Happy New Year

Happy new year to all my family, friends and clients. It feels weird to differentiate between those last two groups of people in my life since many of my clients have become wonderful friends.  2011 came and went by quickly. My son, now 18 months old, made sure I didn’t sit in one place too long.

Last year was an interesting year for me. My self-imposed hiatus from large jobs so I could spend quality time with my son ended and I was met with zero inquiries. A full year off and out of the ‘game’ was going to be more difficult to bounce back from than I had originally anticipated. I can say now that it was one of the best life decisions I’ve ever made. To be home and focus on the family, watch my son grow as I fed him breakfast every morning and read him stories every night, it was the most rewarding thing I’ve done. In hindsight however it probably wasn’t the best business decision as things were very slow when I opened my calendar during the summer.

Things starting picking up towards the end of the year which was a good sign for 2012. I have a couple of weddings on the calendar and plan on working with a few new photographers this year. Anoop Shah Photography will be expanding the services that it offers. We will be adding more corporate based services as our clients in that area expands and potentially adding more portrait options. We will be bringing up a new website and integrating the blog with it so we have one simple and elegant look.

Here’s to a new year, may your journeys be as rewarding as your destinations.

-Anoop

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Pretty Little Details

Pretty Little Details is a fresh and innovative event planning and coordination company based in central New Jersey. Infused with years of experience and cultural flavors that span the globe, they provide a unique perspective on all manner of events like corporate parties and weddings. I had an opportunity to do some promotional imagery for them as well as some head shots. We did this in the middle of December in New Jersey so you can imagine how cold it was outside. The ladies were amazing throughout the day. I’d like to thank Georgios Afionas for his help with set staging and taking some behind the scenes video as well as Randy Bondurant for his assistance with lighting, set staging and trying to make my crazy ideas actually work. Here’s some images from the day.

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Sarju P. – Maternity

I had the opportunity to photograph a great friend who is expecting her first child. She was beautiful and lasted an entire day of shooting. Maternity shoots like these are great when mommy-to-be and baby are energetic and willing to try everything.

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Neeta K. – Headshot

Neeta needed a picture of herself for her residency applications. Originally she was told these pictures had to be similar to a passport picture. Boring, I know, but she had to do what her advisor suggested. She chose to use the passport picture we took of her in 2009. But wait a minute! She later found out other applicants were using more stylized headshots - some even glamor shots from high school!!! So for her next round of applications we shot something less clinical and with a little bit more style. We purposefully avoided making it too casual or glam and kept it a bit more professional. I tossed in a picture I took from her graduation because our family is really proud of her accomplishments.

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June & Tony – Wedding

It’s been more than a year since I last worked a wedding. As I come back into this amazing line of work I’ve decided to learn new styles and techniques. Part of learning is working with other great photographers as an assistant or associate photographer. Last week I had the opportunity to work with Stavros from Otheos Media at June and Tony’s wedding. This was one of those laid back relaxed wedding that I love to shoot. It was a beautiful day on the beach at Merri Makers in Sea Bright, NJ. Here are some of my favorites captured as an associate wedding photographer that day.

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