One Last Taste of Summer
A month ago, we tried out Blue Apron for the very first time in our home and it turned out to be a hit with both Poria and I! So it was no surprise last week when I opted to have the three, convenient, ready-to-be-made meals delivered to our home again.
Poria and I are both carb lovers in case you you guys didn’t already know… pasta, potatoes, bread… you name it, we love it. So when we received our packages of ramen (along with the other ingredients) with our recipe card for chicken hiyashi chuka, we were pretty thrilled to try it out. The dish ended up being filled with fresh, summer vegetables, a deliciously seasoned chicken (which Poria was kind of, sort of, completely in love with), and of course a flavorful ramen in a cold broth. It reminded us that even though summer season is on it’s way out, the flavors will be often revisited throughout the cold months to remind us that it’s never too far away.
For the specific ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, check out the recipe here, and be sure to sign up and try out Blue Apron if you haven’t already!
Black and White with Doniya
This photo set from the series was my personal favorite. Doniya looked elegant and effortless in a beautiful black lace gown designed by her sister Deba who also allowed us to borrow her studio/photography lighting for this shoot (and is my favorite YouTuber!). Still more to come tomorrow!
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Black and White with Doniya
A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to once again shoot one of my favorite muses, Doniya… I’ve shot her a couple of times over the years, and her easygoing spirit and excitement regarding new photo ideas always holds a great energy and vibe throughout our time together. And her natural beauty definitely doesn’t hurt either! ;)
In the past when I’ve taken Doniya’s photographs, we’ve always tended to rely on natural light and the outdoors, but with this most recent shoot we decided to try a new approach. Doniya’s sister and my good friend, the multifaceted Deba, let us borrow her studio/photography lights (if you don’t already know, Deba is one of my favorite YouTuber’s so be sure to check out her vlogs if you haven’t already!), and we did a complete indoor shoot for a real change.
I’ve edited these photos a bit differently with a high contrast black and white filter so I hope you all enjoy the change for the week… this first look was a complete natural no-makeup look where Doniya still looks flawless as ever.
Throughout the week, I’ll continue to post more looks from our shoot, so be sure to stay tuned! (And for those of you who have been asking, all photos are taken with a Canon 5D Mark III paired with a 50mm lens unless otherwise stated.)
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Fairuz and Suehyb’s Nikkah
A couple of weeks ago, prior to our day trip to the Frying Pan Farm Park, I was asked to capture a luncheon celebrating the nikkah (religious marriage ceremony) between Fairuz and Suehyb. I arrived at the venue, not having met either the bride or the groom, but immediately felt so welcomed by the families of the two. The ballroom was set up beautifully in accents of blue and gold to accommodate guests with an abundance of food and sweets throughout the event. When the bride and groom did arrive, it felt like they were old friends of mine, embracing everyone and making all the guests, including myself, feel completely at home. The bride, Fairuz, looked absolutely beautiful and was glowing throughout the afternoon as she and her groom Suehyb exchanged loving glances towards one another throughout the day.
It was a beautiful event that I’m so grateful I was able to capture for them, and here’s to wishing them a lifetime of happiness together in the years to come!