Personal Projects

As professional photographers, we are always creating for clients... matching deadlines... working with client briefs... and all the shouldas, couldas, and wouldas that befuddle our brains and creep into our dreams...

and so i think there's something really special about creating for yourself and then putting it out for the world to see...

 

Projects i have done so far -

The Desk Project

By The Sea

One Week In The Life Of A Wedding Photographer

Project P'Traits

The Desk Project

The desk project was one of the most fun personal projects I have ever done. It was especially conceptualised for the relaunch of this site. I remember a day or two before the shoot, the whole studio was completely loaded with pastel crockery, luscious treats, vintage pieces, every possible prop and The Team going all gaga over them.

"In the sun we trust" and with this approach I started the shoot being really careful about the placement and styling of the desks, adding no negative space and being very meticulous about the colour palette and theme of the shoot and its congruence with every section.

When a photographer undertakes an assignment there's always an unsaid perspective behind it. For this Desk Project, the white desk is the constant entity in every picture which symbolises me and the props keeping on changing and shuffling representing different sections owing to the fact how I work on different genre of photography to the best of my abilities.

The pictures give me an absolute sense of bliss, have a look at them -

#ByTheSea 

This series of images was done for an Art Exhibition - 'Mending Fences'. This was my first attempt at Fine Art Photography.

I wanted/intended to tell a story with these seven frames. But i will still let viewers have their own interpretations for the series and hence have left them 'Untitled'.

#OneWeekInTheLifeOfAWeddingPhotographer

Bags *check*

Camera *check*

Adrenaline Level *double check*

This is how one week in a Wedding Photographer's life looks like... come with me on a weekend getaway and see for yourself :)

Let the #GreatInstagramExchange begin!

Have decided to document this next week at a part of the same and show you guys the world as I see it :) Stay Tuned.

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#Day1 #Nexus5

#Day1 -

Today brings me to Anubha Mills for an industrial documentation project... My goal here is to document and deliver the whole process from Fiber to Fashion in photos :) And so begins the new  -

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#Day1 -

So after a hectic day of shooting, met Dheer (Jivraj Tea) for a packaging shoot and ad film he wants me to do for him :) 

#GreatInstagramExchange #Nexus5

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#Day1 - 

And so the #NightShift begins... Editing images from yesterday's portrait session for @prinktonic which have to go on the blog tomorrow... Have mails to reply to... a blog to write... upload client galleries... and just Lana Dey Ray to keep me company... 

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#GreatInstagramExchange #pujakedia #PersonalProject

#Day1 -

Finally over with editing and mails for the day... its 2.30 in the night! And its time to get some coffee before I start packing for tomorrow... Leaving for #Mahabalipuram in the morning to document a #DestinationWedding 

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#Day2 -

Taking an early morning train to Mumbai. My work takes me frequently to various parts of the country and #Surat not having good airport connectivity does not make it any easier :l 

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#Nexus5 #PersonalProject

#Day2-

And I have no idea why this idiot is tagging along!  

#HIM #Mumbai  #Nexus5  #PhonePhotography

#IndianRailways  #Selfie #PersonalProject

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#Day2 -

I always make sure to have a little time at hand when visiting Bombay in between journeys. And have made it a ritual to visit new food joints and try out different cuisine... Trying out #GlobalFusion today. Fantastic place! #SushiAndSangria Date :)  

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#Mumbai #Nexus5

 

#Day2 -

Finally the flight arrives! Got delayed by a couple of hours :( but I am not complaining cause WiFi at #MumbaiAirport was really supportive :p

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#Mumbai #SpiceJet #Nexus5 #UnendingDelays

#Day2 -

Welcome To Chennaaaaai!

Next stop Mahabalipuram. 

