Each Day Brings New Opportunities - Ayushi Chouksey

1. Tell us about your background and journey.

My name is Ayushi Chouksey and I am 24 years old. I am from Chhindwara, a small hill station in Madhya Pradesh. Currently, I have been in Mumbai for the past 4 years. I am a fashion blogger and a photographer and also an entrepreneur. My journey as a photographer was just not in the picture, I feel it was meant to come along my way. 

This all started when I was doing my Fashion styling Course from NIFT (Mumbai). We had a subject of photography as well and that is when I first got my camera and started learning out of zero interest. 

I was a person who had great chemistry with the camera as I use to love getting clicked but never wanted to be on the other side. Slowly I started learning and gained interest. Since then I have never left-clicking. I still using the same camera for 4 years as it’s very special to me.

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

Soon when I started clicking, I started looking at the world from a different perspective. I used to love clicking people when they naturally smiled. It uses to give me immense content when I see them feeling good about themselves after making them feel that they are beautiful in their own way. 

I still remember once clicking one of my college mates randomly and everyone loved that picture but for me, it was capturing the emotion more than the picture. College ended and still, I never stopped clicking it when I realized it was not for scoring grades but I genuinely enjoyed it. 

I started posting on my Instagram and people started appreciating and could connect to what I clicked. I feel a picture is enough to tell an emotion with pin-drop silence and that’s where my heart belongs. Being a solitude person Photography gave me immense peace and I still am thankful for this thing entering my life.

3. What are some tips you would like to share with amateur photographers?

Be yourself. Make sure when you click it’s not commercial. I feel if you feel something while clicking, some emotion is going behind when you press the button it will reach your audience. Photography is the most beautiful form of finding yourself so do it out of love, click with a smile. It’s a memory made eternal.

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

One must have a clear vision while clicking which is the biggest skill to master. Don’t just click anything and everything. Everything can be learned but not creativity. So keep racking your brains, get inspired by everything, and come out with your own story. What people lack is creativity and being genuine in art.

5. What are the various opportunities available for aspiring photographers?

There are tons of opportunities out in the market from Instagram competitions to Photowalks worldwide too. I believe participation is a must to brush the skills. 

Every day is an opportunity, even if you don’t get the desired opportunity as you look for, don’t stop creating art. Some day it will be noticed, don't lose hope, successful people don’t have a smooth story to tell the world. No success comes without a pinch of salt.

6. Which is your favorite book and why?

My favorite book is “Who says you can’t, you can”. Every possible positive thought is available in that book to lead life. Whenever I feel down or demotivated I simply switch to my book and feel peaceful. 

I strongly believe Art is never developed where peace doesn’t reside so it’s best when you have a friend like that. Photography teaches a lot on how to live life foo, from behind patient to being focused, what else can a nonliving beauty teach us better than a camera.

- Ayushi Chouksey , Photographer

- Interviewed by Shilpy Sharan

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