Wedding in InterContinental Hotel, Dubai – Amna & Marwan

She’s a quite person who enjoyed moments of solitude. But all that was about to change when she met Marwan. She was smitten by his presence. And why wouldn’t she? Marwan was the quite guy who listened to her keenly, loved her deeply, and make her laugh unstoppably.

On the wedding day, as the evening passed, we all witnessed Amna’s happiness grew. She was calm and smiling when her awesome makeup artist, Zareen, beautified her. Her smiles got wider as her hairstyle was getting done. She left the entire room in awe when she got into her gorgeous dress by Oscar De La Renta which was shipped all the way from USA. She danced, laughed out loud, & completely rocked in front of my camera.

We all witnessed her happiness and overflowing emotions as soon as Marwan entered the room. He brought her a big bouquet of flowers, smiled & then kissed her forehead upon seeing his gorgeous bride. Amna’s eyes gleamed and the tsunami of her happiness overtook all of us. You can only imagine what happened to my heart….it melted! ❤

Their beautiful wedding took place at InterContinental Hotel – Festival City, Dubai and was decorated by Dream Wedding Services. I swooned over her gorgeous shoes by Paul Andrew. Also, the cake topper was absolutely adorable, & a carefully put together bouquet by Bliss Flowers added uniqueness to their wedding details. Intercontinental_photography_Wedding_Female_photographer_Dubai_UAE_Rima_Hassan_entrance_kosha_decoration Intercontinental_photography_Wedding_Female_photographer_Dubai_UAE_Rima_Hassan_kosha_decoration__stage_dream_services Intercontinental_photography_Wedding_Female_photographer_Dubai_UAE_Rima_Hassan_kosha_decoration_dream_services_centerpieces_stage Intercontinental_photography_Wedding_Female_photographer_Dubai_UAE_Rima_Hassan_kosha_decoration_dream_services_table_setup Intercontinental_photography_Wedding_Female_photographer_Dubai_UAE_Rima_Hassan_decoration_dream_services_kosha_stage Intercontinental_photography_Wedding_Female_photographer_Dubai_UAE_Rima_Hassan_kosha_decoration_dream_services_cake Intercontinental_photography_Wedding_Female_photographer_Dubai_UAE_Rima_Hassan_kosha_decoration_dream_services_cake_detail Intercontinental_photography_Wedding_Female_photographer_Dubai_UAE_Rima_Hassan_kosha_decoration_dream_services_centerpieces Intercontinental_photography_Wedding_Female_photographer_Dubai_UAE_Rima_Hassan_kosha_decoration_dream_services_cake_topper Intercontinental_photography_Wedding_Female_photographer_Dubai_UAE_Rima_Hassan_paul_andrew_shoes Intercontinental_photography_Wedding_Female_photographer_Dubai_UAE_Rima_Hassan_bridal_bouquet_bliss_flowers Intercontinental_photography_Wedding_Female_photographer_Dubai_UAE_Rima_Hassan_bridal_jewelry_necklaceIntercontinental_photography_Wedding_Female_photographer_Dubai_UAE_Rima_Hassan_bridal_jewelry_braceletIntercontinental_photography_Wedding_Female_photographer_Dubai_UAE_Rima_Hassan_bridal_jewelry_earringsIntercontinental_photography_Wedding_Female_photographer_Dubai_UAE_Rima_Hassan_bridal_jewelry_ringIntercontinental_photography_Wedding_Female_photographer_Dubai_UAE_Rima_Hassan_bridal_dressIntercontinental_photography_Wedding_Female_photographer_Dubai_UAE_Rima_Hassan_bridal_bouquet_cake_topper Intercontinental_photography_Wedding_Female_photographer_Dubai_UAE_Rima_Hassan_bridal_ring Intercontinental_photography_Wedding_Female_photographer_Dubai_UAE_Rima_Hassan_bridal_shoes_paul_andrewIntercontinental_photography_Wedding_Female_photographer_Dubai_UAE_Rima_Hassan_cake_topper Dearest Amna & Marwan,

Although there are too many words that I can even write an entire blog post with, I can only find the following two to show my gratitude: Thank You!!! Seriously. I feel blessed to meet your amazing families and documenting your love was an honor. I appreciate your friendship and am excited to see what future holds for both of you. May your hearts of gold, sense of humor, thoughtfulness and love encourage each other to blossom. I wish you both endless success, love, happiness, crazy laughter, and lots of moments to cherish – together.  Forever…

Much love,
~ Rima

It’s a Big World out there

I twisted and turned sleepless in my bed because the room felt hot. My weather app showed 97 degrees Fahrenheit in Dubai. At 1 am. I closed my eyes and thought of the beautiful sunny days with cool breezes of Turkey from my three day stay at Turkey during Dubai-USA trip.       

