The year that was...

The year that was, was a year where I finally took out time to do a hell lot of things which always had the prefix "time hota, to yeh zaroor karti..." It was a year to go out fishing out a lot new out of life. 

  • I finally bid adieu to the world of advertising, after making a decent name for myself at the best place in this industry one can be at; Ogilvy, and meeting the happiest boss one could ever have. The 5 years i'v spent in this industry have shaped me into the creative I am today, but my fellow advertising folks know it for a fact, that this is a brutal industry, that has absolutely no such thing called "an off" day, coz "sir ji, idea to kabhi bhi aa sakta hai"... I had the privilege of saying "I love my job" and had my maternity leave privileges, but it was finally take the time off for myself. Looking back...I just thank myself for this decision. 
  • No wake-up alarms and no morning hustle, the first thing I did was to perfect the art or pampering myself with breakfast. Not flaunting, but I'v learnt a new art of throwing pancake and omelette parties. Coffee lovers, we can chat later, but anyone for tea...I'm your go-to person. I perfected the art of making tea, and still Sabby makes better tea than me and he does not even drink tea.  
  • A lot of time was spent online to find some interesting ideas to break this big news to the family. A close cousin's wedding came by, and I found my idea. Hunted this perfect rani haar along with a classy red Kanjeevaram sari, and the baby glow was all I needed to let everybody know...a girl about to be a lady in all grace and glamour. 
  • I went on a babymoon ;-) A small trip up the hills in Shimla, sipping the perfect tea, soaking in some sun, hogging guilt free at Combereme and stuffing myself with cakes at Embassy. What made me happy was, taking a mid-week break with no formal leave application, no phone, no mail checks and no online check-ins. 
  • Well the photographer in me could not stay quiet for long, so I found my recluse in pre-wedding, maternity and baby photoshoots, that were physically less taxing and let me be a little relaxed. I did a bit of product photography as well. This was more than enough of a workout for me and had me breathing just fine all through the year. Plus, Sabby for the first time got to see what I do closely, since he was all along with me, very very patiently carrying my camera bags and bending over to change the lenses. All of this work will see an inflow soon on my page. 
  • I cleared 3TB of data!! I used to just click and just dump all the picture onto my hard disks. I finally reviewed my work and deleted around 6000 - 7000 pictures that I knew I'm never going to get printed or post anywhere. 
  • Call me old-school, but however much the world of photography ends on a digital note, a printed picture has it's own charm. The feeling of a fond remembrance and a sweet smile that a printed picture gives, is something that a digital version will never be able to give. I just got some more time to make this love, last longer. Found my perfect album printing team and got all my travel albums printed and worked on a few wedding albums for clients. The goal is to have to racks full of printed albums in my dream study, the day I'll have my own house. I finally got the time to get this dream kick started. 
  • And this gave me the inspiration to start my own venture of offering bespoke photo albums, handcrafted with love. Updates under this section to be announced soon. 
  • I planned a perfect baby shower for myself and got some of my closest family together. Found a perfect dress after rounds and rounds to the mall and online portals, googled for unique baby shower games, and man!! that cake. I had soooooo much time ;-D More from this happy baby bump day shall be shared as a separate post. 
  • The highest point of my year was to finally finally have a photo shoot done for myself. The kinds I do for the world. After spending 13, going on 14 year with my man, trust me when I say this, we didn't have a single portrait worthy pic. My wedding pics were such a disaster, probably that was the reason I took up this career, and in the hustle of life probably we never got a chance to stop and smile at each other. Well finally the day came, and for the first time I stood in front of the camera and it I just had butterflies flying all over me. These pictures of us being just hopeless romantics (me a bigger one) will be a memory i'll prize forever. 6 months to a year down the line, when you see a picture and smile, suddenly everything seems awesome again...that's the power of a picture and that's the might of a photographer. I'm just soooooooo daym happy to have lived this day and not skipped this bit of the journey. A sneak peak of this day with my memory maker. Go check out this lovely soul's awesomeness. 
  • Having gone through the process all by myself, I feel that this chapter of photography should also be added into my book. Hereby, finding moments dedicated to might of a woman and celebrating a new life. 
  • And finally, this year is to find more moments. Here's to start looking at things from a new angle with my baby boo, Viraj. 
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