Indian bridal inspired shoot with my buddy Sheryl

Indian bridal inspired shoot with my buddy Sheryl

“There are some people in life that make you laugh a little louder, smile a little bigger, and just live a little bit better.” – unknown

Sheryl, a close friend of mine from high school, recently lent me her time to be photographed.  Nowadays, she is a model, government worker, and celebrity in the Indian community in Ottawa.  But, in our teens, we spent a lot of time together. I was blessed to have a handful of close friends in my earlier years, and when I think back to them, she was often standing beside me during my best memories.  Sheryl and I met in grade 10, and throughout all of high school and some of university we were intertwined in each others lives. She introduced me to Indian food (which to this day I am still obsessed with!), broadened my horizon with of the world of beauty and fashion, and joined me in making quirky jokes. I still laugh at the photos we took together turning chemistry lessons into nerdy poses. I can see now that my love for photography was just starting to grow back then.

When Raadhaa, the amazing makeup and hair stylist, suggested having Sheryl model for an Indian bridal shoot, I was all in. Sheryl has always been strikingly beautiful person. She stands out in crowds and turns heads. She is also a great model – a perfect choice for our shoot. Together, Raadhaa and Sheryl planned outfits and Raadhaa transformed Sheryl into an Indian bride.

Raadhaa is amazing at makeup and Sheryl’s skin is so smooth that I had to do very little skin retouching for these photos. I absolutely loved the look Raadhaa created and Sheryl looked amazing in Red and Gold.  Sheryl can’t take a bad photo, so this shoot was super easy for me. I think we spent most of the time catching up and maybe ten minutes shooting.

I used a one light in a clam shell set up. I wanted a soft and even light to capture the look. I choose a soft brown paper background that complimented Sheryl’s skin tone but did not subtract from it. I used my older camera, a Canon 6D and a Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens. It was an absolute pleasure working with these two ladies.

To see more of their work:

Sheryl: @sherylsbagga (IG)

Raadhaa: @radiantbyraadhaa (IG)


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