Rara Asmaradewi was born in Indonesia, studied and worked in Switzerland (most adventurous 4 years of her life!), then in Abu Dhabi/Dubai, then moved to Ontario, Canada for many years before falling for la belle province, Québec. Just when she was about to settle down in Montréal (home is where the heart is; she still considers Montréal home), a new chapter in life has taken her to Calgary, where she is now based.
She is passionate about art and culture; she was a trained classical ballet dancer with the Royal Academy of Dancing for over 10 years, and frequently performed Indonesian traditional dance at international events in Switzerland. She was also a model for a short period of time, but then realized she loved more to be behind the camera than in front of it. Her love to observe and immerse herself in different cultures led her to solitary travels in various European countries. Her penchant for art and culture also drove her 'last-minute elopement' to London and Paris merely to watch Dame Helen Mirren play or the Paris Opera Ballet at Palais Garnier.
She loves fairytales and believes dreams do come true (one of her wildest dreams was to waltz the night away in a white ballgown at a Viennese Ball and it came true at the most unexpected time and place). One of her favourite days is to watch Agatha Christie's Poirot/Miss Marple while eating homemade Swiss meringues or to draw while listening to Laura Fygi or Ella Fitzgerald or Leo Delibes' Lakmé, among others. One of her photography-related wishes is to capture Downton Abbey-like shoots. Trend comes and goes, but classic is timeless. She believes in telling a story through timeless images. She aims to create photographs of your wedding day that your children and grandchildren will treasure over the years; a family story.
Patek Phillipe says it beautifully: YOU NEVER REALLY OWN IT;
YOU MERELY LOOK AFTER IT FOR THE NEXT GENERATION.
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."