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Meet Aditi Harish

Today we’d like to introduce you to Aditi Harish.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Aditi. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I would say I kind of fell into photography as a happy accident. I actually didn’t even own a camera until around three years into my photography journey. I had always been a creative, I loved to paint, draw, make music, make random videos, you name it. By the time I got to high school, I felt like school was sucking all of my creative energy out of me and I needed to find a way to bring it back into my life in a regular way; so I joined the staff of my yearbook at school. I fell in love with the energy of the class. It was hectic, fast-paced, and most of all full of people bubbling over with artistic talent. I remember walking out of class and taking my first candid photos of people in the halls. Catching and capturing a quick smile on the faces of students as they met up with friends on the way to class was so much fun.

I started to play around more with photography over that freshman year summer when I begged my friends to model for me in the flower fields near my house. I borrowed a camera from yearbook for the summer and messed around with what seemed like a foreign language at the time: aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, you name it.

One of my happiest memories of high school was the Christmas of my junior year, when my parents gave me the best gift of all: a Canon Rebel T5i, my (first!) very own camera. I was thrilled to open the package and realize that I would be able to shoot and practice whenever I wanted. I begged my friends to let me play dress-up with them and take photos in our houses-turned-studios. By the end of high school, I had built up quite a portfolio and had even done countless prom and graduation shoots. I realized that photography was a skill that I could carry with me and profit from and that’s when Aditi Harish Photography was born!

Now, I am a senior at USC and am so grateful to have found an amazing community in LA that makes photography continue to feel so fun. Models constantly blow me away with their talent and I have made such amazing friends on campus that have the same passion for photography that I found in myself. Making money while doing something I love is a dream come true, but the best part of running this business is being able to make people smile when they realize how completely badass they look on camera. It’s a feeling I wouldn’t give up for the world.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I am so grateful for the support I have received on Instagram and from my friends and family, but it wasn’t always an easy road. Balancing photography with being a full-time student and working up to four different jobs simultaneously definitely isn’t easy! However, I think the biggest struggle I have faced is burnout, particularly on Instagram. I fell into the trap of caring too much about the numbers and I forgot what I really loved about photography. I’ve been taking a break from social media to focus on photography itself and it has really helped me fall back in love with the art. Creating to satisfy your own artistic vision is always infinitely more satisfying than creating to go viral.

Regardless of the blips I’ve experienced along the way, I am so grateful to have a community on Instagram and in real life that support me and my creative endeavors. I wouldn’t be where I am without the support, love and guidance that they provide me!

Please tell us about Aditi Harish Photography.
I mostly focus on creative portrait photography when I shoot. My favorite part of shooting is being able to play many different roles at once. I like to consider myself a jack of all trades in a sense when it comes to creative portrait photography because I love to style my models, design whatever set we will be shooting in, and even dabble in hair, makeup and accessories to make up the perfect concept for a shot!

However, I don’t only shoot staged portraits. I love to make the most of my surroundings. If you ask any of my friends where most of my favorite photos have been taken, they’ll tell you that I love to stay in my apartment and turn it into my own little natural light studio. One of my favorite things to do is play with props that transform light like prisms, disco balls, glasses…you name it!

My photography style is what I would describe as pretty eclectic. But regardless of my style, my number one priority is making sure that my models and customers are comfortable in front of the camera and having a good time. When you’re laughing and having fun with your models, I find that the photos have a way of turning out beautiful no matter what.

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