tanvviagarrwalphotography: Blog http://tanvviagarrwalphotography.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) tanvviagarrwalphotography tanvviag@gmail.com (tanvviagarrwalphotography) Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:06:00 GMT Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:06:00 GMT http://tanvviagarrwalphotography.zenfolio.com/img/s12/v174/u190260580-o282498784-50.jpg tanvviagarrwalphotography: Blog http://tanvviagarrwalphotography.zenfolio.com/blog 120 80 Contemporary Art of India Exhibit http://tanvviagarrwalphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/art-exhibit My own interest in art was because of my mother who was an avid painter. She taught me oil painting & water colors, both of which I never accomplished. I loved sketching , charcoal and pencil. Hence, when I was introduced to Manvee Vaid, we instantly bonded. She understood my history & when I felt it was time for me to buy a good piece of Art, she educated me. It took over a year and I learnt a lot from her about different kinds of paintings and mediums. I realized for me" Art " although is subjective it is also relative. We all perceive art very differently. My wedding designs,my pottery, my photography and my food, my sketches, my fashion are all an Art for me , the way I perceive them might not be the way others do, which is alright.

I've been looking forward to photograph Manvee in her element thats is when she's doing her show. She's an amazing artist herself and her passion for promoting Indian folk art is amazing.When she asked me to photograph the show I was very excited. She kept telling me don't photograph me, photograph the paintings :) Well...this is "my" Art showing "her" Art ;)

Folk Painting is assuredly the oldest tradition art, still being created in India.The rural folk paintings of India bear distinctive colorful designs, which are treated with religious and mystical motifs. The subject of Indian folk paintings is as diverse as the indian cultural milieu itself.Folk Paintings are diverse in India and reflect rich cultural heritage. They are the true examples of artistic expression.They are so variable from region to region because of the availability of material in different areas. 

Cleve Carney Art Gallery presents “Traditions in Transition”, an exhibition of contemporary art of India from Jan 22 to Feb 21. The exhibit which is inspired by folk traditions across India, features work by acclaimed Indian artists including the 2014 UNESCO award winner Anil Vangad. The works are guest curated by Manvee Vaid, a recognized collector of Indian art and founder of the online gallery, Deccanfootprints.com.

The art featured in “Traditions in Transition” represents four Indian art traditions - Madhubani, Gond, Warli, and Bengal Patachitra. In creating the works, each artist has made a conscious effort to shift the parameters of their tradition to a more unique individualistic contemporary creative level.


tanvviag@gmail.com (tanvviagarrwalphotography) Indian Portraits art color creative exhibition family lifestyle paintings show http://tanvviagarrwalphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/art-exhibit Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:54:32 GMT
Miss M http://tanvviagarrwalphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/miss-m Miss M is loved & cherished by all. She's a school teacher and a wonderful person. Mr.H is a soldier, they fell in love with  They are so in love & this happy pair got the news of a lifetime, when they were blessed with a baby boy! A heart warming blog for you to see and feel.

This photo session was in the early evening and  what a beautiful day it turned out. I like using few props, but if a parent has a toy or an object in this case a book, it's great to use it. I like to photograph women who are 8 months pregnant , their skin looks luminous, they are glowing with the anticipation and excitement of the babies arrival. What a beautiful feeling it is to have a baby. 


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Styled Children's Photoshoot at Gilson Beach http://tanvviagarrwalphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/styled-childrens-photoshoot-at-gilson-beach I'm so excited so share this beach styled fall photo shoot which was organized by Agnieszka Wojtowicz at http://www.wojoimage.com.

We all had an amazing time with these gorgeous kids. Hats off to the kids for being so patient with us photographers. It was at the beautiful http://www.wilmettepark.org/lakefront/gillson-park. The blue lake , the vibrant fall colored trees and the muted tones of the kids clothing all tied in well together as every detail was well planned. 

tanvviag@gmail.com (tanvviagarrwalphotography) Balloons Beach Boys Fall Family Gilrs Gilson Kids Portraits beach creative family lifestyle portraiture http://tanvviagarrwalphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/styled-childrens-photoshoot-at-gilson-beach Sat, 15 Nov 2014 19:52:47 GMT
Miss L turns One http://tanvviagarrwalphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/6/miss-l-turns-one Turning One is a BIG milestone.  First birthday photography session is probably the most important session I like to shoot. It was a wonderful experience , nothing better than watching a one year old run around in the park. We had some soft toys, and she happily munched on it , while I clikd away.The session was at a nearby park in full sun with some shaded relief in a few spots.

Miss L, was turning One the next day. She was getting a mermaid theme Birthday party ( How cute is that?! ) I would have loved to be invited to THAT party.Oh...well ( sigh!). I could not have asked for a cuter kid to be in that gorgeous dress made specially for her. She looked absolutely adorable. Don't you agree?

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Cityscapes http://tanvviagarrwalphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/4/cityscapes

I have a love affair going on with night photography. That's being said here are a few I have done over the past few months during our travel. Chicago has one of the most beautiful skylines & some stunning Architecture ( that would be on another blog). Pittsburg was lovely as well but I didn't get much of a chance to shoot at night.

