Nat Photography


Portraiture I

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
— Mahatma Gandhi

In August 2016, I was very frustrated of making a decision if I want to stay in the states longer or go back home. Sphinx Development Corporation (SDC), the wonderful company I used to with and sponsored me getting working visa (H1B). My name did not get picked from 250k applications to 85k applications. My family was the first place I called when the result came. 

"You can come home or you can study photography."

My mom gave me choices because she knew I was pretty much giving up staying here. "I'll study photography 2.5 more years and if I cannot make business of it, I'll go home." I responded. Six months passed and I realized that it was one of the best decisions in my life I've made so far.

I have Portraiture I class with Byrd Williams and he is an amazing teacher. Byrd is fourth generation of photographer family. He has worked in New York, German, and University of North Texas. He is super cool. Y'all should check out his works.

Portraiture I is about studio photography, which is my most weak spot in photography skill. The students have to do assignments such as hard light, soft light, and fashion shoot. The art students are super cool and laid back. These people are so much fun to hangout with. We switch role of being photographers and models. I had Peyton and Jennifer to be the model for a couple shots.

I have two more years to go for this degree. It's tough, very tough, of making a business out of photography. I believe I'm doing it right because successful shouldn't come easy. Not at all.

Stay positive and happy. Work hard and don’t give up hope. Be open to criticism and keep learning. Surround yourself with happy, warm and genuine people.
— Tena Desae

Payton and Jennifer