India Photos

In the beginning of August, I had the incredible opportunity to go to India for 10 days with a non-profit to help capture everything that goes on there. It was a very transformative experience that I’m super thankful for. I was able to see and experience a lot from being in a school and orphanage every day to visiting families, homes, marketplaces, churches, a leper colony, and a lot a beautiful locations. You can see the full album of highlights from India here

So here are some of the best images that came out from my trip out of the thousands I took. Doing sale right now of 20% OFF on all prints of these photos. 100% of the profits form India photos go to support kids in the orphanage over there and help get immunizations for about 30 newer kids who need them.

Anyways, here are some of my favorites that can be purchased here

A group photo of a lot of the kids from the orphanage and the man who started it in the 90s. He was inspired to start a school and an orphanage with his wife after being orphaned at 6 and growing up in boarding schools in India

Some of the girls there were very talented in the art of henna. They were showing me some really fun Indian dance moves as well

They were very excited to show me the henna that they did and wanted to make sure I captured it.

They would carry in giant bags of rice from the markets on motorcycles to the orphanage. I would often see families of 4 riding on one motorcycle together.

She did this intricate henna design on herself. This particular girl was a very encouraging leader who was often in charge of 15 other girls in the room she stayed in. She comes from a village were the girls are not allowed to get any education. Her village would often send out their daughters to get married from very young ages even like 10, 11, and 12 years old. After coming from there she completed 5 forms of school at the orphanage and plans to help work with the kids after she’s finished.

These girls bring such a bright light into the room wherever they go. Their joy and love of pictures was also incredibly infectious.

Some of the kids in the orphanage had a brother or sister there with them.

Some of the kids in the orphanage had a brother or sister there with them.

This kid was one of the smiliest kids who loved to get in front of the camera. When I was leaving saying goodbye to everyone, his eyes started tearing up.

An older blind lady with leprosy at the leper colony I visited

Every day I would typically visit two homes and eat and be welcomed there. One of the ways they welcome you in their culture is by giving flowers.

This man with leprosy had very few fingers and an eye disease. Despite all their ailments and few resources, they all welcomed me with open arms. These are people who are not only outcasted by their society and unable to work, but they are also mostly outcasted by their families. This man was particularly burdened with feeling that his own son didn’t even care about him and confided this in one of the pastors with tears in his eyes.

At the school I was at, they would have a daily prayer and pledge to their country.

They kids there would practically beg to have their picture taken and would often group up and lean out of windows to get a chance at being seen.

I visited the week before Indian Independence Day. So some of the students were dressing up as historical Indian figures and characters.

Whenever I’d go into the marketplaces or streets with my camera all eyes were on me and there was a sense of carefulness and skepticism coming from the people. But then I would smile, put my hands up and make the universal sign for “do you want to take picture?” miming taking a picture. Then their eyes would light up and they would point to themselves as if to say, “me?” And I would emphatically nod and point at them and say “yes.” Then all walls were down as they were given the gift of feeling seen. Once after doing that, the brought me towards these men and said “traditional Indian culture here” and had me take a picture of them. There were about 10-15 men behind me as I took this and right before this shot one of them took the man on the left’s hat and turned it mostly sideways and they all laughed.

This was a replica of the Taj Majal made from stone rather than marble built by a prince for his wife.

Two of these kids were adopted by a craftsmen who was friends with the people I visited. His father was an orphan and brought into a missionary family where he learned an ancient Indian Indian art of metal making. Now his trade is being passed on to the next generations both those of his own blood and those adopted into his family. I’m partnering with him on a little business venture to raise some money for the orphanage so keep your eyes and ears open for that. It’s quite the story.

Click here to purchase prints of these photos! 100% of the profits form India photos go to support kids in the orphanage over there and help get immunizations for about 30 kids who need them.