“Though I did my early schooling down in the South, during my early teens – I moved to the North. I did my UG in Political Science at Delhi University with an aspiration to get into the United Nations. Fortunately or unfortunately, I did not follow that path and shifted my vision to something unique and creative.
I moved back to Chennai and pursued my PG at Stella Maris College. When I was a kid, I was a child model and did a number of TVCs and when I moved back I decided to venture into modelling. I started working with my boyfriend (a photographer and cinematographer by profession) and we did a couple of creative as well as client shoots. From then on I started working with a bunch of talented photographers and created a portfolio for myself.
It was during Covid’19, the lockdown when I discovered my love for self-portraits. I began with simple concepts and set-ups. Since I had a lot of time to kill, I made sure to shoot a new concept once every 2 days.
I feel proud to call myself a self-portrait photographer because nothing gives me greater happiness than being able to create art. I am a one-woman army: I curate concepts, source and style, plan the whole set-up, makeup & hair up until the final edits. The process is a bit challenging because I need to do everything on my own, however, once all of that is done and I sit to export the photos once they’re edited – I could never be any prouder of my work.
There are a few self-portraits that are my absolute favourites which wouldn’t have been possible without my talented fellow makeup artists: Deepika, Soniya and Asmitha. With their help, I’ve also had the opportunity to be featured and published in a few fashion magazines abroad.
Meanwhile, Instagram helped me in promoting my work to a wider audience, which gave me a lot of clients and collaborations.
My passion for working on producing creative shoots has been increasing since Day 1. I’ve always loved to be different and I guess this profession was meant to be. Being creative isn’t very easy; taking a break becomes mandatory to bring back the josh in creativity.
When you feel joy & satisfaction in your profession – your profession becomes your passion, interest, hobby and everything that you want to work for.”