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!
- Do you want to learn about photography business?
- Need help with marketing & social media?
- Wanna learn how to write emails/contracts?
- Need help selling your services?
- Want to build a brand?
- 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!
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!
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.
- 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.
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!
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,
I feel so humbled when MyList.ae invited me to speak again (for the third time to be exact) at their Pre-Wedding Extravaganza event to help the future brides-to-be hosted at Bloomingdale’s, The Dubai Mall.
I was able to speak alongside some wonderful wedding vendors including We Do Weddings & Events (wedding planner), Pret A Papier Design (invitations & stationary), MyList.ae (party favors & gifts), Magnolia Bakery, The White Boutique (catering), Bloomingdale’s professional team of makeup artists & jewelry specialist, and florist. All the wedding experts gave extremely useful tips to the future brides to help them plan their fairytale wedding.
I spoke about how to prepare for the wedding, timelines, budgeting, communicating with the vendors, and setting expectations. I will blog about these in details under UnOfficial Bridesmaid category for the future brides who were not able to attend.
Thank you super much to Line & Stefanie from MyList.ae for inviting me to speak at the event & for such an educational and successful event. I hope the brides use all the ideas, tips, and tricks while planning their wedding day and it helps them achieve the day of their dreams.
P.S. The past two MyList.ae’s events that I spoke at can be found HERE & HERE.
There was something about them…
Something very special!
Their body language around each other was absolutely adorable that
I couldn’t held back but smile at their every gesture.
As he sat next to her on the stage,
she moved her big ballgown on the side to make room for him.
He smiled at her with gratefulness. She smiled at him with shyness.
And of course, feeling my heart full, I smiled at them! ❤
Haitham & Ghaneema’s grand wedding was celebrated at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi. The super talented Haifa AlMarri from Afkar Events impressed all the guests with the creatively executed kosha/stage design and extra attention to details of ballroom entrance and centerpieces. Ghaneema looked breathtaking in her Jacy Kay bridal gown, Miu Miu heels, and carried an immensely unique bouquet ❤
Dearest Ghaneema & Haitham,
I absolutely & unconditionally adoreeeeeeeeeeee you both!
I give complete credit to your mothers for raising you both so well (mashaAllah) because you both are suchhhhh amazinggggggg human-beings!!! May Allah showers you both with His utmost care, mercy, and love. I pray that you both bloom in each other’s presence and reach the peak of perfection. This world is truly a better place because of sweethearts like you both ❤
Lots of Love,
Every time they met after the engagement,
he wrote the date and a short message on a lock.
And kept the keys safe with him.
For he wanted to remember each date & every meeting,
that reminded him for how fortunate he is,
to have her in his life….
Dana & Waleed’s wedding was celebrated at Al Jawaher RCC, Sharjah. The ballroom and stage/kosha decoration was done by Essa AlHaddad. Hind AlAmeri did Dana’s makeup. Dana wore a stunning Esposa‘s bridal gown, heels from Menbur, and carried a Qaser AlJoori‘s bouquet. The locks and its stand was bought from Bee Events.
Dear Dana & Waleed,
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your joyful wedding day and your love story with me. I had immense fun and feel so grateful to be able to photograph your first day as husband and wife. I wish you both a lifetime of health, joy, and deep affection. May you both continue to open the locks of happiness and love for each other, forever. Ameen.
Her deep dimples were all the proof needed for the love to be witnessed in the room.
It felt like the bonfires must have lit,
the angels must have danced,
the doves must have flown,
the hearts must have beat faster,
for every time she smiled, looking at him.
Dana & Saif celebrated their extravagant wedding at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi. The ballroom was stunningly decorated by Tibru Wedding. Dana looked stunning in her white ballroom gown, YSL shoes, and carried a pastel colored bouquet.
Dearest Dana & Saif,
Thank you for having me document your beautiful wedding. I thoroughly enjoyed photographing and capturing your beauty and love. You two make a super cute couple and I pray that you continue to cherish each other. May Allah bestows his bounties, blessings, love, and care upon both of you, always & forever. Ameen!
When the smiles spread across the face without a reason,
When the flowers bloom extra without a season,
When the highs and lows of life start to look even,
Know that you are in love…
And that’s exactly what I saw on the wedding day of Rawda & Mohammed…
Rawda & Mohammed’s super fun wedding was celebrated at Le Méridien Hotel, in Dubai. Dream Wedding Services did a splendid job decorating the stage/kosha. Rawda wore a stunning bridal gown from Esposa, swoon-worthy shoes from Manolo Blahnik, and carried a bouquet from Moz Flowers with pastel colors flower arrangement, and of course Rima Hassan Photography was honored to document their perfect day’s photography and videography 😉
Dearest Rawda & Mohammed,
Thank you to both of you & your entire families for trusting me with your big day ❤ I couldn’t stop smiling the entire night, I couldn’t hold myself back from dancing on the stage, and I absolutely couldn’t hold myself back from saying mashaAllah again and again every time I saw you both smiling at each other. May Allah adorns you both with his mercy and increase your happiness, health, success, and eternal love, ameen.
I’ve heard the phrase “…love is in the air!”
I understood the meaning while watching both of them.
Only if you could see the way he was looking at her, you’d believe that he wasn’t making promises of bringing her roses everyday. Or stars. Or even moon. He was making promises of brining colors into her life. And light. So she can watch her beauty and reflection into his eyes. All day. Everyday!
Mariam & Tariq’s wedding was celebrated at Al Jawaher RCC in Sharjah. The grand ballroom decorations were done in origami theme by Dream Wedding Services. Mariam looked jaw-dropping in her Esposa bridal dress, stunning Casadie Shoes, and carried a bouquet from Moz Flowers with a unique flower arrangement.
My darling Mariam & Tariq,
You two are the epitome of cuteness! Maryoom, I thoroughly enjoyed watching your perkiness and smiles from behind my camera. Tariq, I loved how you looked at Mariam every single time. As you start this wonderful journey together, I pray that Allah showers his mercy on both of you and blesses you both with a lifetime of happiness, colors, light, & endless love. All day. Everyday! ameen.