5 things Covid-19 taught me !!

I missed blogging. I have been working full time (what’s new eh?) side hustling with photography and taking a full time course. People who knows me well, knows that I am a workaholic, I am either working or thinking about what to do next. I never had or spent time for myself. Lot of things I wanted to do were in a pending mode, whether blogging our starting a YouTube Channel. And Covid19 happened in Canada, where we were partially quarantined in our homes and some people may have stocked up on toilet paper and some others on food which was not the case for me. I was stocked with lot of ideas and was motivated to put more time into my passion. It has been more than a month and I’ve been and trying to use this time to be productive and to use the time wisely. Now, that I have more time for myself, I wanted to do the things i never got the chance to do. Here are the most important things I’ve learned during the confinement.

Self care

One thing I definitely learned is to take care of myself. Usually, I always kept myself busy with work, shoots and classes. I would do the basic self care some times in awhile but never had the time to do in a consistent way and eventually forget about it. But as of the current situation, I try my best to always remind myself that it is the time to take of myself and bring out a daily routine throughout the day.

Follow your dreams

this new normal life gave me plenty of free time on my own which I have not taken for granted. I am trying to use it wisely. It allowed me to refocus on my dreams and my pending projects which I never had the proper time to do so. One of the main reason that led me into photography is definitely writing (blogging). In the beginning, was very active and would be writing more often and eventually with more bookings and other reasons I stopped writing. I would be always bothered and missed writing and even think to write but I was not inspired with anything. The second thing, I always wanted to do is to start a YouTube Channel even way before I start photography. Now, I found the perfect time to work on these two and to create more.

Compassion

With all the new technologies and new way of living, the people have become more selfish than ever. it has brought lot of distance between human, where we forgot to really care about others and the planet. Individualism became more and more evident in our daily lives where we only thing about ourselves and the one we really love at some extend. But, when were were told to stay home and maintain distances and avoid gatherings, we truly realize that compassion, love and care of others have won over our individualism and our selfishness. We started to avoid contacts and avoided unnecessary gatherings and trips to avoid the spread of the virus and to save many lives, the one we know and definitely the one we don’t know. It hasn’t been easy but these moments is truly an win over the world. LOVE OVER SELFISHNESS.

Money isn’t everything

It is not always about the money. We couldn’t save lives with the money we had. but did with the money we couldn’t make (staying home) Life is not always easy. We tend to show off with the money we have, big parties, big weddings, big events. Once again love conquered the money, for the sake of our loved one, we had postponed or canceled events and money couldn’t do anything. Whether you are rich or poor LOVE conquers all.

Learning new skills

And the last thing, I definitely learned is skills. Laziness or lack of time, made me more lazy. It was easier for me to ask my mom to drape me the saree or it would be easier to go do my eyebrows at the saloon. But during this lockdown, I got the chance and the time to learn how to drape a saree and to do my own eyebrows. I start to cook better, enhance my photography skills.


i am aware of the privilege and I am forever grateful and thankful for this life. Not everyone can be motivated and inspired every day. Some people are even struggling to meet the ends and this situation are not helping them. I am doing my best to provide help to anyone in need and hoping for this situation to change and everything gets back to normal.

Through my lens.

THROWBACK 2019

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


About Us


SHiiNECREATIVEMEDIA


Where Art Collaborates

We are a Montreal based photography service. We serve different communities in Montreal for more than five years. Our team consists of photographers, album designers, event planners, and editors. We cover two categories of events; private and corporate. We set up a brand in 2016 as one of the first Tamil female photographer based in-town.

One of our goals is to capture unique moments and promote small and medium businesses and give back to the community through our photography. Our brand strongly believes in a healthy relationship with the clients.

Found by Suki Nathan, a noble female photographer of SHiiNECREATIVEMEDIA. She is a self-taught photographer and she also holds a certificate in Public Relations and Communication from McGill.

Driven by passion for photography, she captures beautiful memories through her lenses and vision. She believes that every picture has a story behind. Being behind a camera is nothing new to her as she was always around a camera since her young age.


Corporates events:

Business:  To support and encourage other entrepreneurs

  • Networking
  • Opening ceremonies
  • Parties
  • After-party

Fashion:  To widen our horizon

  • Trend
  • Vendors
  • Shows

Private events

Wedding: To capture the most memorable moment in a union of two families becoming one.

  • Engagement
  • Pre-wedding events
  • Wedding / Reception

Family

To witness the bonding within the family

  • Birthdays
  • Portraits
  • Maternity
  • Children

GOALS

Capture unique moments that last forever.

