“Javed, I feel like you are part of my family!”

Peace Be Upon You.

Summary

What I love even more than photography itself is creating intimate bonds with people. Imagine my surprise when I realized that part of taking great photographs, beyond composition and technical skills, is making human connections.

While many photographers just photograph the main events themselves, my preference is to document the whole thing, including informal functions. I’m more of a natural photojournalist. I like to get to know each member of the family, and in a sense, become part of the family. I’ve been blessed with an ability to make connections quickly. And for me, that is the key to good photographs. You can really capture someone’s personality after they are at ease.

On Wedding Photography

I am first and foremost more of a wedding photojournalist;  I tell stories with photographs.

Most couples seek me out for primarily three reasons:

1. My ability to capture beautiful interactions between people — no posing necessary, just as well as posed portraits.

2. I’m flexible, and calm under pressure. All kinds of people seem to be instantly comfortable with me around which makes for great photos.  You don’t have to take my word for it– check out the testimonials.   If you’ll allow me to flourish my photographer-cape for a few seconds to illustrate my experience and dedication to making you and your loved ones happy and at peace:   I’ve driven the bride’s family home after the wedding, helped diffuse family-conflicts, and when the decorator was a no-show (before the ceremony), I jumped in a car and bought a bunch of fresh flowers and petals.

3.   I do not charge by the hour. Weddings inevitably run late- especially Muslim weddings! Unless we work out a customized package, you pretty much have me the whole day.  I’m usually the first one to arrive and the last to leave, and I absolutely love when I get hired to cover informal functions at the bride or grooms house. It allows me to tell a more complete story.  I love my work.

These are the main reasons people have flown me as far as Malaysia to photograph a wedding.  Shoot me an e-mail, it doesn’t hurt to ask.

Also, congratulations on finding your partner!

Families/Children

There is honestly nothing better than being invited into a warm, loving home and capturing the sacred bond of family.  Consider hiring me to come over for a few hours and take pictures.  Children, like adults, seem to warm up to me pretty quickly–especially when I bring out the balloon animals.  Did I mention that I regularly wear a balloon hat as part of another job?  Here’s some examples of families I’ve photographed. And here are some testimonials from some beautiful families. (Coming Soon)  Contact me for rates.

Conferences/Conventions/Other Events

Want to document the conference you’re organizing?  Contact me for rates.  In the past, I’ve photographed conferences for Muslim Advocates as well as the Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals (CAMP).  Most recently, I’ve been asked to photograph the grand opening of Blacksburg Boxing and Fitness.

Equipment

At the moment, I shoot with a Canon 7D and a bunch of L lens’ including the 16-35mm, 28-105mm, and 70-200mm among others