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Anonymous asked:

thank you so much for taking time out of your day and answering my questions! I really appreciate it, and i hope to become as good as you in photography, one day!

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Anytime it was my pleasure, i hope i was able to help! :)
and ah i’m still learning myself, but thank you for that compliment! 

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Anonymous asked:

is there an easy way, maybe a website that throughly teaches you what aperture, shutter speed, and iso are and what they are meant for? Also, how to set them properly for different types of photos.

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Ah this site is pretty helpful - http://digital-photography-school.com/

there is a page devoted to tips for beginners - http://digital-photography-school.com/digital-photography-tips-for-beginners/

hope that helps! :)

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Anonymous asked:

Do you have any tips on how to improve your photography skills?

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Experiment! I’ve been experimenting since 08 and I still learn everyday, you just have to find your niche, try all the settings in all the knobs, mess with the ISO, the shutter, the f stop, different lenses, light set up, and once you find your comfort zone - expand it! 

I’m no pro at this, but I love what I do and I am constantly gathering inspiration from everything around me which in turn leads me to experiment, I have never read a manual in my life let alone learn about photography, so trust me when i say - experiment :)

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Anonymous asked:

hi, do you have any tips on how to get your name out there, and for people to book you? Any tips at all will work!

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Ah if you had asked me this question a year or two ago i would have been stumped. It has taken me a long time to be at this constant pace I am right now. The one thing that has helped me the most is word of mouth, i don’t have a website nor business cards so when a lot of people at events would ask me i would just have this sheepish look on my face and tell them about facebook. But through friends and old clients i’ve had a lot of people find me and book me. 

Facebook has also been great in helping me market, my page was dead up till about a few months ago, i would post sparsely if at all, but i made it a chore to upload things at least twice a week this year and it has made all the difference, within days i was getting more offers, so I would definitely suggest getting a facebook page made and updating it often, make it more personalized and of course be present at events and other shoots, people notice passion and work when they see it and they will come up to you to ask for a shoot, trust me :D 

Good luck!

{Squishy face turns 1}

This is my squishy face and I love her with all my heart! It was so much fun planning this party and then covering the event. From getting the headbands to deciding the theme, to the amazing DIY decor, her mom did an AMAZING job! Everything looked perfect and our birthday girl was as adorable as can be! Can’t wait to do their family birthday shoot next month! :D

{Kumiko & Jace: a rainy day in the quad}

I’ve known Kumiko since 9th grade and she’s one of the few High school friends I’m still in touch with so it was such a great honor to do this for her and I can’t wait to do her grad pics in a few weeks! :)
This shoot with these two was so much fun last week. Both of them have such great personalities and it rubs off, you can see how perfect they are for each other! Wishing them both many more anniversaries to come! :) 

Hope everyone is having a great week! :D

I’ve recently been offered to do a few weddings and I had been thinking of doing this blog post for a while, I wanted to bring the blog back from the dead and make it a bit more active, so you will be seeing a lot of posts over the next few weeks.

Back to the original post, weddings. Growing up in Pakistan, I think every girl dreams of her big fat Pakistani wedding, I always had this idea of a grand marquee, twinkling lights, white and red flowers, and yellow & golden color everywhere. Simplicity, with a touch of grandeur and elegance, that was always the kind of wedding I wanted to have. Now, my wedding is no where in the near future so I should stop talking about it, before I lose sight of where this post was going. Having been in the states for so long, I had not attended any weddings in a while and I really missed them. What I loved most about the weddings back in Pakistan was the shughal and apnapan there was thing about weddings in your family, that shaadi wala ghar feeling, I loved that more than the weddings themselves. 

So when I started shooting weddings, and shot my first solo wedding in January, I was blown away. This was the first time I had been in charge of my style and how I wanted to approach everything. I was able to execute my ideas and I loved it. But what I loved more was the apnapan, there was a sort of oneness with the family and the bride that by the time the day was over, I felt like I had just seen a very dear friend get married. I had met the bride for the first time that night on her mehndi, and by the following day she and I were no longer strangers. 

The thing I missed the most from Pakistan, that apnapan feeling of weddings, was here. And it made me love weddings even more, it made me love what I do, it made me ecstatic when I showed the bride her pics. 

I covered another wedding this weekend, and let me tell you, I have never cried so much during a rukhsati. I have known this bride since we were little, though we had been out of touch for years, I still felt like I knew her. I must have been such a funny sight, camera pressed to my face, my cheeks swimming with tears as her mom hugged her, but I didn’t care, I wanted these pictures to show what everyone was feeling, I wanted to capture every tear in a way that it would look so beautiful that just by looking at these pics their hearts would brim with love. The next day when I started editing, I could not hold back the tears, I remembered her mom coming up to us while we were packing and she had hugged me so tight, the things she said to me, to my mom, we both started crying, and within minutes all three of us were a bunch of women with tears down our faces, and at that moment I had never been more in love with what I do. I hugged her mother tighter and as I said goodbye to the family, I felt sad knowing I wouldn’t see everyone again.

At the end of the day, on both the weddings, these brides became family, their families became family and that apnapan came back even among strangers, and that right there became the one thing that made me fall in love with weddings all over again :’)

Will be posting individual posts from both weddings soon so stay tuned! 

{shaadi day}