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7 Questions on Leadership with Jatin K Chonkar

Name: Jatin K Chonkar

Title: Proprietor

Organisation: Jatin Photography

Results-driven, with technical aptitude and sharp artistic talent, with solid success in capturing stunning images that evoke emotion and tell compelling stories. With a passion for photography, I specialize in different types of photography, including fashion, beauty, portrait. Architecture/Interior, Industrial and Product photography. I am a creative photographer who brings exceptional knowledge and enthusiasm to every photo shoot.

Committed to delivering promised results and remaining true to a unique artistic vision. I have a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of lighting, composition, and color theory, which allow me to create images that stand out and leave a lasting impression. My ability to connect with my subjects and put them at ease helps me capture their true essence and personality, resulting in authentic and memorable photographs.

I have excellent working experience translating business requirements, generating ideas and visual concepts, executing design, and delivering finished work assets for production on online and offline platforms; good at end-to-end design projects from concept to implementation (print and digital). Also, I have been instrumental in printing technology, for example, choosing appropriate paper for offset and digital printing, and can handle visual ads and corporate documentaries.

I offer a unique combination of technical skills and creative vision. I am skilled in maintaining high levels of client satisfaction by explaining processes and fees in detail and following through on all promises. Expertise in digital and traditional photography, including lighting, editing, and retouching. Throughout my extensive career, I have built & keeping healthy business relations with major clients.

I am committed to continuous learning and professional development to stay up-to-date with emerging trends and best practices. Any company looking for a skilled and passionate photographer/consultant who can deliver exceptional results.

Thank you to the 2,000 leaders who’ve generously done the 7 Questions on Leadership!

I hope Jatin's answers will encourage you in your leadership journey. Enjoy!


Jonno White

1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?

A good leader is someone who can motivate others and face challenges fearlessly. Additionally, a good leader is someone who builds the team spirit and works together with the team to achieve their goals. They should be able to get great results without being authoritative or pressurizing anyone. A true leader leads by example, fostering strong relationships with individuals and teams alike and ensuring that all reach their full potential while, importantly, achieving goals.

Leading examples are never easy when we know others observing us and following our footsteps hence we can not afford to make mistakes and that is the challenge.

2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?

Leadership is something I never planned . I feel people choose their leader because they see how we make the difference, but because they are influenced by you. We earn leadership not through power but because we have the ability to motivate and inspire others. Honestly I never thought I will become a leader.

I always wanted to help individual members by advancing their skills, enhance the team's potential, others with respect, always produce high-quality work and maintain a positive reputation, and make sure they should do the same. I have always expressed gratitude and respected individual values, shared my vision with the team and whether it is my own or my company's goal, motivated and inspired employees to reach goals.

I take responsibility for my actions and expect the same from my employees. I make sure that I am transparent and open for honest conversations with my team. Since the beginning I have had a vision and always communicated with team to achieve my target. It is very important to stay confident and courageous with my actions. I believe that leaders are not born, they are made.

3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

I generally plan my day previous night before going to bed.

4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?

Empowering yourself with the transformational knowledge I learned for the first time while I was involved in the preparation stage for a engineering company's product shoot.

5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?

I am not that much of a reader but I like to listen podcasts. Mr. Ivan Misner's speech always inspired me when I was BNI member, I always listened to his podcast that help me grow as a person and also for my business. I am also inspired by Swami Vivekananda's thoughts

6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?

Well I will advise them to follow the following points

1. A good leader is in tune with their team members and with themselves as well. Know about yourself first and develop your self-awareness

2. Be confident

3. There's always a scope to grow so a mentor is must who can teach you new skills

4. Keep learning

5. Always go with a positive mindset

6. Show gratitude and respect for individual values

7. Take responsibility for your own actions

8. Managing conflicts

9. Help your team members to grow and...

10. Make sure you are transparent and honest in your conversations with your team or your client.

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?

Mistakes happen to everyone but the main factor is how we handle the situation. I remember a few years back when I was doing an on-location industrial shoot, one of my assistants forgot the camera at the restaurant while returning to the factory after lunch. A few members of my team panicked panic started blaming that one assistant.

I got very angry because my reels (at that time we were used to photographing on transparency and negative reels) was there in that bag along with my two camera but I kept myself cool because that time important was to collect the camera bag from the restaurant. Without wasting time I requested my driver to go with the same assistant in a car to collect the camera bag.

I was very lucky that my bag was kept safely at a restaurant, Later in the evening I went and met the owner of the restaurant to say thank you. Meanwhile, at the end of that day's shoot, I spoke with my assistant individually and told him politely how big that mistake was, and later at night we had a drink together. The next day my entire team was very confident, trust level and positivity were very high Also all were very energetic the entire day..

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