cherry blossoms

April 30, 2010 | Filed Under friends, practice shoots | Leave a Comment 

it’s a little late, but while i still had the 45mm 2.8 tilt-shift lens and my beloved 35mm 1.4L after yasmin and tyseer’s wedding, i had the chance to take it out to DC at the tail end of the peak of cherry blossom season, and used them to practice on one of my favorite subjects – a dear friend of mine. so, here are a few of the images i took that day – thanks, shaf, for climbing in that tree, and jumping out again :)

sample album: 12X12 wedding book

April 24, 2010 | Filed Under products | 2 Comments 

so, while yasmin and tyseer’s wedding is still fresh in everyone’s minds… thought i’d share some images of a new album i’m truly excited about being able to offer. previously, my album companies offered what i call a “wedding book” – a press-printed album on stiff, cardstock-type pages that combines the elegant presentation of a flush-mount with the modern look of an art book, at a great value – only in sizes 8X8, 8X10 or smaller. but i love albums – i love BIG albums – and i particularly love this type because of its class, durability and affordability. well, finally, one of my album companies is able to offer this book in sizes of 10X10 and 12X12, as well as the smaller size i previously made available. so i chose the largest size – 12X12 – on a slightly textured art linen paper to showcase yasmin’s mehndi and shadi pictures. this album is available with 20, 40 or 60 sides – my sample shows 40 – and is available with a variety of paper types as well as cover choices, ranging from plain colored fabrics, floral damasked fabrics (which i chose for my sample), glimmering “mineral” materials, regular, vintage, and premium leathers, and suede farbics in deep, rich shades. i’ve got this sample as well as swatches of all the cover options, so please ask to see these in person when you’re deciding on an album type for your wedding!
without further ado, i present yasmin & tyseer – one more time :)

yasmin & tyseer: walima | minneapolis wedding photography

April 19, 2010 | Filed Under wedding posts | 21 Comments 

i think these two have set a record for the number of events held to celebrate their union – six or seven over the course of two years, mashallah! but this was the very last of them, and now the partying is over and married life truly begins :)
the walima is the reception traditionally given by the groom’s side of the family, so this event took place in minneapolis, where tyseer grew up with his two brothers. downtown minneapolis was busy, warm and bright on this weekend – the radisson plaza hotel was the perfect place to host the last of “tysmin’s” wedding celebrations, and extended family and friends gathered from across the country to join in. yasmin – who wore a white dress and a dark blue and red lehnga at her wedding, to honor the arab and pakistani aspects of her heritage – this time donned a stunning red-and-gold sari, wrapped expertly by her mother-in-law, to honor the new bengali side of her family.
what with the speeches, dancing and antics of the bride and groom’s friends, i don’t think anyone missed out on a good time – not even the photographer. but even more than that, i am profoundly grateful for how welcome i was made by tyseer’s family in minneapolis and how kindly i was taken care of. thank you SO MUCH, auntie taslima and the rest of your family, for making me feel like part of your family, too – and yasmin and tyseer, thank you both for trusting me to capture your wedding and allowing me into your lives. i can’t wait to see more of you guys when you move closer to my neck of the woods!

yasmin & tyseer: wedding | raleigh wedding photography

April 6, 2010 | Filed Under wedding posts | 23 Comments 

so, as promised, here are yasmin and tyseer’s wedding pictures! well, a few of them… still plenty more i’m working through! but i wanted to share these as soon as possible. as i said in the mehndi post, it was such a joy for me to be involved in this wedding as i was – my family was invited anyway, as guests, but i had the honor and pleasure of capturing it as photographer.
i also met tyseer and his family before this wedding; tyseer’s wonderful mother got in touch with me after she met me at the wedding of her best friend’s daughter, sanjana, which i blogged about in january. so amidst the friends i grew up with – yasmin is part of the generation a few years younger than me who are going through the “wedding phase” now – it was honestly one of the best times i’ve had photographing a wedding. i was especially excited because yasmin is one of those AWESOME brides who actually schedules enough time to allow for more creative bridal portraits; i also enjoyed being able to photograph two different bridal gowns, as yasmin – with her mixed heritage of syrian and pakistani – donned both a white wedding gown with hijab and a traditional pakistani lehnga (though in a unique dark blue and red combination!) during the course of the evening. in two weeks i’ll get to picture yasmin in yet another bridal dress – a sari, at her walima celebration in minnesota which will be rooted in tyseer’s bangladeshi culture.
yasmin’s shaadi, or wedding celebration, was held at the beautiful, classy brier creek country club in raleigh, so we got to take advantage of a sweet little courtyard designed for weddings and portraits, as well as the gently rolling golf course right next door. we had been worried that the sun might be too glaring for our late afternoon portraits, and then that it might rain, but we ended up with the softest, cloud-filtered, golden sunset light one could imagine. after portraits, everything took place indoors, and the families had a series of wedding traditions and rituals – a shared drink, a cake-cutting, the traditional desi shoe-stealing (which ended up in yasmin’s shoes being stolen, too – very untraditional! – some punjabi dancing from the men, and the bride’s friends blocking the couple’s way out at the end for payment from the groom’s brother and friends (that shot at the bottom with the ladies lined up in front of the door? yeah… that’s not a pose :) )
hope you all enjoy this – please leave a comment if you do! at the end of the pictures there’s a slideshow with about twice as many images, if you want to see more of the wedding story :)
EDIT: meant to add i COULD NOT HAVE DONE THIS WITHOUT MY AMAZING SECOND SHOOTER, sara haddad, with whom i’ve shot two weddings before this. sara took a few of the shots you see below, including the AWESOME capture of tyseer dancing. she captured some great moments from angles and places where i couldn’t be, and definitely made this wedding story complete.

and here, if you have the time and want to sit back and relax with it, is a somewhat longer slideshow with a fuller story of the wedding day – hope you all enjoy it!

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