OhMyGod!!! I opened my eyes wide.

I wrote three blogs from Missouri, USA but none for NYC and Istanbul, Turkey. May be because I have seen everything there. Those places were not new to me. When I went to Turkey for the first time, I returned with almost 3,000 photos in 4 days. I couldn’t find many from this trip except lots of phone-video footage.

With my favorite Turkish instrumentals by Taksim Trio and shot with GoPro and youngest baby, FujiFilm X-E1, this video will take you from the famous landmarks to streets of Istanbul to the VIP cultural show to Galata bridge and will show you much more.

Here it is.
Enjoy!!!

 

It’s a big world out there. Explore!
Make mistakes. Try different things.
But keep exploring!

Love,
~ Rima

P.S. This makes me want to make another trip. To a new place. Hmm….If money wasn’t an issue and you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and why???

Split Personality

Somedays I would have long conversations with my husband about ups & downs of life and fear of failure that comes along with it. It is very comforting to speak of these things out loud without being judged. The man really knows how to deal with the crazy Rima, Bollywood corrupted Rima, overly hyper Rima, ambitious Rima, woke up on the wrong side of the bed Rima, and I have to give him extra credit to deal with the fearful Rima. He knows how to handle my various personalities.       

Few days ago, I was telling him how I still wish to do Masters and/or go to law school along with running the photography business. He asked why would I want to do masters if I can directly goto law school? My answer: because it is cool to have more initials after your name like MS – LLB – JD – MBBS etc. Then the usual happened – he looked at me with a spontaneous short laugh, shook his head, and knew he was talking to a nerdy Rima.

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I wonder what initials creatives can use after their names? I mean, artists, musicians, actors, singers, photographers are known for their creativity and vision. We get paid for our creativity – not for how many initials are after our name. It doesn’t mean I don’t want to pursue masters in future and when I actually go for it, I will sure write a blog post about it.  For now, I’m extremely thankful for my camera & being behind it. It gives me a self-satisfaction of doing what I love. I’m even more grateful for having a hubby+buddy who happily and with great talent cope up with my split personality.              

Have a wonderful Wednesday.

Love,
– Rima Hassan ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPhotographer 😉

(in)Finite Hope

Hope is what drives us all. Well, most of us. I have big dreams and even bigger hopes. Sometimes I’m surprised by my own hopes.

For example:      

  • When I have french fries and hope to burn more calories than I’m consuming.
  • Staring at the pile of washed laundry hoping for it to be folded on its own.
  • Hoping to clean the house with Photoshop one day.
  • Stepping on the moon with karak-chaye in hand.
  • Wishing and hoping to find halal food anywhere I travel in the world.
  • Being the official photographer for America’s Next Top Model.
  • Hoping to cook more often and better than I do now.
  • Winning a talent show for non-stop talking.
  • Hoping for clients to understand why I might be charging more than Studio X and Y.
  • Keep on dreaming – dream bigger – and hoping for all of them to come true, amen!
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Keep Moving Forward! Proceed with wisdom, obviously, but don’t be afraid to proceed.

Even if I get disappointed in something, I keep on hoping to do it better the next time. It motivates me to move forward and try harder just so my-curious-self can see if the result was what I hoped for. If it’s not, then I hope for it to be better the next time. There is no point in settling for less and I am definitely not letting all the effort go to waste.

“We must accept finite disappointment,
but never lose infinite hope”
– Martin Luther King, Jr. –

I hope you all have a Hopeful Day.

Love,
– Rima

Care to Dare

Ever wonder what life would be like without risks? Would achieving your goals be as fulfilling & satisfying without hurtles? Would success taste so sweet if it was presented to us ready-made on a platter? Ummm…..May be. But it wouldn’t be thrilling!   

I still remember how terrifying it was to:    

Start up a business    
Choosing dreams over practicality
Investing all my savings into building dreams
Putting huge portion of my time & life into it
Not knowing the results
Reaching out for help
Losing a client but learning what works
Watching people criticize
Pushing my own boundries
Saving up to buy the gear
Finding no visits/comments on the blog
Deciding to keep on writing
Looking back to find how far I’ve come
Loving every moment of the process
Getting addicted to the thrill
Willing to do it over & over again!

