asked me how much my camera costs…I was a tiny bit uncomfortable….why? Because I thought of two things: 1) it is so expensive, and they have so little…I was embarassed. and 2) I had a thought that knowing how expensive it was would make us prime targets for pick-pocketing and theft.

By the way, not once did we lose anything throughout the trip or did we feel unsafe. Anyway, we took our shots, paid them their “fees” and left very happy!

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#17: Turbans, Turbans everywhere!


Rajasthan is so very colorful. There are women and girls in the most colorful of clothing. The markets and bazaars are a visual cornucopia of colors.  The streets are full of people and their wares – bangles, food, saris, spices, and much more.  Life happens in a 1000 dimensional way in Rajasthan.  One of the fun things to note is the number of colorful turbans men wear.  Here are some examples of such Turban-Wallahs.

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#16: Jaisalmer

Today, I want to share with you images of the incredible time we had in Jaisalmer….a small desert town in the western part of Rajasthan….very near the Pakistan border.  I will write later about the town and the beautiful people, shops, handicrafts etc. that I saw in this town. Also, there is a spectacular fort that rises suddenly and spectacularly right out of the desert in an incredible way.

We drove an hour from this village, into the dunes area to shoot the sunset.  On the way, we saw peacocks, camels, horses, tiny huts, colorful ladies carrying water home on their heads (a whole other story which I will talk about in a future post).  When we reached the desert camp, I negotiated with the owner to rent a camel cart to take us deep into the dunes, and an extra camel and a man with a turban to pose for us by the dunes at sunset.

We rode this cart about 5 kilometers into the desert. It was an amazing experience….remote, peaceful, great light, only sounds of nature around us and an occasional antelope, peacock, camel or a child…..I could not believe I was experiencing such an incredible moment. I am grateful.

Here are some pictures of the cart we rode…. I will post several more awe inspiring sight in the next post on this journey.

Thanks for stopping by.

The cart owner brought his son (the next generation cart owner :)) with him. Notice what he is holding in his hand…he was so intrigued by my Flip video camera…so I gave it to him, showed him how to use it and he video taped a ton of footage.  I could not get him to stop shooting…it was funny.

Keith and Sharon by the cart…

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#12: Intention to Reality

A few months ago, after a people photography workshop (Location People by Bryan Allan), a thought came to me so powerfully that I imagined a time warp zone where I was speeding at warp speed towards my destination…then it opened up in slow motion to a bright fully realized moement of this intention. I had goose bumps and I kept thinking of nothing else but that in my free time.  What was this powerful desire I had? I wanted to go to India, see beautiful places and people…and come back with enough information that would allow me to start my own Photo-tourism business to India.

This thought made me happy because it would combine many elements that bring joy to me…travel, meeting people, visiting India and seeing all the beautiful sight and scenes it provides, and most importantly capturing these moments though my camera.  In addition, I wanted to share this feeling with many others and help take them to this exotic country and help them go through a similar sense of wonder and excitement about a far off country.

Well, my experience on my recent trip with my photographer friend Keith and his wife Sharon was an amazing start of this journey. It was all that I dreamed it would be. The logistics, the cities and the sights were great. We had a ton of fun and came back full of excitement about getting my next trip planned…where I would like to take a small group (4-5 people) back to the same cities and show them all of the photographic sights I had seen.

Intentions do become reality! I feel really grateful. I could not wait to come back and share this with you all. Thank you for your time in looking at my first few images.

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