Kolkata photographer Prateek Mazumder trains his lenses on four urban models

Music, art and photography are things that have run in Prateek Mazumder’s family for generations, if not as occupations, certainly as hobbies. “My mother used to dress me and my sister and click pictures with our old Kodak film camera. My late father also had a Sony Handycam with which he shot his music videos and those of my granddaughter. -mother. I used to sit next to him while he learned to edit videos in Pinnacle 8 from scratch, and by the time I was in class VIII I could edit videos by myself,” Prateek recalls. Over time, he focused on his career as a stock market analyst after college until his uncle gave him his first camera, a Panasonic Lumix FS4 in 2009. .

It was in 2014 that Prateek started taking small party photography assignments by borrowing a DSLR from his roommate. Constant learning, warm demeanor and word-of-mouth helped Prateek land more work and now, for seven years, he’s been a go-to photographer at high-end parties and private occasions around town.

“Once, when I started to consider photography as a profession, I tried to learn everything and anything in order to be autonomous to manage the whole business by myself. It involved 4 to 5 hours of online learning every day after 10 office hours,” says the self-taught photographer, whose wife, apart from his parents, has been a major support in recent years.

Whether it’s weddings or commercial shoots, Prateek tries to create art. “My interest in cinematography has become more focused in recent years. I have worked with some of the biggest wedding companies in India and learned and developed my skills to meet their standards. Everyone is unique to his way and highlights what makes my images a work of art. Along with that, playing with the color palette in post-production shapes the way my viewers see the images,” he tells us.

Of the models whose photos he submitted for this column, Prateek finds Sushmita to be an extremely professional and experienced model who knows what clients’ needs are. “Pooja is also a pleasure to work with. For her grace and dancing skills, she is really light on her feet. Laly has a carefree nature and a playful attitude while Nandita is really up to date with current trends,” adds Prateek , who currently uses Sony A7III for his shoots.

Prateek can be contacted at 8981561314 or studiosprohd @gmail.com Instagram:@prohdstudios and @prateekexotic

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Sushmita Roy

Sushmita Roy | 27, height: 5 feet 9 inches

A full-time model by profession, Sushmita likes to wear anything casual and comfortable, including oversized tops, t-shirts and sportswear and for parties it is always colorful long dresses in cotton or satin. . “I love wearing all shades of purple including purple, lavender and mauve in addition to pink. For formal occasions, I wear jamdanis with traditional blouses and chunky oxidized earrings. Makeup is always nude to me with maybe a red pout for glamorous nights out,” she says.

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Pooja Bhatta

Pooja Bhatta | 26, height: 5 feet 4 inches

A full-time model, Pooja mostly likes to wear jeans and t-shirts, short dresses, hot pants and cropped tops, preferably cotton. “I like to wear a lot of black and for nights out it has to be dhakai or hand woven linen with sleeveless or deep cut blouses. I like to accessorize the look with oxidized silver jewelry and it can be a pair of earrings or a gorgeous necklace. I love nude makeup with smoky eyes,” Pooja says.

Instagram: @iampoojabhatta

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Nandita Daga

Nandita Daga | 35, height: 5 feet 2 inches

Fashion entrepreneur Nandita enjoys modeling as a hobby and enjoys wearing anything that sets her apart from the regular crowd. “I like to keep it different casually and often choose to wear pastel shades rather than plain white for the summers. I like quirky jumpsuits, ensembles, a cute short skirt with an elegant shirt or a one-piece dress. shoulder. For nights out, I love to wear anything with a hint of bling, whether it’s my outfits, shoes or bags. Usually it’s a cocktail dress or sleek jeans and a bling shirt. For formal occasions it has to be a Sabyasachi Anarkali for me with jadau earrings Makeup means a dash of glitter and kohl on the eyes and light shades of pink or pastel brown for the day and red or brown for the night,” says Nandita.

Instagram: @nanditadaga

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Laly Chakraborty

Laly Chakraborty | 25, height: 5 feet 4 inches

Blogger, model and corporate brand marketing professional, Laly likes to wear casual clothes, mainly cotton dresses. Her favorite colors are all shades of yellow and white. For traditional occasions, she likes to wear sarees and lehengas paired with spaghetti sleeve blouses, balloon sleeve blouse tops, deep neckline glass sleeves. “I love accessorizing my looks with stylish chains, pendants, rings, belts and hats. Makeup should be natural with more attention to pouts,” Laly explains.

Instagram: @lalylovesprawn

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