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{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.

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.

“My dates have been finalized and the first thing I did was come here and inform u :| I cant risk losing u :|”

Thats an excerpt from a client’s mail.

You have no idea how overwhelmed I felt after reading this! It was perfect – this girl wanted me to photograph her since LAST summer and was waiting for her BIG day to arrive.
As it turns out, I wouldn’t be able to click her BIG day after all. Reason being: The dates she mentioned are already booked for MARCH.

So I decided to blog about it.

The perks of booking dates ahead of time:
* Due to the ample amount of time till your wedding, you and I can actually sit down & discuss ideas.
* I can visit the venue with you and plan certain shots around specific venue details to help you optimize the best of your big day, So when you will reflect back, the shots will help you remember the nervous jitters and the giggles in between.
* I can assess the level of comfort level you have with you spouse and translate that better into an image.
* I can get creative with my lighting arrangements and give your shots an oomph factor!
* When the couple meets me beforehand, the initial hesitation is also eliminated as this meetup acts as an ice breaking session.
* There would be NO date-overlapping fear! 😛

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.

‘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.