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!
today i went to visit palettera. I’m always super impressed by other women who follow their dreams. I give mad respect to people like that :)
Deb says life is too short to let pass doing something other than what we dream of doing and i TOTALLY agree with her. Live each day as though it were a gift and you’ll appreciate the blessings in your life and when you live life knowing that it’s short you’ll begin to better understand what your real passions are.
just wanted to say happy december and post this photo up of the LAST couple of 201o!!!
it was frigid when this photo was taken so props goes out to my bride for stickin it.
i live with the most wonderful family! some of you will know that i’ve lived apart from family for an uber uber long time…on and off since i was in grade 4. the shins have become my family and sarah (aka mama shin) has adopted me as her sister wohoo! i love each personality in this home dearly and to express that i set up a photobooth for them to take photos for the christmas season. It’s great to come home to a full house after a long day. I think i’d go a little crazy if i lived alone cause all i would do is sit in front of my computer and work :P
last night i went to my 3rd concert! seeing brooke fraser perform live was awesome and i lost myself in her silky voice. It was totally worth standing for several hours for her. Check out my brooke fraser tshirt isn’t it awesome? i contemplated waiting to get her sign it but was too shy :P
The night actually started off with my best friends bday dinner at Real Jerk for some awesome jamaican food. Her husband came and brought gifts for all the girls because he said that was the best gift he could give sarah *tear* how sweet is that? The men that came to the bday dinner were a little stressed because it’s a little hard to top. I mean who brings gifts for the guests? This is what he brought for us girls.