Hairy Tales – before the first mottai

Last week, Akshara had her first Mottai (Tonsure/Removal of hair on the head/any other translation). Akshara’s mottai had been delayed due to various reasons and her hair had grown considerably in the past three years. As they (the scientists/naturalists/grand parents/wise men & women) say, her new hair may or may not be the same way as it is now – all curled up. So, Vidhya wanted to preserve memories of it. No, we don’t have her locks stored in our refrigerator! Vidhya wanted to try various hairstyles and get her photographed in them. And thus started a series of photo sessions with different hairstyles. Akshara was only ever willing to pose, but the problem was she has now grown up enough to decide the pose she wants to give! But, we had fun. Below are the photos from one set.

before the first mottai

before the first mottai

before the first mottai

I tried to shoot with backlight to get the glow on the hair. Also, added a table fan by the side for the extra effect 🙂

before the first mottai

before the first mottai

before the first mottai

before the first mottai

before the first mottai

before the first mottai

By the swing

After every shopping trip, a mini fashion parade happens at the house when Akshara tries on the new clothes and checks herself out on the mirror. This time, i wasn’t doing anything worthwhile in the house (like always, acc to Vidhya). So, i decided to take Akshara down to the garden for a photo session. Also asked her to take her golf stick along for a prop.

photography by the swing

But, she wasn’t very interested in the golf stick and it was soon forgotten. It was around 11.45 and the sun was beating hard from directly above. So, technically not a good time for photos. But, i did lot of experimenting with the flash and managed to get some decent photos.

photography by the swing

Akshara is very fond of the swing, Jhoola as she calls it. From the moment we stepped out on the podium, she was constantly asking “Jhool Polama” (Shall we go to the Jhoola?). Once there, she was on a world of her own. 10 mins on the jhoola in the hot sun was enough for this session of photography. I wonder how many were looking down from their balconies on this crazy father-daughter duo and wondering what we were up to in the heat of the day!

photography by the swing

photography by the swing

photography by the swing

photography by the swing

photography by the swing