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Rashmi Pappu - Portrait & Editorial Photographer
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Photographer | Blogger
Photographer | Blogger

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A letter to my daughters looking into the future, when they actually like boys. Seven points that might help them in their future relationships.

http://bit.ly/1le9q5Z
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Got a chance to work with the wonderful Kelly D'Amboise. Whether you know a little, a lot or naught (me) about wine, you must subscribe to her blog!
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How to be a better student and a better teacher in the game of life. | Rashmi Pappu http://ow.ly/uY0oJ
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+Seth Godin 's post today really had me thinking. I have found it hard to pick up the camera the last couple of months... sometimes wondering if it is just like the clarinet he talks about. As public a persona as I might seem, I am insanely private. I don't share much of what goes on in my life and that sometimes translates to work that is held back from being 100% of what it should be, almost to safe. Lots to think about.

http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2014/03/not-even-one-note.html

Here is one of my favourite images from 2013.
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Last May I won a trip to Florence, Italy for a week via Italian Fix. As part of the trip, there was a photography workshop component hosted by Leela Cyd. These two women are such generous, humble, inspiring, kind ladies. Quite literally the workshop and trip changed the course of my life, of what I wanted to do, the kind of work I wanted to make (or not make). I can never thank them enough.
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The gift (and sometimes burden) that photographers share is their obsession with light.
Sometimes I wish I didn't care and that I could just take a snapshot and be done with it. Being fixated on the light and composition leads to missed moments for me. It can be very frustrating. But the gift of it is being able to see the light, in the doorway when someone opens the door to welcome you, making hair golden in the setting sun, hitting the glass bottles just so. 

As I was leaving Roya's home yesterday (see previous photo), this caught my eye. Have a beautiful weekend everyone.
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Absolutely love the new children's jewelry line by local, talented designer +Ruth Barzel . The birthstone necklaces are absolutely beautiful!

http://ruthbarzel.blogspot.com/

#oldtownalexandria  #jewelry #alexandriaVA  #ruthbarzel  
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Maybe this is a method already but my approach to making a head shot or portrait of a woman is to do at least a 10 minute warm up first. During this time, I am shooting but not really with the intention of getting anything usable. I am mainly :
1. Work out my nerves (powerful, beautiful women make me feel nervous)
2. Getting the client used to the click, practice a good jaw line with them, warm them up with conversation. 99% of women are not comfortable being in front of the camera. Giving them direction (chin, what to do with arms etc is critical to make them feel confident in the photographer's abilities.. and that translates to them relaxing a little bit).

So really it is in the last 5-10 minutes that we make the photos that will be used. The chatting and talking is to put them (and me) at ease and also to find out what they do. Nearly everyone has a fascinating job and I love to hear about their career and I add them to my metal Rolodex for the next time a client or friend is looking for someone who specializes in what they do. I guess you can call that networking.

This is Roya Ferdows, she is a life coach, a personal trainer and a stylist. So stylish, beautiful and confident and I am sure her clients all love working with her.

#headshot  #headshotphotography   #bethesdaMD     #oldtownalexandria     #alexandriaVA   #rashmipappu
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Newborn babies are fascinating little chaps but I have to say I am always drawn to the older sibling first. I figure the newborn really won't remember anything, but the older brother or sister will remember that I spent time chatting with them or playing Calico Critters or Legos with them while the baby was being taken care of by her parents.

It is so important to take that 15-20 minutes with the older sibling, because then later, when you ask if you can make a photo with them holding 'their' baby, they will be happy to oblige. 

PS: You will find a large print of this photograph in the offices of the best midwives in town at +BirthCare & Women's Health on King St. If you are looking for an alternative option to a hospital birth, I highly recommend Marsha Jackson (CNM) and her team of midwives. They are dedicated, professional and loving... the best of the best.
#newbornphotography     #oldtownalexandria     #alexandriaVA     #rashmipappu   
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