I Promise You!

I’ve always been a fan of wedding vows & promises that brides and grooms make to each other. They promise to love and cherish each other in sickness and in health, in good times and in bad.

Here are my set of promises to my future couples who hire me to document their document day.

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I promise you to be at your wedding day as more than just a photographer.
I promise that I understand how important of a day it is for you.
I promise to hand you tissues if you cry. I promise to hold your dress if you need to use the bathroom & to carry your bouquet on our way to the ballroom.
I promise to make you feel like the most beautiful couple & get rid of any insecurities or stress you might have.
I promise to put my heart & soul in documenting your wedding day to the best of my ability. I promise to capture your legacy that will be worth showing to your children & grandchildren.
I promise that hiring me will be the best decision you will make for your wedding day.
I promise you good times & countless smiles in front of my camera.
I promise you that I will take care of you. Not only on the day wedding but throughout the entire process.

I Promise You! ❤

P.S. Here are all the #lo0oveletters that my past couples have sent me. Alhamdulillah for best of the best clients who become amazing friends ❤

Al Jawaher, Sharjah Wedding – Shaikha & Hazeem

She left people stunned.
As she walked into the ballroom decorated with countless pretty dandelions, she was winning hearts of everyone who laid eyes upon her.
I noticed that her glow & poise was even more than the engagement day. She was blooming. Like flowers do in spring. When butterflies sit on them & cool breezes make them dance. She seemed more confident as she felt wrapped & protected by his eternal love ❤

Venue: Al Jawaher Reception, Sharjah 🏰
Decorator: Tibru Wedding ✨
Makeup: Fadiya 💄
Dress: Aiste Couture 👗
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik 👠
Bouquet: Moz Flowers 💐
Photography: Rima Hassan Photography 🎥

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Dearest Shaikha & Hazeem,

Where do I begin? Since the day of your engagement party, I have been growing more and more found of both of you ❤ Your humbleness and love makes this world such a better place to live in! May Allah continues to keep you both under his supreme protection & blesses you both with all that your hearts desire – and with much more. ameen.

Much Love,
~ Rima

Grand Hyatt, Dubai Wedding – Aisha & Ahmad

If I were to describe how beautiful she looked in her white bridal gown, stunning would be an understatement. She was taking breaths away as she made her grand entrance into the ballroom yet her delightful smile was working like oxygen – for people who’s breath she took with her beauty. And also for her soulmate, whose life she was entering.

Venue: Grand Hyatt, Dubai 🏰
Decorator: Dream Wedding Services ✨
Makeup: Ayesha AlSuwaidi💄
Dress: Hazar Haute Couture 👗
Shoes: Jimmy Choo 👠
Bouquet: Dream Wedding Services 💐
Photography: Rima Hassan Photography 🎥

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Dearest Aisha & Ahmad,

Thank you for everything! My team & I thoroughly enjoyed your wedding day from the moment we entered your wedding venue till the left because it was full of joy, happiness, dance, and absolute love. May Allah continues to bestow His blessings & bounties upon both of you forever and ever, ameen.

Love,
~ Rima

Dubai Art Season – SIKKA 2018

Every now and then I use my camera to experiment and document things that are outside of my niche (wedding photography). You may say its for fun as well as for the sake of creativity. I was fortunate enough to join IgersDubai this year for a photowalk in Sikka Art Fair 2018.

To say the least, I had utter pleasure in meeting some of my favorite lifestyle Instagrammers, joined fun activities hosted by Dubai Culture, got plenty of stock photos for the blog & social media, as well as explored, documented, & appreciated the installations & masterpieces of extremely talented artists.

Here are a bunch of photos I clicked.

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I hope you join me & other Instagrammers for next year’s photowalk.

Cheers!

Park Hyatt, Dubai Engagement – Elham & Adel

They are soooooooo adorably cute (mashaAllah).
She’s beautiful, bubbly & giggled through. He’s handsome, calm yet made her laugh & laughed with her. And me, I smiled behind my camera and my heart danced through the night ❤

Elham & Adel’s beautiful engagement was celebrated at Park Hyatt, Dubai 🏰. The stage/kosha was decorated by 198 Events ✨. Makeup was done by the darling Dona💄. Elham wore a stunning dress by Ayesha Depala 👗 and carried a bouquet from Florist Boutique 💐. And of course the photography was done by yours truly Rima Hassan Photography 🎥

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Dearest Elham & Adel,

Thank you super much for your trust, a warm welcome, and friendship ❤ I had immense fun at your engagement party and can’t wait to see what you both are planning for the wedding day *happy dance*. May you both cherish each other’s presence in your lives – always & forever, ameen.

