eid mubarak!

September 22, 2009 | Filed Under family photos, friends | 2 Comments 

sunday was eid al-fitr for most of the muslim community in america, and much of the rest of the world as well – a remarkable occurrence of unity not unnoticed on the day of! perhaps that was just one of the signs of how blessed a day it was – it certainly felt blessed! could not have been a more perfect day – that blue in the sky in the images below? for real. smiles, bright sunlight, crisp-but-warm weather… a joyful communal prayer with a meaningful sermon, then lots of presents for the kids and plenty of excellent food… especially sweets! the only thing missing from my perfect eid was the chance to put some henna (mehndi) on myself… but at least i snapped a shot of a friend’s decorated hands.
so, this is entirely a personal post, but if you’re visiting and don’t know much about eid in america, i hope this helps… we had the prayer in the morning at the muslim community center in silver spring, md., then went home for the first round of the kids’ eid gifts with my husband’s side of the family (my adorable nieces, five years old (almost six!) and eight months old); we then went to lunch with family and friends, and then drove to my brother’s house in virginia to hang out with my nephew and do some more gifting. i think i had a nap somewhere in there too – a perfect day, subhanallah!
all the pictures are taken with the tamron 28-75 2.8… proving that in the right lighting situation, this lens can totally rock the clarity and colors!!

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farhana and asif

September 17, 2009 | Filed Under wedding posts | 8 Comments 

here’s a wedding i shot earlier in august but didn’t get a chance to blog. farhana was referred to me by a mutual dear friend, but i didn’t actually get a chance to meet her until right before she walked into the wedding hall! but, she was pretty easy to spot :) and so was i, with my equipment! anyway… farhana’s wedding was a beautifully emotional affair: i think what i remember most strongly is the love of the bride’s family for their daughter and sister; their joy in seeing her happily married to a good man, and their sadness in her parting. farhana, thank you so much for letting me share in this experience with you and your family – and for trusting me to capture it as best i could – and i pray God blesses you and asif in your new life together!
a little explanation of some of the pictures below: at the groom’s arrival, there’s a tradition called the “gate dhora,” in which the bride’s family refuses the groom’s entry to the hall without considerable payment. the wedding ceremony itself was conducted seated on the stage, and is followed by traditional gifts to the bride of gold, the draping of flower-laden necklaces, and the cake cutting…

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maryam: one month old

September 14, 2009 | Filed Under baby, portraits | 5 Comments 

when sara contacted me about taking maryam’s one-month-old pictures, i couldn’t believe it had already been a month since i shot her aqeeqa! it was so amazing to see how much she had changed already! she started off with plenty of smiles and she really seemed to like the camera… at first, at least. we had a great time, but we wore her out – as you’ll see at the bottom of the post. i had forgotten how expressive and curious even such young babies can be – and i finally got to hold her this time! i’m so excited to be able to not only see, but to capture the changes as maryam goes through the incredible journey of a baby’s first year of life. plus, i get to hang out with her mom at least once a month!
since we did this shoot at my house, because i’m currently carless, we did have to negotiate around my son and his toys; in the end i tried to have musa lie down for a few portraits too – so… i’m just gonna throw a couple of those in at the bottom, too :)
here she is:

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family time: “wings of fancy” with the boys

September 11, 2009 | Filed Under family photos | 3 Comments 

last week my parents were here, and we took my son and nephew to “the butterfly house” – actually known as the wings of fancy exhibit at brookside gardens in wheaton, md., where i’ve done a few photoshoots, too. my nephew wanted to go so badly, but he ended up being not so happy with all these bugs – for bugs they are! – flying about him! still, it’s a magical place, with the bright flowers, the scent of overripe fruit and the still, humid air, and jeweled wings fluttering all around you. i hadn’t taken personal pictures in so long… but i do try to take pictures of these two boys when they’re together, for my parents. i didn’t have my long lens with me, so no real closeups of the butterflies… but a few shots i liked! after the exhibit we just sat on benches in the gardens to feed the flushed, sweaty boys their snacks (well, at least my nephew… mine doesn’t like to eat, and yes, he’s said so himself), and then went home. it was a beautiful day, so i just wanted to share some of these pictures here…

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what happens when i ask issa to “make funny faces for the camera”… :)
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