Baku, Azerbaijan

After visiting Norway & Sweden earlier this year, my heart had been wanting to explore at least one more new destination before 2018 comes to an end.

This has to be one of the most spontaneous trips I’ve ever taken. This is exactly how it went down: I covered 2 weddings over Friday & Saturday. Sunday I checked my schedule for the rest of the week and found it very flexible. Moved around a few meetings (a super shout out to the amazing & most understanding brides). Booked the tickets on Sunday. Packed my bags overnight. And flew to Azerbaijan super early on Monday morning.

Don’t listen to what they say. Go SEE!

Here is another installment of #RimaTravels. This time, to Azerbaijan!

I was pleasantly surprised to find that Azerbaijan is a lot more developed and tourist friendly than its neighboring country Georgia (I have no clue why I still haven’t shared a blog from my visit to Georgia).

Few things in Azerbaijan left me absolutely fascinated. The mud volcanoes, AteshGah, Jabl al Nar (the fire mountain), Four Beauties waterfalls, left me in awe by the miracles of the Almighty.

On the other hand, I thoroughly enjoyed the new side of the city like Hyder Aliyev Center (gorgeous curvy architecture), Jumma Mosque, & the hustle bustle of Nizami street.

 

Hope you enjoyed Azerbaijan thorough my lens. Until we meet again with other wanderings of mine, do check out my past travels around the world.

Already looking forward for future adventures,
~ Rima (The Explorer)

Emirates Hall, Ajman Wedding – Jawaher & Abdulrahman

She walked like a queen,
into the cloudless skies, outshining the stars.
He was unable to explain how his dreams had come true,
and how his heart was opened to love more, to give more, to be more ❤

Venue: Emirates Hall, Ajman 🏰
Decorator: Eissa Hakim ✨
Makeup: Layali💄
Dress: from Turkey 👗
Shoes: Gucci 👠
Bouquet: from Abu Dhabi 💐
Cake: WoW Sweets 🍰
Photography & Video: Rima Hassan Photography 🎥

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Dearest Jawaher & Abdulrahman,

Thank you oh-so-much for everything! My team and I felt delighted to document your wedding day with all its magnificent & fun moments. May Allah continues to shower His utmost blessings and bounties upon you both and fills your hearts with more affection, more happiness, and more love for each other, ameen.

Love,
~ Rima

5 Ps You Should Look for in a Wedding Photographer

Dear Brides-to-Be,

I recently met 3 new brides who complained about the photographers who took their engagement photos. I clenched my heart because for me it wasn’t just 3 brides. It was 3 brides’ three days that were suppose to be cherished for lifetime yet the couple’s were left with bitter memories.

It has been long I shared tips about how to ‘Choose The Wedding Photographer‘ but I felt the dire need of writing this post to make it easier for the couples to find the wedding photographer who is best fit for them.

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  1. Personality – I deliberately put personality before portfolio because regardless of how amazing the portfolio of a photographer is, if they are not a problem-solver and not mentally-present, it should ring sirens for a chaos. Choose someone who can calm the storm, makes you feel comfortable, & provides you an experience along with great photos & service.
  2. Portfolio – the entire quality of a photographer’s work is what you should look for. People share highly curated images on Instagram but the albums are not even half as good as those images. Ask the photographer to show you a complete wedding instead of their Instagram photos.
  3. Professionalism – communication, explanation of the packages, contracts, handling things & situations, treating the family members and other wedding vendors, sense of dressing are just few things a wedding photographer needs to be great at.
  4. Punctuality – Oh-Em-Gee! I can’t emphasize enough on this. Would you really want to hire someone who doesn’t reply back to your emails/texts/DMs? Brides, its not only the wedding day, do keenly consider how fast the photographer will deliver the photos/videos/albums of your wedding.
  5. Public Relations (PR) – this goes for both – a photographer’s public relations with other wedding vendors as well as past clients. If a photographer is recommended by their past clients and/or other wedding vendors because of their personality, portfolio, professionalism, punctuality, and customer service – you need to hire them asap before someone does!

I hope you find the best photographer who provides you an experience along with beautiful photos & memories that you cherish for a lifetime.

