The Beauty of Tanu.

I don’t get to work on many morning sessions these days due to conflicting schedules and the fact that most of the models I’ve met are not exactly morning people. This was not the case with Tanu . When we first exchanged schedules for the week, she suggested 9:00 AM. “Whoa, I said. Perhaps a bit too early for me to be at my best. We settled on 10:00 Am agreeing it would still give us plenty of time to get things done. When I met her at the PATH my first impression was her pictures didn’t even come close to conveying her beauty or personality. Tanu was awesome and our session conveyed it. Her expressive eyes and lips had me  pausing to catch my breath. An absolute professional and a pleasure to work with. We stopped here and there but for the most part, we never really got off course. Tanu was born and raised in New Delhi India and lived in Brooklyn, NY before moving to Long Island City.

I hope to be doing a lot more morning sessions in the future. We’ll certainly see. I can’t think of many better ways to start the day.

Woman on the Stairs

I’m going through this mornings session with Tanu Suri and have come across so many that just take my breath away. It’s going to take a while to go through and pick the best of the best but I wanted to share something. Though this was a studio shoot we went up to the roof and also took a few shots on the stairs. I thought this particular one was interesting. 

Holi- the festival of color

Last year around this time I was introduced to an Indian tradition known as Holi (The festival of colors). A few times a year the bosses of her company throw parties at there houses in the Hamptons and in Jersey. Showing appreciation for their hard work and dedication. On this particular day we were told to wear old clothes and be prepared to get dirty. As we drove towards the event Kay filled me in on what little she knew about the event. I was both curious and a little scared. Holi is a traditional Spring festival celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs in countries like India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. The tradition celebrates the coming of the Spring and the triumph of ‘good’ over ‘evil’. Participants playfully throw colored powder and water at one another. Soaking one another with colored water guns and even going as far as throwing participants into pools. All while consuming alcohol, dancing and signing. By the end of the day our clothes, hair, skin, my camera were all covered in the powder. Kayuri was worried about damaging my camera but I told her “I may never get to witness something like this again. So I’ll take my chances.” We had a really great time that day and enjoyed celebrating with friends. 

Trip to Jamesburg

img_5344This morning I took a trip to Canons Jamesburg offices to have my lens looked at. I have the Canon 28-135 EF lens and as of late I’ve noticed how loose it’s been. Upon dropping it off and explaining my issue he examined the lens and said it was nothing tightening a few screws couldn’t fix. Upon further examination he looked at me puzzled and asked “What’s all this green stuff?” I began explaining my recent experience at an outing where people were celebrating an Indian tradition called Boli. I told him I had never experienced anything like and most likely wouldn’t get the chance anytime soon. He looked up at me and smiled. “I’m from India. I know exactly what your talking about. For those of you who haven’t heard of it Holi is an ancient celebration of good over evil. During the celebration people hug and wish each other “Happy Holi”. You also playfully smudge a colorful powder on one another which in this case got a little out of hand. At the time I grabbed my camera and at a safe distance (or so I thought) started taking pictures. Mix Holi fest with a lot of energetic people, a lot of alcohol and an over abundance of powder and you have a war. Everyone including me were covered head to toe in it before long. It was fun but it was insane. I managed to clean my camera and lens pretty thouroughly but I didn’t get it all. I’m sure Canon will do a great job. They always do and in good time. I would recommend the to anyone .