2021 was another year, where we had to face many challenges. Yet, another year I focused on myself. Every year, my goal is to live each day and never expect anything in return. Despite all the struggles and the restless journey, I was able to accomplish many things. Changed my career, celebrating a successfull business and completing my dream project.
With the global pandemic hitting its 2nd year, it was not an easy year, to begin with. the first few months were slow. But it didn’t stop me from doing what I love doing: photography. I was able to focus even more. I tuned up my game in the business. I am a person who doesn’t just wait for opportunities but creates them. Those opportunities opened me up to new ventures, to new people, to new ideas. I can proudly say that 2021 was a success.
2021 was one of the toughest years, I faced as well. I was able to finish my certificate which I enrolled in two years ago. It was my goal and dream to be part of this program. I finished successfully my certificate in Commercial Photography while working full time and handling my side business (photography). It was not easy, but I can definitely say that I MADE IT”. It made me open to new venture such as food photography. Even though, I enjoy people, I also have found a special love for food. I am looking forward to see where it will bring my in the future.
Looking forward to another filled with memorable days and can’t wait to create more .
A year with twist and turns! It was definitely not an easy year for most of us. I started this year with a new perspective. I wanted to use every opportunity that came on my way and go with the flow without expecting and planning anything ahead.
2020 taught me a lot and made me realize that sometimes it is better to slow down and breathe. One of my goals this year was to make time for myself. I always kept myself busy with work or studies, but i never made time for myself. This year I wanted to prioritize, my health and self care. Fortunately, I was able to do it. I was able to breathe and enjoy little moment that I always had wished for.
My next goal was to do level up my photography, I wanted to improve my skills, learn new techniques and I wanted to shoot more.
As we all know, we ended up in a quite long lockdown caused by a global pandemic and we were not able to function like before, it was the new normal. Even during the lockdown, I didn’t give up, I attended online classes , watched YouTube videos and definitely improved my skills.
In the beginning of the year, I had gathered feedbacks from my friends and did self review about my work. I worked on my flaws and strengthened my skills. I am always grateful the genuine love and support I always had since the beginning of my career.
My relationship with some got even stronger and I was also able to meet new people this years who continuously supporting my goals and foremost my passion. I strongly believe that everything happens for a reason and definitely every person helped me in their own way into my growth. They believed in me and pushed me to do better and to go out of my comfort to create.
Despite all the things that happened this year, I looked in a optimistic way and cherished every moment we had as we don’t know what we will happen next. I will definitely continue to do so. I am very grateful for this life.
I’m looking forward 2021 to create more memories, meet new people and create quality content.
Another year filled with amazing shoots that I did. Most of them are new faces and some you may have recognized them from all my previous shoot. They are the one who has my heart and I never get tired of having them in my feeds. Thank you for all your love and support. Keep supporting me on another venture filled with more shoots to come.
In the beginning of the year I’ve set myself some goals in order to achieve them; like shoot more than the previous year. Honestly, I did not achieve all of them but I did achieve few things that wasn’t even on my list such registering my business, apply to that course. There are few things I wish I had done differently but I am not regretting anything. This year has been a year filled with emotions and thoughts and like I had mentioned, filled with experiences and learning.
I’ve started of the year with my dream team: Vaany and Tharshana. In fact we started off together in our respective work few years ago and I’m happy to be part of this hardworking and dedicated team. I’ve seen them grow over the year and we lifted up each other in our hardest times and we cheered up at our biggest achievements. I had the chance to organize a brand new fashion show
Throughout this year, I lost the real reason behind why I started photography and it led me into depression and I was stressed about not achieving my goal. Later, I realized why I had really started off photography: passion, but nothing else. I refocused my goals and got back on track. Moreover, looking at all the social media accounts did not help me, but I started to really focus on my life and not to bother about all illusions that social media give you. Not only, I almost gave up on my passion but I did not bother about my health, which led me to another breakdown. One of my goals in the upcoming year, is to take care of my health, shoot more and of course write more.
Over a decade…
From dropping out from college to successfully owning a business close to my heart. Its something that I never thought of. Over this decade, I am proud to say that I have achieved lot of things and I don’t regret any of my mistakes and I’ve learned a lot from them. Ten years ago, I was still struggling to be finish my studies. Here I am now holding a certificate from McGill and owning a business close to my heart. I’ve met beautiful people and whom I cherish every moment with them. I’ve lost few friends but I’ve gained true ones. Meeting my husband a decade ago was not an accident. And to say that I’ve been waiting for him and been in a long distance relationship for 8 years; who would have believed me. When you know he is the one, the distance doesn’t matter. I’ve explored Sri Lanka in a whole and visited England with him. Been traveling back and forth to the States with the family. This past years has been a roller coaster but it has brought me a lot of good memories.
I honestly can’t wait to see how 2020 is going to be. looking forward meeting new people,plan and execute new projects. -Suki Nathan
It has been two years since I officially launched SHiiNECREATIVEMEDIA and I don’t regret anything about. I am happy to see the growth and all that I have achieved. In the past years, I did so many things that I would have ever thought; from having my own business to inspiring many other women. In facts, I was a person who had very low self-esteem, I had to struggle really hard to be where I am now. It wouldn’t be possible without my family and all the friends that supported me in every step I took. They never doubted me even when I doubted myself.
As we are starting a new year, I wanted to reflect on my journey and continue the throwback series. Hope you enjoy reading it.
