shooting another photographer’s wedding is always a mix of excitement and pressure. the pressure, clearly, because your client actually knows what you’re doing; the excitement, though, because your client tends to know what works and makes it so much easier :) taha and i met years ago when i was just about to start my business, connecting through flickr and then a local photography group. so it was wonderful to hear from him about his wedding last summer and to meet his beautiful bride sameea, and more than the excitement or the pressure, it was truly an honor that he reached out to me to be the photographer for his walima. taha’s family chose one of the loveliest locations in howard county, belmont manor, and we had plenty of time in the late afternoon to traverse its sun-drenched grounds for portrait spots. afterwards, their reception was held in a tent outside the manor house.
thank you again, taha and sameea, for allowing me to be part of your day!
when a client plans their wedding with the kind of photos they want in mind, and those kind of photos happen to be the kind i love to shoot… that’s sort of a dream come true for me. and that was nadia’s lovely two-day wedding, both days set at locations and times to give us the ingredients for gorgeous images. we were blessed with stunning weather both days – such blue skies and golden light! – but it was nadia’s smart planning to choose such stunning locations as well: rockfield manor in bel air, maryland, for the mehndi, and deerfield golf club in newark, delware, for the wedding and reception.
i don’t suppose being drop-dead gorgeous and marrying such a tall, debonair brit was actually part of her plan for pretty pictures, but of course, they were the best part :D thank you so much, nadia and zain, for working with me and being patient with me while i made you guys walk around endlessly and stare into bright sunlight and all that. you are such a lovely couple and i pray that you are always blessed and happy together!
it was also my pleasure to work again with videographers ethan and shannen of wise films, who get as giddy about good light as i do :), as well as the lovely and super-talented makeup artist caitlyn meyer.
here are a few highlights from the mehndi and the wedding!
i had the pleasure of working with the rahman family a second time this summer to photograph zahir and maggie’s beautiful hilton baltimore wedding. i also had the invaluable help of gene aronov as my second shooter throughout the evening. the couple, who met as students, chose moroccan-themed decor to honor the time they spent abroad in morocco. zahir’s love for camels was represented not only in the adorable camel cake-toppers handmade by his older sister, but in the *actual* camel who came to celebrate with him. poor aladdin got stuck in traffic on the way up from virginia, so he wasn’t able to make it in time to accompany zahir in his grand entrance, but he did make it at last in the end! wedding guests also had the opportunity to enjoy a live oud performance, as well as a reading of one of zahir’s childhood poems by his loving sisters :) it was a beautiful evening and i feel so blessed to have been able to capture it! thank you again, zahir and maggie, and nabila, amly and your parents, for bringing me back to be a part of your lives again <3 best wishes to you all!
it’s always such an honor for me to have the opportunity to photograph a second wedding in the same family. so when nabila, whose wedding i photographed in 2011, contacted me to see if i was available for her brother’s wedding this summer, i was super excited. they are the kindest family, and zahir’s wedding promised to be unforgettable. it was my pleasure to meet the lovely maggie on the first night of the two-day wedding, at the mehndi at zahir’s family’s home in baltimore. at this traditional event, the women and men celebrated separately, with the men going to a local restaurant to share entertainment and dinner. after spending time with the ladies through some traditional rituals – applying henna (mehndi) designs, feeding the bride sweets, etc., – i spent a little time with the guys, in what was possibly the most entertaining experience i’ve ever had at a mehndi, with comedy hypnotist matt davis making me laugh so hard i could barely hit the shutter button. still not sure how much of it was real – but it was certainly hilarious! please enjoy these images of the good times had by all :) stay tuned for the wedding photos from the following day – starring aladdin the camel!