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Its a Love story – Amna & Sajid’s Sneak Peak!

I feel so privileged when I get a chance to document a couple SOH-IN-LOVE. It was awesome working with these two childhood sweethearts. Almost like I had met them long before.

Amna booked me in April from UK, 5 months before her wedding so I’m available on her dates! ^_^ Later we met in August when she came back and we instantly clicked! After Flipping through hundreds of different wedding photojournalist magazines, She told me how she had always imagined her BIG day to be photographed – And chose me.

“My Venue wasn’t decided, my dress wasn’t ordered – but I KNEW the photographer had to be YOU.”
Were her words.

It was my first DIY wedding, which I utterly enjoyed! 😀

Later I photographed their bridal lurrve session just the way I love – ofcource during the golden love hourrr! 😀 I was HELL Happie that day and so glad to be a part of their heartfelt occasion!

Wait up for the complete blog!
=)
Till then,
Stay photogenic,
R.

A & H’s Mehndi sneak peak!

‘A’ contacted me in April and got her hall booked when she found out I was available to shoot her Mehndi on that date.
Meeting her and her fiance was an absolute treat as these guys matched my personality perfectly!
🙂 Anyways, I’m so glad I shot their Mehndi and Baraat, It was awesome bumping into ole clients and wonderful to be a part of their festive event.

And sometimes its that ONE shot that makes the shoot and for me – it was this one.

What an awesome connection between this happie couple and me! I don’t remember the song that played at the back but I remember asking them to enjoy it & be themselves! AND Whoa – what a fun filled shot this turned out to be! 😀

One of the reasons I love my job!

Stay photogenic,
R.

{You & Me: Nauroze & Rida’s Reception}

Cause it’s you and me and all of the people with nothing to do
Nothing to prove
And it’s you and me and all of the people
And I don’t know why, I can’t keep my eyes off of you
~ Lifehouse.

On a very rainy evening, I was visited by Nauroze. He had called time and again and been a persistent client; who wanted to book me as his ‘wedding photographer’ for his Reception. I was already pre-booked with a three day in a row wedding prior his date so I was a little uncertain to take his booking but decided to meet him in person and decide. The meeting went smoothly and he an aficionado for my ‘Moment-o-graphy.’ Since, we were on the same wavelength I decided that it would be great fun!

On another very chilly and extremely foggy night, I reached Regalia ahead of the time (G-6) for the Reception coverage.  What I saw was very overwhelming, Noroze and Rida had a connection; they could read each other’s minds and they talked via looks and secret smiles. Their comfort level assured me that I was here to do a great job capturing their love for each other.

Her shy smile deepened when she heard him. When his eyes fell on her, joy danced in his eyes. When she wasn’t around, he couldn’t resist a chance to bring up her name..

Hes the kind of guy who’ll put you at ease with his confidence and charm…and he clearly knows how to make her melt & Rida, You’re Gorrrrrrge, f’real! MashAllah! 🙂

Noroz & Rida: You are two of the most wonderful people and I felt incredibly lucky to document your wedding day. Thank you from the bottom of my heart of sharing your lives (and amazing families) with me and allowing me to see just how promising your future is together.

Stay photogenic,
R.

All the shadowy corners of me.

Heys! Hows everyone?
July has been FANTASTIC so far though I did hurt my toe but Its much better now (thanks to all the antibiotics). Since the 8th of July – 12th, Nabia and I have been crazy shooting. A 3 day event was a Baluchi wedding, full of colors, emotions and raptures. The remaining 2 days were a reception dinner & a Mayon (where we ended up running into some old school acquaintances).

We resume shoots next week til the end of July and meetups from the 1st week of August for Sept/Oct & Nov.

So many details to fill you guys with:
– We have introduced *Storybook* Albums – { Getting very good responses from clients bout em! 😀 }
– Gift certificates

Shot post sunset at f9 park – amidst the mosquitoes and the humidity, we had a great time with the couple, who dazzled us with their zeal for photography and unmatched patience. 😀 I can’t wait to start working on their couple session along with the getting ready.

