About Me2018-09-29T11:05:06+00:00

About Chirag Pandya

A photographer is more than just someone with a camera. Photography requires the eyes of an artist, the technical mastery of a scientist, and the dedication to storytelling of a great journalist. Chirag Pandya found his calling early. When Dawson College in Montreal launched its photog-raphy program in in the early 1980s, he was a member of its first graduating class.

“I thought I was going to be a dentist! But I am an artist, like many people in my family. I had the need to express myself,” he says, laughing. “My father was a photographer too.”

Initially specializing in commercial photography, Chirag shot for international brands like Avon, Seagrams, Mochico Shoes and many others. It is work he still does, and still enjoys. “It is chal-lenging, you really have to get it right the first time, because matching the lighting, getting every-thing perfect – it’s a very difficult thing to go back and do reshoots.”


Chirag brings that technical expertise to his work as a portrait and wedding photographer too, making sure to capture the perfect moment the first time. And it doesn’t hurt that he honed his skills before the digital revolution. “Working in a darkroom, working with film, this means you have to have an understanding of the foundations of photography.” Chirag has made the transi-tion into the digital age seamlessly, upgrading and maintaining his skills at conferences and workshops. “I like to keep up with what’s happening in the world.”

For Chirag, the way to get great shots is to make sure his clients are at ease. “Often, people don’t have a lot of experience having their photograph taken. Part of my job is to get them to feel comfortable, to relax. Whether that’s scheduling photographs for after a wedding ceremony, when the bride and groom can relax, or asking a child about a favourite toy to get a natural por-trait, I love doing that. I like people – I’m a people guy.”

Shooting weddings comes naturally to Chirag. “I’m interested in capturing the chemistry between a couple, the love story.” And thanks to his years of experience, Chirag knows where to point his camera. “I know instinctually when something is going to happen,” he laughs. “I can predict the moment before it comes. I counted once, I shot over 57,000 images in one year! That’s how you learn to be at the right place at the right time.”

Chirag favours a spontaneous approach, and he’s been known to take advantage of whatever the environment offers up when it comes to getting a great shot. “In Old Montreal, maybe you’ll have a busload of tourists, and I’ll tell the bride and groom, quick let’s get on that bus!” It doesn’t always produce a perfect picture, but it almost always leads to a few genuine laughs.

“My whole idea is that working with me should be fun.”

Absolutely, Our wedding pictures came out just fantastic. We were referred to Ghirag by a friend & could not be happier with the work that showed true professionalism in every pose. The effort to make every picture perfect came out like a true artist. We highly recommend studiozoomtech to all our friends in search of that artistic approach towards perfection.

M. Ohayon

I have known Chirag for 20 years plus and have had numerous occasions watching him work over the years. Most recently he photographed my wedding and his work is nothing but exceptionnel. He really goes above and beyond to make sure he captures every timeless moment of yours to make it an everlasting memory! I highly recommend Chirag for his professionalism and his extensive knowledge and expertise of photography. Here is to many more years of making memories!


Whether you’re celebrating a wedding or coming together for a family portrait session, Studio Zoomtech offers wonderful photography. I’ve known Chirag for over 20 years and can say without hesitation that each project he takes on is approached with only the finest attention to detail. His vast portfolio in entertainment, politics, architecture, and even retail has allowed him to continuously offer clients the widest range of techniques and artistic flair. No matter the occasion, your photos will be handled with professional care!

Theo Dermatis, Editor-In-Chief