A husband and wife team.
We are a husband and wife team of wedding photographers based in Central California (Modesto). We serve the San Francisco Bay Area, the Central Coast and rest of California. We travel out of state. JSK Photography was officially formed in March of 2010.
How we Met
We were arranged. It surprises most. We met for the first time at Mervyn’s, a department store in Turlock CA as it was mutual ground. We were arranged to meet by our aunts and parents. We walked down the main aisle in the back of the store while talking and asking each other random questions. The conversation probably lasted 10 minutes. That was in September 2002. Then a week or two later we met a second time at Jas’ house, that’s when the roka (Punjabi version of an engagement) took place. We had our official engagement the following February. Where we also had a Christian ceremony officiated by our neighbor who was a pastor along with our legal marriage that day. In November of 2003, we had our Sikh ceremony when we were “officially” married and allowed to move in together. So we celebrate two anniversaries now.
When we’re not working on photography, we are entertaining our two rays of joyful light, our daughters. We love to travel. Winter time we’re in the mountains skiing every chance we get, summer time we block a weekend or two for a summer get away to the ever so relaxing Disneyland. This year they promise we can go some where else, we shall see. 🙂
Ps. Andy and I so admire the love and respect and appreciation you both had for each other and want you to know that you both are an amazing couple that we look up to.
– Komal & Andy
I was a computer geek by profession and probably was since birth. I always had a passion for taking photographs as well, first with my film cameras, then the digital point-and-shoot. I wanted to get a bigger camera, a DSLR, but my wife always skeptical; I have a history with hobbies coming and going. She would say I had to take some photography classes before she could invest in me. However, that all went out the window, soon as we discovered I’m not just computer coded, I actually have a creative bone. I went along as an assistant to a friend, a professional photographer, just because I liked to take photographs. That was my first wedding I shot in Fall of 2009, and I discovered the true extent of this passion. Few months later in March of 2010, I got my first DSLR camera, a Canon 1D Mark II.
Then come August of 2010, Mandy surprised me for my birthday with my second camera, a Canon 1D Mark IV. I haven’t looked back since. End of January 2014 I went full time into photography. I work at a job that is my passion.
I am confident, in myself and my work. I don’t base that just on my images, but on my passion and personality. I love working with people, and I make every effort to understand what they want. My first work was in retail, I enjoyed retail just for that face-to-face people interaction. I enjoy photographing people just as much. Now, not only do I love interacting, but I love studying people’s faces and the way the light enhances their features. The most exciting part is capturing them in their moments, with their emotions.
The 'Real' Boss
I’m a web/graphic designer by profession and have been creative and artsy since I was a kid. My career started out at Stanislas State in 2002, as the web designer and I continue to work there till this day. Even though I was creative, photography wasn’t for me till I started helping Jas out more and more. In the beginning I would tag along on weddings to assist Jas with the lighting, run things to him or assist with the posing during portraits. During the ceremony Jas would put down one of his cameras and I would pick it up and shoot from the sides. It started happening more often and I started using a spare camera till summer of 2012 when I got my own camera.
Currently, in addition to being the second shooter, I am also the marketing coordinator, social media and web manager and the graphic designer. Though Jas now does his own album designs, I will occasionally design the guestbooks. If you ask us to create a save the date or thank you card, that would go through my creative lens.
I’m the candid shooter, the fly on the wall. I like to observe what’s going on and wait for the smiles and the laughs. My goal is to frame your moments into pieces of arts that you’ll want to come back to and look at over and over.