Able to help small businesses promote their product/services through my photography.

Plan, organize and execute events and shoots/

Help various non-profit organizations/

A healthy relationship with clients.

About Us.

Throwback 2018

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.  

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COLLABORATIONS

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.

EVENTS

-Photography

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.

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-Events

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.

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SHOWS

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.

PERSONAL

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.

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 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. 

Made with Love

As a girl, I always love to dress up and feel like princesses. Growing up in the Tamil community, we have the chance to wear a lot of traditional outfits at events. Most of the time, we don’t often get the dress we want or the color we want. Luckily we can have our own designs and get them customized. Like any other services, getting the right tailoring place is hard. Sometimes, we don’t always have the choice to go to this specific tailor. I still remember when I used to go a tailor and my mom had to re-do the whole outfit.


Love Couture is a tailoring service based in Montreal. It offers customized tailoring on measurement such as saree blouses, dresses, kids outfits, modern lehengas. This tailoring service is a little bit different from other services. It is equally handled by a mother-daughter duo. Where the daughters take care of the clients, social media branding, marketing and coordinating everything from taking the orders to delivering the products. Meanwhile, the mother takes measurements, confirm the design and stitches and do the final fitting.

What’s behind the name?

Love Couture is simple. It is all about love and connects a mother and God. God is love and a mother’s love is unconditional. Couture is a French word, as they didn’t want to use the word “tailor or tailoring” since everyone was using that to represent themselves. After many suggestions and brainstorming the mother-daughter decided to name their brand Love Couture “Since my mom was a religious person, I wanted something that connects both her and God. We eventually came up with LOVE. A mothers’ every move and dedication toward her home is made with love and only LOVE. And Everything we make is made with love. ”

How long have you been doing this?

There was a time when they were kids I used to make them clothes, like sweaters, t-shirts, and tops. As the kids grew up I have stopped doing. But I was still fixing their outfits if needed, especially the traditional outfits. Two years ago, my daughter wanted me to do tops for her and her kids. I was enjoying making them from scratch, in the beginning, I was just doing it for my daughters. Slowly, my 2nd daughter encouraged me to start taking orders.

What is your specialty?

Since Love Couture is based in the Tamil community, their service includes saree blouses, lehengas, and semi-stiched salwaar. We also do ladies tops and kids wear. They are all made on-measure and customized with the clients’ designs. 

 

What do you like about your work?

We like the whole process of meeting the client to the fitting of their custom outfit. We always try to limit our client so we don’t have loads of deliveries to do. We like to enjoy the whole process without any pressure. We like the most is when we meet the client and they try on their customized outfit; their feedback is priceless whether is good or bad. When we get negative feedback we learn from it and do better.

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GHAJANEE+NISH  (MAGICSHOT PHOTOGRAPHY) BRIDEMAIDS OUTFIT BY LOVECOUTURE

 

-In love Couture everything is made with love- 


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Giving back by Jananie B.

Social Media is a big platform where you can share your thoughts, moments, projects and events. It is a community, sometimes we call it a social family. You make friends, inspire others or even get inspired. With all the positives aspects of the social media platform,  we are inspired by different ways.

This one event on social media that had struck my attention last year was “Palm Roots”, a charity event to give back to our homeland. Held by Jananie Baskaran from Toronto. She was such an inspiration and when I contacted her she was very friendly and liked the idea. 

Jananie Baskaran was born in the Middle East and migrated to Canada in the early 2000s. She holds a degree in Health Science and works for UHN in Toronto and she also works for her own photography business called Called 3D Media, where she offers commercial and fashion photography services. Other than photography, she likes to read, mostly non-fiction and obsessed with movies and film-making. If she is not taking photos, we know where to find her; her living room either reading books or watching movies.

We often think how can we give back to our homeland? We don’t know where to start such as we don’t have the proper support, the proper tools. Moreover, the financial part plays a big role.

 And she is back for the fifth time in a row with another  PR2018. This year we will see many other artists point of view along with hers. Their work will be displayed at her next exhibition on the 4th of Nov 2018. If you are in town, do not miss this amazing event held by Jananie Baskaran.



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What’s behind Palm Roots?

The intention of Palm Roots is to create a bridge that connects the Tamil community in Toronto with the community in Sri Lanka, especially in the North and East. It’s a way to remind the younger generation to always give back and support our community in our homeland, no matter how successful they become.  