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#Day2 -

Touchdown! #Mahabalipuram. Finally. 2:00 AM 

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#DestinationWedding #Nexus5 #Selfie

#HappyMe #DeadTired

 

#Day3 -

What A Beautiful Day! Can't wait for the shoot to begin :) 

#OneWeekInLifeOfAWeddingPhotographer #Mahabalipuram

#DestinationWedding

#Day3 -

Location Scouting! I am the only photographer at their Wedding... ONLY. No other photographer or videographer... and you have no idea how creatively free and at the same time unnerving that is... #GayatriAndThomas 

#OneWeekInLifeOfAWeddingPhotographer #DestinationWedding

 

#Day3 - Lunch Venue for today. By the Bay of Bengal! Because only nature can season a meal with devouring flavors... #TheWharf

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#ByTheBeach #DestinationWedding

#Mahabalipuram

#Day3 -

With the Bride and the Groom :) 

#HappyPicture #GayatriAndThomas

#SuperExcited

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#Day3 -

Let the festivities begin! 

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#GayatriAndThomas #DestinationWedding

 

#Day4 -

So we are into day 4 (mid way) of this personal project where I am documenting this week as it is... would love for you to leave a comment and let me know if you are following the series... it will be really nice to know what you think... also if there is anything you want to ask or questions you have please feel free to put them here... have a hectic day of shooting ahead and so looking forward to it :) #AskMeAnything 

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#Mahabalipuram

#Day4 -

Small intimate weddings like this one is always a delight to document... Simple yet elegant décor, just close family and friends, everyone so full of expressions & emotions... Loving my time here! Just finished with Mehndi event. Looking forward to Sangeet tonight. #GayatriAndThomas

#OneWeekInLifeOfAWeddingPhotographer #Mahabalipuram

#DestinationWedding

 

#Day4 -

Just finished an impromptu couple shoot around the resort and by the beach... now have a little time off till the Sangeet starts... so we are having a quite moment here... just so beautiful and serene... with lovely skies and sea.

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#DestinationWedding #Mahabalipuram

#Day4 -

This is hands down the cutest #Sangeet i have ever attended. And this is going to go all night! 

#GayatriAndThomas #DestinationWedding 

#Mahabalipuram

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#Day4 -

2.30 AM - Back after being on my feet for almost 6 hours... But bed is still an hour away... have memory cards to empty and batteries to put to charging and photos to review... Super happy with today's shoot :) Love the way this wedding is going. Lots of  #HappyPictures !!!

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#Mahabalipuram #DestinationWedding

 

#Day5 -

Couple's big day today! Late nights are almost invariably always followed by early mornings... And wedding photographers should always be an hour early even before the call time, to shoot the decor before guests start arriving. 

 #LifeOfAWeddingPhotographer #DestinationWedding #Mahabalipuram

#GayatriAndThomas

 #Day 5 -  This was the venue for the day. Need I say more...  #Mahabalipuram #DestinationWedding #GayatriAndThomas

#Day 5 -

This was the venue for the day. Need I say more...

#Mahabalipuram #DestinationWedding #GayatriAndThomas

 

#Day5 -

One small piece of advice for people who are planning their wedding... Plan to have a DAY wedding and have it outdoors... its a photographer's delight... and you will cherish the pictures for life...

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#GayatriAndThomas#Mahabalipuram

#DestinationWedding #Mahabalipuram

#Day5 -

So thankful for him to tag along! #He is such a big support in everything I do :) #HIM This is a small token of appreciation from the couple.

#GayatriAndThomas #DestinationWedding

#Mahabalipuram

#Day5 -

Tired Feet! On my feet since 10 in the morning... 12+ hours now... from Chooda in the morning to Mehndi to Bride And Groom getting ready sessions to Baarat to Wedding to Dinner Toasts to Non Stop Dancing... Today was just PERFECT! 

