About Me

Award winning documentary photographer based out of Delhi

A personal note from Nikhil

" Hey there !

I am glad you are reading this. The whole website might make more sense if you read further. Here is my story.

I was a regular kid in school and liked to try new stuff. I was always scoring 75-80% in class exams and was in top 15 students in terms of study. I loved playing cricket and basketball. I loved sketching on paper using a pencil as it gave me a way to express since I was a big introvert. In 6th standard my english teacher asked me to give a speech at a competition and I got sleepless nights. But I did it eventually and didnt embarrass her. Then in my high-school I was struggling to do well in Chemistry. While I was going through this usual routine of an average school kid I knew I wanted to do arts. I kept picking on some or the other art as a hobby. In college I made a band by the name "Velvet Minion" and sang songs on stage. Yeah I had long hair and I really head banged hard.

At the same time I realized my love for travel and also animation. I figured there is only one way to live this life; follow your heart. I realized I wanted to do a lot in life. Then I went for my Masters in computer science in 2007 and my life as a student was coming to an end. I suddenly realized that i'll have to work 9-6 eventually and all this Art Dream might get shattered. A typical middle class kid hardly gets the freedom to pursue his dreams. He/She must stick to the safe path. While looking for jobs I also discovered my crazy love for Photography.

I would read magazines after magazines and do travel after travel shooting from digital camera. Oh by the way my parents never bought me a digital camera. I used to work part time and taught math to students in US. From that job I saved some money and bought a Canon S5 IS camera. I initially loved macro and shot a lot of close ups. While I was romancing with photography, the final half-year of Masters arrived. I wanted to become a lecturer as they get summer vacations. I thought I would travel completely in those vacations. Ill have more time for photography and travel. But I could not clear NET exam which is mandatory for becoming a lecturer.

So what do you think I did eventually?  Tell my parents that  "I wanted to be a full time photographer?"

No it didnt happen !   went to work at Aricent technologies as a software engineer in Dec, 2010. Yes I realized I will not be able to get out of this life ever.  I will have to work my way into this life just like any other middle class boy.

But but but !! Life found the better of me and I finally realized that my love for photography is too intense. I think it was the unsettlement in life which was not letting me be OK with all this. I went to appear for NET exam once again and cleared  it while I was working as a software engineer.  I finally quit my job in May 2013 and went for lecturer interviews. The funniest bit was that I couldn't clear a single lecturer interview and I was left with no job at all. A situation like this is poison for a 27 year old middle class boy. On one hand my family is asking  about my marriage plans and here I am without a job with a camera in hand.

HOWEVER that was my destiny !  I decided to take photography seriously and began my career as a free-lancer. I started doing weddings and picked up very quickly. My initial clients were my core support and I thank  them  till date for their trust.

I love my work and never get tired of shooting. I love observing the world in twilight. I will shoot on my DSLR or on my mobile phone. I love doing work which is challenging or that brings something refreshing into this world. If you like challenges too then we will be a successful collaboration. Get in touch with me !

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Nikhil won "100 strangers" competition in 2017 which was organized by Sigma. A total of 8,000 entries were submitted.

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He Entered top 10 in Better photography's Wedding photographer of the year 2013 (Category : Behind the Scenes)

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He bagged Second position in a Photography competition organized by Sdmimd, Karnataka in 2013.

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Nikhil also worked in a horror film produced by a Hollywood studio. He worked there as a Drone cinematographer in 2017. The film was shot in Jim Corbett National park and is due for release in 2018.

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Nikhil worked as photographer and cinematographer for a Discovery channel project in 2018. The show will be aired on Discovery channel India.

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His travel photographs have been featured so many times in Lonely planet and Conde Nast traveller

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Nikhil is sponsored by Adobe India and he gives online sessions for Adobe webinar series.