If you are “plugged in” at all, you at least know of Rashmi Pappu. By that I mean, if you are attuned to local ongoings via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, your virtual paths have crossed. Where Rashmi finds the time to be as connected as she is and to run her photography studio, I do not know. But she does. And she does both exceptionally well.
While her talents are widespread, she currently focuses on maternity, newborns, babies and families. Her passion is capturing moments between moms and children. Her second passion? Getting us to actually print photographs and hang them on our walls, or to put them in albums on our coffee tables. As plugged in as she is, she believes photos should be printed, not just in our phones!
Rashmi Pappu was never meant to be a photographer. Her Indian upbringing meant she would study to be either an engineer or a doctor. She graduated from computer engineering school in 1996 and decided to head back to her parent’s home and not look for a job. Much to her parent’s chagrin, she watched reruns of Oprah, took long naps and whiled away her time till a small company called Apple Inc. came calling. It was supposed to be a visit for a couple of years to check out the land of MTV but as fate would have it, she ended up meeting her life parter and decided to stay put.
As a young child, the only aspiration that Rashmi had was to be a mother. As she got older, she discovered the joys of using her hands to create art. But life and the competitive nature of high school and college in India got in her path and she lost her way. In 2003 her first daughter was born and she took copious amounts of photographs documenting her baby’s every first. Soon her husband gifted her her first digital camera and she no longer had to worry about the expense of getting film developed. She was able to share her little girl with her family, all of them miles away.
Rashmi was always meant to create, be it ideas, writing, watercolours or photographs. At this time in her life, the camera is her tool of choice. She formally opened her photography business in the summer of 2007. The studio in Old Town, a beautiful dream, became a reality in 2013. Every single morning when she drives to her studio, Rashmi pauses at the intersection of Queen and Washington St. and says a silent thanks to the universe. It is at that intersection that she gets her first view of the Potomac river, several blocks east. The river sparkles in the early morning light and she pinches herself and wonders at the crazy ways of the world that led her to this point.
Rashmi enjoys conjuring up new ideas, collaborating with creative professionals and networking with small businesses. Most of all, she loves to exceed her client’s expectations, by documenting their unique relationships with their children. She often says that she photographs love between people, not just people.
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