Children’s Portrait Session at Waltham, MA

I shot this mini family session in Waltham, MA last fall. It was one of the most fun portrait sessions I’ve ever shot. By the time we were done, the Shahs and I were pretty exhausted from all the running around. I am thinking of offering these sessions again this spring/summer, so if you are interested in having some quirky, offbeat family portraits shot, get in touch. Email me at nitya@nityaraophotography.com for information on availability and pricing.

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New Year’s Eve 2013 at Freedom Park, Bengaluru

Pictures made on New Year’s Eve, ’13 at Freedom Park, Bengaluru, in connection with the Delhi gang rape case.

So much has been said on this case, but one repeatedly highlighted theme was the absence of male voices/opinion on the issue – that the focus should be on educating young boys and men on how they should treat women.

On Dec. 31, 2012 some friends asked if I wanted to accompany them to a candlelight protest at Freedom Park, Bengaluru. There were only about ten to fifteen people when we got there, but it was encouraging to see that they were all young men. They said they had been marking their protest there everyday since the rape had occurred. These men weren’t there to be seen or raise slogans of any kind. It was clear they had all been deeply moved by the incident.

Scenes like this give me hope for India. The newshounds among you might think these are dated, but for me they will always be relevant.

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Nandini and Nico’s Wedding Brunch, Bangalore, India

Intimate, backyard weddings are my favorite kind. I loved every bit of this shoot – the amazing attention to detail, the DIY, Etsy-ishness of it. We were in Byappanahalli, Bangalore, but this could have been Boothbay, Maine and you wouldn’t have known.

Also interesting to me is how EVERY SINGLE PERSON at this gathering is so damn beautiful. Like the sort of thing you’d see in a piece on the ‘new India’ in Vogue. Wedding photography can be REALLY interesting if you treat it like it is visual anthropology.

and THAT is my random thought for the week. Have fun with this! I know I did!

  • Moumita Ghoshal - Beautiful, Nitya! Makes you wish you were there! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • chaitra - Steady hand & great lighting!ReplyCancel

  • Teresa Sansom - Congratulations on your beautifull Wedding, may you have a long life together! Your cousin Teresa Sansom (from South Africa)ReplyCancel

  • Shiv - Hi – these are stunning! i chanced upon these when I was looking for something else entirely – any chance you could let me know whether the location is available for rent, or is it a private location?ReplyCancel

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Postcards from a family holiday in Rajasthan

Took a trip to Rajasthan, India, with my family after the LONGEST time in Dec. ’12 and really, REALLY enjoyed myself. Left all the fancy photo gear at home and took just an old, mildew-y Nikon D50 with a chipped lens and my cellphone.

Felt free. Broke rules. Was shameless and shot only JPEGS in ‘P’ mode. Realized, sometimes, these gadgets know what they are doing.

Our first stop was Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. Guided tours are by cycle rickshaw only. Our guides were knowledgable, enthusiastic and made the experience thoroughly enjoyable.

cormorant.

Sarus Cranes

Sarus Cranes at Bharatpur bird sanctuary. The world’s tallest flying bird. Symbols of marital fidelity.

the jetlagged bru and i

No relation. At Fatehpur Sikri

Sound and light show at Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

Hawa Mahal, Jaipur. Glorified wall.

Amer Fort, Jaipur

Christmas celebrations at Amer Fort, Jaipur

Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

Noon at Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

Jantar Mantar: learning to read the time using ancient sun dials

The road to Nahargarh

View of Jaipur from Nahargarh fort

nahargarh fort

Inside joke

Manvar desert camp

Camel ride at sunrise in the Thar

Mehrangarh, Jodhpur

Mehrangarh, Jodhpur

Mehrangarh, Jodhpur

Mehrangarh, Jodhpur

Mehrangarh, Jodhpur: View from the cradle room

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Boston Pakistani Wedding: MONA + NAIF – Nikah

I had the opportunity to photograph a gorgeous Pakistani wedding at The Lantana in Randolph, MA recently. As weddings go, south Asian wedding ceremonies are a DREAM opportunity for any photojournalist. They present a wonderful mix of color and chaos. And the blend of emotions on display – let’s just say there aren’t enough iphone emoticons to illustrate the range one gets to see at these events 🙂

My hope is for these pictures to make you FEEL. Feel the rush that Mona feels when she looks at herself in the mirror. Feel her nervousness as she walks down the aisle. The exhaustion when the couple poses for the gazillionth family portrait! And the bitter sweetness of leaving one family for another. If the last few pictures leave a lump in your throat, that, for me at least, is a job well done.

Of course, these pictures wouldn’t be what they are without all the people who populate them. So a MASSIVE thank you to the Habibs and Nassers who were both super welcoming! Also, big thanks to Jennifer of Aphrodite Wedding Photography, my second shooter on the day.

  • sana - Hi,

    This is for my sisters wedding in Long Island NY on August 15,2014.

    Can you please provide details of different packages you offer?ReplyCancel

    • admin - Hi Sana,

      Sorry I am just seeing this. Emailing me through my contact form on the website at nitya@nityaraophotography.com is the best way to reach me for pricing information. Thanks!ReplyCancel

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