We had the good fortune of connecting with Kapil Ralli and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kapil, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Nothing matters most than Family. Your family is backbone and your support. Initially I would spend weekends preparing for my shoots taking away time I could have spent with my family. But as and when I took notice of that I started to make sure I’m only spending a fraction on my passion and more towards the family. You have to realize that your kids will grow up fast and you cannot recover or recreate that time ever. Photography can happen any time. The best inheritance a parent can give his children is a few minutes of his time each day. My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. I want to do the same. Let my boys watch me do it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I don’t just shoot. I create art. I have a vision and then I go about creating it. I work backward in my process,” Kapil Ralli explained. “I first visualize the image I want to create. Then I start to work backward. Which model, location, colors, dresses, time off day, mood, light, make-up, etc. In the end, my bold colors/ composition/ picture harmony are what set me apart. I have a very simple motivation – passionately doing the work. Not just run of the mill work. .Just like Tony Kelly, I want to create my own distinction. “I have followed my heart. I want to create a name for myself. I want to create a visual stamp for myself. Whenever someone sees my work – they can identify it’s me,”
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well I’m kinda new to Dallas. I have lived in New York for 13 years before moving here. I have explored a bit of Dallas but I can’t say im the expert. I would say – Dallas is a well-rounded city and has a jumble of ultramodern skyscrapers, the largest arts district in the United States, museums of the highest quality and pulsating nightlife.
Whole swathes of the city have been reinvented in recent times, like the Design District breathing new life into an austere neighborhood of warehouses, or Klyde Warren Park, on the former route of a freeway.
But if you’re hunting for old-time Texas trademarks like big steaks, BBQ and honkytonks among the upscale restaurants and high-culture, you’ll find them with little trouble. Dallas will also forever be tied to the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963, and at Dealey Plaza you’ll discover how the city has come to terms with this tragedy. We’ll visit plenty of the attractions in this area, like the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Klyde Warren Park and the Winspear Opera House.
Respected venues and institutions are shoulder-to-shoulder in the Arts District, from the vaunted Dallas Black Dance Theatre in the east to the Dallas Museum of Art in the west.
Another exceptional attraction and head-turning new landmark for Dallas, the Perot Museum of Nature (2012) has 11 permanent exhibit halls on five floors.It would be impossible to sum up this multifaceted museum in one paragraph, but as with any state-of-the-art science attraction, you can be sure that there’s lots of interactivity and hands-on activities.
Lastly – There are 19 named gardens at the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden, like the 6.5-acre Margaret Elisabeth Jonsson Color Garden, with vibrant seasonal beds of more than 2,000 azalea varieties (one of the largest in the United States), as well as tulips and daffodils. The big event on the calendar is Dallas Blooms, from the start of February to mid-April, with more than 100 varieties of spring-blooming bulbs including 500,000 individual tulips.
These 3 should be in your top 3 MUST visit places.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’m a big fan of bold colors and creating pictures which speak for themselves. As an artist, I have been a big fan of photographers such as Tony Kelly, Gary Breckheimer, Helmut Newton, Ana Dias, Pol Kurucz etc- These artists have heavily influenced my work over the years. One person in particular is Tony Kelly – his work is so visionary. You take one look and you know it’s Tony Kelly. His colors, his composition, his tonality is world class. I dont think I have ever seen such brilliant work in this century.
Models: https://www.instagram.com/lovesaraellie/ https://www.instagram.com/alexiabarwick/ https://www.instagram.com/taylor_sherman/ https://www.instagram.com/karissa.lynn.e/ https://www.instagram.com/stephanieoustalet/ https://www.instagram.com/patyn111901/ Retoucher: https://www.instagram.com/retouch_tina/ Make Up Artist: https://www.instagram.com/sallyarkbeauty/