Aside from other photographers and artists, who has been the biggest influence with regards to your photography and for you personally?
My biggest influence has got to be my partner and husband, Pratik Naik. He’s a creative too and understands this world and how to handle my artist’s angst. His level-headedness and infinite support has been the reason why my style has grown over the years. His are the first eyes to ever see my work and every time I create a piece I want to wow him.
He may not know it, but he is part of the reason why I’m always striving to make each picture better than the one before. He is also one the hardest working people I know, which also motivates me to get myself in gear and stop making excuses!
Do you have any particular habits that are a part of how you begin your creative process?
I don’t have any particular habits when it comes to starting the creative process. Until now, I’ve been creating very organically, shooting on the go without much notice, using the natural world around me (usually bushes in my neighbors gardens!) and styling with whatever dresses and costumes I have on hand. Location, however, is one of the huge contributors to getting the creative process started.
I’ve started working on a new series inspired by my favorite artists and art pieces that have left a huge impression on me. This is the first time that I’m taking time to prepare for each shoot and crafting an image consciously. Right now, I’m moodboarding, location scouting, and reaching out to fellow creatives whose incredibly talented skill sets I want to include in this series.
What do you do when you hit a wall during your creative process?
Hitting a wall in the creative process is frustrating but sometimes it’s also very necessary, even though it may not feel like it at the time. I hit a huge wall a couple of years ago and no matter how much I tried to push through, shooting and shooting, I just couldn’t break through. In the end, I was utterly exhausted – mentally and physically. That’s when I took a break.
I slipped away from the online world and immersed myself in real life away from the computer. I connected with friends, traveled, talked to other creatives, went to galleries and museums, watched a lot of Netflix, and started catching up with my reading. I released myself from the pressures to create and, over time, I started to identify where some of the cracks had come from. Space can give clarity and when you come back, you’re stronger and hopefully a little wiser too.