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Opposites Attract.

Lucky to be in love.. just could be Ali & Sana’s song, cause they were soo cute together! :) MA.

When Sana visited me, we were over joyed at the rapid fire round of ideas we would try out for their Casual Shoot. As the shoot was to mark their First Wedding Anniversary celebration, She prepared me to guide her hubby as he’s way camera shy and often finds it very difficult to be photographed. For these images, I asked them to bring some picture frames or albums containing pics of their wedding and the honeymoon. Since it was their first anniversary, I wanted the shoot to give a feel of them reflecting back upon the amazing ONE year, they had spent with each other. :) I also picked some pink roses and balloons on my way to be used as colorful props!

The venue we picked out earlier was changed due to the fact that it was a public holiday, so we arranged to meetup at 1969. 😀

I was well received by Sana with a warm hug and a welcoming Salam from Ali over his Coffee mug. To make most of the time before sunset, we started the clicking game..

The weather was beautiful & there was a chill in the air, But that didn’t keep them from enjoying the day. I started clicking and to my surprise, their chemistry sparked before my lens and the comfort level I had developed with Sana; had been mutually transfered to Ali too! I was so overwhelmed to be a part of their day.

Sana says, “We can be so different at times!” Guess that’s why they say ”Opposites Attract!” But to me opposites are infact complementaries! <3 :)

Thought would add a behind the scene shot too! 😀 Here I was explaining to Sana & Ali how I would be photographing them and how they are supposed to forget that I’m around. Shot taken by Nabia! :)

Its such an indescribable warm, fuzzy feeling but makes me love documenting LOVE all the more!

Stay Photogenic,

– Rammal.

Been soh long.

*Insert Rant here*

Hey everyone, would resume blogging from this week. Really missed it. First of all I wanted to mention that theres a *Giveaway* taking place on my
Some businesses have been kind enough to collaborate with me on this venture. We are giving away freebies till the end of this month, with a twist that the winner has to invite 5 friends to my page and the sponsor’s in order to claim the goodies! =)

Secondly, I have started a *Hall of shame* thread on my page, under the discussions tab. Would be listing down all the cell numbers, annoying the crap out of me by calling non stop and texting me crap. So if you need numbers to use as a graffiti element or to have fun with. Please be my guest. lol.
Lastly, I shot for Glitz & Glam by Alina Ali. this weekend.
Please check it out.
Stay photogenic,
R.

I call it ‘Love’.

I just think the song by Lionel Richie, “I call it love” fits here perfectly.

I met Farwa through a friend in May and she had me click a casual shoot of hers with her sister. It was amazing how our personalities complemented each other. At that time, we never knew I would be shooting her BIG day too. Anyways, when her dates were finalized, Farwa and I were mailing each other *ideas* like crazy – on a daily basis, to incorporate ’em into her BIG day’s shoot.

The day arrived, Farwa looked delicately gorgeous in her beige and plum jora from Fashion Ka Ghar. She had gotten her makeup done from Sobia Hanif, Chaklala. I found this amazing Mehndi Artist, Kanwal – on facebook and refered Farwa to her. She adorned the young bride’s hands with such lovely and intricate henna patterns that left a happy vermilion stain behind; which you can see for yrself! :)

When Farwa called me to click her Nikkah & also for an outdoor photoshoot – I didn’t think twice. I have always loved natural, ambient light rather than strobes [ Personal preference, really! :) ] I had already photographed Farwa and we had become really good friends. Now the surprise bit! 😀 She was getting married to my old classmate, which meant old friend re-union aswell! I was sooper excited!

Rohail, my classfellow – said he couldn’t believe he had such a talented friend! Little did you know back then haha! 😀 He was always the shy, but helpful type. So, naturally I was expecting that I would have to guide him a lot to capture the essence of their love, but when Farwa walked in, Rohail opened up and I captured their love effortlessly.  Since, the barat was a little late, the yearning and the wait was over! They loved being together and it shows how grateful they were to have each other.

A few weeks ago; My sister and I picked up Farwa from work, grabbed Dunkin Donuts and hit the road to see the venue, and explored it for the most perfect & photogenic spots that would describe their day years after. However, the Ba’arat was a bit late and then there was so much chaos that we almost didn’t get time to click their couple shoot. Then, Me and my sister sneaked the bride and the groom out and did their shoot while every ones was having lunch! 😀 I felt so invincible for accomplishing what I deemed as impossible, at that time 😀 The couple was so supportive! <3

I was deeply honored to be a part of their love’s celebration.

On the 13th November, Farwa Baloch became Farwa Rohail.

Its beautiful how a moment welcomes us into a whole new life and changes everything completely. Such a pretty transition. :) MashaAllah.
Believing in these moments,
I wish Farwa and Rohail – the best that LIFE can offer!

Stay photogenic,
R.

