I grew up in Kobe – a picturesque city that would inspire any photographer, and it was in Kobe that I was first introduced to the art of photography.
My journey into the world of photography was an adventurous one. I took the first step into this competitive world when I moved to Mumbai, the Indian city that never sleeps. Like most photographers I started at the bottom.
I began learning the craft as an assistant at a renowned photography studio. But, to my utter dismay, my enthusiasm turned against me. I kept tripping over tripods and got stuck with the nickname “walking warzone”. It was during this time that I realised I belonged outside. So, I tentatively, ventured into the world of outdoor photography, and there I’ve stayed ever since.
Having traveled extensively and lived in three countries I have always been fascinated by people. I longed to combine this love of people and photography and make a living at the same time.
While I was piecing this together, I met my husband and ‘settled down’ in Gouda, the Netherlands. It was only in 2006 after my son that things finally fell in place.
That was when Vinita Salomé Photography was born.
Through Vinita Salomé Photography, I could utilise my everyday experiences as a mother, my love for photography and my innate interest in people.
Over the years families have shyly opened up for me and my camera so I could show the invisible bonds of love that held them together. I strive to make parents and children feel relaxed and comfortable about allowing me into their lives and letting me take photographs that are natural.
As one of my clients’ writes, “not only did Vinita capture precious moments with her camera but the six of us had a fabulous time. It was playful and relaxed – and that shows on every photo”.’
My hope for all my clients is that years later, when nature has taken its course and the children have moved out, sometimes to distant lands like I did, both the parents and children will have a tangible reminder of an ordinary day that time has made extraordinary.