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Birds In snow http://tanvviagarrwalphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/2/birds-in-snow Don't you ever wonder how these birds keep warm during these brutal temperatures? I sure do, while I sit all snuggled up inside my temperature controlled house and sip on my hot tea. While I watch this constant flutter of activity outside my window. 

I have a theory... I think sitting in groups together, eating high fatty foods, with a lot of activity keeps them going. Some birds use the practice of feather fluffing , a process that puffs out the down feathers to create air pockets , which gives a bird better insulation and traps body heat.  

The fatty foods helps too. Birds are mostly active one hour after sunrise and one hour before sunset.

Birds in SnowCommon sparrow

Birds In SnowCommon sparrow

Birds in snowCommon sparrow & Doves feeding

Birds in snowCommon sparrow & Doves feeding

Birds in SnowDoves Feeding

Birds in snowWoodpecker in flight

Birds in snowCommon sparrow & cardinal

Birds in snowFemale cardinal

Birds in snowHouse finch

Birds in snowBlue capped chickadee

Birds in snowCardinals on a tree

Birds in snowRobins

Birds in snowJunco

Birds in snowStarling

Birds in snowGoldfinch eating a berry

Birds in snowHawk flying high


tanvviag@gmail.com (tanvviagarrwalphotography) Birds Doves Family Goldfinch cardinals hawk landscape lifestyle outdoor snow sparrow http://tanvviagarrwalphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/2/birds-in-snow Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:21:54 GMT
Autumn colors http://tanvviagarrwalphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/11/fall-colors The days are getting shorter, & the air is getting is colder. Harvest time is here, a wonderful time of the year. Vibrant colors, blending of soft yellows to fiery reds,the smell of burning wood,roasting marshmallows, apple cider, pumpkin bread, sipping hot chocolate, thanksgiving these are some my favorite things about this wonderful season called Autumn.


tanvviag@gmail.com (tanvviagarrwalphotography) Autumn Fall Lake Orange Outdoor Red Trees colors creative lifestyle http://tanvviagarrwalphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/11/fall-colors Tue, 05 Nov 2013 22:03:35 GMT
Sunlight http://tanvviagarrwalphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/10/sunlight Missing summer already. A recollection of the pictures I took on this photographic journey this past summer. The beautiful sun kissed roses, the Morton Arboretum's lush gardens, plums from the backyard, apple orchard, deer in front of our house, swans in a near by lake and the beautiful horses of the Smoky mountains.  


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Miss A- Senior Photo session http://tanvviagarrwalphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/10/senior-photosession A beautiful photo session with this lovely young lady. Miss A as all seniors are was fun & full of life, not to mention elegant & graceful. It was such a lovely one hour we both had getting to know each other. Her style was ever so graceful. This photo session took place at a beautiful forest preserve nearby at sunset.The quarry stone behind the beautiful girl gives it a touch of glamour.

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B18A3103B18A3103Matrimonio Vivian y Carlos


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Mother Nature - Macro shots http://tanvviagarrwalphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/10/mother-nature---macro-shots " Come forth into the light of things, let Nature be your teacher"-W.Wordsworth.

Summer is a time when wonderful things happen. It brings with it sunshine & new life everywhere. The children come out to play , the birds sing their song & the flowers bloom. It's the most precious and promising season. I took upon myself to explore the depths of what summer brings, fruit trees, lush greenery, blooming flowers. These are Macro shots I took in my backyard,  & at the Morton Arboretum.

tanvviag@gmail.com (tanvviagarrwalphotography) 100 Flowers Mother Nature creative gardens lifestyle macro mm outdoor http://tanvviagarrwalphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/10/mother-nature---macro-shots Wed, 02 Oct 2013 00:57:38 GMT
Newborn Baby S http://tanvviagarrwalphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/9/newborn-baby-s Hush lil baby don't say a word, Papa's gonna buy you a horse and cart

And if that horse and cart fall down, You'll still be the sweetest little baby in town!

Precious moments were captured within a day of this sweet baby girl's arrival. It was such an amazing experience to       photograph my first newborn baby. I loved every minute of it. Mom & dad were such troopers for being so patient with me. I loved how the pictures turned out. She is so adorable,  & so full of life. 






tanvviag@gmail.com (tanvviagarrwalphotography) Family Kids Newborn Portraits baby day family hospital lifestyle old one portraiture http://tanvviagarrwalphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/9/newborn-baby-s Sat, 28 Sep 2013 01:59:16 GMT
Mother & Son duo http://tanvviagarrwalphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/9/mother-son-duo The cutest mother & son duo. I had such a fun photo shoot with these two. They were teasing & playing with each other, made my job easier.

tanvviag@gmail.com (tanvviagarrwalphotography) Family Kids Portraits creative duo family lifestyle light mother natural nature outdoor photography portraiture son http://tanvviagarrwalphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/9/mother-son-duo Tue, 10 Sep 2013 20:40:16 GMT
Our Trip to New Orleans - Part 2 http://tanvviagarrwalphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/our-trip-to-new-orleans---part-2  New Orleans is a city rich in flora & fauna. We planned a day to visit the Louisiana swamps which was just a short drive from New Orleans and a tour we took to explore the endless waterways and breathtaking nature. As our boat floats under the shade of age old cypresses laden with spanish moss, we spot a raccoon. Along the way, we encountered swamp wildlife like alligators, &  different species of birds.It was an interesting day. We ventured back into the heart of the city to explore the wildlife within its confines. The Audubon Aquarium, with it's beautiful open ( although caged ) love birds flying everywhere was amazing. The Audubon Insectarium was a favorite with the "boys".

