Family Time – My Lockdown Diaries

Black and White Family Portraits. Photographs by Nishant Ratnakar

Recently, I completed 38 laps around the sun. This lockdown phase hasn’t been a great one for people across the world. People are falling sick, losing their loved ones, their jobs, their livelihoods, and a way of life. So much of uncertainty lies ahead of us. At times it is scary to think of what… Continue reading Family Time – My Lockdown Diaries

If Paris bans photography at Eiffel tower

A candid moment of my niece photographed at Lalbagh botanical gardens, Bangalore. August 2014.

What if the tourism department of India or ASI imposes a fine on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for having his recent family portrait taken in front of the Taj Mahal?  Or instead, impose a fine on the security guards at the Taj for allowing the Canadian prime minister to do so? What if Paris… Continue reading If Paris bans photography at Eiffel tower

My Wedding Photography featured in India Today

Candid Wedding photographer Bengaluru. https://www.nishantratnakar.com

It is always nice when your work gets noticed and featured in leading publications or media in the country. That’s what exactly happened to me and my wedding photography couple of months ago when I was featured in the India Today magazine.

Forbes Cover Shoot with PhonePe

Editorial photography can be full of surprises at times. Most often I will know beforehand if the shoot is a cover story. In very rare cases, the story gains a lot of importance post the shoot and it becomes a candidate for a cover story. Hence as a photographer, it makes sense to try to… Continue reading Forbes Cover Shoot with PhonePe

My Truly Candid Wedding Moments of 2016

Candid moment during a south Indian tamil brahmin wedding. Bangalore. June 2016.

I like to call myself as a wedding photographer, or as a photographer who sees weddings in the realm of stories – a visual storyteller. But, the marketing of Indian wedding photography industry is built on the phrase – the candid wedding photographer.

What happens when a photographer hosts a costume party

Bollywood Stars Costume party Featured Portraits Image. Photography by Nishant Ratnakar

What happens when a photographer throws a party and invites people home? Would the guests see framed prints on the walls of the living room or home studio? Maybe, they should also get a taste of his/her work as a personalized return gift. That’s the thought I had when Swapna(my wife) and I invited to our… Continue reading What happens when a photographer hosts a costume party

How I made this family portrait

Some time back I made a composite family portrait from three headshots taken at my home studio. It started getting a lotĀ of comments on social media. Many people asked me how it was made. In this post, I’ll try to answer all those questions. I’ll explain and show how I made this photograph right from… Continue reading How I made this family portrait

Ten years a photographer

Benjasiri Park. Thailand

This year, the date falls on a Thursday. But, ten years ago, it was a Friday the 13th which couldn’t spook me from making the decision that altered the course of my life. Some would probably say that it was an inauspicious move to make on such a day. But, I am glad that I… Continue reading Ten years a photographer

The Grip : Making of a Portrait

Pavithra. 13 years old. Chamrajpet. Bangalore. July 2016. Photograph by NIshant Ratnakar. www.nishantratnakar.com

The kids took their turn one by one for me to make their portraits that day. Most of them were children from families that lived on the streets or children who ran away from their homes. But, now all of them were in the care of the shelter home run by an NGO in Bangalore… Continue reading The Grip : Making of a Portrait