Short story: To check out some of my work, you can visit my photography website: asyatabdili.com
Long story: When I was 12 years old I picked up my grandfather's film DSLR and started shooting. Within months I was addicted and would daydream about photography /photoshoot ideas all day long while in class. In those days a day didn't go by without me shooting -- anything and everything, I was compelled to capture the essence of it all.
Four years later (and probably 1+ million clicks) my mentor at the time said to me: You know, Asya, you're really quite good at this. You could get paid to take photos. A couple weeks later a client was handing me my first check. For the next years I specialized in lifestyle portrait photography but also shot for weddings, magazines, newspapers, exhibitions, even famous musicians and actors.
Fast forward 10+ years later and I still shoot for pleasure or for that one client that has turned into family, but certainly not as much as I did when I was a teenager. But when I do shoot, I instantly remember the magic of what drew my to photography in the first place. For me, photography has given me my eyes and has enabled me to connect so deeply with whatever I am taking a photo of -- to really slow down and experience that thing or person's essence completely and deeply. When I look through the camera viewfinder I see and feel new things I couldn't access without photography. I loose myself and become what I am photographing.
I owe my perspective and so many incredible experiences to photography. I think of it as a good friend and respect what it has done for me immensely.
Photos to the right: Climbing trees and other natural things to get the perfect shot during a photoshoot.
Lower photo: No shoot is complete without a trip to the local ice cream parlor (at least for this family who I have been shooting every year for 6 years! Post-shoot Ice cream has become a tradition -- and a good way to keep the kids motivated!!)