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Henny Shah - Pre-wedding Photographer & Founder of Henny Shah Photography from Surat, Gujarat, India

Q1. How did your career journey start? Or Who/What inspired you to start this business/ entrepreneurship? I never knew I had a photographer&...



Q1. How did your career journey start? Or Who/What inspired you to start this business/ entrepreneurship?

I never knew I had a photographer's eye until I started clicking random nature pictures of nature, merely for amusement. My best friend back then who happens to be my husband now accompanied me and slowly it became a ritual to capture, visualise and improvise together. I excitedly took an opportunity to shoot my brother’s pre-wedding and my cousin’s maternity shoot. The response was overwhelming and I just knew that if there’s a passion worth following, for me it would be photography. Things turned out pretty well ever since Moods of nature saw the light of existence on June 22nd, 2014. 

Q2. Kindly share some information about your Business, products and services here.

We all are connected with nature and capturing these phases of nature is what I specialize in. My distinct work portfolio over the years includes concept shoots in
  • Nature photography
  • Infant photoshoot
  • Maternity shoot
  • Pre-shoots (Engagement & Wedding)
  • Product shoots
  • Portraits (Men & Women)
  • Food photography
  • Real Estate shoots

Q3. Please share about the unique feature/specialty/USP of your Product/Service.

Regarding Pre-wedding shoots, I make sure that the customer gets comfortable while the shoot so I can get the true nature essence from them.

I totally believe in capturing the natural moods rather than faking it or artificially creating it 
 
Q4. How would you explain the importance of your role in a Wedding?

For a pre-wedding photoshoot, I would say if the couple are into arranging weddings then they do have awkwardness in their initial stage. 

So we try to make them comfortable along with each other & bring them closer than before by breaking the ice between them. So along with photos we help you to get comfortable with each other.
 
Q5. What are the most common challenges you face at the wedding you are handling?

For pre-wedding shoots, the challenges I faced are the expectations vs reality or can say budget too.

Clients get so many references which they want to shoot the exact same way but they don’t understand the uniqueness within which they have to showcase rather than duplicating someone else's pictures.

Yes we do tell them to get references to know their taste but not to copy it.

Q6. How do you deal with these challenges?

We try to explain them or showcase the uniqueness they have within. Also explain to them to be comfortable in their own skin and to be raw.
 
Q7. Could you share one of your most unique creations/experience for/of a wedding?

Pre wedding is all about trying new places. I do remember while going to shoot location we saw an open farm with huge trees. We didn’t find any farm holder to ask permission for and we started shooting thinking it’s an open place. While we were about to end the session, the farm holder came and asked us to delete the entire session. We pleaded with him for like an hour but he kept denying and we actually had to erase our entire Session. 

Q8. What type of collaborations would you like to explore in future?

Looking forward to collaborate with wedding planners, event organisers, photo studios and a few fashion designers with whom we can come up with a strong team and give better results in clients' budgets.

Q9. What are your plans? Or now what is your vision for the next five years?

I am planning on carving a more specific niche over the next five years. Infant and maternity shoots are the niche I am trying to target. Capturing the tiniest of emotions with immaculate precision gives me goosebumps even today. 
I plan on establishing an infant studio where parents can trust me for creating lifetime memories for them.

Q10. How would you advise/suggest new entrepreneurs who want to start & sustain in business?

1. Don’t try to compare your art with others. Take advantage of your different perspective instead of generalizing it. Try looking at things differently. We already have numerous photographers in the market. The challenge is to stand apart and only a different perspective can help. 
2. A picture is nothing without an emotional context. It’s important to capture these emotions in your unique way. 
3. Never set yourself in a box. Keep experimenting.

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Interviewed by : Khushboo Chotaliya - Lifestyles Influencer & Co-Founder of Sanskari Decor from Mumbai, India

Referred by : Shikha Shah - Wedding Choreographer from Surat, India


Follow Khushboo here : instagram.com/KhushbooBChotaliya

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