We are Prem and Cheridy Mukherjee of Arising Images.
The road to photography has been an interesting journey. My passion for photography came while I was doing a study abroad in Sydney, Australia.
I realized how beautiful the world can be and I had a desire to somehow capture a small portion of that beauty to share with others.
While in Australia I had my first true introduction to the Christian church. Since then I have given my life to Christ. Very soon after, I found a church back at home in MI (Kensington Community Church) and then met Cheridy while at a friends house from church.
We met in January of 2000 and both knew immediately that this was just the beginning. We got engaged four months later and were married on June 2nd, 2001. Not too long after Cheridy started helping me and encouraging me to continue to pursue photography. After getting married, we had ample opportunity to travel and I wanted to develop my photographic skills for the purpose of fine art travel photography.
I was inspired by the likes of David Muench and the late Galen Rowell. I would look at their images and dream of visiting those magical places. My photography started in an attempt to capture awe inspiring images that would make other people want to plan their next vacation. We were blessed with the opportunity to travel and experience the beauty in the world that God has created!
Soon after, Cheridy started to encourage me to do photos of people and with that, we found the unlimited potential of using photography to capture some of the most special moments in life. With Cheridy’s encouragement and assistance, I began to shoot portraits and weddings and trained Cheridy to use a camera and now we shoot together as a husband and wife team.
There is no greater reward than bringing joy to people through our work. We were having so much fun doing weddings and portraits that we decided that this was the career for us. We have since made photography a full time business and we’re looking forward to the opportunities that God provides with each coming day.
We are now doing photography that captures all aspects of life from cute snuggly babies, kids that run and play, high school seniors that want to show off their individualism, to weddings which are the best days of peoples lives. We truly have the BEST job in the world!!!
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We look forward to meeting you and being a part of YOUR story!
Hope Ciotti is the Photo Editor and Album Designer at Arising Images. She edits and retouches every picture we take, and custom designs all our wedding albums, graduation cards, Christmas cards, etc. She has a Bachelors Degree in Studio Art, specializing in photography, and a minor in Graphic Design from Oakland University. She likes to think her creative eye and love of the camera is hereditary, as she is a third generation photographer in her family.
Hope got married in October 2015 to a wonderful man who shares her heart for international missions work. They’ve both been to several countries to serve, and Hope has found that the gift of art and photography is a medium that surpasses both language & cultural barriers, and has the amazing potential to bring people together.
Hope and her husband live in downtown Rochester and frequent Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters several times a week. Some of Hope’s other favorite things are: pasta, Jimmy Fallon, puppies (the more the better), The Office, fresh flowers, Christmas lights, and candles.
While you may not always see Hope around as she is mostly locked away editing your photos, she is always around and would love to chat with you given the opportunity!
AWARDS, PUBLICATIONS,& ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Imaging USA 2015 Convention Platform Speaker (January 2015)
Imaging USA 2012 Convention Platform Speaker (January 2012)
Black River Imaging Tradeshow Speaker (January 2012)
JuneBug Weddings – Best of the Best 2011
Professional Photographers of Ohio Convention Speaker (March 2011)
3rd place out of 250 photographers in the “Best Photographer in Detroit” WDIV contest in 2010
In Frame Bride Magazine Feature Article (2009-2010 Edition)
2nd place out of 250 photographers in the “Best Photographer in Detroit” WDIV contest in 2009
Professional Photographer Magazine – June 2009
The Knot – Best of Weddings 2008/2009 Pick by local brides (listed at above and beyond service)
Best of Project Wedding 2008
Rangefinder Magazine – April 2009
Imaging USA – Phoenix 2009 – Convention Speaker
The Knot – Real Weddings – Alicia and Steve – Spring/Summer 2009
Voted 2008 Best Photographer in Detroit in the WDIV vote 4 the best.
The Knot – Real Weddings – Kasey and Jordan Fall/Winter 2008
Voted 2007 Best Photographer in Detroit in the WDIV vote 4the best.
Nirali Magazine – June 2007
Style Magazine – September 2006 “Weddings”
Zook Award 2005 – Album Design Contest