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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.

{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.

IRTAASH | KAALA SAFAID AASMAAN | ALBUM LAUNCH SHOW.

I remember when Farooq (Lead guitarist of Irtaash ) came over one evening and kept scribbling “Irtaash” all over my notebook.  He proudly told me; that was going to be the name of their band and that ‘Irtaash’ being a Urdu word meant vibrations in water. I remember laughing at him. I take good pics, does that mean I’m going to be a photographer one day?! *Jeez!*

Then commenced the jam sessions at home and finally one day he handed me the CD of their first ever recorded single – ‘Kaali Raatein’.
From the first version to the repeatedly revised one – been there done that.
🙂 Farooq and I go a long way back – since we were kids.
He’s my first cousin.

Irtaash has always been very close to his heart, a dream so sacred and cherished.
And now finally TRUE.

Here are some glimpses of Islamabad’s rock band consisting of Yasir, Farooq, Omer, Ali & Talha: Irtaash. Who just launched their DEBUT album, Kaala Safaid Aasmaan and I was fortunate enough to cover the whole event. 😀 It took place at ‘The Rock Musicarium’ which is nestled in a quiet area near Lake-view point.

I’ve never shot a concert before, so this is my maiden attempt at concert photography – that too without the use of strobes!
And what a breather from shooting weddings! *Phew!* haha! 😀

I felt a rapture of mixed emotions as I saw them all perform with such unmatched enthusiasm and confidence. It was as if the colors weren’t flooding around by the lighting setup but from the energy that flowed from one member to another! =D
Live events are PURE LOVE! 😀At this shoot, I had the creative, free license to experiment as much as I could! 😀  Ahh sheer blissh!

It was fantastic remembering how the crowd went wild as Yasir crooned “Kaali Raatein” and “Musafir”.
*Nostalgic*So that brings us at the end of this *rocking* post, hope you guys enjoyed it.
For more pics, please visit my Fan page.
Special thanks to Sufined for being there! 😀

Irtaash, you guys are amazing and a fine example of believing in one’s dreams!
<3 All the best for the future!

P.s: People, Their debut CD would be out soon, don’t forget to get your copy!

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.

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.

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.

The facebook era.

Facebook seemed like just another networking website like Orkut.com back in 2006. I remember being reluctant to join it – simply because I was happy – scrapping on my friend’s walls and joining stupid communities which were such a big deal back then.
Pressurized by my friends and siblings, I joined Facebook.

From 2006 to 2010: I’m amazed at the opportunities Facebook created for web developers, small businesses and giant brands alike. ‘Like pages’ – the most aggressive tool in the social marketing scenario is the catalyst for interacting with clients at root level and conditioning the fans’ minds for top of the mind Brand recall. People are smarter now, they know they have the power to communicate directly through these Like pages and make better decisions.

I never had a community on Orkut and the term ‘Fan page’ seemed narcissistic. Still, I went on with the idea of starting a ‘Like page’ at the start of the year after I had shot my first wedding. I had reveled about its importance in my MBA’s Final year thesis [Which was on Internet & Social Media Marketing] but practically implementing it was an altogether different experience.
Eventually teenagers who were interested in photography and needed guidance contacted me but as we got the ball rollling, my like page grew larger and I finally found my target audience.

Now I’m thrilled to find prospective brides ‘inboxing’ and buzzing my digits! Also, what I love about this new era is that the ‘new age Muslim Pakistani’ bride is ready to take a leap of faith. She’s ready to choose a photographer found on Facebook for her BIG day. She keeps herself informed and seeks price quotes, she wants to know which camera I’m using (seriously!), she goes through my blog to check out my style of work, she wants to know if I own a studio as yet and if I would be available on the date she’d provide. She has realized that she has the power to make a decision for herself on her wedding. She knows the value of photojournalism style (Story telling imagery; Candid close-ups and detailed shots of the venue and the decorations) of photography and the amount of time & effort invested by me to document the moments in between the shoot. She appreciates how I take out time to communicate ideas and listen to how she would want her special day to be photographed. Last but not the least: She’s confident that she’s beautiful in her skin; radiant as the Henna on her hands and best of all, shes willing to put her trust in me; for making her feel as beautiful as she looks on the most awaited day of her life.

I thank you girlies, for being so totally FABULOUS! 🙂

Stay photogenic,
R.