Mohka Life

Day 65: Finding Your Confidence

How do y'all put up with me? I'm pretty scatter brained. I didn't even finish the Carnival shoot because I skipped Friday & Saturday. Then I got all excited about the MohkaLIFE shoot that I went ahead and posted that one on Sunday.

BUT, as promised, I will show you some behind the scenes into the process of the "blue" photo.

This particular session was the last of the day. Medhini was tired and the poor girl endured a full day of direction, requests, and worst of all -- dressing up! Energy was getting low and her face was beginning to show it. I had to find inspiration somewhere. We (Nagib & Nadia) began to throw out ideas and suggestions, but they weren't working. Finally, we knew what would rouse an emotion out of her: "Medhini, why don't you portray how you feel about this shoot? How much you dislike being made up?" Clearly this did not mean portray "anger," but it allowed her to be playful without feeling self conscious about what might look 'fashion-y' or sexy or stylish.

And then there's the addition of props, which in my case is the fabric she's playing with. The more we goofed around, the more expressive her face became. It went from goofy, to playful, to captivating.

We started with just throwing this up in the air:

Then we thought, screw it

Who needs to look fashion-y?!

Which lead to this (see the confidence growing?)

To this

And then you know what this one lead to:

Yep. The final photo. And she clearly wasn't being goofy. The difference? Her confidence. She wasn't connecting with fake scenarios. Allowing her to express something so playful enabled her to feel more comfortable and less pressured to get an amazing photo. I titled this post "finding your confidence" because all photography aside, we come across this scenario in life plenty of times. I struggle with this all the time as a photographer, partner, and individual. So while the model in front of me was finding inspiration, there was a small part of me that was doing the same.

Medhini is beautiful, but she is a student and not a model. I have learned so much working with MohkaLIFE, and it has absolutely tested me. I'm hungry for more and am so anxious to keep growing. And every once in a while, my camera will love me back ;)

I'll miss you Atlanta! Here's to my last few weeks left here...

"Familiarity is a magician that is cruel to beauty but kind to ugliness." --Maria Louise Rame, romantic nineteenth-century novelist.
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Day 64: Babies & Beauties

Aaahhh! I'm sorry! Friday and Saturday just snuck away from me, BUT to make up for it, I have really exciting things to share!!

First, we have a guest post from Meghan McFarlin. She is a new owner of a Nikon SLR and starting her photography adventures. I'm so proud of her because upon getting her camera she is learning it MANUALLY!! Major props to her because it is extremely challenging to push yourself into manual mode when you first take hold of an SLR. It actually took me a long while to stay on manual when I got my first Canon SLR (rebel xti!). I remember that I would try to learn it, but when I was around family there was SO much going on and kids were running all over, that I switched to AP mode to keep up. Eventually, I reached the point where I could stay on manual, despite my chaotic surroundings. So to those struggling with this, keep pushing -- I promise you'll get there eventually! Just keep shooting.

Now, on to her photo!

From Meghan: "This is my niece, Ella, at three weeks old. The focus is on accessories. Walk into any children's store, and you will find way more accessories for little girls than for boys. From birth, females are accessorized in a way in which boys just can't compete. From accents in their hair to toe-nail polish, women of all ages have men beat for adding a touch of personality to their outfits via accessories."

Haha. This is SO true about accessories. Shame is that I know I'll be that mother to my daughter :P Thank you Meghan!

Now, to some other exciting news. The new MohkaLIFE Who's Who is up!! And I have to say this ranks up there as one of my favorite photos. For those of you who know me, you know I've been dyyyying to do a cultural shoot with someone of Indian descent. I absolutely LOVE, love, LOVE the colors, richness in detail, and the fabrics! Aaaahhh. Now my next photography mission: An Indian Wedding!! Come on people, help me make this happen :)

And here, is the photo:

Medhini Kumar. Isn't she beautiful?! The hilarious thing is that she is a complete tomboy and hates dressing up. Now that the article is actually up, I can show you some behind the scene bloopers that resulted into this photo. Check out the spread for the rest of the pictures! Let me know what you think! I love feedback -- and that includes critiques.

Okay, okay... I'll give you an idea of what we were up to:

Till' next time~
To participate in my 100 day challenge, submit your photo representing your interpretation of "feminine" and about a paragraph describing your interpretation to -- Read more about it here.

Day 41: Mohka Life

I wish I wasn't posting this late because I am so excited to share it... but that's been the story of my life lately -- getting home past 11 p.m.

So. You wanna know?

Back in December I was approached about a fashion movement that some individuals were creating for Emory University. Clearly Emory is not only where I work, but where I went to school. This "fashion movement" is basically an online magazine that would encourage Emory students to be exposed to trends, current entertainment, who's who, and you know.. that kind of stuff that Emory isn't. After this meeting, then after this whole project has developed, I was asked to be the Director of Photography.

I absolutely LOVE being challenged to a new form of photography: fashion. And let me tell you, one taste and I was in. While I'm obsessed over babies, couples, weddings, and people in general -- there's something SO amazing about creating a mood. I suppose it's the filmmaker inside of me, guiding a trained "actor" (i.e. model) in a scene, with a make-up artist, a specific concept, and great lighting.

Unfortunately, right as this project is launching T-O-D-A-Y, I am months from leaving Atlanta. *sigh* And here it is folks... I present to you MOHKA LIFE. Check the magazine out!!!

And this was the result of my experience:

That's a taste of the photoshoot -- hope you enjoyed :) After opening these doors, I'm just hoping I can explore them even more in Arizona. This is definitely my cup of tea...

What do you think?

"I, who fall short in managing my own affairs, can see just how it would profit my neighbor if I managed his." -Anne Ellis, far-sighted frontierswoman
To participate in my 100 day challenge, submit your photo representing your interpretation of "feminine" and about a paragraph describing your interpretation to -- Read more about it here.