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humans of leap — amrita samant
amrita samant is the founder of mommy shots by amrita and mommy shots academy.
“when i was 6 years old, my teacher ushered me onto stage in a red paper skirt, saying “go on, move yourself, shake your hips.” that was the moment i fell in love with the performing arts, and, ever since, i’ve taken every opportunity i can to perform and express myself.
art was not a viable career option, so i ended up studying engineering. but, being who i am, the majority of my college days were spent dancing. after 3 years of that, my sister suggested i switch to hr. i was good at it, enjoyed it and moved up the corporate ladder pretty fast. but my life was split into two halves: 9–6 i was at work; 7–10 i dedicated to the arts. eventually, living in two different worlds got to me. a creative career was my true calling, but here i was on the brink of moving to the united states to take on a senior hr role.
that’s when i decided to jump ship — take 6 months to see what happens. at that point, i’d started dabbling in photography and loved it. i told my mentors, colleagues and boss that i’m going to quit, but also that i’ll be back if it doesn’t work out. what a crazy 6 months it was! i got my first gig, created a facebook page and uploaded the pictures. there was massive demand. it was working!
then, suddenly, business dried up completely. i sliced my pricing by 80%. i borrowed my friends’ kids to build a portfolio. still, no business. with shattered dreams, i reconnected with my hr network, admitted that i made a mistake, interviewed for hr roles, landed a great job, and, 5 very confusing days later, i did the most embarrassing thing of my professional life: i quit again. but this time i decided that i’ll do whatever it takes to make mommy shots work.
photography allows me to share in 2 of the world’s most wonderful things: childhood and parenthood. wherever i can, i support children and parents who face challenges. i’ve photographed kids at orphanages with their friends, i do an annual campaign for breastmilk donation using a series of breastfeeding photos, i support parents who are acid attack survivors, and i started photographing single parents across india in an effort to normalise it. it’s 8 years and 1800 shoots later, i’m living my dream!”