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Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder... And portraying this through my eyes is what I do. I see what you never thought of yourself to be, I will showcase what the world never thought you had within.
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Our readers would love to get to know you more Sourav. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
Sourav is an India based Photographer and Retoucher. He is into fashion and editorial photography. It all started 6 years ago when he felt the need to find an outlet to translate his pains, dreams, and imagination. And then, photography happened to him. For him, it has always been about capturing something better and beautiful than reality. Romance, love, desolation, sensitivity, and pain are what drives him to photography. His images are just like his dreams. And just like his dreams, he only shares what touches him.
In addition to his passion towards photography, Sourav is also the founder of GlamFlame.net and Software Engineer. He also works as a professional digital marketer for a couple of leading restaurants and production houses in Bangalore, India
Sourav, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
When I was a kid the only thing which used to fascinate me was our tiny little black and white TV. Everything used to look so beautiful to me in that tiny little box, something better than reality. And since I was searching for a magic wand to create something better than reality. My search came to an end when my father gifted me a digital camera. It was a Kodak C190 and the beginning of an amazing ride.
It was not easy for me to become a professional photographer as no one from my family or friend circle belong to such creative profession. Secondly, it was the learning. After my graduation, I started working as a full time IT engineer to support myself and my family. It was not possible for me to join a photography school. But then I started organizing workshops with international photographers in India. It was a turning point in my life. Later I started doing it professionally under the brand name of GlamFlame Workshop. I wasn't making a lot of money but I was learning a lot about photography for sure that too from world-class mentors. I have learned so much from photographers like Alexey Dovgulya and Hartmut Norenberg. Later the vision grows, I left my full-time job and jumped into it with my both legs in.
Currently, I am focusing more on my startup glamflame.net and in enhancing my skills every day.
Who is your inspiration in life Sourav? How do you keep inspired?
People like Chase Jarvis, Pratik Naik, julia kuzmenko inspire me everyday.
To be honest it's really difficult to stay motivated. There are a lot of distractions in life. I try my best to keep myself focused and surround myself with positive and like-minded people. I read a lot of photography blogs and discover a new photographer every day.
We all make mistakes Sourav, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Photographer, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Once I did a shoot for a local film producer. He is an influential person. He promised me to make the full payment right after the shoot but he never made the payment. He took all the raw files saying "I need to have a back up". I had to pay my make up artist and stylist from my own pocket. It was a disastrous feeling and frustrating too.
Since then I started keeping everything in my email and confirm a job only after receiving the advance. No matter whoever the client is.
Sourav, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
I have packages. Before taking a job I try my best to make my clients clearly understand about the final deliveries and about the quality of works, which is directly proportional to the package they are choosing.
Moreover, shooting is easy for me, what difficult is the post-processing. It takes an insane amount of time to ensure quality while retouching the images. In case I am loaded with a good number of client with the top packages then I outsource the retouching/post-processing jobs to the real good artist.
Please tell us Sourav, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
I am stumped here. it's really difficult for me to meet all my top priorities. As there are so many things which are equally important that it's really difficult to even decide which one is actually the number one on the priority list. As in, you need to constantly market yourself as a photographer while ensuring business and new customers every day plus meeting the deadlines in terms of delivering the projects to the existing customers.
Sourav, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
Once I did a campaign shoot for a boutique and they didn't have a great budget for the models. After a few rounds of discussions, we all realized that the campaign is not going to work with the existing set of models. The shoot was about to get postponed but then I came up with an idea. As they are into handloom products I made them realize that we don't need pretty fancy models for this shoot. Instead, we can shoot with their existing customers keeping the overall theme to something very natural and raw. It took some of my efforts but then they got convinced. I did a shoot with a bunch people of varied ages and colors. There were a lot of imperfection in the models/pictures but it turned out to be a perfect and highly beneficial campaign for them as I knew it would.
Sourav please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
Sourav, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Never stop learning and brushing up your skills.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands, and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes, for fashion and beauty brands
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