I have looooooove/hate feelings for travels. I absolutely love exploring new destinations but hate packing. Don’t mind long flights but hate jet-legs. Always return back home with fresh mind and ready to conquer the world but also suffer with post-travel depression. Especially when it involves meeting family during the travels.
As I returned back to Dubai from USA two days ago (and still trying to fix my sleeping schedule), I have been dearly missing my family, friends, and mostly my nieces & nephews aka Monsters, Inc. Long night conversations with my sisters, mom’s delicious food, hugging little nieces & telling them stories, laughing with best friends on old jokes, hustle-bustle of NYC…
This trip made me realize (yet again!) how strong of a support-system and backbone my family & friends have been in making me who I am today. They always support me to turn my can’ts into cans and my dreams into plans. They still forgive my mistakes, give best advices, push me to go farther, dream bigger, help me be a better person – both personally & professionally – and give me the light of hope in the darkest of nights. They are my dream anchor.
As I sat in front of my laptop trying to make a schedule for edits, album deliveries, scheduling meetings with prospective clients, and replying back to emails & inquiries, I am extremely glad that I made the trip. Because at the end of the day, I can always come back on schedule, the edits, emails, meetings will always be there but the chance of meeting the family on the other side of the world might not be.
If you are a work-a-holic like myself, take time out today and call your family/friend or a loved one. You never know how much it might mean to someone. Surround yourself with positive people who will make you better and try to be someone else’s dream anchor….
Remember – what goes around, comes around!
If last year was my Year of Travel, this year would surely pass as the Year of Growth.
2014 was nothing short of a blessing!!! I was honored to meet & photograph amazing couples, dreamt bigger than last year, met some of the most inspiring industry vendors and feel blessed to call them friends now, my blog was viewed 32,000+ times in 2014 (oh yeahhhhhhhh), and I grew both personally and professionally.
There were dreams I made, goals I totally missed but found equivalent benefit in every setback. It is incredible to look back and see how amazing this journey has been and how far my business has come.
Before the Internet gets hanged and telephone lines get jammed, let me wish you a Happy New Year.
May this New Year gives you courage and believe to start fresh, strength to sail your boat in the direction of your dreams, wishes to achieve the impossible, strive for endless happiness, fulfilling promises, steady success, bests of friends, and long lasting memories, ameen.
Cheers to moving forward, new beginnings, taking risks, dreaming big, love and living out loud….because I strongly believe that the best is yet to come :)
I walked joyfully toward the wedding in Al Badia Golf Club, super excited to photograph a venue with a pond on one side and Dubai’s skyline on the other. As I got closer, my heart and jaw both dropped. I couldn’t find the bride & groom’s table, few tables had no centerpieces, no lighting, high level of pressure, and people were running around everywhere. In the midst of all, I found Dana, the managing director of Sia Weddings, who was busy trying to finish everything.
As I approached her with my camera and gear bag, she hugged me tightly and told me that she was only given two hours to turn the outdoor venue into a wedding reception and only has one hour left. I smiled because I had no doubt in her abilities & got busy with photographing the details of the wedding to catch the last bit of sunlight.
Within an hour, the place was complete turned around. Seriously! I passed by Dana and she asked me “What do you think?!?” and all I said “This is amazing!!!!” If you see the number of details she managed to put together so creatively and with enthusiasm & patience, within two hours, you can only imagine what she can do in 5-6 hours time span. Everything was perfectly in right position. It won’t be an exaggeration if I say that Dana is the girl who can do wonders. FoReal!
Don’t believe me??? See the following photos for yourself. It is hard to believe that all this was done in such short time.
Bride & Groom’s Table
To put cheery on top of the icing, here is a video trailer.
Oh Dana, I adore you for your capabilities & talent.
Sometimes in the midst of crazy wedding season, client meetings, album deliveries, and so on, I want to step back and photograph without the pressure of wedding itself.
I met Akram, the owner of Crochet Flowers, at a past wedding (note-to-self: blog that wedding). After a few days, we hung out and proposed an idea of collaboration. He was to use his expertise with flowers to create something special for an engagement party and I was to document it.
It was an intimate engagement party at a house and I must say, Akram & his team did a spectacular job by turning the gazebo in the garden into a stage and hung small candles in glass jars wrapped with white laces on the trees. While everything was white, the dancing purple lights gave that edge to the party.
My favorite was the dinner table! Inside the house, the team of Crochet Flowers completely transformed the dinner table by decorating it with the unique flowers and gorgeous glass-crystal lamps with candles.
I am glad to be a part of the day and to have documented the magic of his imagination and hard-work.
I had the pleasure of documenting the lovely engagement party of Ayesha & Sauood at Al Murooj Rotana, Dubai.
If you think you have amazing friends, wait till you meet Ayesha’s. FoReal!
From choosing the right bouquet, ordering centerpieces and party favors, booking her makeup artist, hairstylist, myself as a photographer, to being physically and mentally present with her; Ayesha’s friends took care of it all. It was as much pleasure & fun meeting each one of them as it was photographing the couple.
Following photos are proof of Ayesha & Sauood’s friends’ planning, hard work, and execution. They successfully brought Ayesha’s dream of having a perfect milcha/engagement party to reality & topped it with a surprise belly-dance show.
Lots of love and best wishes for Ayesha & Sauood. As the two of them become one, I wish them a ONE-derful journey together.