"I Always Had a Creative Edge and Passion for Photography" - Michelle David

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1. Tell us about your background and journey.

Well, I am a hardcore mountain girl from Uttarakhand. A Single child, It was beautiful to grow up in a multicultural atmosphere. My father is a garhwali Brahmin and my mother is British. I hold an MBA degree but never wanted to work in the corporate world. I always had a creative edge and passion for Photography. 

Come with 18 + years experience in my field, I started my career as an event and artist manager but kept my passion alive by doing photography projects. Since photography was what I really wanted to do so slowly and gradually got into it professionally. Since then its been a smooth and beautiful journey, God has been very kind.

2. How and when did you realize your passion for photography?

For as long as I can remember my passion for photography was ever since I was a child, in fact, I used to love holding my relative's cameras and click random images of everyone at home, when I was just 5 yrs old.

3. Is it a financially stable career?

Yes absolutely photography is a very highly paid job if done professionally.

4. What are the important skills one should have to be a successful photographer?

A photographer definitely, first of all, needs to be very imaginative, creative, patient and extremely passionate about Photography. Secondly, they need to have knowledge about the technical aspects of camera handling, lenses, lighting composition, posing.

5. Which kinds of photography do you love to do the most and why?

I simply love capturing humans be it Celebrity photography, fashion photography, model photography, Portrait photography, Pre-wedding photography, kids or Maternity Photography. I find humans very interesting, simply love meeting new people and interacting with them. 

6. What piece of advice would you like to give to future and aspiring photographers?

Well if you're passionate about Photography please follow your passion as "I truly believe If you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life". And success definitely follows. But along with passion, There are important points for beginners which need to be considered:

* Firstly - Technical knowledge is a must.

* Secondly - Always be a learner, just keep practising your photography daily.

* Thirdly - A beginner should be like a tortoise go step by step slowly, please do not invest all your hard-earned money in taking huge loans for buying highly expensive equipment. A photographer can set up a home studio with basic equipment or can start with rented studio and rented equipment, see the flow and invest wisely.

* Fourthly - A Photographer needs to have good interpersonal skills so that he/she builds good clientele relationships and gets a good flow of business.  

7. Which is your favourite book and why?

The holy 'Bible' it really guides me in my personal and professional life and has definitely made me a better human being.

Interview by - Kriti

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