Saturday, August 20, 2016

Wedding Inquiry - How To Write An Email To Wedding Photographer

A few days back I was part of online discussion of wedding photographers. An agitated photographer was ranting about an email he had received. The email was a wedding inquiry from a perspective client. He was in the bcc list of the sender. Photographer are emotional peeps. He was feeling offended in a way because it was addressed to him specially with all the standard elements of praise of the photographer. I think I can resonate with the thoughts what he was feeling. In-fact many photographers commented that they have received the same email as he had shared the screenshot of email hiding email and contact details of sender. In a matter a minutes the so many photographer came on-board of the thread

So why did the client send such emails. Why would a couple send an email to multiples photographers putting everyone in bcc or sometimes even in to list. Probably they are saving their time to send email to all the photographers. They wanted to check with multiple photographers about their offers which is fine. I think the approach can be little different. Lets try to see how ?

  1. Avoid sending exact same emails word to word.
  2. Don't use bcc/to list for sending emails.
  3. Avoid fancy praise of the photographer about how much you love his work. Be honest and praise only if you genuinely do. Photographer do sense that.
  4. Don't be too precise by sending one liners about packages or pricing.
  5. Share about when, where and what events you want it to be covered
  6. To engage or create interest for photographer, let him know how you find him/her. What aspect of his photography you liked or may be just share a line or two about the couple.
Photographers :

For photographers, even if they get not so friendly emails. They should try to take it calmly and understand that its okay to receive once in a while such email. Be professional and start conversation on email with relevant question about events, dates and/or about the couple. At the end of the day, it is still an inquiry and we value that.



Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Traffic Besides Me

As I walk down the street on the footpath the noise of the traffic is passing uninterrupted through my ears. The vehicles running down the streets are trying get my attention with their head lights. But somehow they are unable to do so. There is a pleasant numbness in my body which usually is not the case. This is my regular 10 mins daily walk from office to home. I took a major decision in the office today. Is it the affect of what happened today in the office ? or I am just too exhausted to feel anything around me. I am able to move forward without any effort. It is so confusing. Who he was, who  just passed by me and said "Hello" with a smile. Why I just stared at him without emotions. Before I could react or understand, we just crossed each other. I don't remember if I knew him. But it seems he knew me well !

It is starting to drizzle very slowly. Drops of water are running down my face. Everyone around me has an umbrella but I am not carrying one. Why I should be carrying an umbrella ? It is an unexpected drizzle at an unexpected time of the year. Guess what I forgot my laptop in office. That is the only thing I carry daily. How can I forget that. But I am finally just few steps away from my building now. I just need to cross this road. This heavy traffic is unusual but I will be able to cross. I don't know when I stepped out of the footpath and I am on the road from nowhere. I stood puzzled and could not react. The light of the traffic pierced through my eyes. The sound of horns rushing from  one ear to the another. Suddenly someone pulled me back to the footpath or may be I instinctively did that. Damn ! I was about to run over by that speeding bus. I wanted to thank the unknown but couldn't. May be I was blinded by headlights or I was just panic stricken. I saw a silhouette just mingled into the crowd. It was strange. I don't know when I crossed the road with a thought on why I couldn't see that stranger. All of sudden I was on the other side of the road. The road that divide the world into two halves was still busy. I am now on the other side of the road, in-front of my building. The drizzle had stopped. The breeze has almost dried my face. The skin of my face was cold but clean. My office and the road was behind me as I entered my building.

There was no one in the corridor. There was no one in the lift not even the security guard. I could hear the my own steps. The sound of me walking. As I was fumbling with my door key. I could hear a faint sound of a child crying or sobbing or may be I was assuming. As the door opened, it was a child sobbing and talking to someone. I moved closer to that room to see what was happening. The sobbing child was my son. He was talking to the picture in his hand. He was sobbing "why did you leave me papa !" .. and I just smiled and said "hey I am back !". But he didn't notice me in the room. I slowly went close to him. Gently tried to take that picture away from him but I couldn't. I tried to talk with him but he was not responding. My face was wet again but this time it was with sweat or may it was always a sweat. "Oh I think I am in a bad dream .." "I need to wake up" In-spite of my efforts I am still in that dream. I need to talk to my son but I couldn't. May be it is not a dream !

