MUSLIM WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER, LONDON
I’m fortunate to have been blessed with having been chosen to shoot so many Nikha, Barath and Walima ceremonies. Because the traditions are somewhat foreign to me, I’m more alert to every nuance.
When doing the role of Muslim Wedding Photographer, I in particular enjoyed watching transforation that happens to Bride with all her luxury make up, wearing the traditional gowns and intricate headpieces.
I love bouncing around capturing the Mehndi ceremony when both the bride and groom celebrate it together. This is a time for expressively celebration, music, food, dance and merriment for the families. The vibrancy and energy make me feel alive and creative.
The Nikha-Baarat /Wedding day feels emotional from the start. After the immam recites the vows and blessings, their is an explosion of emotion. Everyone is joyous and happy for the newlyweds. The brides side is a tad bit more emotional. And I’m in the centre of it all documenting it as it flows. And Wahlima – which is where the grooms side have a dinner to welcome the bride to the family + mingle with both families & guests is bit more relaxed which sometimes have beautiful speeches is a please to capture.
The group shots tend to be very precious to the couple and their families and as a Muslim Wedding Photographer I cherish the opportunity to create many family portraits that become increasing precious as time goes on.