Aarti’s and Ankita’s CSUF Grad Shoot

I was beyond thrilled when Aarti asked me to take her and Ankita’s graduation pictures! I hadn’t been in the photoshoot groove in a while so it gave me the opportunity to pick back up an old hobby. I had a hard time choosing my favorite pictures because these girls made it so enjoyable, but here are some of my favorite shots! They are both sweet, intelligent, and beautiful young ladies. Congratulations on graduating and good luck with all your future endeavors! This is just the beginning 🙂

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Patel Family Holiday Photoshoot

Meet the Patel family. This was my very first family photo-shoot, and it was extra special because they are part of my family as well! My baby nephew, Ayden and his beautiful parents made it extremely easy for me to capture these shots! The location we chose was English Springs Park in Chino Hills. The scenery is incredible and made for a fun and exciting afternoon. I can’t wait to do the next one when my baby niece arrives at the end of December! Here are some of my favorite shots from the shoot! If you guys are interested in a photoshoot, contact me at sheenki13@gmail.com.

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Life Is Art: How To Appreciate The Masterpiece You Were Given

Look in the mirror and tell me who you see.

Do you see yourself as overweight? Do you see yourself as too skinny? Do you like who you see?

The reflection you see in the mirror is not necessarily the way you might appear to others.

The thing is, mirrors can be very misleading because they have become the judge and jury on how we view ourselves.

We allow our reflections to restrain us from moving forward, when we should, in fact, use them as a tool to help us become the best versions of ourselves.

A reflection in a mirror will only reflect the way you perceive yourself. You will be the one to create the image you want to become part of your reality.

If you see yourself as ugly, that is exactly how you will appear in a mirror. If you see yourself as beautiful, that is the reflection you will see looking back at you.

If you distrust the illusionary reflection in the mirror and start being someone you prefer over what you currently see and experience, your reflection in the mirror can change.

The reflection will start taking that form and shape of your new state of mind.

The reason for this is because your reflection in the mirror is not “real.” It is simply a reflection and can only reflect the underlying essence and your state of being and mind, which is the only thing that is real.

So now, let me ask you this: Where does your self-image come from? Does it come from the opinion of others or how they treat you?

Think of yourself as a blank canvas. You are the only person who holds your own paintbrush and decides how to make your painting.

You are the one who decides who you are and want to be. Do not try to copy someone else’s painting because you are an original, which is more valuable than a copy.

All paintings are open to interpretation. That is as far as others can go; others can only interpret you, but they can’t change your canvas. They cannot change you.

So, just because someone does not understand or appreciate your painting does not make you any less valuable.

You are a complete painting with your own talents, interests and one of a kind personality.

Your painting may tell a story of your life experiences, positive or negative, and those experiences mold your own reflection.

The situations in your life can speak volumes about the person you have become.

All these life experiences and the way you handle them are results that help you learn more about yourself.

Your reflection will help you treat and improve every aspect of your life.

By monitoring the results you are getting in every area of your life, you will be able to adjust your thoughts, feelings and actions accordingly.

Instead of using a mirror to see what you look like, try using the mirror as a constant reminder that no matter where you go in this world, you will always have yourself.

Make sure to love the reflection you see, and if you don’t love it, paint a picture of yourself that you do love.

Your greatest creation is yourself and nobody’s interpretation should change the way you view and love yourself.

Every facet of your life experience is a mere reaction or response to the essence of who you are and, more importantly, the kind of person you want to be.

So remember while you paint, study and own your own image, your life is a masterpiece. You are your own original work of art.

Published on: Elite Daily

http://elitedaily.com/life/motivation/you-are-your-own-work-of-art/1057837/

Rashi and Amar (Rashi’s UCLA Graduation) Photoshoot

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For those of you that personally know me, I like to be creative and different, especially when it comes to photography. This was my first couple graduation photo-shoot, and I was particularly excited about this one because this wasn’t just any ordinary couple. Rashi and Amar are extremely fun to be around, and they made it easy for me to capture the images that I had in my mind. Observing these two best friends and how they interact with each-other makes me happy, and I’m thankful to get to always witness their quirky and loving mannerisms! I had a difficult time choosing my favorite pictures, but here are some of them! Hope you enjoy! 🙂 Feel free to contact me at sheenki13@gmail.com if you are interested in a photo-shoot.

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UCLA Graduation Photoshoot: Rashi Saxena

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Meet this beautiful woman, Rashi Saxena. 

