photoofshritiI was born and raised in India and moved to the United States in 1991. While getting a Bachelors Degree in English Literature from the City University of New York, I dabbled in Photography and took some courses on the side. I was hooked! In the very first Photography class I took, as I watched the print emerge in the Darkroom, my Instructor said, “It’s Magic.” It truly felt like that, and it’s a feeling I still get when I produce something special. There is something magical about photography — in the way it take a split of a moment, makes it stand out, and last forever.

After getting a Bachelors Degree in 1994, I went on to do Masters in Photojournalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and graduated in 1997. I was hired soon after to work as Picture Editor in Communications at National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. When my first son was born in 2001, I decided to take some time off to be a mom. After three kids and a move across the country in 2007, I now live in San Ramon, California. I started In Pursuit of Pictures in 2009.

I find beauty and joy in simple things.

3 things I cannot live without: my family, my morning cup of tea, and meditation.

My favorite food: Fresh, simple home-made food. And Mac and Cheese. I always finish it when I make it for the kids 🙂

I am a collector of Quotes (since childhood).

If it’s not chocolate, it’s not dessert.

I simply cannot watch horror movies, and am a sucker for romantic comedies.

I learn about Instagram from my 15-year-old son.

I am athletically challenged. You do not want to see me trying to catch a ball or a frisbee.

My favorite brand is Anthropologie.

One thing I wish I knew how to do: use a curling iron.

I love photography, storytelling, and inspiration in every shape and form.

Shriti was interviewed for Business Innovators Radio about using photo stories as a branding tool for entrepreneurs and businesses.