Hi there! I’m Namu. I appreciate that you’re considering hiring me, so how about I tell you a little about myself?
First, let’s get just it out of the way. Weird name, right? My grandfather Norman, son to two American Methodist missionaries, was born and raised in the Bengal region of India and when he was growing up, the local women who helped raised him called him “namu”, which was apparently a term of endearment for little kids. My father wanted to honor his father by naming me after him so Namu ended up being my real name and my grandfather’s nickname. Cool, huh? Nope, lol. It sucked. I got teased a lot through elementary, junior high and some of high school. I got so tired of being teased that I even went by my middle name for awhile! But that all changed when I got older. My name became a conversation starter and point of interest – and once I discovered that women found my name cute, it was all over. I’ve loved my name ever since.
Maybe my unique name helped guide my path over the years – I was always involved in some kind of artistic endeavor, whether it was doing graphic design, producing hip hop concerts or making websites. Photography was just a natural progression – I’ve needed great photos for almost every project I’ve ever done, so it made sense that I would end up cutting out the middle man and learning to photograph people myself. I’ve been photographing people for nearly 15 years now.
I remember the first time someone asked me if they could pay me to take their picture all those years ago – man, I was SO excited! I mean, really? You want to give me money to do something I really enjoy doing anyway? That was intoxicating.
I started out pretty slow, shooting here and there, mostly for my own projects and then for a few friends and family, and finally for strangers who’d been referred to me. Because I wasn’t trying to be an artist, I focused less on pushing creative boundaries and more on creating the most polished images I could, aiming for vivid, colorful and accurate. I think that’s why I’d rather call myself a craftsman than an artist. I love and respect the ultra creative pageantry of fine art photography, but I’m far more grounded in the idea that telling a story or capturing a memory is better achieved by a realistic style, rather than an artistic one. That’s why you won’t see edits from me with heavy filters or sepia tones or other “trendy” editing styles. When I shoot, I aim for an easy going, youthful, natural approach with an emphasis on the candid, rather than the posed, and because I’m great with light and dark spaces alike and I work well in environments that are often hectic and fast-paced, I’m perfectly suited for the event photography and portraiture industry I’m part of.
Last but not least, I’m a proud dad! My son is a saucy 9 year old boy who thinks he’s the boss of me, lol. And probably most importantly? He and I are both huge fans of sushi.
Thanks for reading and even if you don’t end up booking with me, feel free to reach out and connect! New friends are always welcome! I’m 100% positive you and I will get along famously.
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