spring at the harbor

March 21, 2010 | Filed Under friends, practice shoots | 14 Comments 

i cannot tell you guys how thrilled i am that the season is finally turning… with a day like today, we couldn’t help but go up to baltimore harbor to spend the afternoon with family and friends, enjoying seafood and sunshine. i had rented the amazing canon 85mm 1.2L lens for a shoot this weekend and wanted to play around/practice with it, so this was the perfect opportunity. it also helped having a couple of extremely photogenic and photo-happy friends who really didn’t mind my experimenting ON them with the lens… as well as experimenting with them in photoshop… :) thanks humera and jawad! i really love you guys!

baby elyas

March 16, 2010 | Filed Under baby | 2 Comments 

elyas’ mom was the first of all my childhood friends still living close to me to start having kids, seven years ago; as of march 2, she is now the mother of three beautiful, blessed and happy boys, mashallah. elyas was a bit of a surprise – up until delivery, all sonograms and testing had led them to believe they were having a girl! i think elyas just wanted to keep his parents guessing :)
so i got to visit my friend’s house when he was just four days old, and was amazed to see how alert he already was. most of all, though, i adored how much he smiled in his sleep! in islamic tradition, infants smiling in their sleep indicate the presence of angels – babies, after all, are closer to God than the rest of us! can’t wait to visit elyas again, with or without camera :)

happy anniversary, mahdiyah and jamil!

March 15, 2010 | Filed Under anniversary | 1 Comment 

you guys are far away now, but you and your love still inspire me across the time and across the country :) hope you are having a beautiful day, and may God bless your family!

hijabi muslim bride and groom

sample guest book

March 14, 2010 | Filed Under products | 3 Comments 

a few days ago i got in a sample guest book to show wedding clients who are interested in using their complimentary engagement portrait session to put together a signable, photo guest book for their wedding. the couple here – well, they were already married when i did this shoot :) but i love them and the images so much, i decided to get this sample! it’s a 10X10 hinged book, so the pages lay flat when the book is open, as you can see, and the paper is a thick “art” paper with a very faint texture to it, and a matte coating, so it can be written on and archived.
although the layout and paper style are what you would see in a guest book, the size and binding are what you would also see in a coffee table book, if you decide to go that route for your wedding book! coffee table books come in medium (8×8, 8.5X11) and large (10X10, 12X12, 11X14) sizes and have the same hinged binding, but a more lustrous paper, like a fine art book. and cover options include leather/faux leather, photowrap or canvas photowrap (like this one!) (and in some sizes, a dust jacket option). i was excited to see this myself – the printed color is rich and perfect, and the quality of the paper is tangible. excited to get more of these out to clients!

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