zakiyya & isa – diyanet center wedding photography

October 8, 2017 | Filed Under nikah, wedding posts | Leave a Comment 

any wedding is ideally the culmination of a series of life steps bringing together two people who are meant to be together… sometimes a wedding works out so beautifully, i kinda feel like *i* was meant to be with two people at their wedding (#ultimatethirdwheel). i didn’t know i was going to be a part of zakiyya and isa’s beautiful sri lankan-american wedding, bringing muslim and hindu families together, at a turkish mosque, until earlier last week – but in the end, every moment there made me feel like that was meant to work out. there was so much love and laughter, so many heartfelt hugs and unplanned moments, and – oh, photographer’s joy! – bluest of skies, golden sunlight, billowing clouds, and the glowing white marble facade and courtyard of the diyanet center of america in lanham, md. best of all was the genuine love and joy of the happy couple, and their families surrounding them. zakiyya and isa, i feel so blessed to have been able to join you guys for your beautiful day, and i wish you both all the best in your new life together <3 thank you, thank you, thank you!

nasheed & chris – dc wedding photography

May 31, 2017 | Filed Under wedding posts | 2 Comments 

it’s been a minute since i blogged, y’all! okay, more like nine months. i hope to catch up with the last couple years of weddings here this summer! i’m starting with my most recent wedding – one of the most memorable i have ever been a part of! i met nasheed first at her brother’s wedding over six years ago in gettsyburg; she contacted me back in 2015 when she and chris began planning their own wedding. between our pre-wedding shoot last fall at theodore roosevelt island, the holud (traditional bangladeshi pre-wedding event) at the josephine butler parks center with portraits at meridian hill park, and the wedding at the national museum of women in the arts with a first look at freedom plaza, portraits at the zero mile marker with views of the white house, at the washington monument and on pennsylvania avenue with views of the capitol building, there are very few DC landmarks that we missed! the theme threaded through the whole weekend, from the “Hamilton” song performed at the holud to the “Hamilton” playbill wedding program; the Washington Nationals’ “racing presidents” mascots at the wedding, the protest signs made especially for wedding day portraits and the vow to “make america great again” in their ceremony itself.
nasheed and chris included many other personal elements that made their wedding weekend unforgettable – the “circle of life” performance at the holud with a *very* unwilling tiny simba; the “parade of babies” to the song “prince ali,” and the “beauty and the beast” look of their reception outfits all paid homage to favorite disney movie references; their ceremony and reception included elements of their diverse heritage – the exchanging of flower garlands is typical of south asian ceremonies, and the breaking of the glass and the horah dance draw from the jewish part of chris’ heritage. but the endless laughs and memorable moments throughout – from special holud skits by friends, to the ceremony reading from the book of mormon (the musical!), the ceremony reference to the hunger games (“may the odds be ever in their favor!”), the light-up concert bracelet favors and the incredible performance into the night by cover band go go gadjet – all of this just comes straight from chris and nasheed, their love for each other and their family and friends, which ultimately made this wedding unforgettable.
cheers, guys, for letting me be a part of all this! and endless praise for katie wannen from the plannery whose impeccable planning and incredible team made all of this go off beautifully without a hitch, as well as for photographer tim riddick for joining me on this adventure. nasheed’s look on the holud and wedding days was managed by swati and reeti of styles by swati and her gorgeous mehndi was done by henna ink by rehma.

rabia chaudry – portraits at diyanet center

August 3, 2016 | Filed Under Uncategorized | Leave a Comment 

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.

khadijah & adam – maternity portraits

June 5, 2016 | Filed Under Uncategorized | Leave a Comment 

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!

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