I learned that if you go up on the ladder of success, stay humble & remember the people who helped you and were with you throughout the process. If you go otherwise, become even more humble & keep on dreaming & daring.

After all, life without audaciously bold risks would be boring.     

Dare to Dream

“Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly” – John F. Kennedy

Dare to dream.
Dare to take risks.
Dare to fail.
But more importantly, dare to do it all gracefully with your head high!

Have an adventurous week!

Shine like a Star

There are days when I feel stuck.

With no inspiration, I feel standing in the quicksand of sadness. Over the years I have realized that I have to be the doctor of my own problems. So….I read books, watch comedy movies, and stalk photographers I admire, put my favorite quotes on post it notes around the house which cheer me up and feel inspired.   

Yesterday was one of those days for me. This morning when I woke up, I stared at one of my most favorite quotes that my husband & I deliberately chose, designed, got printed in big bold letters and hung it in our house.

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This quote gives me limitless hope & ambition & makes me want to dream [bigger] & strive to be better at whatever I do. I hope it does the same for you.  

Have an inspiring weekend everyone.  Shine like a Star!!!

– Dr. Rima Hassan

Mantra of Life

Mantra of Life: Explore More. Expect Less!

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Six Things I’m Frightened to Admit Publicly

Life.
Sure it goes on.
But what makes life unique are the uncertainties of where it will take us. And fears that come with it. People are constantly judging others, being judged by others, or keeping secrets so they are not judged at all. I have always been the outspoken one but of course, just like everyone else, I have my own fears that I was too afraid to say out loud.    

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So today’s post is dedicated to Conquering Fears. I decided to share Six Things I’m Frightened to Admit Publicly:

  • I constantly ask/text my niece to confirm if the grammar of my English sentence is okay. I  went to university on full scholarship, have a double major degree, & graduated with honors.
  • I’m awfully scared of crossing roads & tooth pains than actual death.
  • I secretly wish I lived close to Times Square in New York City. Own a beautiful cozy apartment, walk around the house barefoot & live it up.  All Alone! 
  • I like Disney movies so much more than actual grownup movies because they are cuter, more entertaining, hopeful, and always-with-a-happy-ending. I’m in my late 20s.
  • I’m a hard core foodie who hateeeeeeeeeessssss to cook. I should add a cook, a butler, & a maid on my wish-list after NYC apartment. 
  • I like clothes that are on mannequins a lot better comparing to when they are folded or hanged. 


I also have to admit that I’m feeling nervous publishing this post. Hopefully I will look at it years later {may be even from my cozy NYC apartment} and laugh at how things have turned out. Or may be I’ll share a blog post with hysterical grammatical mistakes about what happened when I crossed a road alone 😉

Audrey Hepburn

I sat in my speech class. Speechless.
Staring at the screen.
It was my first time getting to know her. On such personal level.
“My gosh, she’s so beautiful! I wish I photographed her….” – I whispered under my breath.
My class fellow delivered an Informative speech about Audrey Hepburn’s life and I couldn’t help but be in awe of her alluring beauty, grace, & elegance in all the photos of the slideshow.

Each photograph showed the gorgeousness of her face, fashionable clothes, poise of her postures, but what caught my attention were her sparkly eyes – making me wish I met her. Or photographed her. Or be friends with her. Since today, Jan 20, marks her death anniversary, I want to dedicate this piece of my blog to non other than this beautiful lady who has been remembered as a fashion icon, an actress with radiance and glamor, & a philanthropist as well.

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“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”
– Audrey Hepburn –

I believe in everything you said Audrey! – Rima

Happiness is…

Happiness comes in various forms and shapes. While some people find happiness in products, others find it in places and/people.

For Me, happiness is….

eating biryani,
hanging out with my sisters,
laughing until the tears roll from my eyes,
long conversations with best friends,
ping sound of a new text message,
helping someone,
watching Pakistani soap operas,
bubbles/baloons/rainbows,
finding treasures from sales,
shopping till I drop,
sharing the last cookie,
driving in beautiful weather with windows down,
watching children laugh,
learning new things,
traveling around the world,

& of course…

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…being Behind the Camera!

Happy Monday!