I was so excited when Rashi asked me to shoot her because she gave me the opportunity to get back into something that I have always been passionate about: photography. Rashi is effortlessly beautiful, and she embodies grace, beauty, and class with such ease.  Every single picture that I captured was beautiful, making it difficult for me to choose my favorites.  I hope you enjoy these images, and feel free to contact me for a photo-shoot at sheenki13@gmail.com.  Thanks!

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11 Reasons Why I Chose A Career In Becoming A Health Care Professional

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When we decide to choose what career path to take, we blend our hobbies and interests to choose a career most compatible for us.

I find writing to not only be one of hobbies, but more of my getaway – my comfort, relief, and protection. It’s helped me develop a sense of trust within myself and given me the confidence and ability to develop that trust with others by sharing part of myself – my experiences, lessons, optimism, and morale of wellness and improving your overall quality of life, with the community.

It has motivated me to get into a field where I can directly incorporate those words and feelings into actions with my future patients.

The healthcare profession is one of the biggest and rapidly growing fields today. Apart from my love of writing, there are several other reasons that sparked my interest in becoming a health care professional. Here are eleven of them:

1) Understanding the Patient Perspective

Most of us have been patients before getting into the health-care profession. We know that we want our health care professionals to be empathic, make us feel comfortable, and develop a trusting relationship with us. Knowing how it feels to be a patient yourself is what makes us understand the patient perspective and treat patients more like people.

 2) Job Growth and Stability

Because health is crucial to every single individual, health care professionals are high in demand. The country’s population is aging and more Americans are in need of continued medical care than ever before.

 3) Knowledge Expansion

As health care professionals, we provide knowledge to our patients about medicine and health care so that they will feel empowered as opposed to feeling like they cannot provide medical care for their own community.  Regardless of personal circumstances, the people that we are helping are capable people, but some have not had the same opportunities.  The reality is that, even though people currently have more access to health care, the needs of certain communities are still not being met. It’s important to give back, especially to underprivileged communities, in hope that it becomes a chain reaction and healthcare knowledge can spread to other parts of our world.

 4) Team Work

Every single member of the health care profession contributes to a portion of care, whether it be big or small. All members of the patients’ multidisciplinary health team work together to provide the patient with the best holistic care (physical, emotional, spiritual) available. Whether you plan, assess, treat, or deliver the actual care to the patient – you are still working as part of a team to deliver high quality care to the patient to improve their overall quality of life.

5) Respect in Society

The reason why people respect health care professionals is because they contribute their life towards serving others. They respect their patients. The thing is, our patient’s feelings might mean nothing to us, but it means everything to them and because of that very reason, we care to listen to what they have to say, and really do our best to meet their needs.

6) Excitement and Variation

Healthcare is fast paced and incredibly varied. You will deal with many different circumstances, situations and people; each of these is unique. You will always be on your toes because you never know what is going to happen!

7) Ability to Travel

You get the opportunity to travel anywhere. You can relocate easily because health care is in demand all over the world!

8) Meeting New People

As a health care professional, you meet new people every single day. It is exciting to gain perspective and insight, especially from someone who thinks differently than you do. It’s phenomenal to hear the experiences that people have had and how it has shaped them to become the person they are today. We might be helping them, but little do they know that they are helping us to become more understanding, empathic, compassionate, selfless, and well rounded individuals who strive to make the world a better and healthier place.

9) Emotionally Rewarding and Internally Satisfying

Being a health care professional is an emotionally rewarding career. Although it can be a very demanding profession, you will get the internal satisfaction of helping people improve their overall quality of live by providing them with efficient care. This also means you also have the opportunity to interact with people on a daily basis and really develop a strong relationship with them.

10) The Ability to Make a Difference

You can make the most difference while being in the health care profession. This is simply because you are working with and for others. Even a simple interaction can make all the difference in the world. You could help bring a new life into the world, or save a life from ending. You have the ability to change lives.

11) The Challenge

Being in the health care profession can be a stressful and challenging job. I want the healthy stress, and I want the challenges that each patient and situation brings forth. I want the personal interaction. I want the ups and downs, and everything in between because for me, no other profession offers me the opportunity to thrive in a challenging work environment, while simultaneously valuing empathy.

9 Lessons We Can Learn From Old People

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Everyone gets to be young, but not everyone gets to be old. As time goes by, we all age; we get weaker and more disease prone. Have you ever noticed in this generation, more so, that we disrespect elderly people or find them a nuisance to deal with? In traditional cultures, elders are honored and respected. It seems like in this day and age, people are addicted to the illusion that we can maintain our youth indefinitely; we simply don’t like the reminders that we are getting older.  For me, personally, older people serve as role models for the younger generation because they simply know more about life than we do. They have already crossed the phase of life that we are going through right now, yet people seem to be overlooking the importance of old people in our society. Here are nine lessons that can be learned from old people:

1. Just be yourself

Old people know who they are. They do whatever they want and get away with it simply because they have lived enough life to know that they don’t need to impress anyone. We don’t need to wait our whole lives to just be ourselves.

