How The Army Reserve Inspired A Photographer

Hear how a connection from his U.S. Army Reserve life encouraged Gagan Dhiman to pursue his passion for taking pictures as a wedding photographer.

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As a wedding photographer in the civilian life, there’s a lot of moving parts in a wedding. This can be a stressful event, and one of the things that I’ve learned from Army reserve is how to be in a hectic situation, in a stressful situation, stay calm and take control.

The place that I have seen, the places that I have photographed, the situations that I have been because of the Army Reserve, that just makes me confident. I know that there is nothing that this gig can throw at me.

During the deployment a lot of the soldiers came up to me and said, "Hey, I’m getting married. I would like for you to take pictures for me." And at this point I really didn't have the right equipment, I didn't know anything about wedding photography. But because of the skills that I've learned in the Army you find what you need to do to get the mission done.

I think the wedding photography business is very competitive. The edge that I have over most photographers is that experience that I have gotten from the Army Reserve.