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#GayatriAndThomas #DestinationWedding

#Mahabalipuram

 

#Day6 -

Finally over with the Wedding. Had peaceful non rushed breakfast after days today. Have a day off to myself today. Yaaaaye! So would like to take you on a Tour of #Mahabalipuram in the evening... stay tuned :)

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#PersonalProject #DestinationWeddings

#Day6 -

Time for some De-Stressing! Having a one day vacation today before we head back to Surat tomorrow. #SPA after such hectic shoot days and travel is really therapeutic :) 

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#DestinationWeddings #Mahabalipuram

 

#Mahabalipuram, a wonderful combination of heritage monuments and empty stretches of sandy beaches. This is the famous Shore Temple. 

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#Mahabalipuram -

Krishna's Butter Ball - This is a giant balancing rock perched on a smooth slope, seemingly defying all laws of physics...

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#Mahabalipuram -

Butter Ball II - Can you spot the idiot??? This guy here defies all rules of what is classified as normal behaviour! 

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#Day6 -

A lovely day coming to an end with #DinnerDate with this Ninja!

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#PersonalProject #Mahabalipuram

#VivantaByTaj #FishermansClove #HappyMe

#Day7 -

Last day of this #PersonalProject :) And we started today with an early morning walk around the sleepy town... and then searched for the quaintest place to have the most authentic Dosai and Coffee for breakfast.

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#Mahabalipuram

#Day7 -

Its time we pack our bags :l Also time for some recommendations! We tried three places in #Mahabalipuram - Radisson Blu, Vivanta by Taj and Grand Bay. And if you are planning a trip to this place... Radisson Blu is where you should book yourself. Its nearer to the town... And the food is by far the best! Here is my goodbye photo of the place where I spent good part of my last week.

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#RadissonBlu #PersonalProject

 

#Day7 -

"Hey Puja! Try this!" Thank You so much Bala for taking us out for lunch to one of the must visit places in Chennai! The Saravana Bhavan. Loved it!

#ChennaiSpecial #ChennaiExpress

#OneWeekInLifeOfAWedfingPhotographer #PersonalProject #Chennai

#Day7 -

So this is the last postcard from #Mahabalipuram. Thank You everyone for following this series... We are on our way back to Surat. And I loved sharing all the images with you all over the period of last seven days. Hope you liked this small #PersonalProject I did too :) 

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#Day7 -

Mandatory travel photo! And poor connectivity of #SuratAirport making my life unnecessarily difficult since forever!!! Taking Chennai-Ahmedabad connection today... 

#SpiceJet #OneWeekInLifeOfAWeddingPhotographer #PersonalProject

#Day7 -

And here we are editing images on the go! #TrainTravel 

#LifeOfAWeddingPhotographer 

For every Wedding I document, I deliver around 2 to 3 thousand EDITED images... and a custom designed album... and trust me... this Mac is so overworked that there are days when it curses the day I got him home from the store :p #OneWeekInLifeOfAWeddingPhotographer

 
 

#Day7 - 2AM -

This photo sums up the #LifeOfAWeddingPhotographer. Just back home after 10+ hours of traveling... Mahabalipuram to Chennai to Ahemadabad to Surat... And have a call time of 9 AM for tomorrow morning :)

Only have so much time to myself for charging all the batteries (including the one that is in my head). But I am thankful to be back home... in a job that pushes me to focus and notice, coming home to all this familiarity and warmth is always calming. At home I can turn off my clarity and close my eyes.

And so concluding this series I started a week back with this image. Thank You all once again for listening :) 

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Project P'Traits

Behind The Scenes - P'TRAITS

Here it is !!! The Behind-The-Scenes Video of the 3-Day P'Traits Shoot we just did !!! Full credit to Kruti for taking this initiative and Chirag, Dhwanil and Nair for helping her with this :) Also i am tagging everyone involved with this project. Thank-You guys for making this possible !!! (Please view this in HD!)P.S - The final images from the shoot would come out in a couple of weeks.Audio Credits - Oasis - Wonderwall / DevD Dev Chanda Theme 1 / Coldplay - Us against the world. (No Copyright infringement intended)

Posted by Puja Kedia on Thursday, June 13, 2013