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

How To Bring Focus Back Into Our Lives

How To Bring Focus Back Into Our Lives

So many times we end up tired and exhausted at the end of the day. We wondered what did we achieved and there are many days when are just exhausted mentally. We find issues in our time management and setting priorities. But there is one thing which goes unnoticed which add to the feeling of unfruitful day. Most of us are lacking focus in our daily lives. We are not able to focus on the present moment in whatever we are doing any given moment of time. Our mind is constantly wandering from one thought to the other. Its normal for our mind to wander. But we need to build an ability to focus on the present moment. It helps us to focus fully on task in our hand. We not only enjoy more whatever we are doing but as we can focus better, we end up doing it more efficiently. We will real happiness when we internally we know we given our best shot.

Let me share few simple tips on how to bring focus back into our lives

  1. Meditation & Mindfulness : Start your day with simply focusing on your breath. Try to do first thing in the morning. Spending 10-20 minutes is not a big ask on your own well being. You mind will wander when you meditate but bring back your attention to the "feeling" of breath through your nose. Don't be judgmental and guilty about mind wandering during meditation. Its normal just gently bring back your focus to breathing.
  2. Smartphone : Smartphones have become integral part of our lives. But they are major distractions as well. Turn of those notifications from various apps. We have become use of diverting our focus to those notifications. Our mind has become accustomed to frequently diverting to our phones.
  3. Internet : Internet is a biggest time consumer today. Refrain from staying always in on mode. Don't check email first thing in the morning. Have designated time for checking email or social media accounts.
  4. Enjoy your food : Make sure you enjoy your food and you are not distracted towards any conversations, thoughts or television. Feel the food you are eating in terms of taste, texture and chewing of food. You are focus on the food. It is a sort of meditation.
  5. Music : Listen to music to calm down and relax. Identify the instruments playing in a song. Enjoy the rhythm.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Front and Top View of Taj Lake Palace Udaipur

Front View of Taj Lake Palace Udaipur from Pichola Lake
Top View of Taj Lake Palace Udaipur from City Palace.

One of the biggest perks of destination wedding photographer is you tend to visit exotic as well beautiful remote corners of the world. This keeps the life interesting as a photographer.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Top 5 Make Up Brands Available Online In India

Statistics says that annual sale of makeup products in India is around $170 Billion. Lakme, L’Oreal, Revlon, Maybelline, etc. are the best selling make up brands in India. Endorsements of these beauty brands play significant role in enticing women clan and persuading them to invest in these products. Women are hard to separate from Make Up products.
These days, women are smart enough to know their skin types such as Oily, Dry, Normal, Sensitive, and Combination. For any product to bring best results on your skin, you need to consider the type while buying.
There are countless brands available in India. Few of them are ruling Indian cosmetic market. Set forth are the best 5 brands in Make Up products:
  1. Lakme: Lakme is a profound name that was founded in year 1952. Since then, it has been ruling Indian market without any hitch. Regardless of any new brand that comes up on the shore with its influential offerings, Lakme will always be the first choice of Indian women. Holding fast to the tastes and preferences of the buyers, Lakme has periodically launched most amazing products in Indian market. With their Lakme Absolute collection, they have set a new benchmark for all its competitors in the market.
  2. Revlon: Revlon is the first international brand to touch the Indian market with its grand assortment of makeup products. Women are fond of investing in Revlon lipsticks, nail paints, eye shadow, liners, mascaras and face cosmetics as these are the all-time hot selling products by the brand. The range offered by Revlon is relatively expensive than Lakme, yet it enjoys a lot of business in Indian market. It is ranked among 5 best selling brands in India and overseas.
  3. L’Oreal: Considering the fame of L’Oreal Paris brand among foreigners, the craze between Indian women is no less. L’Oreal has launched idyllic collection in Professional Hair Range, introducing best salon shampoos and conditioners. Other than hair care collection, face and skin care products by L’Oreal are also accumulating a lot of positive reception.
  4. Amway: The success graph of Amway in Indian market has seen many ups and downs. Amway is delivering excellence to Indian households for more than 50 years. They have launched a wide spectrum of Skin and Beauty products. Amway has always been far away from the competition, given the fact that there products are never available at retail stores. You can buy Amway collection only from their executives. Attitude and Artistry is the high-end skin and beauty collection by Amway that has been liked by Indian customers a lot.
  5. Maybelline: Maybelline New York, ever since this brand has knocked Indian market, it has been accepted warmly. Be it the Diamond Shine lipstick collection or the lately launched eye tattoos, every product has made progress in Indian market. It is also among the luxury brands that are available in India. The Colossal Kajal and volume express mascara by Maybelline have made tremendous success in India.
( This is a sponsored post authored by Shahid Ali )


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