2. Genuine Wisdom

Old people give you advice for the sole purpose and intent of helping you. They care and want to help you out because they have also learned and gone through enough of life to give you advice and genuine wisdom.

 3. Love

You learn a lot about life the longer you live, and even more about love. I am just 23 years old, but the reason I know this is because I’ve seen this love in almost every older person I’ve encountered. They’ve been through enough to value love and share it with others.

4. Experience

We are all different and each of us has a unique life. Think for a moment about what has happened in your life so far. Now multiple that by at least 50 and you’ll eventually begin to see the value in an elder’s life experience. Old people have grown making many mistakes and facing consequences for them. They can teach you how to avoid the mistakes that they made so you may not have to go through the same experience.

 5. Priorities

Old people guide you in planning your life out because they already know what should be set as a priority and what shouldn’t be. It may get irritating, but the thing is that they have already faced the things which you are going through now and have attained so much knowledge about them with age. We tend to make social media our priority, when maybe we should reconsider and make the people we love our priority.  Think about the fact that they didn’t have Google, Wikipedia, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.  Props to them.

6. Perspective

I absolutely love listening to old people ramble about some amazing incidents in their journey of life. It gives me so much insight of lifestyle in their time. It is helpful knowing why things are the way they are in their present time; it gives perspective.

7. Family values

When you look at old people, you learn about family values such as respect, honesty, and forgiveness. These values you learn from them will help you to solidify your personal family bonds as well as teach you the importance of cherishing your loved ones.

8. Acceptance

Old people are way better at accepting difficult situations and disappoints in life. They simply know that life must go on. They help you cultivate acceptance despite the mishaps that come your way.  After all, they made it this far, and all they want is the same for you.

9) We are only getting older.

You need to realize that one day, if you are lucky, you might be in their shoes. This is why I stress to treat them with the same love and respect that you would want to be treated when you get older. If you are one of those people that disrespects your elders, finds them annoying, or thinks they are a burden to your life, maybe you should re-evaluate yourself and the kind of person you are. Sad to say, but you’ll only know how it feels if and when your time comes. I know myself, and I have the upmost love and respect for all my elders. I want to recognize and celebrate their sophistication and foresight to this journey of life. We are so busy growing up that we tend to overlook the fact that others are growing old. As I grow older, I hope I’m fortunate enough to show off my wrinkles – to show everyone how happy I am, what I made it through, and how wise these old people have made me.

A True Inspiration: Zach Sobiech

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I remember first watching this documentary about two years ago. It is a truly inspiring and touching story that reminds us that we don’t need to find out we are dying to start living. We should start living for today, for life is only temporary. Millions of people are living their lives to the fullest because of this young man’s philosophy. At the end of the day, life is about the mark you leave on the world and how you inspire those around you. Zach Sobiech did just that. Watching this documentary numerous times is what motivates me to follow his philosophy of life. I really encourage others to do the same.

 

An Open Letter To My Future Self

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Dear Future Me,

You’re smiling as you read this because you understand that the CHOICES I make today affect you and your daily life right now.  You are truly proud and honored to have been me because your overall journey sprinkled with mistakes, hardships, rejections, failures, and heartbreaks became your recipe to the happiness that resides in you in this very moment.

Remember the times when you felt stuck and couldn’t find a way to move forward? Remember how you QUESTIONED your existence or your identity, trying to figure out who you really were, where you belong, and what purpose you serve? Remember when you were too scared to leave stagnant relationships and look towards the personal and spiritual growth potential within you? Well, look at you now. You’ve made it this far.

Although life hasn’t offered the most clarity, you’ve come a long ways. You’ve LEARNED to let go of fear and embrace beauty and pain for what it is. As beautiful yet terrifying as it is right now for me and was back then for you, you’ve become your own best friend, yet still manage to have an abundance of love within your heart to give to everyone – your family, friends, and even strangers. I am certain that this quality of you and me will always remain. But you see, I know that everything happening right now is part of my bigger plan for you. You should know now that all the turbulence and stress was so divinely put into my life to help me become the person I need to be and the person you are today.

