My Thankful List

It has been a year since I wrote my first blog entry.
Since today is a *special* day, I want to take a moment and jot down my thankful list.

I’m thankful for Almighty’s endless bounties & blessings upon me – even though I am less than deserving.
I’m thankful for those who believe in me & support me – even when I don’t believe in myself.
I’m thankful for my family – they taught me the true definition of selfless love.
I’m thankful for friends – my shoulders to cry on, best advisors, and my support system.
I’m thankful for my nieces & nephews – my source of entertainment & bundle of joys.
I’m thankful for university scholarships – they helped secure my future.
I’m thankful for my blog & its readers – they help me express myself.
I’m thankful for free-online-education – it helped me establish my business.
I’m thankful for amazing clients – brides who believed in me, became my cheer-squad & friends.
I’m thankful for my ex-boss – her actions taught me what not to do.
I’m thankful for my house, food in the fridge, clean sheets to sleep on, shower, and clothes.
I’m thankful for health – it makes me appreciate life more.
I’m thankful for awesome photographer friends – they have my back.
I’m thankful for mistakes – they teach lessons and help make me a better person.
I’m thankful for my camera – it changed my life & made me a firm believer of possibilities & opportunities.
I’m thankful for my husband – he lets me follow my dreams & makes it possible for me to live out loud.
I’m thankful for another year – full of health, travels, successes, failures, experiences, & lessons.
I’m thankful for things that make me, me.

Happy Birthday

P.S.  Does anyone actually know what you have to do when people are singing happy birthday to you???

Wedding in Ajman – Amal & Ali

There are some people you automatically click with in the first meeting. Amal & Ali are amongst them. From discussing the major & cute little details of their wedding to choosing Amal’s super unique bouquet, they kept me involved throughout the planning process of her wedding although I was initially their wedding photographer but now feel like we have been friends for years.

I thoroughly enjoyed Amal & Ali’s wedding because it was not only the union of two people in love but the union of two entire families who embraced and welcomed both bride & groom into each other’s families.

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I’ll end on this note because Amal & Ali’s night was filled with love, dancing, cheers, and selfies of epic proportion…

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Happy Tuesday!

For the Love of Art

Art comes in various shapes and forms. Whether it was the tremendous SIKKA14 event of Dubai Art Season or simply visiting the malls and admiring the showcase displays, art always attracts me. Talking about art, this blog is for the love of art & dedicated to one of my favorite creatives of all times – a very talented artist, Irfan H. Mirza.

Irfan is a contemporary versatile artist and calligrapher, based in Saint Louis, Missouri. He is amazing at putting imagination onto the canvas. Through his profound aesthetic sense, he experiments with various forms of art like abstract, conceptual, figurative, landscape, cityscape, digital, and calligraphy (i.e. art of writing). He uses oil paint and acrylic as a medium to visualize his artistic creations. Inspired by nature and spirituality, the work itself illustrates his mystical series of art.

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“Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.” – Oscar Wilde

Irfan’s work highly speaks of his creativity and I personally am a big fan of his exceptional calligraphy. With thoughtful use of colors and strokes, he makes the religious verses, quotes, and/or abstract – anything & everything – even more captivating.

His work has been showcased, admired, and got attention internationally by various galleries and private collectors. I can’t express how excited I am that he’s exhibiting his latest work – The NUKTA (Dot) Series of Calligraphy – in Dubai within 2 days. I can’t wait to purchase a huge canvas for my living room & would like to invite my blog readers to come and see his exceptional work.

Date: August 13 & 14, 2014
Venue:  Mussawir Art Gallery, Al Qouz, Dubai
Time: 7 pm – 10:30 pm

Visit Irfan’s Facebook page or click here to watch a video clip of his work.

Hope to see you at the exhibit.

Cheers!

