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Meet Sweta Sagarika

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sweta Sagarika.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I was always fascinated with food, spices and learning various cuisines while growing up in India. I started cooking for myself when I went to Grad school and I realized I really enjoy it and can make food taste good. I was always keen on learning different techniques and experimenting with all the cuisines that I encountered during my travels and at home! I was introduced to Instagram around 2017 and I was in awe of all the beautiful images that I saw on the platform and I secretly desired to be able to style and shoot such images myself. I did my research, learned a lot from YouTube tutorials and just clicked thousands of images and learned all about light, colors and various nuances of the craft. I ended up combining my love for developing recipes and having fun in the kitchen with my newfound love for food photography/ videography around 2019 and never looked back!

I honestly believe that every shoot teaches me a bunch of lessons for the next one. I gradually learnt a lot out of my own experience and practice and honed my craft both in the kitchen and with the camera and understood what the brands are looking for. I started getting Ad campaigns for various brands and have worked for about 20 clients so far and absolutely loving it! I keep it real on my Instagram and connect with my followers/ friends on very relatable daily things like meals, meal preps, kitchen hacks, struggles and experiences from my busy Baltimore kitchen!

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I really think anything that is worth having is worth the effort that you need to put in! My journey has been a bittersweet one so far but I wouldn’t trade it for anything better because my journey taught me so many valuable life lessons and continues to do so! Few of the major struggles that I gradually overcame in this process are – finding your own creative balance in the process and not getting lost amidst all the content already available in the platform, understanding what my audience appreciates and wants to see, practicing efficient time management between home, work, blog and the client shoots and when to take a conscious break and just indulge in the craft to better yourself without any pressure of staying relevant.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am law graduate specializing in Corporate law and I work with the State of Maryland (Department of Human Services). I specialize in handling IT & Technology contracts and Agreements and the IT and Software project finances.

If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
I grew up in India. I belong to a coastal state in India named “Odisha” and I have lived in other major cities in India for education and employment and have always been keen to learn and explore the food and techniques of the places I visited and lived in. I loved accompanying my parents to the local market to pick fresh veggies and the colorful vegetables and ingredients always fascinated me. The variations in spices, techniques and eating habits throughout the landscape of India is pleasantly surprising and has been a constant motivation to keep learning and indulging in culinary experiments.

I am an extrovert and I LOVE talking and making friends and I have friends from various parts of the world and from various walks of life.

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