Welcome to the Naheedence Photo Blog! I’m Naheed Choudhry a creative and accomplished photographer in business for over seven years. I work and reside in Los Angeles, California, but have clients nation and worldwide. This photography blog will be the best place for you to view images from my recent photo sessions. It’s also where I’ll announce new products and share my thoughts about my work and the amazing clients that I feel so lucky to work with year-round. When I'm not photographing I love cooking, traveling, drinking tea, listening to great music, doing Yoga and dancing (not in that order ;) Please check back often and leave a comment when you visit.
After a couple of days of shooting I am editing a time lapse video to promote my zipper pouch bags. I learned to make them by hand and am selling them at my Etsy shop. I first came up with the idea when I thought about placing my images on merchandise a few years ago. I started with the zipper pouches and am hoping to launch a line of pillow covers in the coming years. The bags are made in Los Angeles by me and most of the materials are sourced locally, all are made in the USA. I get the zippers from a great place in the fashion district of downtown Los Angeles called Zip Up Zipper.
Sewing these bags allows me time to be crafty. I enjoy meditating during the process and learning the skill of sewing. I am always amazed by how much I learn each time I sew. Similarly, each time I shoot a photo session I learn something new. I love mastering the art and craft of stunning visuals and am happy to create a bag to display some of my photography and designs. I put my heart and soul into these bags. I tried out different designs, fabrics and learned how to sew them from scratch. I had to try a few printers who print on fabric for me to get the sharp look I was going for. It took a long time to perfect them.
Stay tuned to check out a new design for the upcoming holiday season and to see the time lapse video featuring music from my husband, Nomadico. My next step is to approach some local shops in Los Angeles and sell some bags on consignment. The bags fit a 10 inch or smaller tablet perfectly. They can be used for anything from makeup and toiletries to art supplies. Wish me luck and stay tuned, buy a bag for someone this holiday season! Check out my shop at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/naheedence
This week I photographed a portrait session of a two-year-old right before her bedtime! Her mother was meeting with an agent who needed a comp card made by Thursday and we did the photo session on Tuesday night.
When a photographer works with a child it can be challenging. You have to make the child comfortable very quickly. In some cases I work outside which can be easier. We needed to shoot with a white backdrop at my studio in Los Angeles to have more control over the light in this case. The area my studio is in is aptly named "El Sereno", the serene. I remained serene throughout the session!
We had about 1 hour to get 3 wardrobe changes and needed a handful of great shots to work with. Since we were working on a tight deadline and so late in the evening I was trying to make magic. I always do my best and even though I was watching my own toddler all day I summoned all the energy I could to create these images.
Sometimes I have all day to get a few great shots, here I was limited on time because two-year-olds do not work on cue! I am happy everything worked out!
I traveled from Los Angeles recently to my hometown of Detroit. It was for the second wedding reception of my brother, he was married abroad and my parents wanted to throw him a party here in the US for his friends and family unable to attend his wedding. It was quite the event filled with the usual chaos of inviting 300 people to a backyard party but was of course filled with plenty of happy moments. It was fun to be with my family.
I was born and raised in Metro Detroit. When I turned 27 I moved to New York City for 7 years and then to Los Angeles. I can honestly say I missed LA! My Angeleno husband, Dan, said "It only took 6 years", but hey, some places are not as easy to love, AND we've been homeowners in Los Angeles for 2 years now. It is home for our family of 3 and I feel so lucky because it is a great place to be. (Yes, I've been reading waaaaay too much Dr. Seuss with my one-year-old daughter ;)
It's been such a blessing to live in California and be so close to so many of America's National Parks. I created the video above with photographs I shot in Death Valley National Park in California. My husband, Nomadico, helped mix the music of several artists to complete the video. I hope we can keep saving more natural lands from development and hope that generations to come will always be able to see such beauty. Happy 100th birthday to the National Parks. A big thanks to all of the rangers and staff that keep our parks so pristine.
I photographed an event with over 2,500 attendees in Downtown Los Angeles last weekend, Farmer John's 85th Anniversary Celebration. I was hired by Team Play Events to capture candids of the guests who came out to celebrate a Los Angeles food institution. There were executives getting dunked in water tanks, hula hoop contests and potato sack races. All on the grounds of where the famous hot dogs are made on Soto Street. It was quite a spectacle.
It was an extremely hot day! Photographing events in downtown Los Angeles outside when it is 85 degrees at 10 AM is no easy feat! Luckily there were watering stations and fan misters which I used throughout the day. It was a fun event and I am happy to have captured a piece of Los Angeles history.
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