SHiiNE & ME

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It is very hard to choose a name for something long term, such as your company. As many of you know that I use SHiiNE for my photography and blog, but have you ever wondered why SHiiNE and not my actual name. Some use their name as their brand identity to represent their work and some choose different names that represent themselves. As for me, I neither choose my name or any other name.

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As far as I can remember, I didn’t decide to name it ‘SHiiNE’ but it eventually became a trademark of my personality and my works by itself. About ten years ago, I used this word in the first photo designs I ever made in my life as a simple quote, but I would have never thought it would become my own photography name. I actually got attracted to the word so much that I started using it for all my editing.


Definition of shine
shone shined; shining
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1: to emit rays of light

  3. 2: to be bright by reflection of light

  4. 4: to have a bright glowing appearance his face shone with enthusiasm

  5. 5: to be conspicuously evident or clear


The word “shine” represents a positivity, brightness, and the power to change anything. That word always motivated me. It motivated me to be a better person and inspired me to work harder and shine among the stars and shine bright like the sun.

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POSITIVITY, BRIGHT & POWER TO CHANGE…

It became my trademark and my personality as well. It made me a better person. I actually get to know me better and I can easily relate to the words ” shine ”. I always try to keep my entourage positive and I even get frustrated when someone thinks and talk so negative. I am always smiling and always tries my best to keep my entourage as happy as possible. KEEP SMILING & SHARE THE LOVE

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I am more like an optimist person who always look at the bright side of the situation and always find a solution to any struggles that I ever faced. I never give up in any situation whether it is professional or personal. Like I mentioned in my previous post, I had to drop my studies, but I eventually went back to school and finish my studies. We all have up and downs in our lives, but it is wise to look at the bright side than thinking about the bad things and be sad over our situation. We only live once, so make the best out of it.I think with a simple smile and love, we have the power to change any situation that we face and make this world a better living.

LET YOUR SMILE ”SHiiNE”

I think SHiiNE suits me so much, I wouldn’t choose any other name. My personality is now my trademark for my works. I want to spread love and happiness as much as I can. Either through my personality or my photography, I want everyone to feel the joy of love, and in return, they share the same love with others.

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Pearls & Beads by Jennifer John

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I had the opportunity to work with Jennifer John founder of HER’S ONLY Handmade Jewelry once again and this time it is more than just for a product photo shoot. I had the chance to interview her.  I have known her for two years and I can tell that she is very sweet and down to earth.

I actually wanted to write a post about her business and we came up with an interview. It is, in fact, the first time that we are both working on interviews even though, I had the pleasure to work with her for her jewelry photo shoots last year.

As we are also passionate both about photography and editing, which we both use for our respective businesses, it was very easy to have a conversation with her. Working full time as Biomedical Lab technologist at the hospital in Montreal, she pursues her passion for pearls at the same time.

“I realized that I have a job to feed my stomach and it’s time for me to have a job to feed my heart. That’s when I began making handmade jewelry and I gradually initiated my home based business.”- Jennifer John

When I asked her how it all started her jewelry journey and how she keeps up with her day -time job. She was overly joyed to say that since she was a kid she wanted to enter the healthcare profession and at the same time she always wanted to work in a place where her creativity will be at its peak and was fascinated about fields that require designing.

One day, one of her co-workers noticed a necklace that she had made a few years ago and she encouraged or even forced Jennifer to make more jewelry so she can share her passion with others. Weekdays are spent in the Lab and as she was always been into designing and creative fields: her weekends are spent making necklaces and bracelets for her loyal clients. Moreover, she takes two weeks off from her day job in order to work on her inventories. She also mentioned that she would like to take this opportunity to thank her. “If she didn’t give me this idea I would’ve never started this journey.”  

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According to Google, creativity is the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work. Jennifer defines creativity as a form of self-expression and she’s able to explore ideas and to execute them in reality. As seen on her website, she creates unique and personalized jewelry that suits every personality. Despite all the hard work and the time she puts into each of her creation, she likes to share her passion and inspire others to become self-taught home based entrepreneur.

           What is the best of the procedure?

My favorite part of my business is when I get to work with the customers to make customized jewelry. It’s out of my comfort zone, so it’s very challenging but yet interesting.

Talking about her passion, when I asked her about the procedure to create one jewelry, her response was that it always depend on the customization of a jewelry. “Creating a jewelry can take from fifteen minutes to five hours. Designing is the part that requires much time investment. I literally have to take out all my materials and stare at each and every single bead and accessories until I get an idea. Once I get an idea I have to design it in order to create my piece.” 

  • Which one is your favorite jewelry till now or close to your heart?

My favorite jewelry is the very first one I made for my business called “Miss Pearl”. Miss Pearl is a seven layered elegant necklace made with simple off-white pearls.

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In the future, her goal is to learn more techniques to make varieties of designs to reach more clients. And she also wants to make her brand renowned in the online jewelry shopping industry. Her biggest challenge was promoting her brand. Fortunately, her family and friends helped in a very old fashioned way whereas she starts selling her first pieces of jewelry in her entourage.  Thereafter, she promoted her products through her social media pages which only increased her sales.

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 Who would you like to thank and why?

I would like to thank my biggest supporters, my family and friends. They’re always there to give me their feedback and to encourage me all the time.

-Jennifer John (HER’S ONLY HANDMADE JEWELRIES)


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I hope you enjoyed reading the article about Her’s Only Handmade Online jewelry store.  I will catch you with another interesting interview.

