Nisha Ravji is a wedding photographer from New Zealand. She is coming to Way Up North in Stockholm in October to speak at the conference. We had her attention for a few minutes to share a bit more about herself and how she approaches his work.
WUN: So, for those who don’t know you, who is Nisha Ravji?
Nisha: I am Nisha Ravji. I’m a wedding photographer photographer originally from New Zealand now living, probably, two-thirds of my year in Europe and one-third back in New Zealand. I’ve done this for about four years now. My parents were born in Africa and India but I was born here in New Zealand.
WUN: So you had an international touch already from the beginning then. Do you like traveling and that kind of thing or do you have relatives in Europe? Or how did you end up living both in Europe and New Zealand?
Nisha: I do. So my mother actually grew up in the UK. So she’s British and her side of the family is over there. Originally when I went there about four years ago now, the draw was to meet the family, I didn’t really go expecting that people would be interested in having me shoot their wedding.
But I think it’s a big novelty and when I first started doing it, there wasn’t as many Kiwis and Australians shooting over there, so I think people were quite excited about it. Now, we are all everywhere – which is wonderful. Everyone is everywhere from both hemispheres.
WUN: That must be a great thing to have the best of both worlds in a way. Like here in Sweden, the season is extremely short. So you have four months and then it’s over.
Nisha: Yeah. So the New Zealand/Australian season I think is definitely longer because it kind of starts end of October and goes through to end of April and I notice that in Europe, it’s much, much shorter. But I really dislike winter as well. So it works quite well for me.
WUN: New Zealand gets kind of cold in the winter, right? It’s not like Australia – or is it?
Nisha: No, no. It definitely gets cold here. I’m in the north island, so it’s not super cold. We wouldn’t get snow or anything where I live, just a lot of rain. The other thing for me as well, is I really love shooting weddings and most other photographers, they shoot families or landscapes in the off-season. Me, I want to get my 10,000 hours in and master weddings first and then try something else.
WUN: That’s a good plan.