Posts tagged ‘Thursday Thoughts’

May 1, 2014

Of Marry-ment and Marigolds

The internet is a wonderful place-the kind of connections you can make because of it are countless. If used correctly that is. Ofcourse, it gives stalkers the best opportunity to stalk and be creepy but you have to be a smart internet user. Anyway, you all already know that. I am only talking about it because it was because of our mutual healthy stalking that I discovered the amazing photographers Sitwat & Insiya who are based in Karachi.

First, we stalked each other on Instagram (or was it facebook?), then Twitter, then email and finally we exchanged phone numbers ! It’s equal parts amazing and cool to find people just like you not so far (but far enough) away. Most our conversations were/are centred around possible meetings, collaborations and even holidays. I haven’t met these girls but I feel like I have known them forever . Is it because I stalk them ? Possibly. It’s healthy stalking though! Heh.

One of these attempts to meet was when Sitwat asked me to come and photograph her wedding in Karachi. WHATTTT!!!? Super huge honour right there in itself when a fellow photographer asks you to come photograph their wedding. Trying to be as un-excited as possible so we didn’t jinx it -I couldn’t help but be super excited. I missed an amazing opportunity to travel to Pakistan earlier and I sure as heck didn’t want to miss this one.Alas, the visa procedures are SO OUT OF CONTROL that I didn’t get mine and I didn’t get to go for the wedding. This is the really short and sweet version of my story but do you sense the bitterness?

Instead, Insiya had to shoot her best friend(s) wedding- it’s kind of not fun if you have to concentrate on photographing AND having fun AND being a good friend during a wedding. Ever tried to shoot a wedding wearing full wedding outfit gear? Not easy.Despite that she did an awesome job.

I HAD to share some photos of this unreal bride from across the border- a wedding I should have shot but didn’t. I am definitely going to pay them a visit one of these days. Let’s see who stops me then!

All photos have been shot by Insiya Syed except for a few right at the end which have been shot by Kohi Marri.

Sitwat’s outfit is by :Feeha Jamshed

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Oh,how we all love these selfies! See.We are same same but different!

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Insiya instagramming and being a good friend of the bride while she isn’t taking pictures!

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Possibly my favourite photo of the lot. Reminds me SO much of our first shoot – Groom Hunting. This is just so real that it’s unreal!

Just a friendly reminder to please refrain from stealing or using these photos without the permission of the photographers. That is just not cool when you do that.

December 12, 2013

When Grazia Called {Month of Media Madness}

It’s just the way things work- weeks go by with nothing happening in your life and suddenly you are so busy that you have no time to do anything! Which is exactly what happened when Grazia called to say they wanted to feature us. Pretty exciting stuff considering it’s a national (and very cool) publication  and we were going to be a part of their first ever issue of Grazia Bride. Everything seemed perfect except we wouldn’t be able to make it for the shoot in Delhi due to prior commitments . We thought we had lost this very cool opportunity . Who said or rather how many people have said nothing is impossible if you just put your mind to it? We ,along with the Grazia team , decided that April and I would just have to style and shoot our own photo for the magazine! Sounds easier than it is really. For one, we had to shoot it in the same theme as the rest of the story. Secondly, we had to style ourselves AND the set (damn those gaindas that just kept falling ) AND take the picture AND worst of all- do this all while wearing high heels. Oh, did I forget to mention that we only had a few hours to do all this before I needed to catch an evening train? Somehow we managed to do all this in a few hours and just when we were ready to go-the electricity went! And it came again. Then went again. Quite the cruel joke. We did manage to get the photo though. And if I can say so myself, we did a pretty good job. What do you think? Could you tell ??

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  Here’s us in the magazine. We were in great company as well- Vishal Punjabi of The Wedding Filmer, Joseph Radhik, The Little Food Co. and Groovy Two Shoes.

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We are pretty big fans of Sabyasachi so it was doubly exciting that he was the guest editor of the magazine. I really liked what he said so I thought I would add his article as well.

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Sabyasachi Mukherjee for Grazia

A couple of other features this month have been in An Indian Summer – a discovery entirely due to chance! We were also in the Cosmpolitan , The Wedding Times TOI, Two Brown Girls and eStylista.

While we are it- might as well go check out this awesome video made by Starving Artist Videos- he never ceases to amaze does he. Click here to see the video.

November 14, 2013

Beautiful : That’s the only excuse you need.

Let’s see. It’s a beautiful day. You have a beautiful friend. What do you do ? You take (beautiful? ) pictures obviously! This post has been a long time coming-I really don’t understand why I hoard photos especially when it is Tara I am photographing! The good news is they are up now and you can see some here and some on my other blog-Not So Routine. Luckily,we shot so much that I have enough photos for both blogs !
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All photos edited with VSCO FILM

September 26, 2013

The Wedding Present Dilemma!

Your best friend is getting married. You need to think of a present. Something meaningful. Something unusual. Something no one  has ever thought of before! Possibly one of the hardest things to do. I don’t know about you guys, but buying birthday presents for friends is something I find to be very challenging. If I am going to give a present, it should mean something otherwise what’s the point? You can just imagine what happens when it’s time to decide on a wedding present! Many of my friends never got one (sorry guys! now you know why!) -I just never found the right thing.

There is loads of inspiration out there -like on Pinterest that should make life easier! Alas, we all are quite familiar with Pinterest fails  so unless we know for sure that we can do it- we are too scared to try it!

Some people are easy to buy presents for because they are certain kind of people, there is no need to second guess what they may/may not like.

They may be hipsters.

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They might be coffee loving people.coffee Via

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Or the kinds who love all things pretty.heartsVia 

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They could just be regular people .

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In the end though, you just want some really really special to give! Last year, The Unreal Bride worked on a special present for one of our cousins wedding. The project was to make a cookbook with the family’s favourite recipes accompanied by some beautiful food photos. We have worked with food before and it’s fun but we really didn’t fathom the enormity of this project. Somehow though, we managed and the book looked fabulous. This post is an introduction to the wedding present project of the year – expect lots of food photos and maybe some recipes if you want! To give you an idea of what I am talking about- this photo shoot we did for Ketchup Bags  was around the time we were shooting for the cookbook!

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What is the most creative present you have ever given anyone? Tell us! We would love to know!

September 21, 2013

The Wedding  A&A

I didn’t take many photos at the wedding- I had lehenga arranging duties , okay!!!! I thought I should split the posts up anyway -Getting Ready and The Wedding. Just for fun ! You will finally see the groom-they really do get neglected ,don’t they? It was SUCH a fun wedding and I was sorry when it ended though I did sleep for like three days after. Here’s to good friends getting married to the loves of their lives and living happily ever after!

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All photos are copyright of Kismet Jewell Nakai © 2013 so please no stealing or using without permission. Thanks!

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