Nov 7, 2012

Rangefinder Magazine’s Top 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography

There was once this guy who sat in a small white truck reviewing construction sites and engineering plans.  The job was something that he had always hoped to have.  It held security and the pay was wonderful.  He thought to himself “I can retire here”.

Just the year before, he was laid off from another job that he had been at for 4 years due to the downturn of the economy.  In between these two job, he had discovered a new passion.  An album from his parent’s wedding in India drove home the idea of how important and amazing photographs are.  So with this idea, he started to teach himself photography.  Every spare moment he could find, was an opportunity to bury his head into a photography book or website.  His thoughts started to change.  What if…

Six months into the new job he started thinking, “maybe I can do this… do something I love for a living.”  He couldn’t shake the fact that his heart belonged to this passion.  So he spoke to his family and what his parents told him was something he wasn’t expecting to hear…

What you want to do is not easy.  It takes a lot of work and you have something so good right now.  But…we love you and what we want more than anything is for you to be happy.  If this is what you want, you have our support.

Even after all they had given up for him to have this secure future and a life they never did, they were willing to support an uncertainty just for the sake of his happiness.  How hard that must have been but without a doubt, they did exactly that.

A month later, he walked into his supervisor’s office and placed in a two weeks notice.  Off he went to make his dreams come true…

That was 3 years ago.

You guessed it, that “he” is indeed me. It’s been such an amazing journey and will continue to be just that.

I’m honored to have been selected for Rangefinder Magazine’s Top 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography this year.  I’m even more honored that all my clients put their faith in me and have me there to document their unique and incredible stories.  I want to thank you guys as well as my family, friends, and mentors who have constantly supported me to push this crazy idea to follow my dreams and make the hard decisions in order to find a better quality of life.

Thank you also to those that have nominated me for this.  Thank you for seeing something special in what I do.

Most importantly, I thank GOD for all the amazing things in my life.  My wife and family, and soon my son Jonah.

I love you all.

I’ll leave you with this quote from the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button that has been an inspiration for me…




  1. Paige

    awesome story. I’m glad people like you are being celebrated – hardworking, and deserving, and original. Love your work!

  2. Shaun Menary

    Congrats man! You definitely deserve it. I’m so thrilled that you’ll be capturing our story!

  3. Kristian Leven

    Massive congratulations mate, and well deserved.

  4. gladys

    now im all teary. congratulations, nirav! couldn’t think of anyone more deserving!

  5. Drew W

    Great work dude! Congrats.

  6. Sachin Khona

    You’re the man, dude bro .. not suprised at all to see you on this list.

    Lovely quote too .. I still have to see that movie!

    All the best,


  7. Daniel Cruz

    Congratulations man, from the bottom of my heart. It’s not easy walking away from the stability that you knew, but I can tell you that you’re headed in the right direction.

  8. Renee

    Well deserved!!!! And congrats! 🙂

  9. anda

    Congrats, Nirav! I’m so happy for you. And what a great story you have. Inspiring to more than you know! So deserved.

  10. Jonas Peterson

    So happy for you, my friend. You deserve this and all other praise you get. You’ve got an eye and heart like no other.

  11. Meredith Adams

    Congrats, Nirav! you deserve it. And congrats to your former self for making those absolutely tough decisions. I don’t even know you but you are inspiring!

  12. Jen Patel

    Its been a difficult road but we made it work. God is always watching over us. I am very proud of you! You work hard at juggling your business and your home life. This is just the start of many more wonderful milestones in your photography!!! Love you!

  13. Amari Kenoly

    I can’t think of anyone more deserving than you. So proud of you man…now I gotta watch that movie.

  14. Will Kim

    totally happy for you dude!

  15. Ian Clarito

    Couldn’t have happened to a better dude. Congrats Nirav 🙂

  16. Igor Demba

    So well deserved Nirav. There’s more to come!

  17. Geeta Patel

    We are proud of you. We know you can do any thing but Now we have confidance in you. Our support and belssing is always with you.
    Love You.

  18. michelle waspe

    well done! your work is just amazing. and great quote too.

  19. Sara

    So incredibly deserved and SO much for you to celebrate! Cheers to you and your growing family!

  20. jennifer armstrong

    congratulations, nirav! And honour that’s so well deserved. Your work is gorgeous. Creative. Honest. Inspiring. Much happiness to you & yours on your amazing journey.

  21. Pankti

    I have always been a fan of your work and am glad to see that u see u get such recognition.

    – Pankti

  22. Guille

    I hear all around that blogging is a great way to seem more personal and close to potential clients. It will bring you profits and a fan base. I dont like when blogging becomes a bunch of pretty lies to gain something. Most wedding photographers blogs are like that. I too have failed on this part, but you, Nirav, are different.

    Thank you for being honest and putting yourself out there. Its a relief and an inspiration. Plus, your work is super awesome.

    Greetings from Chile

  23. Jakub

    Awesome little inspirational story. Congrats!

  24. Dan O'Day

    so happy for you my little magic friend.

  25. Shauna Heron

    How fitting that I stumbled across your post today. My last of work. Exhilarating, exciting, and terrifying all at once. You’re an inspiration, Nirav. A huge congrats to you.

  26. jeremy

    You are awesome. that is all. Well done my friend.

  27. Lisa Ward

    Being photographed by you left an impression on Jeff and I that we continue to feel deeply. We can’t wait to someday have you photograph us with our kids. We have been so blessed by the risk you took to become a photographer, a true artist. I so love that your son’s name is Jonah.
    You so deserve this nomination!
    Lisa (& Jeff)

  28. bryan

    thank you for this nirav.