Sharjah Engagement – Shaikha & Hazeem

It seemed like everything was happening in slow motion.
The way she fixed her dress. Gently carried the bouquet. Steadily secured her hair behind her ear. Slowly raised and lowered her eyelashes. Assured smiles in between each action.

Her simple movements and elegant gestures were becoming the picture-perfect poses. Spreading smile across my face as I clicked through. And of course, spreading a continuous smile on her soul-mate’s face.

Shaikha & Hazeem’s intimate engagement party was celebrated at private villa in Sharjah. The decorations were done by The Purple Chair. Shaikha wore a stunning baby-pink gown by Hamda al Fahim, Dior shoes, and carried a bouquet by Moz Flowers.

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Dearest Shaikha & Hazeem,

Thank you for your trust in myself and my work ❤ I can’t thank you & your families enough for the very warm welcome. May the Almighty showers you both with His utmost attention, mercy, care, blessings & bounties. Can’t wait to see the all-things-amazingggg you two are planning for your big day inshaAllah *happy dance*.

Love,
~ Rima

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Al Jawaher, Sharjah Wedding – Sultan & Alya

They were both aware of their surrounding & peoples’ presence,
yet so lost in each other.
Exchanges of smiles, lovable gazes, frequent giggles, and promises of a lifetime.
They both seemed ready to fall Rise in Love!

Venue: Al Jawaher Reception & Convention Center (JRCC), Sharjah 🏰
Stage/Ballroom Decorator: Forever Events
Perfumes: Tibru Weddings
Desserts: Ashk Catering
Dress: Esposa 👗
Shoes: Sarah Jessica Parker (SJP) 👠
Photo & Video: Rima Hassan Photography 🎥

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Dearest Alya & Sultan,

I am absolutely smittennnnnn by you two ❤ Both of you are just oh-so-adorable mashaAllah that I couldn’t stop smiling throughout & even after your engagement party & wedding day. Thank you for having my team & I to document, photograph and videograph, both your parties and showing us your delightful personalities and love story.

Lots of love and bestestest of wishes for both of you ❤
~ Rima

Wanna Talk about Business?

Most people look at successful photographers/studios and think it is solely because of their amazing skills and techniques. Let Me. Tell You. The TRUTH!!!!

Honest equation of being a successful photographer/studio =  20% of Photography and 80% BUSI-NESS! (get it, busy-ness/business 😉 )

I’ll tell you what…if you are an aspiring photographer, it is easy to find photography techniques on Google. You may also learn by trial-&-error & self-teaching. But one thing that most people will not teach you is how to run the photography, or in fact ANY, business!

Very very fortunately, I graduated with a business degree (majors: marketing & management – graduated with honors – on full scholarship!) So here is my humble proposal to YOU!

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  1. Do you want to learn about photography business?
  2. Need help with marketing & social media?
  3. Wanna learn how to write emails/contracts?
  4. Need help selling your services?
  5. Want to build a brand?
  6. Want to be your own boss?

If you answer YES to at least 2 of the questions above, you wouldn’t want to miss this chance. I’m hosting the very first Rima Hassan Photography’s Mixer on 9th December 2017 from 3pm-5pm in Jumeirah area, Dubai, where I will be answering all of these (and some more…) questions. And YOU are cordially invited. Only a couple of seats are left & registration will close on 7 December 2017. All you need to do is fill out the form on THIS LINK.

I hope you join me to celebrate photography & talk business!

GirlBoss,
~ Rima

Armani Hotel, Dubai Wedding – Aisha & Abdulla

They love each other for who they are.
How they are. How they made them feel about themselves.
Making this world more colorful. More joyous. More lovable.
Filling and fulfilling each other’s lives, presence, & purpose.

Aisha & Abdulla’s super romantic wedding was celebrated at Armani Hotel in Burj Khalifa, Dubai. The ballroom & kosha/stage was decorated by Dream Wedding Services. Aysha’s makeup was done by Donna and she looked breathtaking in her white bridal gown, YSL heels, and carried a bouquet made of fresh red roses by Only Roses.

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Dearest Aisha & Abdulla,

You two have been nothing short of amazing! Its my honor that I got to document you both and took great pleasure in it. I hope you both continue to rock each other’s lives with your lively personalities. May Allah fills your lives with more colors, more laughter, more success, and more love. Always & Forever, ameen.

