Ruchi Deepak Manipal, a young mother, taking care of a young one and nurturing a young enterprise Palchin Photography.
Ruchi is one amongst us who, is paving her way, and experimenting with her role of mum and a budding entrepreneur she is celebrating her first work anniversary.
Let’s hear it from Ruchi herself, her story of success and how she made it.
Ruchi calls her family her support system and Nishka, her daughter, whose her Golden pot.
Sujata: hi Ruchi, I have seen a lot of your work every now and then, and I wish to know more about you. Where do you come from? How long have you been here?
Ruchi: I am from India, Jaipur and I have lived in the UK for 8 years.
Sujata: Did you study Photography at school or college? Or any other form of arts??
Ruchi: I belong to the Indian millennium mass, the generation of MBA’s. I am an MBA in IT and Marketing. I have no formal education in photography.
When I moved to the UK, I worked in a telecom company in Marketing, and then an media firm doing content management, and always stayed miles away from photography in any form.
Sujata: incredible!! I admire your pictures and they are outstanding.
So tell me…. What or who ignited your passion in photography?
Ruchi: A mother’s wish, my daughter is my greatest motivation.
When my daughter was born, was then my passion of capturing every movement of her life was born.
I could not let go of any precious acts of hers, her little smile, her crawling, her first steps and her first cries. Everything of hers filled all my being and I found myself always clicking her pictures.
It was, after her first birthday, that I picked up my camera and began my journey of turning my passion of clicking pictures into, profession.
Sujata: It was a career shift, how did you manage to get work or be paid for your passion?
Ruchi: well, yes I wasn’t prepared to go back to work around the clock and leave my bundle of joy in a nursery, mentally I was preparing for unknown territories.
Initially I volunteered with an event management company, my work was well accepted and appreciated amongst the Indian Community in UK and my client base started building up by word of mouth, and then there was no looking back.
Sujata: you are an inspiration to mothers who want to break through from the guilt of working and leaving children behind.
What does it take to be really successful?
Ruchi: single most important ingredient would be ” Whole Hearted Dedication “.
I feel no complain attitude is all one needs. I take every opportunity of extra work as an opportunity of learning. Learning my work is the most valuable acquisition for me and so a grab any opportunity to work extra as my hands on real life lessons.
Sujata: great insight, how do you manage your kiddo and work? How do you balance both?
Ruchi: I am the backbone of Palchin, I do PR, admin, marketing, editing and photoshoot. My husband is my support system, he is in all that I do.
My schedule is challenging, I realise also I am the first teacher to my kid.
I work late nights so that Nishka can keep up with her toddler groups and activities.
Sujata: Thank you Ruchi, it was a great insightful speaking to you. If you had to sum it up, Palchin Photography means to you….
Ruchi: Palchin is about capturing emotions, emotions that the eyes might have missed but the camera will capture, the first greeting, the last bye, the innocent smile, the joyous laughter all your heart felt emotions experienced on the planet earth, in your journey called life.
Thank you so much Sujata.
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