Would love to go back someday and explore some more.


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Our trip to New Orleans- Part 1 http://tanvviagarrwalphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/our-trip-to-new-orleans  Last Christmas we went to New Orleans & what a lovely place it was. The southern hospitality is very warm & sweet & I loved their southern accent! I have tried to capture the essence of New Orleans but the space here was limited. The city that never sleeps, abundant with colorfully dressed people, live music, Intricate architecture and delicious cajun food. 

tanvviag@gmail.com (tanvviagarrwalphotography) Family Kids Portraits city colorful creative family lifestyle light low new nightlife orleans photography photography. portraiture street travel http://tanvviagarrwalphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/our-trip-to-new-orleans Mon, 29 Apr 2013 15:44:17 GMT
Blackout http://tanvviagarrwalphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/blackout I love taking night shots and for the longest time I was a bit scared of taking them . This was the perfect opportunity to dive into it. The other night we experienced a blackout for a few hours due to the severe storm that hit us. We lit a few candles and gathered around for a nightful of adventure. The night was still young so we ventured into the stories of adventure, played some games. The very night my 4 year old decided to write A-Z on his own, it was such a proud moment! 


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Vintage Valentine Party http://tanvviagarrwalphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/vintage-valentine-party A fun filled Red Valentine Vintage theme party.  An evening to cherish in our hearts always. The bygone era of the 70's , 80's out shined the current days. Love, Laughter, fun 'n' games was the mood of the party.

tanvviag@gmail.com (tanvviagarrwalphotography) Family Kids Portraits creative events family hearts lifestyle love pink portraiture red socks valentine vintage http://tanvviagarrwalphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/vintage-valentine-party Tue, 16 Apr 2013 03:21:11 GMT
Glory of Winter http://tanvviagarrwalphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/glory-of-winter We had our first major snowstorm the other day and I couldn't wait to get outside and take a few clicks. Everything is covered in white soft snow. I can almost hear it whisper when it's falling.My favorite spot to catch birds is in my friend's/neighbors backyard and a nearby forest preserve. She gets all kind of birds feeding off the many feeders she has. Some are handmade by her husband. She has a beautiful garden in the spring/summer with a pond full of fish and frogs. The other day I walked into her garden knee deep in snow and right in front of me was this beautiful Sharp shinned hawk sitting not 100 yards from me. It was amazing. It was a small hawk maybe a year old. I was told she comes  to hunt there. Its always exciting to get a good shot unexpectedly.It made my day :)

At this point she spotted me... and flew away before I could zoom out and click!





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Tae Kwon do Tournament http://tanvviagarrwalphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/tae-kwon-do-tournament Last year I was asked to cover World Championship Tae Kwon do Tournament in Naperville, IL. It was my first experience shooting a sports event. Needless to say, I was nervous, and the only thing that kept me sane was the thought,' I can do this, after all I am doing this for free" ;)

But, it was a thrilling experience, I had a great time. I loved the fast spaced adrenaline high energy in the room. I did think for an event like this, one needs more than one person photographing. 

I, however did my best, learnt a lot and can't wait to do another such sport event.




tanvviag@gmail.com (tanvviagarrwalphotography) Family Kids Portraits Tae colors creative do events fast kwon lifestyle portraiture sports http://tanvviagarrwalphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/tae-kwon-do-tournament Fri, 08 Mar 2013 02:36:52 GMT
Camping http://tanvviagarrwalphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/camping Winter is no fun without snow! I am waiting for some accumalation so we can all go skiing or sledding. Meanwhile, I'm missing all the fun times we had last year during my favourite season fall. We went camping our first ever, with our very experienced friends. It was a lot of fun and I can't wait to go camping again and again. Friends make it worthwhile.




tanvviag@gmail.com (tanvviagarrwalphotography) Family Kids Portraits camping creative events fall family forest outdoor portraiture preserve http://tanvviagarrwalphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/camping Sun, 24 Feb 2013 06:57:27 GMT
Fall Season http://tanvviagarrwalphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/fall-season I know I have been lagging behind in my blogs, I apologize. I was going some through last year my favorite season shots. Fall. I love the bright colors , cheers me up, makes me happy. It's such a time when everything looks beautiful and You feel beautiful.These were shot at The growing place in Aurora. What a fun place for kids. We raced pumpkin full tractors, did a bit of bowling, took a tractor ride around the fields. Had a great time sipping on some pumpkin spiced chai, my first but not last!


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