When aesthetics take over: Yaami talks about her photography trail

Athira Rengith

An amateur woman photographer is often treated with a lot of disregard and that has to change, says Yaami.


Let’s take a leisurely stroll across the Instagram wall of Yaami, the photographer. What do we see? A certain newness topped with a sort of subtlety in the way she neatly captures women and their emotions through her photographs. She adroitly freezes frames that emanate beauty in every inch. Aesthetics is the focal point of Yaami’s photos and that is probably why the internet is going gaga over her photos. Yaami opens up about her photography trail and how she has made a mark in the male-dominated field of photography.

The ‘Yaami’ behind camera

I’m an ambivert and have a filter for the people that I let into my life. I do not plan anything ahead, but love to see each day unfurl itself in all its uniqueness. I got on the photography trail very unexpectedly and I may take another path at some point in future maybe. I am looking forward to learning cinematography among many other things. But right now, I’m happy doing what I am doing. Photography is not one bit stressful for me.

Aparna Balamurali | Photo: Yaami

Taking up the mighty camera

Earlier, I used to click on my mobile phone and wanted to showcase the pictures that I had taken. I would stash it away like a photobook on Instagram and would get remarks about my work. We’re talking about a time when female photographers were very rare to find. That got me thinking more seriously about it. I considered buying a DSLR and trying out different styles of portraits. I started with a divergent trail of thought, a bold photograph of a woman. My start itself was very controversial, so the controversies that followed haven’t shaken me up. I like being different. I also know well before posting my photographs which of those will garner controversies.

Gangu | Photo: Yaami

Uniqueness in capturing women

I believe that women and flowers are the most beautiful things in the world. There are many poetries and works of art that are solely dedicated to describing women. It’s not that I don't like capturing men, but I feel most satisfied when I photograph women. Also, the appreciation we get from them is an incentive like no other.

Saniya Iyappan | Photo: Yaami

Themed photographies

I have done a few themed photograph series. One among them was the photoshoot of Nagavalli and Joker. I am planning to do another one like that soon, by bringing together two characters. I don’t usually wait around once an idea for a photoshoot pops into my head and don’t waste a lot of time brainstorming either. I want to experiment more with High Fashion Photography and travel photography.

Joker and Nagavalli | Photo: Yaami

Stepping into a male-dominated profession

The prejudice is still mighty and thick. There are many other issues that a woman photographer faces. I had a space before I really took off. Those without that space struggle a bit before they find their middle ground. An amateur woman photographer is often treated with a lot of disregard and that has to change.

Saniya Iyappan | Photo: Yaami

Does the photographer like being photographed?

Not at all. I would feel very conscious and I feel it’s not something I can pull off very easily. It takes a lot of effort for models to hold poses. It’s a very tiring process, to pose for photographs.

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