Fear of Failure

My phone rung at 3:00 am in the morning.
I opened one eye to look at my phone screen and it was a call from my eldest sister in New Jersey.
‘Oh God!’ I said under my breath because in my head, calls at this late at night (or shall I say this early in the morning don’t mean good news). I answered the phone and the first thing she told me was that she just saw my latest blog post & set of images I posted & how impressed she was with them.  
I smiled, thanked her, inquired about how everyone was doing in NJ. Few minutes later she hung up the phone but I couldn’t sleep. A million small thoughts took over and I thought of the fear of failure that occupied my mind when I was about to hit ‘publish’ to share that blog entry & photos on Facebook.I read somewhere that there r five types of Fears:

1. ‘We need to talk…’
2. Username or password is incorrect.
3. 15 missed calls from mom (in my case – husband).
4. Terror.
5. Fear of FAILURE. Yes, in all capital letter.

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“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

I try my best to conquer fear of failure on daily basis. When I’m publishing a blog entry, sharing photos on social media, meeting clients for album designs, making business decisions, and striving in the directions of my dreams. As time passed, I’ve realized that if you find a support system & surround yourself with the right people – family, friends, clients – who are encouraging, nothing can stop you to move forward in the direction of your dreams. At the end, these are the people who will be there celebrating your successes.
Take a chance. Anything is possible. Anything!
Have a fearless day.

Wedding in Zabeel Hall, Dubai World Trade Center – Maryam & Mohammad

If definitions were given in photos, Maryam’s photo in her gorgeous wedding gown would be right next to STUNNING in the dictionary. ForReal!

She found me through google about 9 months ago and after a few exchange of emails, I had the honor of meeting this wonderful girl for coffee. With her vibrant personality and sweetest smile, I knew we would have a strong bond. I had the pleasure and honor of meeting her family on her wedding day and photographing the details she spent months of planning. Her wedding was just S&S (Simple & Sweet) just like M&M (Maryam & Mohammad) are.

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I wish both Maryam & Mohammad a life full of smiles and laughter together. May they spend the rest of their lives holding each other’s hand and love every moment of it.

Eid Mubarak – 2014

An entire month of fasting, resting, praying, more resting, meeting clients super late night, and some more resting felt like being on a spiritually lifting vacation without leaving the home.  Although all my schedules (sleeping, yoga, gym, eating, etc – except for work) are completely thrown off but I throughly enjoyed the bounties, blessings, and favors of The Almighty that he provided me in the blessed month of Ramzan; some that I prayed from my heart for and most of them without having me to even ask for them.

The end of Ramzan has a bittersweet feeling.  I’m excited for Eid and feel exceptionally thankful for all that I have received during this holy month. I’m even more thrilled to be back behind my camera, can’t wait to use all the cool new photography gear I have invested in during Ramzan, and get rolling with the super busy wedding schedule for the next few months.

Eid-ul-Fitr Mubarak!!!

I hope+wish+pray that the noor of Eid illuminates everyone’s heart, mind, & soul and brings you lots of joys, success, health, happiness, specially peace in the world. May your wishes are fulfilled, prayers are answered, and your wallet gets filled with Eidi, ameen ;)

Be kind to one another.

7 Fundamental Rules of Happiness

Remember when I wrote about the 21 Rules to My Life? Well, the following is a list of 7 fundamental rules of happiness that I read somewhere  written by someone unknown. Just how I write down everything that I like, I jot these down, read them every now & then upon need and thought to share them with all. This list has helped me recover from my not-so-happy-Rima-personality and always make me smile and I hope it does the same for you.  

  1. Make peace with your past
    so it won’t disturb your present.
  2. What other people think of you
    is none of your business.
  3. Time heals almost everything.
    Give it time.
  4. Don’t compare your life to others
    and don’t judge them, you have no idea what
    their journey is all about.
  5. Stop thinking too much.
    It is alright not to know the answers.
    They will come to you when you least expect it.
  6. No one is in charge
    of your happiness. Except YOU.
  7. Smile.
    You don’t own all the problems in the world!

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Much Love…