Shoot in Fitler Square with Nil Patel (Click to see more)
I absolutely love collaborating with other creative individuals, so when Nil Patel reached out via Instagram about doing a photo shoot I was interested to hear more. Nil is a traveling photographer based out of Tampa, FL who focuses primarily on wedding documentary. Although Nil has a stellar collection of professional couples shots, he was looking to expand his portfolio while traveling through Philadelphia. My experience working with Nil was very positive from start to finish. He was extremely professional, lively, and probably one of the most imaginative photographers I’ve had the pleasure of working with. We actually played Nicki Minaj as I cat-walked down the Schuylkill River Run Bridge.
I think what I love most about this industry is how driven and like-minded others are. It’s like I found my tribe of people I never knew existed, and Nil was a perfect example of just that. We talked a bit about the hustle and grind of finding time to do what you love. When asked about his ambition Nil said, “Pretty much my life goals are to connect with amazing people and be able to document a snippet of their life through my eyes. This translates into all of my work, but draws me more towards working with couples.” Although this shoot was a bit out of the box from his normal vertical, Nil did a perfect job of capturing exactly what he described but in the form of a fashion shoot.
Nil has only been doing photography for two years now, which seems unbelievable if you look at his work. He started by borrowing his sister’s friend’s Rebel XSi camera for a trip he was taking to Colorado, and used the camera in auto everything mode (this is what started his fire). Nil has shot in major cities like Tampa, Miami, Orlando, Atlanta, D.C., Philadelphia, New York, and Chicago. He hopes to one day document weddings in Greece, Mexico, India, and Spain. For more of Nil’s work check out his Instagram @patelcreative or website patelcreative.com