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Contemporary Corporate Headshots

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

100 Hours in Martha's Vineyard

In August, I had the chance to visit the infamous Martha’s Vineyard. You may know it as the whale shaped island off the coast of Massachusetts in the USA that is known for its beautiful summer vacationing and where Obama spends his summers. But, if you are like me, you’ll know it as the filming location for Jaws. My friend Jesse has vacationed here every summer since she was a child and (finally!) invited me along to spend a few days between work to check it out and as always, take some photos. 

We drove down on a warm summer morning, leaving her house in Toronto for a 9 hour drive filled with a cooler full of snacks, an empty memory card for photos and a car with 8 seats packed full of beach balls, clothes and blankets. Since Martha’s Vineyard is an island, the 9 hour drive ends at a ferry port. You load the car onto a ferry which takes about 30 minutes and arrives at the wondrous exhibition of all things summer. Yes, Martha’s Vineyard embodies everything you hope a summer vacation place would. Margaritas, Beaches, Seaside Life, Boats, Sun, Laughter, and most importantly, food (lots of it too!). 

There were two places that I explored the most during my (short) time there; Oak Bluffs and Edgartown. Let me explain by my definition of each. Oak Bluffs is the equivalent to Universal Studios’ City Walk. Lots of cheap alcohol and themed restaurants all packed from morning to evening with tourists from all over. A few rides here and there, some concerts, fireworks and entertainment overload. Edgartown is quite the opposite, its exactly like Universal Studios’ main park but the subsection where the Jaws ride used to live (RIP Jaws ride- you will always be my favourite). 

Side Note: You know why the Jaws ride was my favourite? It was one of those fake guided tour rides where you explore Captain Brody’s home town and see the famous landmarks where Jaws killed people and things… yet it turns into a horrible, tragic accident where Jaws 2.0 (an animatronic shark who I was scared s***less of) comes out of the water multiple times and tries to eat your boat. After 3 or 4 visits to the ride, you know the lines, the story and the best scare moments. So, instead of looking out at the ride when you are on the boat, you would look onto the parents who would bring their young children (there was no minimum age to ride) and sit them at the side where the shark would jump up. Since you were trapped inside for the duration of the ride, you would watch as the parents had a moment of realization that this ride may not in fact be for their 3 year old child. Screaming inside and a lot of laughter from the back of the boat where my parents and I would reside and kick back. Now that’s all gone and everything is kid-friendly- blah boring… but I digress.

So, Edgartown is like the beginning of that ride where everything is peachy keen and perfect. Beautiful white picketed fences, manicured lawns, colourful flowers and colonial, traditional Americana houses group together to form a neighbourhood unlike any other in America. 

Each wouldn’t really be able to exist without the other- Edgartown would be too pretentious and Oak Bluffs would be too touristy but because they coexist its the perfect place to let your wild side out at Oak Bluffs and have your morning coffee in Edgartown at one of the many quaint but beautiful shops about.

In each of my 4 days, I practiced different things with my camera. We biked everywhere so at most I carried a travel tripod, an ND filter, a body and my 50mm 1.4, 24-105mm f4 lenses. I used Jesse as my model (as per usual) and practiced retouching at night, some astrophotography and landscape shots for my stock photography collection. 

I hope you can catch a glimpse of what Martha’s Vineyard is like from the photos below!

Enjoy,

Inde x