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Recently, I was able to visit my friend Sheena in New Haven, Connecticut for a few days and sit in on one of her classes. She is currently an instructor in the Sherwin B. Nuland Summer Institute in Bioethics at Yale University for the summer. 

Sheena and I met back in November when we were both working Germany. She was my Airbnb host and it was a match made in friendship heaven! Since she is back on North American soil, developing her website while her book is going through editing- we decided to update her headshots.

The Yale campus was a perfect place to shoot with its abundancy of Ivy and old brick. We shot using natural light, using lighter sidewalks and walls as bounces. Occasionally we turned away from the sun, using some of it as backlight to bring out her hair and the sidewalk bouncing light back into her face.

 

 

 

 

Nisha & Emran: 2 Hours to the Beginning

I have had the pleasure to shoot many beautiful people over the past few months. However, two people stand out to me more than the rest and their names are Nisha and Emran. Beside them both literally being a beautiful couple, they hold something much more compelling between each other, love. They got married at the beginning of the summer with friends and family at Emran's family home. A small ceremony of 40 (if that!). I had the pleasure of photographing their special day and something even more special, their bond.

Now, normally, I'm not the biggest softie when it comes to love, marriage and all that jazz. Nisha and Emran have something different. Their love and affection for one another is quirky as much as it is loyal. They walk at the same pace, their gazes are held just for that extra moment and their laughs are like yawns, undoubtably contagious. 

When we met with Nisha and Emran on a hot morning in August, 3 months after their wedding, they brought the same excitement, joy and passion for each other that they had on their special day. In between shots, whilst walking around the park to find another location, Emran would be watching Nisha's sari drag along the forest floor. His eyes were glued to the ground, making sure she was always out of harm's way. Nisha couldn't care less about it getting dirty though, her laugh was loud and playful as she teased Emran by letting it drag longer in the leaves. The best part about this shoot was that right after, they were hopping in "more comfortable clothing" (Nisha's words not mine!) and going fishing!

I did two separate shoots with them, their wedding and their portraits. This second shoot can truly explain their connection and why it makes me extremely happy. Their photos are my favourite photos because without a good subject or two in front of your lens, there is no real story. Therefore, let me introduce you to the beginning of Nisha and Emran's story- I know it will be a long one.

Inde x

RICHARD

At the beginning of July, I met with Richard and his girlfriend downtown at the Toronto Harbourfront boardwalk. Richard is currently a valet and wanted to have some head shots so he could gradually get into print modelling and the creative side of things. As we took photos during golden hour, we tried to have a contrast in the variety of backdrops we shot at. 
We went to the water, the surrounding parks, the marina and a nearby bridge. Although they were from just outside Toronto, they came down to shoot at this great location, before heading out for a nice dinner. Anyone familiar with the Harbourfront knows that whatever direction you shoot from, there are endless possibilities. Shooting south and you get the lake as a backdrop whereas shooting north, the CN tower fills your frame- move a little more east or west to adjust your natural lighting at that time of the day and you have some magnificent frames. 
I wanted to provide Richard with a full spectrum of photos that would encompass any scenario in which he would have to submit photos. Although he said he felt quite stiff and nervous at first, when I looked through my viewfinder at him, he was calm and collected. He had a charming smile and wasn't afraid to pose with locals and tourists around.
He's professional, intelligent, intriguing and has a great smile. I think that will be the key to Richard's future success in whichever path he chooses to follow in the industry.