a visit with the NC grandparents

June 18, 2009 | Filed Under family photos, nature | 4 Comments 

so, i haven’t had any shoots for a while, but i did take my camera to raleigh in may and june when we went down for weddings and baby showers and whatnot. so of course i have some pictures of my son and nephew to share… it’s taken me a while to get my act together for a blog post, but here are some images from the personal side of our trips down to NC! the first few shots are from a quick walk in our neighborhood down to silver lake right by our neighborhood, where a resident swan came to see us.
also, i messed up my watermark file and while it would have been simple to recreate it, i thought i would try something a little different…

here, my son fell asleep during a day-long cooking extravaganza i conducted with two friends – pictures of THAT to come in a future post!

and here’s a little series showing the progress of a fight between my son and nephew over the blue car-carrier truck… with my brother completely knocked out on the couch the whole time…

the rest of these images are from pullen park in raleigh… the carousel, the little paddleboat ride, train, etc…

this one’s not technically a very good shot, but i just love the moment too much not to share it:

an extraordinary baby shower

June 9, 2009 | Filed Under events, friends | 2 Comments 

so, maryam and modassir are family friends; modassir was slugging relentlessly through law school and working full-time while my brother and i were gallivanting undergraduates, all together at UNC Chapel Hill in the early 90s, and maryam joined our north carolina community from far, cold michigan about 10 years ago (i hope that’s right maryam!). anyway! at long last, this couple – always a beautiful example to those around them of a loving, happy marriage – is expecting a midsummer addition to their family, and their generous circle of friends threw one GLAM baby shower on june 6th. maryam herself is known for organizing fantastic parties, and so her friends decided to give back to her in similar fashion: the result was a red-carpet extravaganza with the close-knit feel of a “chill” evening at a friend’s house. the organizers and guests poured their hearts into making it an amazing night, and when i was asked to take the pictures, i wanted to capture not only the emotion of the evening, but all the details of the labor of love – pun intended! – maryam and modassir’s friends put forth.
if i’m on your facebook, you’ve probably already seen all of these images, but i chose a few of my favorites to share here in larger format!

my friend’s mehndi

June 1, 2009 | Filed Under friends | 5 Comments 

let me start by saying i did NOT shoot ayesha’s wedding; this was taken care of by two amazingly talented guys, saad of s2s photography and sahid of limon photography; you can see saad’s post of the mehndi night and wedding pictures here.
but, i DID do ayesha’s mehndi, the night before the mehndi party! so i wanted to share a handful of shots from that night. a little background; ayesha is about eight years younger than me and i remember her toddlerhood quite clearly, from back when we were both growing up in the thriving raleigh, n.c. muslim community. for a long time, she was “little ayesha” and i was “big ayesha,” and it has always been my great pleasure to watch her grow into the intelligent, happy, sweet-natured, beautiful young woman she is today. so i was thrilled when she asked me to do her bridal mehndi (henna), and of course i took my camera along! here are a few of the shots i took at her house that night. please don’t forget to visit saad’s blog to see her actual wedding pics!

edit: i forgot to add this before, and i’ll add it in a comment, too, but i want to let everyone know i get a LOT of my mehndi inspiration from the fantastically talented Darcy Vasudev, a henna artist based in california and the owner of the Henna Lounge – the design on the back of ayesha’s hands was largely inspired by one of her amazing designs! so thank you darcy! :)

here i had just finished the back of the first hand:

they were showing her a new collection of bangles and i couldn’t resist taking a shot:

while her hands were being adorned, her husband mansoor was sweet enough to come sit by her and make sure she was watered and nourished throughout the evening :) are they cute or what!!!?

and some finished mehndi shots now: