Ali and I have been living apart for a few months now as he explores opportunities half-way across the globe in Qatar. I miss him dearly and I count down the days until we are together again. So this shoot below didn't come out of nowhere. The idea that loving someone to the extent that you lose your sense of identity doesn't resonate with me. Being away from your loved ones is difficult, but it doesn't mean that you shrivel away and refrain from living your life to the fullest. I think that in any relationship, for it to be long-lasting, strong and mutually beautiful, two people must stand side-by-side on equal footing, cheering each other on in the pursuit of each other's dreams.
They were first friends at work. Ian, who is a quiet, contemplative kind of guy, was captivated by Uzma's bubbly and kind personality. Her sweet demeanour, always paired with a huge beautiful smile, is one of her contagious assets. She makes friends in an instance and Ian couldn't help but be one of them for the longest time. Their friendship blossomed into a deeper, more meaningful relationship that, years later, ended up with an engagement ring on her finger.
We first met Hanan and Said on the day of their engagement shoot and couldn't help but fall in love with this bubbly, romantic couple. With mild February weather (right before the storm!), they walked through the busy streets, hand-in-hand and smiles all around. We could not put down our camera for a single second during this shoot! Whenever we tried, these two would hug so closely, laugh with one another and just be so in love as if we were not there clicking away.
*Drum roll*...our first publication has been featured on one of Batoul's favourite wedding blogs, The Perfect Palette! It was such a blast putting this shoot together with the brains of the operation, Rasha from Pearl Decor.