Love,
~ Rima

 

Let’s Celebrate Photography – First RHP Mixer

I felt alone…
Nowhere to turn to, no one to ask for help.
Refreshing the inbox every 5 minutes waiting for the enquiries’ email is frustrating. Very frustrating.  Starting a business wasn’t easy. I didn’t know where to look for the ideal brides, how to reach them, how to price the packages, and the list goes on.

Five years later, as I enter the 6th year of business, I can proudly say that I have established not only a successful business (Alhamdullilah) with the bestest of clients (double Alhamdullilah), I continue to try my best to help both (the brides & the photographer friends) who need help with photography and business.

In honor of my consistent photographer-followers, who ask me questions about both photography and business, I am hosting my First Rima Hassan Photography’s Mixer!

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If you are a photography lover, especially wedding photography, I cordially invite you to join me for a fun event on 9th December 2017 from 3pm-5pm in Jumeirah area, Dubai. Yes, I will be answering questions about building a brand, social media, running a business, photography, and marketing your wedding services. There will be lots of food & lotsssssssss of fun & informative chatting involved! ❤

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This event is FREE but highly private, RSVP is must as the seats are very limited. More details & venue of the mixer will be sent via email to the confirmed attendees.

I hope to see you there & don’t hesitate to bring in allllllll the questions that you need answered.

Let’s Celebrate Photography!
Because together we go farther… ❤

Love,
~ Rima

RAK Engagement – Haya & Mohammed

She looked exactly like Huda Kattan.
Stunning, poised, and lots of fun.
Her smile was lighting up the room, making everyone around her joyous.
The very beautiful bride’s lovable personality & heartfelt laugh was the reason behind everyone’s smile Especially his…

Haya & Mohammed’s engagement was celebrated at Ras Al Khaimah Hotel. The ballroom was decorated by Mohannas. Haya wore a cute baby pink dress from Baloushi Couture, heels from Christian Dior, and diamonds with pearls jewelry.

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Dearest Haya & Mohammed,

Thank you super much for being absolutely lovely! I feel so grateful to be able to document your first day as husband & wife, for your friendship, and for the warmest welcome by your family and friends. I pray to Allah that he showers you both (as well as your families) with His love and mercy, forever.

Love,
~ Rima

Wedding Planning & Setting Expectations

Hello lovely Brides-to-Be,

When I spoke at the Pre-Wedding Extravaganza event hosted by MyList.ae, I shared insights on how to prepare for the wedding, setting timelines, communication, and expectations.

Here is another installment of UnOfficial Bridesmaid‘s post, for those who weren’t able to attend the event, to help brides-to-be with the pre-wedding planning & how to set expectations for wedding vendors & for yourself!

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1. Setting Time

  • remind all the vendors of your wedding date and location.
  • discuss timeline with the decorator, makeup artist & hair stylist, photographer, ballroom staff, DJ, etc. All of Them!
  • make sure the checks/payments are made/cleared a week before the wedding.
  • keep grace period for everyone. If the makeup artist told you she will be there by 4pm, don’t expect that your makeup is starting at 4pm. She needs time to arrive, parking, setup her stuff, and then she starts her work.
  • set aside plentyyyyyyyyyyyy of time for the photoshoot.

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2. Communication

  • please make sure to discuss details with all appropriate vendors.
  • ask questions & explain yours concerns so the vendors can answer them.
  • if you have a certain concern about photography, like one side of your face better than the other, don’t like the curtain colors of the bridal suite, make sure you discuss it with your photographer.
  • don’t assume you will receive things (projectors, screens, extra pages in the album, extra tables/chairs in the ballroom) that are not mentioned on contract. If you want/need something, discuss the details beforehand with the specific vendor.

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3. Setting Expectations

  • how you set expectations of the wedding vendors is what you will receive. If you are late for a meeting, the vendor might think it is okay for you if they are late. Set their expectations right.
  • make sure to explain each vendor how important time is for you. If everything is going in a timely manner, you will enjoy your wedding to the fullest. I PROMISE!

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I hope these tips help you plan a wedding of your dreams. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask them in the comments section and I will be more than happy to answer them.

