Salalah, Oman

When a client booked me to cover her brother’s wedding in the Sultanate of Oman, my heart did its happy dance. For several days.

It truly felt like ages since #RimaTravels
The fun doubled because this trip was work + pleasure and thank you lord for an amazing associate photographer and a friend who turned out to be an expert on Salalah, Oman and literally made this trip three times more fun.

We stayed in Oman for three days and after the wedding day, we rented the car and explored Ain Garziz, climbed the stairs on Ain Razat, the beautiful Al Mughsayl Beach, Sinkhole Shaat, watched camels on the roadside, serene views of palm trees along the beach and roads, did my silly dance on top of the mountain and of course drove for miles and miles to find the much needed dose of my Karak Chai.

I hope you enjoy Oman through my lens.
To follow along my journey (and travels), you may watch my stories on Instagram and/or on SnapChat { RimaHassanPhoto }.

Cheers to many many more adventures!

Love,
~ Rima (The Explorer)

Thorns

Past few hours daaaays have been bizarrely restless for me.
I was up and down the emotional roller coaster for apparently no reason.

Sometimes I felt like I was stuck in quicksand that was taking me in deeper and deeper. Other times I knew the only person who can help me is my own self. Trust me, I tried everything I could. I tried reading the unfinished book, constantly flipped through TV channels, aimlessly wandered the mall, and tried to find anything that might consume my time.

dubai_wedding_photography_female_photographer_rima_hassan_uaeWhen nothing helped….I did what I do best in such situations.

I cried and I wrote.
I wrote and I cried.

I wrote because that was the only anti-drug left. When I can’t give voice to feelings, I write. And I write until there is nothing left to say.

Sometimes life is not all happy-happy journey. Not at all!
In fact, most of the prettiest flowers are the ones with the thorns.

When you do come across such flowers (& their thorns), remember that ‘what doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger…

 

Brand New Ending…

One of my hobbies is to binge-watching YouTube videos.
While doing so, sometimes I stumble upon videos that uplift me to a degree that I feel more resolute. More curious. More determined to pursue my dreams.

If you are in search of some kind of revival, definitely check out this gem of a video by Price Ea. He is a very talented American artist, rapper, and music video director. I absolutely loo0o0ove his videos’ cinematography and more than that, the concepts and messages behind them.


I hope this video makes you write a good story of your life….and your own Brand New Ending

Eid Al Azha Mubarak – 2016

May on this EID
The Plate of your life is filled
With juicy Kababs & Tikkas topped
With Chatni of Happiness and
Covered with Salad of Love.

May the auspicious occasion of Eid
Bless you with peace
And bring joy to your heart and home.

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Don’t forget to include the less fortunate ones in your happiness.

Be kind to one another… ❤

Because of You…

As soon as I came back home from the wedding, I started transferring the data and went through the photos and videos. I desperately scrolled through the clips…
There it was…..the groom’s entrance.

I watched it over and over and over again.
When I couldn’t hold back, I cried.

It was an uncomplicated setting. Groom watching his life partner as a bride. HIS bride. What made it intense was how the tears rolled down his eyes and he covered his face. It was such a heartfelt moment and I was so glad that both I and my videographer were able to capture it with all its emotion.

I watched it several times more.
And cried a little more….

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I absolutely lo0o0o0ove my work.
I mean, witnessing someone else’s love story unfold before my eyes is like watching a movie, live. The experience is firsthand and leaves me speechless. Every single time!!! I feel blessed that people share their stories with me and I always give them each a little piece of my heart. My clients changed the trajectory of my business and life. They make me see and believe in love – again and again – in ways I read in books only. Pure emotions, raw moments, significance of the unspoken words, and much more than I could ever tell in words.

Dear clients who become friends,

I do what I love.
And I fall more & more in love with what I do…
Because of You!

My Thankful List – Dreaming Bigger

Today I celebrate the third birthday of my blog (and my own as well – yes yes, still in the 20s :D), just wanted to pencil down things and people I’m profoundly thankful for.

I’m thankful to the Almighty – a thousand times I failed yet his mercy remains.
I’m thankful for being able to listen to my mom’s laugh.
I’m thankful for friends – they understand things without explanations.
I’m thankful for food in the fridge.
I’m thankful for running water.
I’m thankful for books – they are my favorite escape.
I’m thankful for another successful business year.
I’m thankful for vacations – they broaden my horizons.
I’m thankful for my home, bed, clean sheets.
I’m thankful for ordinary things – they help me appreciate life more.
I’m thankful for being able to accept mistakes.
I’m thankful for my clients – I’m blessed with the best ones.
I’m thankful for everything I once longed & prayed for.
I’m thankful for laughing and living out loud.
I’m thankful for my husband – for embracing my craziness.
I’m thankful for being able to be myself.
I’m thankful for another year – and for dreaming bigger.

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Please know that I’m immensely thankful for having you (my blog readers) along on my roller-coaster of a life. As my blog & I start another year full of hopes & dreams, I want to write how thankful I am for my blog – for providing a platform to share my work & for giving me a voice.

Happy Birthday Dreamer…

Live a Good Story

Sometimes all you need is time to yourself.
Laughing with friends, eating what you desire, reading a good book, and exploring new cities can have long lasting impact on your life.
Live simple. Dream big. Be extremely grateful for what you have.
You only have one life. Make it worth while by living it right.
More importantly, live a good story.
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Eid Mubarak – 2016

I pray that the Almighty fills your life with happiness, your heart with love, your soul with spirituality, and your mind with wisdom. May Allah bestow glories, successes, and happiness to you and your family.

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May the noor of Eid illuminates your heart, mind, & soul and brings you lots of joys, health, and especially peace in the world. May your wishes are fulfilled, prayers are answered, and your wallet gets filled with Eidi, ameen.

Be very kind to each other…

Eid Mubarak to all of you!

Learn to Let Go…

If order to solve a problem, we need to identify it first.
If something is bothering you, try to find the root and see how you can fix it. If you can’t fix it, then simply let go. I’m not saying it’ll be easy, but give it your best shot.

Here is a list of 10 things to let go to be happy…

  1. Let go of toxic people in your life.
  2. Let go of regretting past mistakes.
  3. Let go of the need to be right.
  4. Let go of feeling sorry for yourself.
  5. Let go of negative self talk.
  6. Let go of the need to impress others.
  7. Let go of limiting beliefs.
  8. Let go of pleasing everyone.
  9. Let go of gossip and complaining.
  10. Let go of worrying about future.

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Learn to let go of the things (& people) that are holding you back.
When life gives you lemons, be ready to clink your lemonade glass. You know where to find me 😉

Life is too short to hold back on happiness.

Cheers!

Ramzan Kareem – 2016

Ramzan Mubarak!!!

May the month of Ramzan brings you the most brightest of bliss & happiness by the grace of Allah, always. May he cleanse our souls, fills our hearts with love, beautify our characters with humility, showers us with blessings, and may we be grateful to Him for everything, ameen.

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Keep each other in your prayers & be kind to one another!