Eid Mubarak – 2017

May Allah fills your Life with Happiness,
your Heart with Love,
your Soul with Spirituality,
your Mind with Wisdom,
and give you all the blessings of heaven above.

Be very kind to each other…

Eid Mubarak to all of you!

When Life Gets in the Way

For the past several days months, I have been working like a machine.
It is funny how I wanted (and waited) for this time for so long yet when it arrived, I feel overwhelmed.

I remember the time I used to refresh my inbox just to see if a client sent me an enquiry. Now is the time that I got overbooked (Alhamdullilah & mashAllah) yet I found myself falling behind. Behind schedule. Behind work. Behind Life.

When I tried to regain my life back, my work started to suffer. It felt like my own personal life was getting in my way…

At times like these, I remind myself why I started this business…

  1. I didn’t want to wake up early in the morning.
  2. I didn’t want to work 9am-6pm & make money for someone else.
  3. I wanted the freedom of working from home, in my PJs.
  4. I wanted to live the life. My life. My Way!

When life seemed to slip out of my hands, I held back. Promising myself to go easy. Cut myself some slack. Take lesser bookings so I can also do other things that I enjoy (like reading books, writing, spending more time with the family, exploring the world, etc).

If life/work is getting in your way, take a step back and take a look at the broader picture. Remind yourself WHY you started this and try to figure out HOW to make it better.

You only have one life.
Live it Right!

Styled Photoshoot – Al Jawaher, Sharjah

I was thrilled when I received a call from one of my favorite venues, Al Jawaher RCC in Sharjah, to document a styled photoshoot for their upcoming marketing campaign. Covering countless weddings of my clients there, I was familiar with its spacious rooms, tons of props, and amazing interior that JRCC offers.

I feel honored to be chosen by their team as well as being extremely happy to share the photos as I don’t usually get to show the actual portfolio to the world.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart to the amazing Al Jawaher’s team for putting up a successful photoshoot together and for trusting me with the job.

Venue: Al Jawaher RCC
Bridal Gown: The Bridal Showroom
Model: Camila, Miss Universe Kosovo 2016
Photographer: Rima Hassan

Internet, I hope you are ready for this!!! 😉

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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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