I find it hard to write about myself for fear of sounding boastful or of not saying the right things. Instead, I thought I’d share with you a few of my favourite life moments. I feel this may be the best way to give you a taste of my personality and my character. Reveal the stories behind the photos below. Thank you
Playing with my boys
I have two boys (Sahir 10 and Aidan 3). My wife refers to me as a man-child…whatever that means. Roleplaying and storytelling are central features in my life. My boys and I do this day-in and day-out. We just love play-acting. In this shot, we are re-enacting a story of a very angry bull and a brave matador. Playing with my boys, watching them laugh and smile helps to develop my eye for emotion.
Hasina’s wedding. Dancing with Nasi
This is a shot from my youngest sister’s wedding. The photo credit goes to my wife- as you can see. I am not much of a dancer. However, when it comes to letting my hair down and having a jig, I do that pretty well. I dance as if no one is watching.
This is a very special moment between my wife and me. It was taken during our honeymoon in Switzerland. It took around 20 minutes to get this shot right. My wife was so patient as I kept playing with the camera, trying to get it set up correctly to be able to shoot on auto timer. The constant running back and forth was not easy, but just as I started contemplating giving up: it all came together.
Traveling and experiencing different cultures
I have a deep love for travel and for seeing the world. I have always been a big fan of National Geographic and of David Attenborough. My other hobbies include keeping fit and public speaking.
My approach to wedding or family photography is pretty simple. The first and most pivotal step is to find the right people to work with. That is, those with whom I have a great rapport. It is important that they understand me and vice versa. I understand that I may not be everyone's cup of tea. For me, developing a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere during a shoot is the key to creating those “moment shots”.
To create this atmosphere, there needs to be some trust in place. It is important to develop trust over time. This is why I ensure I spend adequate time getting to know the couple before their event by spending time with them through site visits, pre-shoots and Skype meetings. When I am at an event, I like to blend in, to be part of the family and not really stand out. This allows me to observe, to understand, to think and then to act. I wait patiently for the moments to happen and then I capture them in a photo-journalistic way.
During the planning stages of an event, I can be expected to contribute towards the planning of the event time line, offering feedback, ideas and solutions as to how things can work. On the day of the event, my primary focus would be capturing the moments. Naturally, I will help to accommodate the flow of events and allow for changes and hiccups. I believe weddings should not be about the photos, but more about the celebration and the story. I feel it is best not to schedule the wedding day around photoshoots but rather to let life take over, fostering authentic moments for the camera to capture. There are plenty of expected moments during a wedding. Unexpected moments, on the other hand, are rare and are sometimes the ones hat are really worth capturing. They are also the ones that end up meaning the most to you.
I like to think that my images tell a story. Not just a chronological story of your wedding day, but also rather the story of you and that of those are closest to you.