Meera’s Mehndi Night

As previously posted, my sister’s Indian wedding is in October. On the Wednesday before the wedding, my sister had to get her mehndi done.

Mehndi represents the bond of matrimony and signifies the love and affection between the couple and their families.

Here are some popular beliefs that are associated with this tradition:

  • The darkness of the mehndi colour on a bride’s hand represents the deep love between the would-be-couple.
  • The mehndi colour also shows the love and understanding between the bride and her mother-in-law.
  • The longer the mehndi retains its colour, the more auspicious it is for the newlyweds.
  • Mehndi is also deemed to be a symbolic representation of fertility.

Her mehndi was done by the Lovely Hina Pancholi and was done in our lovely decorated marquee outside in our garden.

Baby Avi

I love when family come round to visit. This week my cousin Amish and my sister in Law Natisha have came from Canada to visit and they have brought a new addition to their family, my baby nephew Avi!

Whilst I do enjoy seeing Amish and Natisha, you can’t beat having a baby in the house! Avi is such a happy and fun baby to play with and we are making the most having him in the house.

Thanks for the photo Amish.

Amreet and Holly’s Preshoot

I have blogged about my friend Amreet and his fiancee Holly in a previous post. 
This summer with less then two weeks till their wedding the only thing left to do was their preshoot. As Holly was from Birmingham we choose the beautiful Birmingham Botanical Gardens. It was a beautiful day spent with a lovely couple.

Meera and Ravi’s Preshoot.

Being a photographer, I get asked quite a lot by family and friends to shoot for them.

Towards the end of June, my sister had less than 4 months till her Indian wedding and she had a long list of things to do! One of those things was her pre wedding shoot, she asked if I could shoot for her and of course I said yes! My sister and fiancé Ravi had chosen two locations they wanted, one was the Leicester Botanical Gardens and the other was Abbey Park.

We lucked out with beautiful weather and the couple’s love shows in the images! Below are a handful of images that were shot on the day.

Roll on the Indian wedding!

Visit to Blenheim Palace

Happy June Everyone! Where is the time going? This year has already been epic, I came back from Bali a couple months ago and I am missing the sun, sea and my friends.

There is still lots of awesome stuff left to happen this year. My sister is getting married later in the year and I am so excited for the festivities and to see all my family that will be coming.

Last weekend was the May Bank Holiday and I spent the weekend with my family in Oxfordshire visiting Blenheim Palace. Blenheim Palace is a 300 year old country home and was the Birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.

I highly recommend visiting, there is so much to see inside and outside. The grounds are massive and there is so much greenery. I have previously visited the inside some years ago (didn’t have my camera unfortunately) but this time we only visited the outside and walked the grounds.

I didn’t take a lot of photos but enjoy the below images, I will update this blog posts with more images when I next visit.

Kishan & Arti’s Engagement Drinks

I talked about Kishan & Arti in a previous blog post just after they announced their engagement.

To celebrate their engagement, they had a gathering with their friends and family at the Chutney Ivy restaurant in Leicester City Center. It was a fun night spent shooting whilst also chatting to all of their guests.

Congratulations guys!

Emirates Skywards

Earlier this year on my Instagram I posted an image of me onboard the Emirates A380 in the business class suite. I received many comments & emails asking me how I managed to afford business class. Well the truth is I can’t.

A few years ago, when I started to travel to Asia quite frequently, I signed up to the Emirates Skywards Programme. The Skywards programme allows you to gain air miles for each journey that you take with Emirates.

Miles can be spent on things such as flight upgrades, luxury hotel stays and even tickets to sports events.

I bought economy tickets but 24-48 hours before check in, I used my miles to upgrade to business & paid a small fee of £73.00 to be able to upgrade my ticket for one leg to Business. Business Class is an amazing experience.

Before getting onto the flight, I was able to use the Birmingham Airport Emirates Business class lounge, the lounge offers a wide selection of food + drink.

The benefits on board in business is that you get a full reclining bed (1/2 way through the flight, the crew come round & make the bed for you with a mattress), a seat all to yourself (no worrying about who is going to set next to you!) a full widescreen TV, a mini seat bar and a nice selection of food served with real cutlery.  

​The best part of the Emirates A380 has to be the bar in the back of the plane. Yes, that is correct a bar in the plane, how amazing is that?

I definitely recommend signing up to any airline frequent flier program, you may not get an upgrade straight away but over time, it will be worth it!

Away In Myanmar

I will be away in Myanmar ​from the 21st March till 7th April.  Myanmar is a completely new destination for me, so I am very excited to explore & see what Myanmar has in store. It will take almost 24 hours for me to get there!

Keep an eye on Instagram for posts where possible and once I am home I will be blogging all my SLR images.

Amreet & Holly Proposal

I love getting the opportunity to shoot for friends & family. This weekend one of my school friends Amreet decided it was time he popped the big question to his girlfriend.

He had organised a spa weekend at Stapleford Park followed by a walk round the gardens & had arranged for me to hide out in the gardens so that I could capture that special moment when he gets down on one knee to propose!

Everything went according to plan & they are now engaged! Congrats guys!

We will be doing an official shoot closer to the wedding & their engagement is happening in April. So lot more images to follow.

Visit to Abu Dhabi

During December 2016 I visited Abu Dhabi with my family for our Christmas holiday. Abu Dhabi is just a 6 hour flight from the UK. Our visit was mostly a relax by the pool trip but also included some sightseeing.

One of the main sites we had the pleasure of visiting was the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. To learn more about the Mosque you can visit their website

Another highlight that we visited was the Emirates Palace, the Emirates Palace is a luxury 5* star hotel that was featured in the 7th Fast and The Furious Movie. We didn’t say here but we did go for dinner one night in Hakkasan which is a Chinese Restaurant. 

Overall my trip to Abu Dhabi was enjoyable and I do recommend visiting. 

Bharat Sports Club Fun Day 2016

The Bharat Sports Club is a cricket club established for well over 50 years in Leicester, it also happens to be the team I play for! The team is made up off three sub teams with players of all ages and abilities!

Every August Bank Holiday the club does their annual “Fun Day”, which is where the club plays against each other, it is also accompanied by a meal in the evening for all players!

As well as a member of the club, I am also the team photographer. Here are some photos from the day.