WomenInTheValley – Natasha

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Natasha and I connected a few months back and she said to me, “Abhi, this is something I have been planning to do for a long time and never really was able to find the time, but now I am ready.”

If you know Natasha, she has the softest voice and gentlest demeanour. She is a doctor by trade (though she can totally be a model) and usually never wears makeup. She said to me, “I would love to have portraits done but I don’t know how to pose in front of the camera,” and I said, don’t worry Natasha, that’s my job. I am glad she took me up on the offer as she literally blossomed in front of my camera.

This is how she came in the door. Isn’t she beautiful?

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After we did her hair and makeup and me posing her :-

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I love her attitude of gratitude. In a world when most of us are counting things which we do not posses. Natasha says, “There is so much to be Thankful for in my life. My parents will always be the wind beneath my wings and today it’s my hope that I have made them proud. My partner in wine, food, raising kids and Game of Thrones! My confidante and best buddy, Sandeep my better half for the past 13 years and counting. My pillar of strength who has stood by me through thick and thin. I love him with all my heart. I am so lucky to have two adorable munchkins .The amount of time, patience, energy needed to raise them just unbelievable but so worth it. Last but not the least my brother and in-laws who have always been so very supportive.”

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She derives her strength from accepting her mistakes, amending them and moving forward. How many of us are open to doing that?

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Her Philosophy in life is, “Live and Let Live. Help others, truly listen to people, be empathetic and make the person in front of you feel better. “

It was only natural that I photograph her with flowers.

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Thank You, Natasha for letting me photograph you, your beauty and your essence! It has been a privledge to work with you, know you and hear your thoughts on making the world a better place one person at a time!

I loved creating these portraits with you, for you!

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“The portrait for me is to capture the essence of the moment which will never come back. To capture a part of me which I never knew existed.” ~Natasha Devdas

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Women in the Valley – Rosetta

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I am not a writer but I read somewhere if you want to get good at something you do it consistently and one day you WILL get good at it!

While I still have doubts about my writing skills, I am passionate about this single cause, I want to celebrate each and every single woman on the planet (yeah I know, huge ask) but then baby steps I say to myself – Baby steps!

Today in the series of celebrating women, I want to shine the spotlight on Rosetta.

Her website :- www.rchow.MyRandF.com

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People often ask me what do I do, and there is a short answer which is “I am a portrait photographer”  and a long answer. I could go on and on with the long answer but to put in a nutshell “I want the everyday women, the moms, the sisters, the grandmoms and girls to see (to really see) how exceptional, intelligent, strong and beautiful they truly are. And I want the people around them to see that their true beauty lies in their resilience, their character, their integrity and not the shape of their body, the size of clothes they wear or the color of their skin.” And to show that, I chose this profession, I want everyday women to come and experience a celebrity style photo-shoot. With all the other factors taken out of the equation when you see yourself in a picture which looks like it belongs on the covers of a magazine – You Change ! You Shift ! You confidence grows multi-folds and then something amazing happens – The people around you start to shift !

Rosetta is a Rodan + Fields Skin consultant and we created these images not just for her social media but also for her to show to her customers, how truly these products work. I love her dedication to her cause as she has been using these products for years now and and you can see how amazing her skin looks in this un-retouched photo …

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“I believe that my strength comes from within. The knowledge of knowing that I can change someone’s life for the better is what keeps me going and makes me confident to share and make connections with people. I think one downfall I have is being able to take compliments better when people give them to me. I feel that many people also have this downfall. When we give someone a complement like “oh I love your dress you’re wearing”. What’s usually the response? ” oh this old dress or “I’ve worn it many times before”. Instead of just saying “thank you or thank you for the compliment”. This is something I know I have to work on.”

Well Rosetta, I would say this is something we all may have to work on because as women, we are taught from childhood to be submissive, humble, self-effacing! Not anymore I say, not anymore… lets change so that we can be confident in our skin, aware of our talents and Proud of them !

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“Do not ever feel bad about being a confident strong positive woman. As women we need to embrace our confidence. There is a big difference in being confident and being self-centered.” ~ Rosetta Chow

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Women in the Valley | Sixty is Fabulous!

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Phyllis is an inspiration to me personally. She is sixty years old and fabulous! I could not believe that she had never – ever had her portraits done (well as far back as she could remember)! She was an air-hostess and is retired now but she has travelled to countries I have only dreamed of going to one day.

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So needless to say I had to get her to come into the studio. She was so excited by the idea of her own magazine style shoot, that to my delight, she immediately said “Yes, lets do this!” Her energy is contagious, its hard not be with her in the same room and not be affected by it.

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She also was celebrating her personal achievement, which to me is awesome. Anyone who knows me knows that I have struggled with weight half my life. It goes down and goes back up… typical yo-yo of a plus sized person. Well, she was 60-70 pounds heavier than what she is right now. She told me, she decided one day that she is not going to be a plus sized woman anymore and that day she started walking… just walking. She ate right and walked, walked every two hours around our neighbourhood for 15 mins (15 mins every two hours.)

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I see her walking when its hot and sunny and not even a fly would venture out, she walks with her hat. When its raining she walks with an umbrella. With sheer determination she not only achieved her target but went past it, but that didnt stop her, I still see her walking everyday – “Its become a way of life for me now.” (she tells me)

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She taught me that age is just a number in your head and no matter what your goals are if you set a target and march straight to it, you will achieve success.

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Isn’t she beautiful?

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Portrait Shoot | Prachi

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Prachi is a long time friend. She is one of those kindred spirits whom you meet and can form an instant connection with. When I met Prachi, we were at the same stage of our lives, recently married and moved across the Pacific looking forward to the start of a new chapter in our lives and what a journey has it been so far!

Prachi is multi-talented ~ she excels in her corporate job, volunteers at schools and has a passion for food.

She has these classical good looks and got this red dress which took me instantly into old world portraits and I had to try these ….

And the light was as beautiful as the model that afternoon

I asked Prachi to give me 5 fun facts about her which people generally dont know of. Here is what she had to say ….

1. I have a naughty side that very few know of.

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2. I am an “equalist”, not a feminist.

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3. I am a problem solver – be it technical or otherwise.

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4. Cooking is my stress buster. Baking brings out the creative side of me.

5. I will do anything to get a good cup of coffee 😀

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The experience of an Abhishikhaa Bhadouriya Portrait Session  in Prachi’s words :

“I am an Indian woman in her mid 30s. Culturally, taking care of myself always come last! There’s always something or someone to take care of.  But I am also a woman of this century, so I am learning to put myself ahead  – and that was what I did with this glam photo shoot.

I wanted a day that is not like any other day, a day where I could do something I don’t normally do, a day where I could be edgy, glamorous, sexy all at once. It was a day where I pushed the envelope and tried out a very glam make up and hair and trendy wardrobe – the whole shebang – and guess what, it was hot.

I felt pampered and naughty and sexy, and I gotta tell you, the look on my family’s faces when I returned told me it was all worth it. Thank you, Abhi! “

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