Mala Patel is an Auckland based photographer. Her images of have a distinctive style that can be described as natural, relaxed and timeless.
When you speak to Mala, her enthusiasm and excitement about her work is obvious. "I love people! I especially love meeting new people! And I'm crazy about photography! I reckon I'm the luckiest person in the world being able to combine the things I'm most passionate about – people and photography – with my work."
Mala is easy-going, friendly and loves a good laugh. Her informal and fun approach to photography makes people feel comfortable and at ease around her, and this shows in their photos. "When I'm photographing people, I talk to and work with them in a way that allows them to relax, open up and be themselves." And that's how Mala captures those unforgettable candid moments.
She is considerate and understanding when it comes to photographing people. "I understand that people often feel awkward and uncomfortable being photographed. I know because I'm one of them". Even the most self-conscious and camera-shy people have enjoyed being photographed by Mala, and have been delighted with the results.