Chinu and I were introduced a few years ago and since then have become really good friends. Recently, we were toying with the idea of doing a photo shoot. A bunch of suggestions were thrown back and forth until the Seattle Art Museum was mentioned. Instantly, we both knew the S.A.M would be the perfect setting- it was one of those “Ah-ha! Why-didn’t-we-think-of-this-earlier” moments. And to make it even better, the Picasso exhibit was in town.

I’m really happy with the way our session turned out. We had such a great time taking these pictures while being surrounded by inspirational art. There’s something about walking through a museum and being immersed in the creation of others. It’s such a personal experience, and as Picasso said, “Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Isn’t that so true? We each take away something different, but doesn’t art leave us feeling inspired and a little more…alive? Whether it’s in the form of music, painting, or photography, the creativity of others always leaves me feeling refreshed. Art is like a daily multivitamin for sanity.

The SAM photo shoot with Chinu left me feeling inspired. Not only is she a gorgeous model, but she has a warm heart. I’ve seen how much she loves her family and friends, and cares about those around her. She’s an intelligent working professional with a quirky, slightly-sarcastic, sense of humor.  Chinu has a gentle, fun, spirit, with the drive and motivation to do great things in her life. How can you not be inspired by that?

Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?” -Picasso

Thanks Chinu, for being a wonderful friend and great model!

Black Dress at Seattle Art Museum Photo Shoot

Seattle Art Museum Photo Shoot, Seattle Model photographer- Mandev Sidhu.

Portrait of model at Seattle Art Museum

Seattle Art museum fashion photography

Model Photography at the Seattle Art Museum

Photo Shoot at Seattle Art Museum


One of the things I appreciate about my childhood is that my brothers and I were always taught the importance of hard work.  No matter what the task, we learned to work hard and do the best possible job we can. There was never a task that was too inferior or too superior to be done. There’s something to be said about having a strong work ethic. If you work hard and put your mind to something, you can succeed.

Growing up, the lessons I learned form the foundation for much of the work I do today. Whether I’m working at my engineering job, shooting a wedding, or helping at my mom’s tea store, having a strong work ethic brings quality and success to my tasks.  I like having the peace of mind that when faced with a challenge, I stepped up and worked my hardest to achieve success. Sometimes attempts at something will be successful and at other times they will not. But being able to adapt and change is the secret to turning failures into successes.


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