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Setting a photo studio operated by adults with disabilities

I am a photographer and copywriter by profession. I started training 5 specially-abled individuals last year in basic skills of photography. Little did I know that these children would far exceed my expectation in terms of the way they see and capture the world around them.

The children have had rigorous training in photoshoots - studio and outdoors, composition and post production. We are now looking at setting up India's first photo studio run and operated by adults with disabilities. My eldest sibling is also intellectually challenged, and it pains to see that even after all these years, the maximum these individuals are expected to do is paint diyas, make candles or clean spices.

I have taken up the responsibility of providing them skill development in the field of photography, as it is a fast growing profession and pretty much in demand. I do understand that having them in a studio setup will make things easier for them as it is just some specific set of rules that they need to follow.They are just designed differently, but they are as human as you or me, and hence, the minimum we can do is provide them with equal opportunities to grow.
Now, to take forward the same, I'm looking at training them on how to use lighting in a studio setup and for the same, I shall be doing free classes for NGOs in Delhi, Chandigarh, and Himachal. At the same time, I am opening my doors to other such individuals and their families who would want their special kid to do more in life than just work as a waiter or paint diyas.

The cost of the equipment and running the photo studio are mentioned below -

1. Elinchrom FRX400 lights x 4 - Rs. 60,000/-
2. Backdrops x 2 - Rs. 10,000/-
3. Travel Costs (15 days) - Rs. 35,000/-

Please help me raise this amount so that I can reach out to more adults with disabilities and impart skills that can make them self-reliant and ready for employment.
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3rd October 2017
Dear Supporters,

Thanks to Milaap and all the people who've supported the cause, we traveled to Uttrakhand and did classes with The Chirag School in village Simayal and The Latika Roy Foundation in Dehradun.

We taught kids from standards 4th and 5th in The Chirag School and the same age group was taught photography in The Latika Roy Foundation. The batches were an inclusive group that involved children with mental and physical disabilities.

The classes started from teaching them the basics of photography, lighting, concepts like leading lines and then finally culminating with them trying and perfecting the art of Light Bending, a technique where we use small light sources to create shapes in a photo or around a person while shooting a portrait.

At the same time, the studio in Delhi has been doing great and the boys are now looking forward to completing their first photography assignment for a classic jewelry brand named, "Rasavatta".

Here is a fun video we shot while traveling and doing "GOOD"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLCW03yIlVA

Thank you once again for all the support. 

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