earlier this summer, i had the pleasure of meeting up with the one and only rabia chaudry for portraits and headshots at one of my favorite maryland locations, the diyanet center of america. rabia doesn’t need much introduction, but i’ll just say i’ve admired her for a long time: a mother of two, attorney, founder of the CVE training firm Safe Nation Collaborative, fearless activist, fellow at so many institutes i can’t name them all, and capable of making some pretty mean parathas and beef samosas (among the top 10 of the many, many culinary ways to my heart). it’s no surprise she’s adding “author” to her list of accomplishments – adnan’s story details the story of rabia’s friend, adnan syed, whose murder trial and conviction were the subject of the first season of the record-breaking podcast serial in 2014, and is going to be released in less than a week on august 9. you can find out more about the baltimore barnes & noble book release here, and see some of the photos we took, including the headshot for the book, at rabia’s amazon author page.
this weekend i had the pleasure of meeting this utterly adorable couple, who are expecting their first child in less than a month. we met up at lake needwood to take some maternity portraits. i think it’s clear that this little baby will be welcomed into a home that’s already full of tremendous love and joy – and what a blessing, to be born in the holy month of ramadan, which begins tomorrow! khadijah and adam, thank you so much for allowing me to capture these memories for you – which, as a mom, i get so happy thinking about you sharing with your little one in the years to come :) and thank you for climbing on rocky, root-strewn banks for me like a boss!
shooting another photographer’s wedding is always a mix of excitement and pressure. the pressure, clearly, because your client actually knows what you’re doing; the excitement, though, because your client tends to know what works and makes it so much easier :) taha and i met years ago when i was just about to start my business, connecting through flickr and then a local photography group. so it was wonderful to hear from him about his wedding last summer and to meet his beautiful bride sameea, and more than the excitement or the pressure, it was truly an honor that he reached out to me to be the photographer for his walima. taha’s family chose one of the loveliest locations in howard county, belmont manor, and we had plenty of time in the late afternoon to traverse its sun-drenched grounds for portrait spots. afterwards, their reception was held in a tent outside the manor house.
thank you again, taha and sameea, for allowing me to be part of your day!
when a client plans their wedding with the kind of photos they want in mind, and those kind of photos happen to be the kind i love to shoot… that’s sort of a dream come true for me. and that was nadia’s lovely two-day wedding, both days set at locations and times to give us the ingredients for gorgeous images. we were blessed with stunning weather both days – such blue skies and golden light! – but it was nadia’s smart planning to choose such stunning locations as well: rockfield manor in bel air, maryland, for the mehndi, and deerfield golf club in newark, delware, for the wedding and reception.
i don’t suppose being drop-dead gorgeous and marrying such a tall, debonair brit was actually part of her plan for pretty pictures, but of course, they were the best part :D thank you so much, nadia and zain, for working with me and being patient with me while i made you guys walk around endlessly and stare into bright sunlight and all that. you are such a lovely couple and i pray that you are always blessed and happy together!
it was also my pleasure to work again with videographers ethan and shannen of wise films, who get as giddy about good light as i do :), as well as the lovely and super-talented makeup artist caitlyn meyer.
here are a few highlights from the mehndi and the wedding!