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Monthly Archives: December 2009

Catfish Curry (It’s my birthday!!)

Happy birthday to me!

Long before I was 28 years old, my favorite dish my mother used to make was Catfish curry. I learned that, in the city of Jaisalmer, catfish much prefer biscuits.

Catfish Curry! from Punam Bean on Vimeo.

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Happy Belated Bday!!!!

Holy smokes that was awesome! Hope you have an incredible Birthday filled with more love and joy than there are catfish in the world. :)

Yikes! That looks…fishy?
BIG warm birthday-hug and enjoy your time in Thailand!!

Usually something like this would freak me out, but instead I quite enjoyed it! I hope you had a great birthday!

Okayyyyy That made me hungry

I am going to have nightmares!

waaaa? bet you were glad to have the mark 2 with video for that one! Happy Birthday Punam!!

India: Varanasi (5D Mark II!)

India is overwhelming, beautiful, epic, so so epic, rich with so much life, so much harmony and so much chaos. As we reach the end of our time here (we’ll be moving on to Thailand tomorrow!), I just can’t comprehend how slowly and how quickly the days go by. We have embarked upon our travels with a guide book that begins it’s revelations about India with the sentence, “India is a land of contrasts.” No statement could be more true about the land of my forebearers.

As a photographer, there is no greater asset than being inconspicuous. You would think, me being a brown person of Indian descent, that I would be able to blend in with all the other brown people. But people stared at me like I was an alien everywhere I went. Me, with my western clothes, my short hair, my weird adventure sneakers, and my white “friend” (which is what everyone though Husbone was!). All these things, and my familiar Bengali face was a paradox most people could only just stare in wonder at. So it was hard to get photos of people not in wonder at my odd appearance. But with the encouragement of Husbone, we persevered and got some amazing photos. I’ll do a film post in the weeks after we get back and can finally get everything developed (around which time I’ll also, and finally be posting images from Madhu and Devaraj’s amazing Kerala wedding!)

Varanasi is a magical place. It’s also a holy place. Husbone and I embarked upon a small boat in the Ganges at sunrise, and it was one of the most magical mornings of our trip.

The light was so amazing, I didn’t edit these (aside from a little cropping here and there) at all. Yum.

If I don’t have wifi in the coming days, then also, Merry Christimas! Happy Hanukkah! Joyous Kwanzaa! I hope you all have wonderful holidays!

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Also a Husbone original (and the one below!)varanasi, indiavaranasi, indiavaranasi, indiavaranasi, india

My favorite shot of the whole morning, by none other than Husbone!!varanasi, india

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Wow- amazing!

amit

Got to see entire Varanasi..seems like a beautiful & a must visit place..the way you capture the pics are also nice..liked the last picture a lot the rays of sun reflecting on the water is truly mesmerizing..

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I agree – this is art!!!

Absolutely stunning. Each one of these photos tells an entire story – they all take my breath away! Safe travels and can’t wait to see more!

girl you need to make some of these available as prints somewhere. I WANT to frame the pic of the guy in the boat with the birds all around…serious love girl. I’ll email you :)

Kiersten Rowland

Oh Punam… these are so gorgeous! I’m so happy for you!

valerie

the one with the birds… and the person in red rowing is my fav. these are lovely pics.

Dana

Punam, these are just amazing! Rob and I wish you and Andy a very merry holiday and a wonderful new year. Shoot me an email if you have any questions while in Thailand. We miss the green curry daily! Enjoy!

beautiful images punam! my favourite is the shot of the man in orange staring at the camera. something so hauntingly beautiful about it. i also LOVE the image of the man on the boat turning to the camera with all the birds in the sky. so lovely.

wow! beautiful images! happy holidays, punam!

Tricia + Raheem: married!

Wow! It’s almost the last wedding of the year! Tricia and Raheem’s wedding has been a long time coming.  I did their engagement session a month after I became a business! Craziness! It was such a pleasure to finally be there on this much anticipated, gorgeous and lovely day!

Planner: Oh So Fabulous

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thanks Punam for the credit! great job

great images they look great! thanks punam it was great to work with you

Beautiful job, as always. I love the one of them (almost) kissing.

What gorgeous colors and center pieces they picked!

Beautiful wedding! I was wondering if you knew the designer for her wedding gown…

beautiful, dear. you are always, consistently, amazing.

Truly amazing shots – every one of them, brilliant!

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Oh MY! What a stunning bride! The wedding looks fab, great job!

Kirstin @ Weddings Unveiled

what a stunning bride! Such a gorgeous wedding I love the reception tablescapes.

Hema + Anand: Married!

I could say that I’m blessed to have such beautiful clients that are so easy to photograph, but I think I owe the ease of my work to the beautiful relationships I’ve come to know. Hema and Anand are such a prime example of why I love my job. This wedding was beautiful, colorful, emotional and just plain awesome. Everyone in love is beautiful, and well, when your quite nice to look at to start with, the pictures kind of make themselves. I love this wedding!

At the moment, Husbone and I are in Jaipur, Rajasthan, and the internet is fast! Yay! So happy to finally post this wonderful wedding!

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I l.o.v.e. how you captured all the details around an Indian wedding, and how every single images have their own composition. You are a true artist, Punam! Enjoy your time in Jaipur!!

that shot of her hand makes me happy. looks like she’s sprinkling happiness.

Absolutely gorgeous! I really LOVE your composition in detail shots.

such beautiful shots! i absolutely love these.

Hannah

so beautiful! oh I love the colors. the fifth from the bottom (bw embrace) – what an amazing picture! it’s beautiful, moving. love. :)

I love Indian weddings. They are so lovely and bright. This wedding must have been amazing. As always, great work Punam!

Janene + Eduardo: Married!

Whew! Here we are in India, we’ve been a little starved for WiFi, and so the time has finally arrived in which I can do some blog posts!! That being said, I’ll have to keep my musings brief, as my battery is running low, and the converter I bought for my laptop is making my computer vibrate and shock me. Can you say danger??

Can you also say, mmm gorgeous!?

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You really did a great job working the light at that late portrait session! You are so talented, Punam! <3

Niki

Oh, how beautiful! Not that I am all that surprised. 😉 I wonder who made the bride’s dress, it is amaaazzziiinggg! Such intricate details. Lovely couple, all the best to them. Hope you’re enjoying India, Punam! I hope to visit one day, it’s in my top 5 places to go. :]

Love these! Great work as per usual Punam!!