The polaroid creations of photographers are the time machines that takes us back to those moments in life, that we cherished and treasured every minute of it. They remind us of the good old times that we spent with our loved ones. When it comes to weddings, they are something more than two people committing love forever, it is magical and are moments that will keep your soul’s ignition “on” for a lifetime. Such great moments are captured not by any mere photographers, but by only those who have true passion and grit for their work of art. Such is the eponymous label of Sanjay Hari Photography. Here’s a quick catch with the ace photographer, where he discusses the nuances of photography and more!
Tell us about your background and how did you get started in this field?
I’m a Chennai based Photographer! I was very much passionate about photography from my college days since I’m a VISCOM graduate (Visual Communication). I chose photography as my elective, so it all started from there. After my UG, I started practicing photography for 2 years with an existing photographer in the field of wedding photography. After my Masters in MBA, I started my own venture Sanjay Hari Photography in 2015 November.
What do you think makes a photographer succeed in this field?
Nothing but perseverance, discipline & commitment yourself.
Who is your biggest influence in photography?
I don’t influence anyone but then I admire several people’s work from the field. Those are Harsheen Jammu from north, Siva Haran from Toronto and Soozana Pvan from London. I admire Harsheen for her colour tones, Siva Haran for his Portraits and Soozana for her colours and detailing that brings unique mood to images.
What do you prefer Fashion photography or Wedding photography?
I would choose wedding photography first any day since that connects me with my soul. It is a form of Art. When it comes to wedding photography, I experiment a lot especially with framing and poses moreover, a contemporary style. Whenever I get time out of wedding shoots, I execute fashion photography.
What has been the best moment of your career so far?
That I have earned beautiful team and clients who are like family.
What advice would you give for budding photographers?
I would strongly say one thing to all of them who are willing to choose photography as a profession. Be yourself, explore yourself, stick to your identity. You can admire or inspire fellow people’s work, but never try to resemble their work with yours. If so it’s hard to sustain, you will fade away in the longer run. Keep focusing and try to improve on your own skills instead. Because your biggest competitor is you. When I go to shoot weddings, I compete my previous wedding shoot with the current one. This drives me to do better. The one thing I keep telling myself is that be an ultimate learner and proceed.
Any photography or tricks that you would like to share?
More than a trick what I would like to share is that be punctual with your work. Avoid going to the venue late. Make your team comfortable. Treat your clients well. Get stronger with your deliverables and let those deliverables reach them before the committed time.
What is your favorite camera gear?
My all-time favorite gear would be Canon 5D Mark 3 DHO I have upgraded gears from the existing brand. That one camera is close to my heart no matter what.
If you meet yourself when you were first starting out, what advice would you give your former self?
Be patient, be focused, stay away from negative people who eat your time and energy! Learn, learn and keep learning.