Meet Imliyanger Sajung Lemtur, a self taught wedding photographer. From making a bit of pocket-money selling hard photo copies to his friends in college to becoming a wedding photographer, his journey began in the hills of Kohima, Nagaland, where he was born.
He has always loved and admired nature, the scenic beauty of the hills and the colour of the flowers in his mother’s garden.
The sweet bond made him see things in a new light. Photography for him started out as a hobby as he began the journey by shooting nature photos. Journalist Miriam Rengma caught up with him to ask him a few questions about his photography passion and how he came to be wedding photographer.
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Miriam : Tell us a little about yourself.
Yanger : Hi, Thank you so much for the opportunity. I am a self- taught photographer (still miles to go) living in Dimapur, Nagaland, and I have been pursuing photography for about 5 years.
Miriam : Are you into photography full time?
Yanger : Part time.
Miriam : What is your work philosophy and where do you get inspiration from?
Yanger : My philosophy towards work is to do the best, learn from mistakes, be patient and be a visionary. You will also notice that most of my portraits are colourful just as we can find it in nature. I also recollect making a bit of pocket-money selling hard photo copies to my friends in the college. So in other words, it is that nature which inspired me and of course, my friends and families who have always encouraged me.
Miriam : What gets you particularly excited about wedding photography?
Yanger : The thing that gets me excited about wedding photography is to see two people along with their families being so happy. So you can’t deny the fact that I’m more excited and eager to encounter their wedding.
Miriam : What are the obstacles that you go through on your work?
Yanger : Working on a wedding day is quite hectic. Moreover, it starts before the ceremony
begins as you have to shoot the wedding preparations and stay there till the end. Being a reserved person, there are few challenges that really gets me nervous when it comes to the stress faced by the couple and families. There’s a lot to do with talking and sometimes, you have to crack a joke to brighten up their faces so that you get to model the behavior you want. But looking back at my experiences, I believe I’ve improved a lot now.And last but not the least, it really grates on the nerves when a guest interrupts a special moment with his/her camera phone.
Miriam : How do you handle stressful situations?
Yanger : When there are such situations, I just close my eyes, take a deep breath and motivate myself with the quote "today’s struggle is tomorrow’s success". Try it for yourself!
Miriam : What sets you apart from other professionals in your field?
Yanger : I don’t know if there is one. There are a lot of photographers better than me in my state which I can’t deny. I’m just being me and true to myself and giving the best of my ability.
Miriam : Do you have any special word of warning or encouragement as a result of your
Yanger : We are living in a competitive world. Start now! Doesn’t matter where that start begins from. Big things happen by doing small things.
To explore more of his work, follow him on his facebook page @I.Yanger Photography
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