Hi there! This is my first post in 2016, and I will be working on the blog posts in reverse, starting from the newest work to unshown work completed in 2015. Lots of interesting stuff, I kid you not.

It’s been a month since my epic trip to Arizona and Utah. Words can’t fully describe how I feel about this trip. For a start, I think “epic” would describe it aptly. I love to travel and I am most happy when I’m traveling, seeing new places and meeting new people from different background and cultures. This trip was organized by Don Giannatti, a successful commercial photographer with 40+ years of experience, and a gifted educator whom I have followed since 2011. It was only in late 2014 I was blessed to know him personally by taking his 8-Week Portrait classes and thereafter the Project 52 Pros 2015 class when I decided to pursue commercial photography…making a full circle to return to my background in advertising.

This annual P52 trip lasted 8 days, inclusive of one day for meet-and-greet. There were 12 of us, who flew into Phoenix (the starting point of the journey and also where Don is based) from various parts of USA and one each from Canada, Sweden and Norway. It was fun hanging out as new friends and as peers in photography, while enjoying God’s great artistic work and creation on this planet we live in. It’s during this trip that I realized that I really enjoy landscape photography too!

I can’t wait to go back again! Here are some of my favorite shots from the trip.

Vermillion Cliffs
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Lee’s Ferry
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Zion
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This is my first time photographing the milky way.

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Bryce Canyon
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Horseshoe Bend
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Antelope Canyon
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Can you spot the bear?
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Monument Valley
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This photograph reminds me of Morgan Freeman in the bus scene in Shawshank Redemption…somehow I imagined him being in the bus.
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  • 9 Mar ’16 - 9:40 PM

    Terrill Bodner - Lovely shot! So fun to meet you too on the trip.

  • 10 Mar ’16 - 10:17 AM

    Fong - Thanks, Terrill! I’m so happy we finally met and had so much fun together! XX

  • 10 Mar ’16 - 12:01 PM

    b - Beautiful shots. I would love to visit this area some time

  • 10 Mar ’16 - 12:34 PM

    Fong - Thanks, Brian! Yes, you must visit the Southwest region – it will blow your mind. 🙂

  • 10 Mar ’16 - 5:00 PM

    Audrey - Wow what beautiful images!! The sunrise one with the weed in front of the lens is my favorite I think. I bet that was such a great trip!

  • 10 Mar ’16 - 11:52 PM

    Fong - Thank you, Audrey!

“Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.” – Vincent Van Gogh

Taylor is one of the few teenagers whom I connect with instantly. In many ways, he reminded me of my younger self in high school (or secondary school, which we call it back home.) I meant that in the most positive way – he’s a thinker, very wise beyond his age and has great parents who are his biggest supporters. He’s also decided what he wants to be and do after graduating. Hence, I know he is able to venture into new territories and be great in whatever he sets his mind and heart in. When that day comes, I will stand proud to say I had the honor to have taken his high school senior portraits.

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  • 18 Aug ’15 - 11:55 AM

    donna - Great session, I love that I can look at his pictures and his personality really comes through…nice work!

  • 18 Aug ’15 - 4:04 PM

    Marita Cord-Mergenthal - Incredible photographs of an incredible young man!

  • 21 Aug ’15 - 2:16 PM

    Ashley Durham - Love that moody black and white shot.

Last December, I was contacted by Melanie & Eric Sorenson who reside in Mississippi, enquiring if I do photograph houses. They had found my contact details via Google search for local photographers from Milan area. (Yay for SEO efficacy!) They wanted a gallery canvas of the house which Eric had grew up in and has fond memories of as a special present for Eric’s mother. The house has now been sold and the aunt and uncle who are residing in it now are in the process of moving.

Coincidently, I had just completed an online real estate & architectural photography course by the brilliant Mike Kelley Photography. So obviously I said a heartily “Yes!” to the task.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough time to meet the Christmas deadline, so we decided to push it as a Valentine’s Day present instead. A lot of preparations were involved from recceing the house for the best angle, as well as working out the project timeline accordingly. Cut to the chase, project was a success. Below you can see how the house looks with a single shot, with the Mike Kelley magical twilight shoot processes and lastly, the happy tears from Eric’s mom when she received the canvas.

The Sorensons left me a 5-Star review –

“Anjali, we would like to express our deep appreciation for the work you did for us. Through the wonders of social media, we found you to fulfill an everlasting memory for our mother. We contacted you from Mississippi to photograph our mother’s family home. You promptly contacted us and began working to make this come to fruition. Your professionalism in this process kept us abreast of every step you made in this venture, and produced a final product that was beyond our expectations.

Sincerely,
Eric and Melanie Sorenson”

This is my first step transitioning into commercial photography, which will include real estate and architectural photography. I am very excited with this new expansion of my photography services! 2015, bring it on!

Here again is the final image of the Sparta House in its full glory!

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  • 14 Apr ’15 - 9:50 PM

    Cyd - Wow – that sky is gorgeous! Great job! They’ll love it. 🙂

  • 24 Apr ’15 - 9:13 AM

    Vera Slayback - Turned out beautifully! This is the family home of my dear friend!!

  • 24 Apr ’15 - 11:41 AM

    Merle Feller - Beautiful! “The House That Built Me”