Nil. Patel.

If I’m going to ask for your trust in capturing a glimpse of your life, then the least I can do is share a few glimpses of mine…

 

The start of my life was just like everyone else’s… I have a mom and dad.

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Oh, and a sister too! She was a big fan of the Beatles growing up. - Or at least rocking the timeless mop top cut in her youth.

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Here’s an iconic snap of me and my cousins with my uncle teaching us the proper parenting techniques of the ‘90s. - Beer in hand, at all times.

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 While I would love to say it was “Dress like Indian Forrest Gump Day,” and I went to school with peas and carrots in hand, I would only be lying. Unfortunately this wasn’t Halloween either. And I hadn’t even heard of Lieutenant Dan. Yet, my mom still thought it would be cool to dress me like this EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. for elementary school… See me in action!

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Mistake No. 9 Million 864,000 and sixty-two. - If you are attending a wedding in India, NEVER, EVER be in a situation where you are dancing(?) alone on stage. It’ll only look like you’re saying, “No paparazzi, please!” and not even CLOSE to the art of “dancing.” - Check out the music video of the song I was dancing to. It’s pretty cheesy & cringey. - Cringsy? Cheengey? Either way, just bad.

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Fast forward to 3:40 to watch my man Hrithik Roshan shred a guitar solo sicker than Jimi Hendrix or Jimmy Page combined.


If I had to attribute one major factor that pushed my creative drive in photography, it would have to be my foundation in music: I went from quietly learning the piano alone to proudly performing on over 3/4 instruments for rooms full of people.

A snap of me practicing guitar in my room in college, just before I headed out to a show. The instruments and records behind me stretched out on all four walls was the accumulation of over four years of collecting. Let’s just say space for my bed was virtually non-existent…

A snap of me practicing guitar in my room in college, just before I headed out to a show. The instruments and records behind me stretched out on all four walls was the accumulation of over four years of collecting. Let’s just say space for my bed was virtually non-existent…

After my first semester in college, I started volunteering at a local shelter, where I taught retired veterans how to play the piano. I was asked to perform one Christmas that led to regular gigs playing at the local retirement facilities. Here is a snap of one of the staff members dancing with a resident while I was performing.

After my first semester in college, I started volunteering at a local shelter, where I taught retired veterans how to play the piano. I was asked to perform one Christmas that led to regular gigs playing at the local retirement facilities. Here is a snap of one of the staff members dancing with a resident while I was performing.


My Transition into Photography: After graduating college, I decided to take a trip out to Denver. It was on this trip that I would get to use my first SLR camera. - Auto settings on auto focus, of course! Check out some of the pre Patel Creative era photos that laid the foundation for my work in weddings:

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While I had seen snow before in my life, I never got a chance to fully experience it.. And can you truly experience snow without making snow angels???

While I had seen snow before in my life, I never got a chance to fully experience it.. And can you truly experience snow without making snow angels???


Now: It’s been at least half a decade since I started capturing and telling love stories. I am excited about the couples I will get to work with in the future and even more so blessed for the couples I have already worked with, who helped me achieve my dreams. Here’s a few snaps of me with my couples below:

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Hey YOU!

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