After many months of hard work my new branding and website is up!
It’s a pretty huge deal for me. It was time to take the next step and “up” the game i guess. The goal was to unify my blog and portfolio in a more seamless format. This new site makes it pretty much impossible for an inquirer to get lost. They know where to go for portfolio images, where to go to contact me and where to go for blog posts. It was also important to have a strong logo that i could carry with me and implement anywhere.
the other day my friend and i spent the day going around downtown toronto. initially it was to scope out some lofts. i looooooooooove lofts and i dream of living in a very large one one day. the trip turned out to be more than just a visitation as we ended up going to liberty village to mildred’s temples kitchen to try their blueberry pancakes which they ONLY serve on weekends :P it was yummmoooO!! hands down the best pancakes
back when i lived in a boarding school in pakistan the queen of england came to visit to give one of our teachers an honorarium for something i can’t remember. the ceremony was held at the local church built in the 19th century. There our school choir sang for her and there were other things going on which i can’t remember because we weren’t allowed in. Most of us had to stay outside and if we were lucky we would get a glimpse of her as she walked out. as the ceremony came to a close we were
just going through some photos from christmas! lol i know it’s nearing the end of january and i’m blogging about it now! it was really great to be able to give back to the church and do this photoshoot for people. I can’t tell you how many parents thanked me because they don’t have any family photos! unbelievable!
I forgot to take my 35mm so i used my 50mm…hahaha this is good practice…hopefully i’ll remember to take everything i need for my next photobooth. This is what happens when you switch bags. i really recommend sticking with one bag when you go on shoots because it reduces the chances of forgetting something important!
here are some more shots from my trip to mali. it already feels like it was ages ago!!!!
my apologies for the lack of weddingy photos :) personally it’s quite nice to take a little break from wedding photos. i think it’s important to switch things up a bit and exercise my none wedding muscles.
thanks to all the peeps out there who take the time to read what i post and view my photos! I wouldn’t be here without every single one of you!
before leaving for mali i did a photobooth for a family out in whitby. when i got there i realized i forgot to pack my white backdrop so we used their daughters bed sheet LOL!
if there’s something i’ve learned from being a photographer it’s to improvise when you have to! I also had to use electrical tape to keep the bedsheet in place because my clamps where in my bag with my backdrop. sigh.
it’s really fun to go into peoples homes and observe how people live. it’s very intimate if you think about it but that’s whats so cool about photography. the camera gives me access to go to places and do things that otherwise i wouldn’t be able to do. a bonus to that day was going out for indian food after….LOOOOOOOOOOVE curry!
while i was in mali i also took a lot of footage with my d3s. I was both nervous and excited about taking my brand new and very expensive camera to a place i knew would have a lot of dust but i also knew that if i didn’t i would regret it miserably. it was such a great experience to go and share the love of God there…the children are so cute!!! i wish i could have spent more time there :)
this trip was quite important to me because it awoke in me a desire to plan a real photography trip somewhere. This was only a small taste of it as the purpose was not to take photos. My secret desire is to go back to pakistan where i grew up. I remain hopeful!
happy new year everybody! I got back from mali this week and i’m both happy and sad to be back. It’s always good to come home after being away from it but the experiences i had in mali were both exhausting and life changing and a part of me wants to continue that adventure in an exotic land. It was such a challenge getting there…our team spent half the time we were away just travelling! To get to mali we flew from toronto–>new york–>casablanca–>paris–>bamako!!!! You can imagine the frustrations especially after spending a night at the airport due to the snowstorm related flight delays and cancellations in europe.
i’m off to africa today folks. sorry i haven’t been updating these past couple weeks i’ve been so busy tying up loose ends so that i can go. I’ll be back in toronto on new years day so have a fantastic christmas! hopefully you’ll get to spend time with your loved ones and eat lots of good food. While I’m there I won’t have access to internet so if you email me i’ll respond as soon as i can after i get back. thank you for your patience!