Samantha Anne da Cunha, best known as the photographer who revolutionizedphotography in Goa, discovered her calling while still a student at St Xavier’s College,Goa. She was amongst the few to enroll in the first batch of professional photographytraining at Prasad Pankar’s CMYK Academy of Photography, in 2007.Post her training at CMYK, Samantha continued her pursuit for perfection in the field with a Master’sdegree from the Shari Academy of Professional Photography under the guidance of thefamous Girish Mistry, in Mumbai. Her passion for the craft got her the much deservedaward of ‘Top Gun – Top Scorer’ of the year, in 2010.
From here, Samantha went on to work for a leading corporate magazine company andsoon launched her very own photography studio – the much celebrated StudioGrey, in2011. Though the studio started as a quintessential contemporary weddingphotography hub, StudioGrey now has a vast repertoire of specializations – maternity,newborns, landscape, architecture, commercial, product, food and corporate as well asindividual portfolios.
The pioneer of pre and post-natal photography in Goa, Samantha was the first tointroduce the avant-garde concept of ‘Yearly Packages’ in photographing infants andfollowing their delightful ‘firsts’. This single handedly opened a whole new range of photography concepts thereby widening the scope of portraiture photography in Goa.Through this unique package, she offers to capture the entire journey and major milestones of young parents and their newly-borns. She also collaborates with maternity hospitals, kids play centers, gynecologists and kiddies stores to bring a whole new perspective to this niche demand.
Her style is best described as elegant, sophisticated and meticulous, thoughtfully capturing the essence of the wide array of her subjects – the excitement of newly-weds,the tenderness of motherhood, purity and innocence of infants, the intricacies of landscape and architecture, tranquility in real estate; cuisines delectable to both taste and sight, the dynamism of corporates and the inimitable in individual portfolios.
“I use the combination of various techniques and focus on capturing emotions. When it comes to weddings, my approach of photography is candid and intimate, with a touch of romance. For maternity and newborn photography it is all about capturing the raw emotions and the purity of new found love. With landscape, product, food and architectural photography, my focus lies on creativity, composition, attention to the minutest of details while preserving the essence of each element. Creating memories that our clients can relive forever, is the focus and purpose of StudioGrey” she adds.
With offices in Mumbai and Goa, Samantha has a wide range of clientele including theITC Hotels (Hospitality), Johnson & Johnson (Healthcare), GQ India (Men’s magazine),Orra Jewellers, Satyani Jewels (Jewelry), Podar Group of Schools (Education) and Spenta Multimedia Pvt. Ltd. (Publishing). She has successfully captured weddings for Hindi television industry artist Drashti Dhami, Marathi Film Actress Anuja Sathe, Naagin fame actress Sharika Raina and the well-known Assistant Director of SRK movie Devdas, Binay Pradhan.Samantha has captured myriad lip-smacking culinary presentations for some very celebrated restaurants including Social, Yauatcha, Jai Hind, Salt Water Café and Bademiya. Locally, Samantha has worked closely for Braganza Constructions, Frugurt and many newly-wed couples and parents.
With bountiful talent up her sleeves, Samantha has also produced and directed a mental health awareness documentary video for Belgium based pharmaceutical company,Janssen Pharmaceutica. She has also pictorially documented the lineage and accomplishments of Marwaris and Rajasthanis for Swasti Mittal Chaudhary’s book – 50 Rajasthani’s featuring Jaswant Singh, Raghvendra Rathore, and has several noteworthy projects in the pipeline.
With such a delightful and vibrant personality, it is not surprising that most of Samantha’s clientele turn lifelong patrons and friends.
You can visit Samantha’s website www.studiogrey.in or her Facebook page ‘StudioGrey’ or her Instagram handle ‘studiogrey_photography’, to connect with this remarkable photographer. Alternately, you could make a booking by calling her on +919890452631.