Sweet November.

Sneak peak into Farwa & Rohail’s post-Nikkah session.

I once read a quote by Emily Bronte, which went like:
‘I don’t know what souls are made of..but his and mine are the same.’

I think it justifies here. :)

Can’t to upload the rest of the session! *wheeeeeeee*
😀

Stay photogenic,
R.

‘I call it love’ – sneak preview..

Sneak peak of yesterday’s Nikkah shoot. I had so much fun! The couple was the cutest ever, MashaAllah.

Many congrats to Rohail & Farwa on tying the knot. Maybe I’m on a lucky streak or the couples that I’m photographing are LOVELY. Just lovely. Did I mention lovely? 😀

I met farwa through a friend in May and she got a casual shoot done. At that time, we never knew I would be shooting her BIG day too. Anyways, when her dates were done, farwa and I were mailing eachother *ideas* like crazy – on a daily basis, to incorporate em into her BIG day’s shoot.

Now I can’t wait to start working on the shots, she selects tomorrow.
Soooper excited! 😀

Stay photogenic,
R.

Serendipity.

Psyched bout the Nikkah shoot tom, had been looking forward to it for months! Never in my weirdest imaginations, had I thought to be covering my classmate’s and an ex-client’s BIG day! And that I’m the only photographer from both sides is – the ultimate cherry on top! =D

I remember visiting the venue a month back and returning with a head buzzing with ideas! Can’t wait to photograph the love and joy of the day coupled with the exotic venue! 😀

Btw, I just got an external drive for myself – can’t believe how stuffed my pc was! 😀 Now I’d be able to edit in peace! o/

Anyhow, wish me luck for the shoot tom! 😀

Stay photogenic,
R.

‘High’ got me higher.

Just yesterday during a meetup with a client (Hi Sana! :] ), we were talking about improving one’s photography habits. We were deep in conversation, when she said she has a dslr at home, which she doesn’t use much – and I had to let her know what a miracle of a project, the 365 is.

(c) Rammal Mehmud | All rights reserved.

So what is the 365 project?!

As you guys know I’m a self taught photographer / Visual Artist. I learned everything online – from friends, and websites like flickr.com. I got to know some MAJOR inspirational photographers on flickr.com and they are still my bestest of friends and my energy capsules.

I took up a challenge ( like most budding photographers), to hone my photography skills by taking a shot daily, editing and uploading it online to seek constructive criticism and feedback. I guess that did the trick and I’m still known for my water-drop, macro, bokeh & smoke photography & gratifying visual art.

A year after I uploaded high, I received an email from Lerner Publishing Group who were interested in using it for the cover of a children’s storybook. As you can guess, I was WAY overwhelmed but 1 – Didn’t know if it was for real. 2 – Didn’t know whom to seek advice concerning this.

So My sister & I, searched bout the company online,  searched about the pricing of such publications, about copyrights and royalties. Most of the flickr photographers living abroad helped me out too. After all the paper work, I signed the deal for $900. Later I was contacted again since they had to print trade catalogs and got $500 more, while the copyrights and the royalties remained with me and we agreed on one time use of the image with 20,000 copies of the book.

Here are the two books that they sent me, as promised along with the payment in my paypal account. 😀

The client that I met yesterday was really surprised, as why I had not blogged about it. So here it is! 😀 Thanks for reminding me to put this up, hope this proves inspirational for the upcoming photographers/ artists. Not everything online is a SCAM, once you have your homework done and you believe in yourself. :)

Stay photogenic,
R.

All images in this post are copyrighted to Rammal Mehmud & must not be used without the photographers permission.

B*jewelled.

The beautiful outstretched lawns; embellished with fairy lights, the brrrrr of the incoming winter and the BEAUTIFUL WEDDING!
In short – Loved the Farmhouse experience! 😀

Yep that was my status on my fan page last week, after shooting this wedding!

Nestled from the hustle bustle of the monotonous life – the gorgeous event took place on a Farmhouse in ChakShehzad. Since winters are just setting in, there was a little chill in the air but the well arranged setting of the outdoor area made it cozy…

The bride arrived looking as ravishing as ever. Guys, due to privacy concerns I couldn’t upload the pix of the bride. I actually called her to seek permission and talked this out. She was so sweet to allow some shots of her in which her face isn’t visible and actually thought of me as a very courteous person! :)
*Awwwiee*
So lo and behold! 😀

The shoot wasn’t included in the package that she has selected, but she asked me if I could take some pix of her before the ceremony started…and ofcourse I said YES! :)
Never upset a bride on her BIG DAY! <3

We so wanted to go out and shoot but the guests were pouring in and the Barat was almost there. Still I had fun! :) The next day I received an sms from her appreciating my style of work and how comfortable she was with me while I photographed her. She also thanked me for making it a “fun session”.