Your UnOfficial Bridesmaid,
~ Rima

 

Crowne Plaza, Dubai Wedding – Aisha & Saif

He look at her surprised.
She swung her body every 3-5 minutes and it looked like she’s dancing. My team and I knew the reason behind her swinging (or as I called it “wiggle“) & we smiled every time she wiggled but the most hilarious thing was the groom didn’t know and couldn’t figure out 😀

She caught him by surprise every time she wiggled in-between poses. His expressions were priceless and she was enjoying them too much. Her crinoline slip (jiboon) wasn’t settled so she had to do the wiggle dance to make it set in place. I adore Aisha’s lively personality and how she tackled the mishap, resulting in a joyous moments and laughter, mainly because of Saif’s expressions as he tried to solve the puzzle 😉

Venue: Crowne Plaza, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai 🏰
Decorator: Ariel Wedding Designs
Makeup: Jawaher 💄
Dress: from Oman 👗
Shoes: Steve Madden 👠
Bouquet: Ariel Wedding Designs 💐
Photo & Video: Rima Hassan Photography 🎥

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Dearest Aisha & Saif,

Wiggle Wiggle Baby! 😉 I can’t explain in words how joyous and full my heart feels to meet and document both of you ❤ Thank you for your trust, a warm welcome, and for your friendship. May you both love & cherish each other; always & forever, ameen. Wiggle all the way!

Love,
~ Rima

Bangkok, Phuket, Phi Phi Islands, Thailand

I know it has been long since I posted my last travel blog to Salalah, Oman.

I made a total of six trips (Oman, USA, Pakistan, USA & then Pakistan twice again) within this year and I am so grateful for all the friends & followers who followed along the journey via my Instgram stories. I generally don’t share blog posts from USA and Pakistan as they are mostly family trips but this year, #RimaTravels to experience a new country, Thailand, and its three destinations – Bangkok, Phuket, & PhiPhi Islands.

Since this was a last minute trip and I wasn’t carrying my professional camera, here are glimpses of Bangkok through my iPhone.

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From Phuket, I took a boat-ride to Phi Phi Islands. The water & sky were terrific. The beaches in-between islands looked like paradise. Traveling from Dubai & Pakistan, I was thrilled to see that the sky & waters looked beautiful shades of blue, the enormous islands and palm trees green, and colorful boats decorated the port of Phi Phi Islands.Bangkok_Travels_Female_Photographer_Dubai_Rima_Hassan_0009Bangkok_Travels_Female_Photographer_Dubai_Rima_Hassan_0010Bangkok_Travels_Female_Photographer_Dubai_Rima_Hassan_0006Bangkok_Travels_Female_Photographer_Dubai_Rima_Hassan_0011Bangkok_Travels_Female_Photographer_Dubai_Rima_Hassan_0012Bangkok_Travels_Female_Photographer_Dubai_Rima_Hassan_0016Bangkok_Travels_Female_Photographer_Dubai_Rima_Hassan_0013Bangkok_Travels_Female_Photographer_Dubai_Rima_Hassan_0014Bangkok_Travels_Female_Photographer_Dubai_Rima_Hassan_0017

Thank YOU for following along the journey and I hope you enjoyed Bangkok through my iPhone photos. To follow along my future travels, you may watch my stories on Instagram and/or on SnapChat { RimaHassanPhoto }.

Here is to future adventures,
~ Rima (The Explorer)

Al Barsha Hall, Dubai Wedding

Upon my gorgeous bride’s humble request, I won’t be sharing the name of the couple. But the wedding is toooooo exquisite and was planned so thoughtfully that I needed to share it with the world. So with the bride’s permission, here are the highlights from the wedding of two beautiful people, who became one!

Venue: Al Barsha Hall, Dubai
Decorator: Saif from Al Boom Village
Makeup: Dona
Dress: Dar Sara Fashion
Bouquet: Dantel Flowers
Photo & Video: Rima Hassan Photography

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Dearest You-Know-Who,

Thank you for being a darling couple! You both were easy to work with & managed time so incredibly that I will always be grateful to you both. May Allah increases to bestow his blessings upon both of you and fulfills allllllll that your hearts’ desire, ameen ❤

Much appreciation,
~ Rima