Ace photographer Vinod Wakkchare reveals his first brush with the lens “ignited a never-ending love affair with photography.”
Largely self-taught, his admiration for this field was sparked when he had the opportunity to work with photographer Atul Kasbekar.
Wakkchare says, “I acquired a rigourous formal training from him which increased my proficiency and enabled me to hone my skill and eventually, fly solo.”
The photographer says he loves shooting and creating images, “It’s mental satisfaction for me while shooting, and creating an image is like delivering a baby. It’s a long, exciting, chaotic process with lots of hardwork. At the end of the day, I am calm, happy and satisfied every time.”
For budding celebrity and fashion photographers, Vinod stresses on the fact that it’s more important to do the pre-production well and be organised, as one needs to understand and respect the star’s time.
He warns, “Their schedules are always tight. To get the best results, we need to be prepared before they come in.”
‘Beauty with brains’
Asin has a photogenic face. She is an energetic girl and always looks fresh. While shooting a song, ‘Aye bachchu…’ of Ghajini, I captured some of her candid movements. She is very good in front of the camera and has powerful acting skills. I call her a beauty with brains.
‘He is shy and reserved’
I think Emraan is a shy person, slightly reserved too, and that helps him perform his film character better. I think his non-complaining attitude made him a successful actor. Emraan is a very hardworking guy, he keeps improvising while acting. This image was shot in Uttarakhand while shooting Raaz-II. You can’t think of Emraan without a T-shirt and a pair of jeans - that’s his style.
‘Any girl would fall in love with him’
Imran is a very cute boy. Any young girl would fall in love with him easily. I love his innocent eyes. He is always calm, both on and off the sets. Imran has very sincere, positive approach to his work. Whenever I see him on screen, it reminds me of his uncle Aamir Khan in ’90s. We were shooing on the beaches of Mauritius and I did some of Imran’s portrait pictures. I still remember the happiness in his eyes when I showed him this series of images. When I saw Kidnap, I told myself, he is a dark horse.
‘Always looks classic’
I shot this portrait of Jacqueline last year for a magazine at fashion week. She has a photogenic face, great body and charming nature. Jacqueline has very sharp features. I like her eyebrows and love her smile. She always look classic and it’s a treat to shoot her. There is some charisma in her personality.
‘She is strong’
Minissha is a very hot and strong girl, it’s impossible to force your opinion on her. This particular image was shot at Port Louis in Mauritius when I was shooting movie promotional stills for Sanjay Gadhvi’s Kidnap. Taking a break between two shots, she was sitting alone, lost in her thoughts, staring at the sea and I distracted her mind by asking her to pose for my camera.