A Manifesto

"How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and, keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most."  Stephen Covey

We thought it would be a humbling exercise to take a few moments to reflect on our core values as individuals and entrepreneurs.  What drives our purpose in life?  What makes us get up in the morning and begin a fresh new day, every single day?  What makes us happy?  What motivates us to be true to ourselves?  We realized that the values and beliefs that we inculcate in our personal lives are pretty much the same as our values as entrepreneurs.  And so, we have prepared an open letter to ourselves (for accountability purposes too!), that describes our purpose.  *Cue the Simba music*.  So whenever we feel lost, confused or frustrated, we will have a personal manifesto to help gear us back in the right direction.  Without further ado, our manifesto... 

We are inspired by laughter.  The kind that makes you wrinkle your nose and let everything out! The saying is undeniably true, that laughter is the medicine to all that ails you.  

Through thick and thin, our families are our backbones.  We wouldn't be anywhere without them. 

We dare to dream big, go with our gut and let our inspiration lead us to new beginnings even in the most trying of times.

Travel is ALWAYS a good idea.

We support our fellow creatives.  The ones who dare to dream big with us, cheer each other on along the sidelines and are pursuers of what makes them feel alive. #risingtidesociety #communityovercompetition

We indulge in sleeping in at every opportunity, learning greetings in all languages and always making room for dessert.  The dessert part is especially for Batoul!

We believe in a higher purpose.  One that connects us to each another.  In the eloquent words of Rumi, 'Out beyond ideas of wrong and right, there is a field.  I'll meet you there.'

We believe in free-spirited and unconditional love.  The kind that isn't afraid of being real.

With passion and drive, we make photographs of you, as you are.  Beautiful. Vibrant. Genuine.  True to yourself.  

 Photo by Brett Hickman Photography.                                                        Laguna Beach, California

Photo by Brett Hickman Photography.                                                        Laguna Beach, California

Ali & Batoul

Ali and Batoul Photography, 1050 Redtail Private, Ottawa, ON, K1J 0A9

Husband and wife wedding photographers for the adventurous couple.  Based in Ottawa, Canada and travelling worldwide.