Make The Most Of The Outdoors & Book A Family Shoot Mamas! (Psst.. Perfect Present For The Grandparents This Christmas?!)
The beautiful light, the fact that we’re not sweating buckets and the return to the beach/desert/park – it all makes for great photography, mamas! Now’s the perfect time to capture those precious moments, be they with a newborn or as a fam. Got grandparents staying over the Holidays? Get them involved too (we love those 3 generation shots). Or get a few gorgeous snaps of your kiddos framed and ready to show off to visitors – or even to wrap up as Christmas pressies for proud relatives. Whatever the reason, you can never have too many photos and it’s so worth investing in the occasional shoot that doesn’t involve you trying to chase the gang with your iPhone or hanging onto a selfie stick. From underwater shoots to photo books, quirky shoots to family portraits, these are some of our fave family and maternity photographers in our desert city. Say cheese!
Whether you’re looking for a newborn shoot for those precious early moments, baby pics to send to adoring grandparents or a family photo shoot that’ll not only capture all of your personalities but also make you feel totally comfortable, Loomi Photography may be your answer! A leading photography business here in the UAE headed by lovely lady Loomi who loves the pure beauty of all babies, whatever age and stage and who’s been snapping kids since starting out in 2010, you can choose from over 15 packages to suit your time or budget requirements or even tailor make the type of shoot you’re looking for. The Loomi Photography studio is a haven for families of all cultures – whether you’re looking for traditional style photos or something a little more fun and funky! And no two images will ever be the same as Loomi is all about capturing the unique, about telling your story and creating memories. Ahhh, we love.
Tel: 800loomi or 971.55.312 2355
Loomi Photography is offering Sassy Mama readers a special Holiday Season deal that includes one free extra image with any package bought. To redeem simply mention you are a sassy mama reader and where you saw this. Offer ends on 30 Novemeber, 2017.
Some people just have the knack for capturing life through a lens perfectly and Priscillia from PBS Photographie is definitely one of them. With a passion for photography since childhood and a skill at catching authentic emotions and the love, energy and warmth between children, families and friends, Priscilla specialises in newborn (she’s a certified and approved newborn photographer – impressive stuff..), maternity, baby and family photography both in a studio or outdoors (there’s nothing like the beauty of a natural desert backdrop or the beautiful beach at sunrise, especially now that the weather’s so gorgeous!).
A little camera shy? No worries, this fab photographer will make you feel comfortable with her friendly laid-back style. Each session is about you and your needs – it’s about natural moments, relaxed poses and plenty of magic! Whatever your requirements – from location to style, you’re guaranteed a set of stunning pics to display/hang/print and cherish for life! Oh and if you have a tot who refuses to sit still or is prone to throwing the odd tantrum – or you’re feeling the exhaustion of life with a newborn, Priscilla comes with heaps of patience and kindness to make you and your family feel totally at ease. Perfect.
PBS Photographie is offering Sassy Mama readers a 10% discount on all packages. The discount does not apply to extra images, products or other offers. Kindly mention Sassy Mama Reader upon making your booking. Offer is available until 31 March, 2018.
Want a shoot with a difference? Branka at Baby Angels photography specialises in underwater photography for kids – showing children expressing their freedom and showing off their aquatic moves! All that Branka needs is the use of a private pool (so that it’s exclusive to the shoot – a compound pool is fine), no chlorine added on the day of photography and a few little water babies eager to show their underwater moves! This option is also fab for kids who are likely to play-up if asked to pose and say ‘cheese’ and for little water babies who’ll forget that there’s a camera being pointed at them. Branka will get into the water with her little subjects, helping them feel at ease and giving them confidence to jump and splash about – and if you want to get creative with clothes and props then anything’s possible (your kids don’t have to be in swimwear). Children of any age can participate. That said, the ideal starting age is around 18 months, so the child can be on their own inside the pool without support. The older they are – from around 3 years onwards – the more the variety of shots including underwater diving and other stunts!
Plenty of mamas rave about Carrie’s work, and for good reason – her photos are bathed in an almost ethereal light (she specialises in outdoor shoots) that capture the beauty of the surroundings as much as of the families in front of the lens. And the great thing? Carrie has only recently turned a hobby into something
a little a lot more, so she’s very affordable. A flick through her Rayleighlight Facebook page will show some of the gorgeous photoshoots she’s completed – from bumps to babes, families to grandparents, and all in a variety of settings. And Carrie’s other super-power? She’s a mama of 4 – so not only does she understand how to get the kiddos to listen and have fun, but she also totally gets it if you’re having ‘one of those days!’.