By Suki Nathan

It’s time to party!

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It has been one year since I started blogging. When I started, I was very nervous and confused about this blogging and everything. I was not sure if it was going to work or not, but I gave it a try. I had shared great stuff with you, even though, I was busy with work and school ( thank God I am done with school)

From day one, I wanted to give something different and new. I don’t know if I kept my words, but I am sure I am happy now. I am happy that I am doing something I like and passionate about.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for supporting and encouraging me on this journey.  I would have not made it so far without you. I have also few people who are close to my heart, who were there for the past year through my up and downs; who didn’t give up on me when the humanity did, who were there to read and listen to my each and every story. You guys know who you are. And you guys are amazing.

I had the chance to work with few people in the past year and do few photoshoots as well. Moreover, I have also started writing mini-series which was appreciated by many of you, I was overwhelmed.

I have many project and ideas for the upcoming months and I can’t wait to share them with you. Despite the time, I will write more and more.

Once again, thank you each and everyone!

Suki Nathan

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 The Coffee Shop – 1

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It has been few years I start working here, I made few good friends. Thanks to the manager, who was my friend, I got the job right away. He was wondering why I was insisting on this posting. Nine to five at the coffee shop and working for my company from home. It is not easy, but I enjoy what I do which makes the work easier. I started my company right after graduating from University.

I kept my personal business a secret at the shop; my coworker knew me as someone who was in desperate need of getting a job to support my family. Even though the manager was my friend,  I made sure he won’t divulge my secret to anybody. Working at the coffee shop was something unexpected but something I will never regret. I enjoyed every single day working here.


Since the coffee shop is at the center of few companies, the shop is always busy, we barely have time to stop for a small chat.

As I entered  –Good Morning guys!

– What’s up ! come and help me, dude! We will talk later! 

I quickly got at the back of the counter and start serving.


I start off my day perfectly until I meet that one person every morning and that’s when my world around me stops working

-To be continued.


Part 2 click here

The Proposal! Part 5

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There is a timing for everything. There is a will for everything. There is a way for everything.


The Proposal full story click here


As she was confused,  she waited for him to come back, but everything seems well planned, he didn’t show up in the front.

           – He escaped! If I see his face again I would smack something on his head! She was frustrated! She did not know what to do anymore; the suspense was over but what’s next?

She couldn’t stay there longer; she had to leave.She went home and she went through her daily chores and as she was sipping her homemade coffee in front of the TV. She was not even paying attention to the shows, but all she was thinking is about the guy she met, who she actually knew him for the past two years.

         -How is even possible? I thought we mutually hated each other. Why would he even do such thing? Is he playing? Is he serious? It is so confusing!

She had many unanswered questions. She was not able to think properly. Nobody would have imagined her in this situation! Was she in love? She decided to meet him face to face tomorrow and sort out this mess. As she was talking to herself she heard her phone ring, she was panicking! She took the phone it was a text message… from him.

         -OH MY GOD!

She opened the message and began reading.

          -From the day I saw you I knew that you were the one, the one who I want to spend the rest of my life with. I cannot imagine a life without you. I never had the chance to tell you, even though we would see each other every day. I never had the courage to let you know how much it made me happy to see you every morning. Your smile would make my heart beat faster. It took me two years to tell you now; how much you mean to me. I Love You! 

She was heartbroken.

Throwback 2016

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                 Most of the time, I celebrate New Years at church with my family. Starting the Year with laughter and lot of food, of course, I would sleep till noon and eat all day. My mom used to tell me the way we start the year will be the same throughout that year. as far as I can remember she was right, that’s what I end up doing the whole year: eating and sleeping.

What I have achieved in 2016!

I can recall few things that I am proud of myself. In fact, I finished my studies in July while working full time (40h/week). I decided to work on my long lost passion: Photography and I also discovered a new passion for writing. It made me realize that I was capable of doing something if I was really willing to do it. Somehow, I got the chance to do few photo shoot.  I Likewise,  I went back to Sri Lanka: one of the craziest trips so far. You can read about my trip: One country! two months! Twenty-five cities!  Moreover, I even started to write small fictive stories and I love it. My ever first story is: THE PROPOSAL 

” One can not achieve anything if did not start work for it”

 I loved writing about the diverse subject at school and I was somehow good at it even though English is my third language.  I wanted to do something that made me happy.  But I was confused; how to start and where to start. I liked the idea of starting my own blog since I was already writing one from one of my classes with my classmates, but  I was scared if I would find audiences for my blog; you had to be popular to get followers and readers. On the other hand, I didn’t know what to write about, so  I went through some popular blogs to get ideas and it was all about stuff they liked, but what do I like? That was my question!  YES! OF COURSE! PHOTOGRAPHY ! So I decided to combine writing and photography together and eventually started my blog.

Happy or not!

There are few things that I wish that happened differently, but everything has its own timing and everything happens for a reason. However, I am not complaining because I had the chance to learn and focus on something that I love and enjoy doing.  I am pretty happy with what I have done in 2016. I hope the best in the years to come.  My aim is to open my own photo studio in the future and I am working on that dream slowly but surely.

What I learned in 2016

EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE WHEN YOU ARE WILLING TO DO IT !

Thank you for all your love and support.I hope you enjoyed reading my blog throughout 2016 and I look forward to have a best year ahead

-Suki Nathan