The next half of the wedding: paparazzi. Rasms. Nabia and me orbiting the stage, shooting BEHIND it and standing on the near by chairs for a 17mm wide arial coverage. lol

That envelopes the Farmhouse fantasy wedding! :) Wait up for more awesomeness in NOV!

Stay photogenic,
R.

.FAQ.

Heyy guys! :) Howsiee!
Since the wedding seasons is in full swing, most of you are visiting me to view my portfolio and to discuss your venue and how you would prefer your event photography.

Since I don’t have a FAQ section as yet, I decided to include some of the frequently asked questions here.

Q. Where are you based?
I’m based in Islamabad, F-11. Once the client confirms her visit, she gets a mail/ text from me containing my address.

Q. Do you have your own studio?
I do have a studio, which is at my home. I’m furnishing it at the moment and Insha’Allah would be ready by the start of Nov.

Q. Can you facilitate bride-groom session at their bridal suite or at the hotel?
As a matter of fact, Yes! I carry my studio equipment to the hotel and have shot many sessions in the bridal suite. Sometimes clients prefer a shoot at the hotel because it seems like an easier option to them.

Q. Do you offer event coverage services?
Yes, I do. Infact I love covering events! =) People are slowly moving towards a new trend in event coverage, which is called “Photo journalism’. They prefer a mix of it as well as the traditional coverage.

Q. What is photo-journalism?
Photo-journalism simply means story telling in images, mostly candids. Weddings are not about photographs, its how one wants to remember their big day in a photograph, not about the moment but the moments in between. Covering every minor detail of the wedding, let it be the decor of the hall/ venue, raw emotions or those timeless moments! :) People often want a fusion of both the Traditional event coverage & Photojournalism though. Traditional coverage along becomes a bit boring because its the usual change of places of different families on the stage where the bride and groom are sitting.

Q. How do I book a date? Can I book a date 4 months in advance?
To book a date, the client needs to visit me in person. She can then have a look at my portfolio and if she likes my style of work, book me by making an advance payment of 50%. That actually makes it a lot easier for me since I then mark their date as *SAVED* on my calender with their name + location. ( Ya, I’m a bit old school. lol) Yes, I’m up for advance bookings.

Q. Do you prints the pics yourself?
I have made an agreement with Fuji Lab, to let *ME* handle printing pics of females who observe ‘Parda’ and do not want males to do that for them. That way *I* would be sending the print command, making minor adjustments on their Fuji software and getting prints – no male member of Fuji Lab would be allowed in until I get done.

So yaa pretty much – its a YES! :)

Q. Do you get fed up of replying to mails again and again? 😀
I don’t care how many times a client calls, emails or inboxes me. I know its a high involvement project and requires a lot of research/ questions, so I’m willing to answer anything related to the project until you are fully satisfied.

I guess this is all for now, if you have any other queries..
* Come visit me! :)
* Email me on: vrm.photography@gmail.com
* Call: 03325510312
* Leave a msg on my fan page’s wall.

Walking on cloud # 9.

I met Afche a month back, and we instantly clicked! :) After brainstorming ideas for her engagement shoot, she gave me the esteemed title of being her ‘frequency matched’ photographer. The feeling was indescribable, not because of the praise but because of her trust in me.

On the eve of 19th Sept, I met her at Sobia’s to take some quick shots of her, while she was in the process of getting ready. She looked absolutely GORGEOUS, I must say! Masha’Allah. =)

From there, we left for the hall. The entrance of Paradise Complex was beautifully swagged with lights and gave a very grand, welcoming vibe. It was my first shoot there and I’m absolutely in love with this place, merely because of the bokeh-fest at the entrance and due to the space factor.


The bride wanted a fusion of ‘Photo journalism’ and Traditional event coverage, mainly because she had spent so much time making sure every detail of the hall decor was to taste. Candies wrapped in a lovely fuchsia cloth and fish bowls were not to be missed. The hall was spacious and the dim lights made it seem more inviting and cozy.




The gifts from the girl’s side were carefully packed and labeled. Every assembled detail depicted tender love & care.

Afche wanted some unique portraits with the ring! 😀 It was so much fun doing these. We later grabbed the opportunity, shot some portraits outside of the hall too where it was *pure bokeh* land!!


Waiting for the groom to arrive…nabia’s magical shot. =)

Post Engagement reactions.. 😀

The dances at the end were the best, her cousins and family sure know how to have fun!


Haha YES!! ENGAGED! :)

Congratulations and many best wishes for the newly engaged beautiful couple! <3

I had a blast at Afche's engagement, I hope you enjoyed a few glimpses of the event! :) <3
Keep an eye for the next post, would be about my cousin's Nikkah shoot! I so missed blogging but was hampered by work, mainly post processing shots and assembling the prints in the albums!
God, I love my job! 😀

Stay photogenic,
R.