I had the chance to organize a shoot with a team from Toronto at the beginning of the year featuring Traditional Disney Princesses. I went on with the Sabyasachi theme with my favorite team NKT X VAANY. A Marylin Monroe inspired theme with Amalyacupcakes. Worked with BeautybyRobi two times this year. My every year Toronto shoot was with some amazing girls including my previous model; Thanushaa and my ever in-house model Vaany. Met the LadyBoss behind HeelsbyShalini who just launched a new product recently. And my last collaboration of the year was with hennabyBindya, we wanted to something unique so we went on a cemetery inspired shoot.
A huge thank you to everyone who booked me throughout this year and trusted me to capture their moments and I had the chances to witness some memorable moments this year. All the clients who became friends and all the friends who booked me without hesitating. I had the opportunity to learn and grow. I had covered weddings, receptions, bridal shower, baby showers, and many birthday parties. And all the clients who book me over and over for all their events, I am overwhelmed by all your loves. The biggest compliment I can ever get is to be one’s family photographer. This year was the case where I got events from my closes friends, and they booked me over and over for all their events. To say that, some already booked me for 2019. Moreover, I’ve got the chance to cover one of my family friend’s receptions in Canada, their maternity shoot, their bridal shower, and their baby’s dedication.
Moreover, I have started a new venture under SHiiNECREATIVEMEDIA; event planning. I had the opportunity to organize a few events: wedding reception, birthday parties, anniversary parties and more. I enjoy planning them as much as I enjoy taking pictures and to say that we have our own MC. In the coming years, I want to organize more.
I had the chance to be the official backstage photographer for Mangalyam, Montreal Tamil bridal show. And be the official photographer for a charity show, Aspire to Inspire the first edition held by Montreal Tamil youths. I met some amazing people this year as well. Moreover, I had the chance to cover Adalaam Va by SMDanceCrew and a famous dancer Manoj Jackson from India.
As you all know I got married in 2012 in Sri Lanka and I was sponsoring my husband to Canada. For some reason, the visa got refused. I’ve been traveling a lot, to the UK and Sri Lanka. Finally, after five years, my husband is here. It has was a hard journey, since, I have been working a lot on my own, long shifts and sleepless nights and emotional struggles. Since his arrival, he’s has been a big support for me, helping me out and supporting me and making sure all my dreams are fulfilled and that I achieve all my goals.
SHiiNECREATIVEMEDIA had grown as a team, two backup photographers and videographers, event planners and album designers and editors as part of my team. had the great year 2018 and looking forward 2019 to meet new people and work again with talented people from Montreal and Toronto.
Looking back at 2017!
When I started professional photography in 2016 right after my studies, I never expected this response. I am yet so far to achieve all my goals, but 2017 was a great year. It was not only a hobby but a love for photography.
We should not just sit and look at your phone waiting for someone to call for events. That’s easy, right? But it doesn’t work like that. You have to go and reach out to people, expose your work and create content to attract them and make yourself available and easy to communicate!
I opened my Instagram page in 2015 and I was just posting pictures once in a while, whenever I was traveling or so. One of my close friends told me that I should keep my IG page active and post at least one post per day, I was like I barely have time to do anything. But, I took her advice seriously and started posting pictures and kept my page active. We even did a collab shoot with her, which is also my very first collaboration back in 2016 with Jennifer from Her’s Only Handmade Jewelry And since then, my page didn’t stop growing.
Collaboration in the social media business is working with other entrepreneurs with different skills and promoting each other’s work.
Even though my first collaboration was with Her’s Only Handmade Jewelry back in 2016, only a year after, out of a random conversation my friend & I decided to do a shoot, it is none other than Anne from SUN-KISSED make up by Hareen.
But I was still hesitating about doing collaborations but when Jennifer called me in during her shoots with her model I didn’t refuse the opportunity. HO PHOTOSHOOT That is when I realized that I didn’t lose anything but promoting each other and networking was the main idea of collaborations.
My next collab shoots were in Toronto which I mentioned about in Round-trip – Toronto. Later on, I contacted Vaany, one of the girls from HO PHOTOSHOOT: and decided to do a shoot which The Forest Queens turned out to be a success. I got the chance to meet amazing people throughout all the collaborations, like NKTBoutique, Bindiya from Hennabybindiya who did the henna for THE BRIDAL LOOK, Vaany; professional model and many others.
Apart from birthdays party, my biggest event was covering a three-day Punjabi wedding, Raminder Weds Suman Trust me, boy! I was nervous and anxious. Forever grateful to my best friend who believed in me and booked me right away for her cousin’s wedding. It was one of the best experience ever.
Within a year I covered from a baby shower, birthday parties and a wedding, it was a pleasure for me to be part of all these events.
2017 was a great year.It took me time to realize that I shouldn’t be waiting for the opportunities to knock at your door, but you have to make your own way out and create each and every opportunity… I met some amazing people through collaborations and events who became very close personally and professionally. When I started back in 2016, I had no idea how it was going to be. But now I know, I did accomplish something throughout this year, but it is only the beginning and yet more to come. I am stepping into another year, with a lot of dreams and goals to be accomplished. With a lot of projects in the upcoming year that I am excited to share with you. With no regrets, I can tell that I am proud of myself.
Thank you, everyone, for all your love & support. Without your support, I am nowhere.