For a change starting this new year, I decided to be in front of the camera and pose for a shoot. That’s right!
I rarely get myself shot and a full shoot was never even a thought.
But thanks to Fiana Fashion Forward‘s constant persuasion and the beautifully perfect shoot, I finally gave in
This series will focus on how a photographer and model can prepare for a shoot especial if either or both are new to the portraiture photography. Though the tips are model focused, the photographer can use the same to talk and guide the model, getting to know the subject, their ideas, fusing them with their own artistic perception, all eventually leading to great shoot and wonderful results.
Much thanks to Fiana for this beautiful write up that has helped me in my own shoots and also for the best shoot ever!
So this one is for all the guys out there who are confused and apprehensive about posing on camera. Some sneaky tips and tricks which will make you seem like a born poser.
1. Forget the camera
Trust me once you feel that you are along, poses come naturally. Try to imagine that your camera or cameraman is absent. Try freeing your mind and pose swiftly.
Who is your favourite actor who adorns your walls or boards. There is something massive and charismatic about your favourite hero. Something larger than life. So try to think about him and pose like him. This will make you feel more comfortable and confident in your skin.
The K-Town skyline one fine evening, just before sundown.
It had been raining heavily for the most of this month. The day would start with a dark and intense skyline and end with a heavy downpour, with wild winds rocking the foliage so hard that they would uproot the next second. The whole day was damp and gloomy with the sun nowhere to be seen. Stepping out of the house for work or leisure wasn’t an option.
But for the past few days, such skies and beautiful evenings have become staple, serving as a much needed break and also treat to the eye and soul. Maybe the rain gods will descend again and cause even more havoc. Or maybe not. But days like these fuel the mind with hope and give the strength to keep moving.
Being around dogs and enjoying their company could be one of the best things ever to happen to a person. There is not one moment of dullness with these furry angels sniffing around you. A person seriously needs to be messed up if they can’t appreciate the cute tactics put up by these pups.
My time at Petfed has been as fruitful as ever. Its just amazing to see so many pets at the same time in one location, causing a beautifully immense emotional and sensory overload that is just difficult to put in words. And the fact that most of the dogs are so calm and composed and have the slightest of problems with these many strangers and their own kind walking around is a miracle indeed!
There is absolutely no doubt that they will withhold the title of being a ‘good boi’ and remain ‘man’s best friend’ till the end of time!
A pair of pigeons share a moment together on the rooftops at dusk before heading back to their nests.
A myna perches on the terrace of a building during sunset before heading back to its nest.
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Husband Kittu makes a move with a rather animated yawn after I busted his ‘yet again unsuccessful’ stalking attempt on me at the parking lot as I headed back home.
Cats are amazing creatures. They always have this wild predator instinct running through them no matter they are feral or pet. Thus they are very likely to survive and hunt for themselves even if they are off human supplies and intervention. To make the matter more interesting, regardless the type of feline, they all seem to share similar hunting and stalking techniques that they use to procure their prey (with varying degrees of success). Each move they make with robotic precision is just as thrilling as it gets.
To be honest, the small dudes pack more punch and walk around with much greater attitude than the big cats. And being able to cuddle one without the ‘immediate’ threat of being mauled by is just amazing!
It was a normal start to the day for me. I left for the hills early, hiking my way up and down through the route religiously. Gave my legs a cooling lap at the stream, as I listened to the wise old and fun couple crack sense and jokes, all at the same time. The usual stalking by a few ‘newer’ mini birds and a calf (a first in a long long time!) followed before I decided to head back to the base camp (the most rewarding part of the entire pilgrimage, as well as the most time consuming one!)
And then there were the usual ‘distractions’ to detour – a few more birds and invertebrates, which would make me stray yet again (but something I never really regret). I was hooked on to once such distraction and by the time we had enough of each other, I was lying on the trail, tired and hungry. The blazing sun had worn me out and I decided to take a few minutes off before heading back, laying there to review my bounty.
That’s when these Lilliputians showed up – trumpeting their arrival with pants, scouting and securing the trail, as their master trailed behind. As cute as they could get, I couldn’t resist and snapped a photograph, without their permission. But they weren’t impressed by my act and didn’t seem to like me either. As their attack got more vicious (cute, to be honest!), I decided to get up and clear the way for them. And as they passed by, they gave me that look which very well meant’ If we wanted you dead, you’d already be dead’.
And I was like, ok…
Yet another, best of days at the hills and a fun kick-start to the day!
A lad makes a somersault while diving into the pristine waters of the Owe Lake at Kharghar.
Being able to discover the Owe Lake (for myself) after a few leads I got on a random post on Instagram and Google Maps, I finally made it to this place. It was indeed difficult for me believe that such a magical place existed just a stone throw away from such a dead concrete jungle.
P.S – Much thanks to Jibin Thomas for trusting me and lending his camera/life that day without which these pictures would never have been made, at least this way. Thanks bud!
Secondly, the lads who tried different stunts from what they were already doing, after having seen me with the ‘bada camera’. It was only because of their help (and madness) that I made some decent pictures but the best of memories!