Where did you get this idea?

Palm Roots was initiated after my first trip to Jaffna in 2013 when I saw the present condition of Tamils specifically in the North, even after the so called “end” of the 25-year war that took place in Sri Lanka. We are blessed with so many privileges in our lives, that we tend to take for granted. Whereas, the community in North/East Sri Lanka is still facing a constant struggle to afford basic necessities like food, shelter, education etc. I felt that it was my responsibility to make sure that my community in North/East Sri Lanka were able to get back on their two feet and have a better future than what their generations have gone through in the past.

Who supported/helped you during this travel?

It has always been my family. The trips I’ve gone on so far have been with my parents and brother. They have been so supportive of this initiative and always make sure we visit places where we can learn more about the history of all the places we visit – especially in Jaffna.

What is your long and short term goals?

So far, I think I have been achieving the short term goals I’ve had in mind for Palm Roots – which is to help children have easier access to education by providing them with funds or support in any way, to continue schooling. My long-term goal has been to create a brand for myself and to make sure that photography is appreciated for its true value. Another long-term goal would be to ensure that children in North/East Sri Lanka grow up to become well-educated leaders who are confident enough to represent our identity on bigger platforms and fight for their rights in an ethical way. As Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” I would love to continue seeking charities and following up with the ones I’ve worked with so far to make sure that the children supported by Palm Roots are continuing to get the support they require through Palm Roots and other sources as well.

Are you planning to do one next year?

As of now, I can’t predict what next year holds. Organizing an event like Palm Roots is a tedious but worthy effort. In addition to organizing the event itself, it also includes all the background work that usually isn’t considered. This includes travelling, visiting and photographing places or moments that people would be interested in purchasing for their homes/offices, choosing photos, editing, printing/framing, executing the event and then taking care of funds and ensuring that it reaches reliable charities who are in desperate need to help people. It takes a ton of effort to put together the event every year while balancing my full-time career as well – so let’s see how things go!

What is your future plan? And Why?

I haven’t been a person to have a 5-year or 10-year goal or have everything planned out for my future. Life has its way of presenting obstacles and blessings my way at the most unpredictable times. So I’ve tried my best to go with the flow and take things as they come. It’s the best way to make sure you’re ready to conquer your battles on a daily basis while appreciating the things and people you have in your life at the moment because you can never predict if they will remain tomorrow.

Who is your inspiration?

I have always been inspired by Princess Diana. I continue to look up to her for being the beautiful, graceful woman she was, regardless of how people in her environment treated her and for her unconditional passion for helping the less fortunate.  It’s hard to believe that she passed away more than twenty years ago but still remains a huge inspiration to many, including myself.

What would you like to say to the older and younger generation?

My sincere request to the older generation would be to support the efforts that the younger generation is putting into art forms they are passionate about.

Art is something our community has always looked at as a hobby or a side job and never as a career. But there are many artists who are proving that success in the arts can be achieved as long as passion, hard work and luck exist. I would love to see more individuals from the older generation participate in events organized by the younger gen and be more supportive to artists of our generation. Every individual is a star in his or her own way. All they need is encouragement and support to find their passion and continue to aim for success. I have been extremely blessed to have the support of so many people for Palm Roots so far and hope it continues to grow.

To the younger generation: I think it’s our responsibility to find something we are truly passionate about and pursue our dreams regardless of who chooses to support us or not. Many times, I see individuals who are extremely talented but choose not to act on their skills because they expect opportunities to find them or use the older generation’s lack of support as an excuse for their fear of failure. Many spend time criticizing what another person is doing to achieve success instead of focusing on their own path to success. People always recognize those who hustle so continue to pursue your dreams and work hard to succeed; the support and respect will come to you on its own. Failure or success – it all starts with the decisions you make, so choose wisely!

Who would you like to thank?

There are so many individuals who have continued to support me throughout the journey of Palm Roots so far. I would definitely need to thank my family, friends, community members/media for their ongoing support and positivity. Specifically I’d like to take this opportunity to thank three individuals who have been a huge pillar of strength since my first event in 2013 – Gary Anandasangaree, Thiva Paramsothy who have been my mentors for many years now and Shaji Nada, CEO of Ideal Group and his team for their continuous support with Palm Roots. In proud to partner up with their team for Palm Roots 2018 and will always be grateful for their motivation to continue pursuing my dreams.

JANANIE BASKARAN

PHOTO CREDITS: Ninaivukal, Puthinam Media

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