From our very first meeting on Skype with Noura and Koosha, we knew we were going to love them. The love they have for one another radiated through our computer screens: a kiss on the forehead from Koosha, a gentle tap on the cheek from Noura, and big, big smiles from both of them. They are our type of people: touchy and affectionate, just like us! By the time we met them and their families, we felt as though we had known them for a very long time.
We arrived as Koosha was preparing to retreat to his room, and we immediately knew we were in for a day filled with emotion. The same gestures and sweetness that we had witnessed while video chatting was ever present from start to finish, between the two of them and their families. Even Noura’s father, while no longer with us, made his presence known when the rainy clouds parted, a rainbow appeared, and the sun came out. And all this came just in time for Noura and Koosha’s first look on the pier, which, as Noura told us later, was her favorite part of the day.
This same energy carried through to the ceremony which, despite being in Farsi, brought tears to my eyes. Noura’s mother’s chanting was so beautiful, it literally gave me goosebumps and had the entire room in tears. And of course, as with all Persian weddings, a lively dance party was the icing on the cake to this wonderful day (check out our Facebook page for a shot of my weak attempt at Persian dancing…)!
Noura and Koosha, we know that we have made two lifelong friends in you. We cannot thank you and your families enough for making us a part of your lives. You are two incredibly beautiful people, inside and out, and we feel privileged to have been the ones to capture your wedding day.
Venue: The Pavillion by the Bay, Treasure Island
Planning & Catering: Wine Valley Catering
Make-up Artist: Maria Chang
Flowers: Not Just Flowers
Cake: The Cakemaker
DJ: DJ Ramin
Dress: Vera Wang
Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Suit: Giorgio Armani
THE WORKSHOP IS SOLD-OUT!
We’re so thrilled to announce a 2-day workshop this upcoming April, which will take place in the UK.
This workshop is geared towards wedding photographers who want to take their photography skills & business to the next level. Over two days, we will be sharing everything we know about light, composition, documenting weddings, post-production, traveling for weddings, running a successful business, as well as reviewing each photographer and helping them grow as artists.
You can see all of the details at the following LINK. We hope to see you there!
This year, we were, quite simply, blessed. We bore witness to the many ways in which different couples love each other and their families. We were welcomed into their world and entrusted with the special task of capturing this love. And every time, it was beautiful and inspiring and unique.
We had our passport stamped in Guatemala, Japan, Turkey, Bhutan, and Turks and Caicos. We took photos in the ocean, on a volcano, in a 1400 year old Bhudist temple, in a 400 year old mosque, and in a glass chapel on a cliff. We participated in workshops and conferences where we engaged with and were inspired by our talented colleagues from all over the world. But most of all, we worked our butts off and learned a ton. About our industry, about photography, about people, and about ourselves. We may not have relaxed enough, or exercised enough, or spent enough time with our families, but that’s what new year resolutions are for, right?!
2012 also brought with it some recognition from our industry, for which we are tremendously grateful. We were both shocked and honored to be named one of Rangefinder magazine’s Top 10 Most Sought-After Photographers of 2012 and to see our photos grace the cover and 11 spreads of Snapp Magazine Taipei. Each of us had photos awarded and recognized by Junebug’s Best of the Best of 2012, the International Society of Wedding Photographers, and Fearless: the world’s best wedding photography awards. And as the organization’s most award-winning member of the year, Daniel earned the Fearless Photographer of the Year award! I am so proud of him…. but that doesn’t mean I don’t plan on getting him back next year…!
This year came with its challenges and obstacles, but the results of our hard work are more than we could have ever imagined. We have our couples, who trusted us implicitly, to thank; as well as you, whoever is reading this, for your support. By looking at our images, you are supporting us. And for this, we are so grateful. We wish you all a healthy and happy 2013!