Love,
~ Rima

Barsha Hall, Dubai Wedding – Noora & Abdulla

Her polite gestures, sparkling eyes, and beautiful smile was lighting up the entire room. He was sneaking peeks at her. As if scared to stare at her continuously and being caught. The best part was, each time he looked at her, it ended up bringing a sincere smile on his face. And I secretly prayed in my heart that they both continue to always smile like this because of each other.

Venue: Al Barsha Hall, Dubai 🏰
Decorator: Wish Events ✨
Makeup: Nada💄
Desserts: Pistacio Box 💚
Bouquet: Magna Flowers 💐
Photography: Rima Hassan Photography 🎥

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Dearest Noora & Abdulla,

Thank you oh-so-much for being awesome & for trusting me to photograph your engagement & wedding celebrations. I feel so much joy in being a part of your first day as husband & wife. May Allah protects you both and showers you with happiness, success, eternal love, & all smiles. Always & forever, ameen.

Much appreciation,
~ Rima

Al Jawaher, Sharjah Wedding – Aysha & Saeed

As she finished her makeup, she felt hungry and wanted to eat something before entering the ballroom. When the little desserts arrived to her suite, she ran to collect them from the waitress. But before eating them herself, she held the tray in front of him so he can eat first. He picked one piece and smiled at her with love. She smiled back with joy. Promising to always put him before her.

Venue: Al Jawaher Reception, Sharjah 🏰
Decorator: HBG Events ✨
Makeup: Natasha💄
Dress: Clarinet Boutique 👗
Shoes: Louboutin 👠
Photography: Rima Hassan Photography 🎥

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Dearest  Aysha & Saeed,

After documenting your engagement party & henna photoshoot, I felt honored yet again to cover your wedding celebrations. Surrounded with laughter, fun, and intense love, you both were glowing because of each other’s presence. May Allah keeps you both in His utmost care & protection and bestows his best bounties and blessings upon you both, ameen.

Much Love,
~ Rima

 

How to Price Your Wedding Photography Services

Often I get questions from photographers asking about how to price their photography services. Although there isn’t one specific answer to this question because several things need to be considered while pricing your services (such as: different markets, clients’ spending on weddings, your experience, demand, etc). But following principles may help you with pricing your wedding photography services.

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  1. Costs must be covered.
    Make sure your fixed costs are well taken care of (studio rental, assistant/second shooter, online gallery, album printing, etc). Know your fixed costs, variable costs, and then add your salary so you don’t end up working for free.
  2. Demand of your services.
    As tempting as it is to compare yourself to other photographers, don’t establish your worth based on their work/pricing. If you think you are worth $5000 and your clients are willing to pay, kudos to you.  If you are in high demand & seem overbooked, it is about time you raise your prices a little but If your bookings are decreasing, there is a good chance you’ve raised your prices too high.
  3. Adjust pricing over time. 
    If you are starting out my friend, it is okay to test the waters. Don’t hesitate to adjust your pricing gradually overtime as wedding season & demand fluctuates. Adjustments is also required if your fixed costs increases. Try at your own pace and improvise your pricing based on what needs to be done.

I hope this blog helps & wish you much success with your business.

Your friend,
~ Rima

DWTC Wedding – AlJawhara & Ahmed

Filling out their wedding contract, I asked for her contact number.
He told me her entire number in one breath. Before I even had a chance to write the first three digits. I looked up at him & then at her. Both the bride & I couldn’t help but smile.

I bear witness of him making her smile, cherishing her joy, and the love for her in his eyes. Since our first meeting, he continues to prove that he is truly a keeper. And why shouldn’t he be? She is worthy of every bit of his care & love ❤

Venue: Dubai World Trade Center 🏰
Decorator: Haifa AlMarri – Afkar Events 
Makeup: Natasha💄
Dress: Esposa 👗
Shoes: Jimmy Choo 👠
Bouquet: Kadi Flowers 💐
Photography: Rima Hassan Photography 🎥

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Dearest JuJu & Ahmed,

It feels like we met just yesterday but at the same time feels like I’ve known you both for a long time. I guess we were meant to meet, joke around, laugh together, and become friends! Allah has a way to make people meet & I will forever be grateful to God for your trust & friendship. May the Almighty always showers you both with unconditional love and happiness forever, ameen.

Lots of love,
~ Rima