You’ve taken a full leap of faith into the unknown and are aware that no matter what life throws at you, you are stronger, smarter, healthier, and more beautiful than you were the day before. Remember, that you are not defined by your struggles or any situation that you find yourself in. You ride the waves of life with such ease now. Sometimes, it makes me want to catch up to you faster because often times, when I hit a tide, I seem to crash. I know that my life in the moment is a web of tangled and intricate experiences and emotions that have helped mold me into you. Trust me, I am WORKING every single day to make myself better for you.

The thing is- I love myself now, but I love the thought of you-my future, more. I love the idea right now of growing into someone who dictates my own future, and I absolutely cannot wait to grow into the person you are now – confident, wise, mature, strong, independent, charismatic, and imperfect.

The reason I’m telling you this now is because I want you to remember how much you’ve already lived in the little moments that have shaped your world and molded your heart in the most beautiful way possible. I want you to accept the wonders of this crazy journey that only you have lived and that you CONTINUE to live. I want you to feel appreciative for everything and everyone, because I sure am right now.

Although I am the past to you, I still am very much you. In this moment in time, I don’t know where you are or what you do, but I’m still you. What I do know is that, I envision you to be the best version of myself. And so when that day comes, I will know, and I will be proud of the person you are. I also want you to know that I am doing just fine and so are you. One thing that I’ve learned so far is that life is too short.  I will CONTINUE to be “old enough to know better but young enough to do it anyway.” So, laugh about all the silly mistakes I’m making at the moment and be grateful for that because it lead you to be who you are right now.

With Love Always,

Who am I?

Embracing “Only Child Syndrome”

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Many people make assumptions; one of these includes what it’s like being an only child. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, “You must be spoiled,” or “Don’t you get lonely?”

For the longest time, I was jealous that all my friends had a sibling that they could do everything with. I couldn’t tell you how badly I wanted a sibling, but often we don’t get what we want, so we have to work with what we got.

And, well, I’ve got myself. I realized that being an only child was actually a blessing in disguise when I finally learned how to embrace the benefits of having “only child syndrome,” as people would like to call it.

Being an only child taught me the most important skill of all: how to be comfortable being alone. Now, more than ever, in the first few years of adulthood, and consequently your 20s, you find that time for self-love. You take time to reflect and grow on your own.

As an only child, I have appreciated and valued alone time all throughout my life. It’s something that others crave and learn when the hustle of adulthood actually kicks in.

As you grow older, you will realize that after heartbreaks, failures, rejections and hardships, you will have to learn how to be comfortable alone. Sure, there will be people to support you, but ultimately it is up to you to get through it by yourself.

Solitude is a time for reflection, and in a world that is increasingly fast paced and competitive, solitude is meaningful and something to be treasured.

As an only child, you learn that you are your own competition. I grew up having to just compete with myself, and I can’t tell you how much that taught me. Competing with others can bring out the worst in your character, but competing with yourself can bring out the best in you and push you to improve yourself every single day.

I’ve grown up to serve others and be selfless, while simultaneously loving myself whole-heartedly. At an earlier age, I was taught to be completely content being my own best friend first. This quality has given me the strength to never depend on anyone, have expectations from anyone and most importantly, never lose myself in the process of it all.

I am not going to sit here and say that I haven’t done any of those things because let’s be real, we all have done at least one. But, it’s definitely allowed me to quickly bounce back from it all and reassured me that I can get through anything on my own since I have for most of my life. It has also taught me that by loving myself first, I can also love and care for others in the healthiest, most genuine, way possible.

I was grown up to be around adults at such a young age. It’s actually been quite beneficial because I find myself engaging in intellectual conversations. Growing up, every time I have had an issue of some sort, I didn’t have a sibling to resort to so I would always run to my momma. I can proudly say that she is one of my best friends. Being an only child has allowed me to develop an even closer bond with my parents and has given me the opportunity to thrive on my own with their unconditional love and support.

As an only child, who is an extreme extrovert, I have also developed lasting friendships throughout the years. However, the thing is, as most of us grow up, we realize the fewer friends we have, the better. I can say that I consider my close knit group of friends part of my family, since I don’t have any real siblings of my own.

I cherish and am appreciative of what I was given and blessed with, and I only hope that this motivates others to do the same. So, for those of you who do have an actual sibling, consider yourself grateful and embrace the benefits as well! I might be an eccentric only child who sometimes talks to herself, but I’ve learned to laugh and go along with the jokes and sometimes utterly ridiculous comments or assumptions that are made. And, well, for those of you who do manage to be stereotypical and judgmental, all I have to say is “You laugh because I’m different. I laugh because you are all the same.”