Renuka Retnaswamy

805-617-8178
www.renukaretnaswamy.com
Los Angeles
As an artist always shoot for yourself. Always. Thanks @hart for sitting for portraits today! #renukaretnaswamy

As an artist always shoot for yourself. Always. Thanks @hart for sitting for portraits today! #renukaretnaswamy

An idle mind is a devils workshop.

An idle mind is a devils workshop.

Daily night therapy. @martinmica

Daily night therapy. @martinmica

#filmisnotdead

#filmisnotdead

A roll of film with Meri, Alaska 

© 2014 Renuka Retnaswamy 

Duke | Camp Denali, Alaska 

© 2014 Renuka Retnaswamy 

Hiking in the snow- Thorofare Bridge

You know the things you see on National Geographic growing up and being in awe of people who did things you never imagined doing ? And then you grow up and do them. Thats the way I feel about my hike in Denali, Alaska in the snow. Never in a million years would I have ever imagined doing something like this. 

The hike itself was not very difficult because I enjoyed the snow so much, we made snow angeles when we got to the highest part of our hike! We stopped for lunch in the middle and hot peppermint tea never tasted better. 

I will cherish this adventure forever.

© 2014 Renuka Retnaswamy

www.renukaretnaswamy.com 

Canoeing in Wonder Lake, Alaska

Lakes have always been one of my favorite things. There is something about a large body of water that fascinates me. On the 2nd of September I got to visit the magnificence that is Wonder Lake. My best friend Meri and I biked a few miles ( uphill ) to get to the lake. The view was breathtaking, there she was Mt.McKinley herself in the distance. 

We drifted for a while, reading poetry, eating falafels and cookies and talking about life and how wonderful that moment was. 

We definitely had an arm work out paddling back to the docks and rode all the way downhill back to camp enjoying the cold wind on our faces and feeling the very essence of being human and alive

©2014 Renuka Retnaswamy

www.renukaretnaswamy.com 

Back in Los Angeles, only to find out I’ve been published in the Buzz Cut Issue of ELEGANT magazine. Back to the grind starting tomorrow. #readytoshoot (at www.renukaretnaswamy.com)

Back in Los Angeles, only to find out I’ve been published in the Buzz Cut Issue of ELEGANT magazine. Back to the grind starting tomorrow. #readytoshoot (at www.renukaretnaswamy.com)

Discovering downtown Anchorage with my new friends from Australia and Austria.

Discovering downtown Anchorage with my new friends from Australia and Austria.

At age 26 I’ve done so many things I never imagined I would do when I lived in Chennai, India. I know I am where I exactly I need to be and I couldn’t be happier as an individual. #darlinginstachallenge  (at Wonder Lake, Alaska)

At age 26 I’ve done so many things I never imagined I would do when I lived in Chennai, India. I know I am where I exactly I need to be and I couldn’t be happier as an individual. #darlinginstachallenge (at Wonder Lake, Alaska)

Ozzie takes a smoke in this extreme weather.

Ozzie takes a smoke in this extreme weather.

The mountain men of Alaska.
© 2014 Renuka Retnaswamy

I am no surf photographer, but news about  Hurricane Marie blessing California with huge waves got me wanting to shoot them, so I headed out to Malibu at 5:30 am with my good friend and surfer Alex. 

Malibu was packed of course, but it was amazing to watch the sunrise and see people do what they love. 

If you surf, I hope you guys got to ride these beauties.

© 2014 Renuka Retnaswamy 

Strangers from Slovakia | Gosh I love shooting strangers

Strangers from Slovakia | Gosh I love shooting strangers