Oh and in case you want to get in touch with me, fill out the contact form.
I Promise You to be the best wedding vendor you’ll hire for your wedding day 🙂

Your UnOfficial Bridesmaid,
~ Rima

Spontaneous Trip

I’m about to get on the plane for an absolute spontaneous trip (and by that I mean the ticket was booked last night). I strongly believe that the world is too big and life is too short to see it all hence I’ll be out of Dubai from 25-30 November 2018.

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If you need to reach me, please email me at info@rimahassan.com or fill out the Contact Form  💌 I will try my best to reply back to your emails as soon as I can ❤

#RimaTravels to a new destination where jackets, scarfs, and gloves are essentials at this time of the year. Who else is excited to see this place through my lens?!?

Al Jawaher, Sharjah Wedding – Irhama & Nada

I saw beauty, without limits.
I saw promises, without spoken words.
I saw affection, without restrictions.
In its most authentic form.
I saw them, holding each other’s hands! ❤ 
Dancing without music.
Smiling without reasons.
Loving each other, without any conditions…

Venue: Al Jawaher Reception, Sharjah 🏰
Decorator: Forever Events ✨
Makeup: Gada💄
Dress: Ezra Couture 👗
Shoes: Aquazzura 👠
Bouquet: Al Joori 💐
Photography & Video: Rima Hassan Photography 🎥

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Dearest Nada & Irhama,

You Two! ❤
Together!! ❤ ❤
And your Love!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

Thank you for having me witness the beauty and love that surrounded you both. I feel unable to describe in words how grateful I feel to be able to photograph your wedding and even more grateful to call you both my friends (alhamdullilah x a million). May you both cherish each other & celebrate each and every moment of your new journey together, forever – ameen.

Lots of love,
~ Rima

Out of Office

I need you to take it VERY seriously.
I’ve sequestered myself in my home office determined to finish my to do list until next month.
Just Kidding. I’m actually just visiting my family because some family-time is dearly needed. I will be out of Dubai from 16 October until 8 November ✈️
If you need to reach me, please email me at info@rimahassan.com or fill out the Contact Form  💌 I will try my best to reply back to your emails in a timely manner ❤
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I’ll be back before you miss me! ☺️

How to Photograph in Low-Light

Dear Photographer Friends,

Dark ballrooms, bridal rooms, and outdoor parties with poor ambience-lights are wedding-photographers’ worst nightmare. We have allllll been through it! I’m not a photography guru but I don’t mind sharing what I learned through 6 years of experiences and things that have worked for me.

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Here are my personal tips and tricks that help me with low-light situations and I hope these tips work for you as well ❤

  1. Wide aperture: For me, anything less than F4 is wide aperture. I like using wide apertures for producing bokeh, in bride’s portraits to avoid cluttered rooms, and especially when the rooms or outdoor events don’t have enough light.

    I also use external lights (especially for bride’s jewelry details) hence I avoid wide-apertures just so the actual diamonds are sharp in focus.
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  2. External Lights: Ice-lights, soft-box, video light, flash, you name it! I loveeeee using external lights for ballroom details & centerpieces. They add an umph to the photos and differentiate between the main subject and the fore/background. Adding constant external light also helps with focusing hence results in sharper photos.

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  3. Bounce Speedlite/Flash: First off, Invest in a great flash. Second, learn how to use it to its full potential. Third, look for low ceilings and/or white walls because they are amazing to bounce off flash light. I use Canon Speedlite 600 EX RT ii on camera for the ballroom details and then from the time the bride makes her entrance in the ballroom until the end of the night.

    In the following photo, the party was outdoors hence no natural reflectors as I couldn’t bounce the light off of the ceiling & ice-lights were not powerful enough to light such a big space. Instead, I used the entire villa to bounce off my flash’s light on the entire dinner-table-setup.

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  4. Flash on manual: Thisssss!!!! As most photographer’s use their flash on ETTL (auto mode), I use my flash on M-A-N-U-A-L. The light is consistent in photos instead of the flash making guesses. It is easier to use flash on manual than on ETTL mode (try it & let me know how it works for you).
  5. Battery-pack for flash: Using flash on manual mode requires a lot more battery power hence doesn’t recover as fast as it does in ETTL mode. I use Godox’s PB 960 battery pack with a wire connected to the flash. It looks like a flask and one additional thing for me to carry throughout the night but hey, it works for me. Call me old-school but I would rather look silly carrying additional stuff and have my work speak for itself! 😉Godox_PB_960_battery_Pack

I hope these tips help you tackle the low-light situations. If you have tips that you’d like to share and/or questions about points I made above, or this post made you think differently, please free to leave a comment below ❤

Your friend,
~ Rima

Love You. Mean it.