Carrie Howes at Rayleighlight Photography
Lidiya is a natural light photographer specialising in newborn, child and family lifestyle sessions. She is drawn in by the beauty of tiny details, the unique moments of motherhood, and magic of childhood and her images are natural, beautiful and emotive – in her eyes each family ‘has a story to tell’ so her sessions are carefully planned to reflect these! Capturing genuine emotions, quiet moments and everything in between, Lidiya loves the gentle art of photographing a newborn baby, and all the love that it brings to a family. She totally captures the amazing (and completely honest!) interaction with children, and all the dynamics of family life. She’s photographed many of our Sassy Mama ‘the bump’ shoots so keep an eye out for those mamas!
Lidiya Baltova-Kalichuk Photography
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A fave amongst the French mamas, these guys aren’t based in Dubai but make frequent visits and get booked up fast! Their brilliantly fun style is all about creating quirky scenes and making actors and actresses of you and your gang! If you want to jazz up your walls with magazine style images or you want to capture your family’s madness and sense of humour, these are the guys to do it! We absolutely love their use of props, the way they turn your home into a super sassy studio and the end result with vibrant colours and crisp images.
Monica lives in Dubai with her husband Anil and two gorgeous children: Tavishi, 8.5 years old and Pravit, aged 5. She loves to capture beautiful portraits be it maternity, newborn, family or lifestyle glamour shots and is all about highlighting the connection between individuals in a fun and relaxed way – her clients tell her that she ‘has the ability to instantly connect and make them feel super comfortable’. You can guarantee natural smiles and genuine reactions from Monica (just check out one of her latest Sassy Mama shoots to see for yourselves). Monica was born and raised in India and has been living the expat life for the last 12 years. She’s a citizen of the world, having lived in the USA, Malaysia, UK and now Dubai. She’s been a family photographer for 4 years now and absolutely loves every minute!
Monica Chindalia Photography
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With soft, hazy, ethereal light (and stunning black and white images!) Natalie’s photography is a perfect fit for family shoots. Her timeless snaps capture relationships in an honest and transparent way. Her style is a mix of subtly posed and documentary photography. Even though she focuses on lifestyle images, she’s more than comfortable giving tips and direction to families – so that a good range of interaction is captured. Give her the desert, the beach, the park or a family home, and she’ll give you snapshots you can treasure for life! She believes in more than the top 25 images, so will always be happy to share her collection – complete with natural expressions and connections.
Natalie Robinson Photography
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Stephanie is a soul photographer, who is super passionate about living (and photographing) a vibrant and colourful life (all behind the scenes of her popular brand Nektar!). Steph has a gorgeous casual, laid back and photojournalistic approach that really does allow the pure essence of her subjects to shine through. As a mix of documentary style and relaxed portraiture, she is the only photographer we know who captures your “Dubai story”, creating photo books that show a ‘day-in-the-life’ of your family, whatever you choose to do or want to remember. We just adore Steph’s attention to detail and ability to capture every single moment – she believes that not all photos should show smiles – if your child is having one of those ‘moments’ then she’ll show it (and they’ll make for amazing memories). Her passion for working with women has also resulted in some awesome Empowerment shoots! As a mama-preneur, she knows what clients are looking for – from life coaches, to foodies, to fashion brands, to home based businesses. Oh and Steph also uses her knowledge as an Aura-Soma® Color Practitioner to lead holistic creative and personal development workshops. Is there anything this wonder-mama can’t do?!
Stephanie Hamilton at Nektar
If you’ve lived in Dubai a while then you’ll know all about Stu Williamson and his reputation for fabulous photos. With a gorgeous studio at Fairmont The Palm, Stu’s team of photographers specialise in contemporary family portraits, creating artistic and vibrant shots that’ll allow for anything depending on how brave you and your fam want to be! These guys (and gals) have photographed numerous high-profile Dubaians and get loads of high-end commissions from some of Dubai’s best known hotel groups. But they’re just as good at capturing us regular people and everyday moments! Each of their shoots is personalised and fun in a studio that’s fitted with state of the art equipment, props (if wanted) and even a few treats to keep cheeky kids happy! They also have in house printing and framing so that your wall art can be made according to your requirements (too easy!).
This Christmas, Stu Williamson has come up with festive themed shoots so that you can create memories that are unique and fun! Whether it’s just the kids or the whole fam, you can capture the essence of this time of year and gift them to relatives all over the world (or use as your Christmas card!). The shoot only takes half an hour and you get to choose from one of four festive themes. Pick your favourite image you’ll get seasonal greetings cards and an electronic image to use. Yay!
Want to capture that blossoming bump? Or baby’s first yawn? Or your family’s individual personalities? The Studio is a wonderful set up in the gorgeous Courtyard, Al Quoz, which offers photography and videography for every occasion. Whether you want to visit them or you want them to visit you, the team of photographers will happily accommodate whatever your photography wishes may be (they recently photographed the Sassy Mama Dubai team and did so with grace and patience – even when 20 something kids went nuts!).
Oh and they’re also brilliant at photographing pets – because we know how important the furry/scaly members of the family are!
Featured image sourced via Facebook page of Studio Le Carre