Lastly, I GOT MY VERY OWN *CANON EF 85mm 1.2 II*
LOVE IT. LOVE IT. LOVE IT.
^_^

Have a lot of blogs lined up, would post them all soonish!
<3

P.s: Thankyou to all the lovely ladies who come and greet me with a hug (during the events) and let me know; they’ve joined my page! Love youuuu guys! *hugs* 😀

Stay Photogenic,
R.

The meet-up guideline: How to book me!

Hey guys,
As you know I prefer meeting my clients beforehand; it serves as an ice-breaking session. We also get to know whether our personalities click and if we would want to seal the deal.
So since I’d be resuming meetings from next week , I decided to compile this post which would serve as a pre-requisite for meet-ups.

Before coming to see me, if you go through these – it would be AWESOME, since we’d both end up being on the same page.

We, at Rammal Mehmud Photography are quite indulgent in On-location Sessions merely because:

  • We believe it contributes in building a bond with your wedding day.
  • We want to incorporate that into our moment-o-graphy; which means we document each moment in between the moments by utilizing your venue’s ambiance and locations to the max.
  • If your venue isn’t picturesque enough. You are to make alternate arrangements. We shall not be held responsible.
  • We only offer photography services, so we are not liable if you’re not able to find the perfect point for the shoot. We however, can visit the venue with you before the shoot to generate ideas for the bridal session –  which too depends on the fact that you have confirmed your booking by making a deposit of 50% of the total amount.
  • We do not change backdrops and superimpose elements in your photo-shoots pictures. We are quite engaged in ‘On location’ shoots which entail scenic gardens, pool sides, hotel lobbies and anything to do with making your shots stand out. No – hotel rooms do not fall under this category (UNLESS we want to make use of the mirror).
  • Please follow my blog and my Like page, to check out my style of photography. I am ME and I own my own style. If you want me to copy someone’s then I’m sorry you’re definitely at the wrong place. I do appreciate ‘ideas’ but only hire me for – ME.
  • Please do-not compare Me or my packages with other photographers, theres a reason why I’m different.
  • All prices of the packages are final, no discounts will be offered.

  1. Before the actual meetup, it would be best that you catch up with us on *Skype*. My id being *vrm.photography*. During that session, we can talk a bit bout your day, how you want everything to be and OF-COURSE the albums that we include in the package.
  2. Before paying for the selected bridal photography package, please ask for the *Terms & Conditions* form, so that we can discuss it together (Regarding your opinion on it)  so there is no ambiguity at both ends. We would expect you to take a print out and submit the filled form, 2 weeks before your event.
  3. Do expect a mail from our end, post your 50% deposition. The mail would enlist the contents of the package  for both of us (in black & white), just to let you know of what you’ve paid for and what I’m expected of.
  4. The Hi-resolution pictures shall be stored in our archiving system for a Year from wedding date. On approaching the 1 year anniversary; you can either choose to pay us an archiving fee or buy the Hi-resolution lot. If either option isn’t chosen then the folder shall be removed from our backup.
  5. Please go through this old post of mine too.

Hope this helps you make an informed decision! =)

Stay photogenic,
R.

{You & Me: Sneak preview}

Cause it’s you and me and all of the people with nothing to do
Nothing to prove
And it’s you and me and all of the people
And I don’t know why, I can’t keep my eyes off of you
~ Lifehouse.

Sneak peak of N & R’s Reception shoot! =)  I can’t begin to express how happie I was to photograph them and be a part of their joyous occasion.
Not only were they AMAZING but as it turned out, I got to meet my FAVORITE teacher/mentor after soh many years at their event. So it was shoot + amazing couple + fave teacher = PERFECT start to my year! =)

Loved documenting their moments and their moments in between!
Wait up for the blog! <3

Stay photogenic,
R.

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.

.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.