Today I need to thank you.
Yes, YOU, lovely reader, for your lovely comments, awesome suggestions, & your constant support on my blog & my Instagram where I share my passion for wedding photography, travels, tips & tricks for brides-to-be as well as for photographers, and quotes to live by.

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More than you could possibly realize, you help me to rise to new challenges with the questions and requests you throw my way.

I really thought you ought to know that, friend.
Love you. Mean it. ❤

Palazzo Versace Wedding – Sultan & Wedad

Her nose crinkled every time she laughed.
As soon as he entered the bridal suite, it was as if nothing else existed except both of them. He stood close to her, whispering in her ear, making her laugh out loud. And her nose, it crinkled throughout the night – making her look even more beautiful.

I stood there and thought to myself….so this is what love does to people?!? It makes them shine like stars. They looked absolutely perfect together & complimented each other in the best way possible. Like summer & ice-cream. Like shell & pearl. Like smile & a dimple. Like Sultan & Wedad ❤

Venue: Palazzo Versace, Dubai 🏰
Decorator: Tibru Weddings ✨
Planner: One n Only Weddings 🎩
Makeup: Joy💄
Hair: Matilda 👑
Invitations: Modern Printing Press 💌
Dress: Custom made 👗
Bouquet: Bliss Flowers 💐
DJ: Kadooj 🎧
Photography: Rima Hassan Photography 🎥

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Dearest Wedad & Sultan,

Thank you from the bottom of my ❤ for being so incredibly warm, welcoming, & for trusting me to document your big day with all its glory. Your beautiful union as well as the loud-&-proud love reminds me why I love my job so much. I pray to Allah that you both brighten each other’s day – everyday – for the rest of your lives. Cheers to joy, health, making memories, and eternal love…

Much love & appreciation,
~ Rima

How to Deliver Wedding Videos

I received the following questions via my Instagram direct message from a very dear-follower & photographer-friend of mine. I thought to myself, this questions needs to be addressed on the blog so those who have been searching and/or may search for it later in future can find the answers.

She asked: “How do you deal with videography part of the business?
1. Should the video footage be given for selection? (sometimes clients need changes in the final video).
2. How the final edited video should be given to the clients (on a DVD,USB)? Because mostly they end up coming after a year or so that the dvd got broken or it isn’t working due to this-&-that reason.”

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Here is my answer:

Firstly, I very strongly believe in putting the best foot forward first!
I show the perfectly curated and edited version of the video to the client for mainly 2 reasons: (a) to avoid confusion with so much raw footage and save time – both mine & client’s and (b) they see the best clips along with transitions & music overlay directly.

During the past 6 years of my business, may be only 3 clients have requested for a specific clip/person to be removed. If a request like that comes across, I make sure the changes are done as per the client’s demand as she’s the one who has to watch-&-live with the video, not me. So I make sure its how she wants her memories to be.

Secondly, in order to grow your business, keep up (if not ahead) with the ever-so-evolving technology. I used to give DVDs to clients. When several of them told me that their new laptops don’t have DVD players, I invested in custom made USBs with my logo printed and started delivering those. So far, 16GB USBs have been working fine for me. When a client has video+crane package, I provide them 2+ USBs so it holds up all the data.


Now, last but certainly not the least, before you deliver the USB or even show the client the edited version of the video, make sure you communicate (yes, bold-ly) with the client during the wedding timeline consultation. Ask questions & listen carefully to the bride. Also set her expectations so she knows that she’ll be (a) receiving the edited video directly (b) on a USB (c) and is responsible for backups. If she wants things/process otherwise, she’ll tell you so in advance!

I hope you gratify your clients with your exceptional communication, work, delivery process, & customer service ♥️

Stay Fabulous,
~ Rima

P.S. Thank you for reading until the end. Here is my ((( virtual hug 🤗 ))) for you. If this post sparked new ideas or helped you think differently in any way, do share your thoughts in the comments below.