Hina and Ali in Sterling, VA

I had the opportunity to photograph Hina and Ali’s wedding party. This was a unique situation because rather than a wedding this was a post marriage party with less than typical stylistic requests. The couple wanted dramatic portraits rather than simply images of romance. This alternative is always a fun challenge and allows me to push the creative potential of my shooting. I met the couple at their house in Sterling where they were preparing for the night’s activities. Hina wore the most beautifully decadent and colorful dress which immediately inspired endless possibilities. We headed to the Reston Town Center and started with dramatic images in the parking garage, taking advantage of the structural order, bare textures and cutting sunlight that came streaming in. It was all about attitude for these images and Ali was working it with his 007 sunglasses.  We moved on to take photos set against the urban backdrop and discovered our second primary set of the afternoon; a black plywood wall.  Hina’s vibrant dress in contrast with the bare wall created a striking juxtaposition and a series of wonderful images. I had a great time with this shoot; it’s always fun to photograph a couple who is willing and creative. After our afternoon in Reston we reconvened at the Cherry Blossom; an absolutely fantastic Afghan restaurant and reception hall which I discovered had recently opened in Sterling. The couple greeted their guests on a stage, accepting their good wishes and congratulations. The evening was filled with fun, laughter and really, really amazing food. I truly had a great time photographing Hina and Ali and I wish them nothing but the best.

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