The Birth of Reef | Dubai Birth Photographer

The Birth story of little Miss Reef will stay with me, forever. From the very beginning , I knew I had the makings of a very special story. Reef's mommy, Ayesha, is a lover of the ocean, and the very first Marine Biographer I had ever met! Ayesha had her heart set on a water birth, and chose the name Reef because of her love for the Coral Reef. I just found all this attention to detail so incredibly amazing!

As is the process with all my clients, on D-day, Ayesha gave me a call as soon as her contractions began. It was 3:30am. In speaking to her, the contractions seemed to be coming hard, and fast, so I got in my car and started making my way to Abu Dhabi. Little did we all know that this was only just the beginning :) Ayesha labored for three days. The contractions would come then go, get harder then softer, get super close together then space out. The strength and persistence I witnessed in Ayesha while she labored was astounding. Surrounded by the love, prayers and support of her husband and family, Ayesha welcomed her pride and joy little Reef on a beautiful Friday morning, as the call for the midday prayer was going off. It was powerful, and amazing, and unforgettable! 

The Birth of Eleanor | Dubai Birth Photographer

Picture this: you've just moved halfway across the world to a brand new country. You know absolutely nobody in your new "home", you have two little ones that are under two years old, and better yet, you're pregnant and expecting your third child! Meet Tsheilyna and Patrick. I was immediately intrigued by their story and was very excited when they reached out wanting to hire a Dubai birth photographer to document the birth of their third child. This was going to be a very special birth; these pictures were going to mean the world to their friends and family who were not able to physically attend the birth because of the distance. 

Tsheilyna chose to deliver at Corniche hospital in Abu Dhabi, and what a wonderful decision that was! Every time I go back to Corniche hospital I am convinced time and time again of how incredibly supportive their labor and delivery staff truly is. I've had the pleasure of witnessing several births at Corniche Maternity Hospital, and have nothing but good things to say!

A special shout out to Tsheilyna's lovely midwife, Sofia Machado. She was an absolute rockstar and excellent support for Tsheilyna through an entirely natural and unmediated birth experience <3

An Intimate Maternity Session | Dubai Maternity Photography

When Zaura got in touch with me to enquire about a boudoir maternity session, I could not hide my excitement. This type of shoot had been on my bucket list for a very long time, specially after the lovely glamour shoot with Sara which you can go back and see here!

You probably guessed by now that I absolutely love home shoots for so many reasons, but most importantly, for the simple fact that people can feel so comfortable at home and not "watched". They are more in their element, and you can therefore capture more of their spirit. Or at least that's what I believe. This was definitely the case with Zaura, and we worked together to make some beautiful photographs, most too intimate to share online, however, here are a few PG rated images that I can share with you all :) 

 

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About Lana Photographs by Lana Abu-Shaheen

Lana Abu-Shaheen is a Dubai family photographer and birth photographer offering in-home and on-location sessions and specializing in documentary and lifestyle photography. If you are looking for a photographer in Dubai or the United Arab Emirates to document your family's story, or any important event or milestone, please contact her for a session

You can find Lana on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lanaphotographs/, or Instagram @lanaphotographs.

The Pink Tutu | Dubai Family Photography

Sugar and spice and everything nice, this is what little girls are made from <3

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About Lana Photographs by Lana Abu-Shaheen

Lana Abu-Shaheen is a Dubai family photographer and birth photographer offering in-home and on-location sessions and specializing in documentary and lifestyle photography. If you are looking for a photographer in Dubai or the United Arab Emirates to document your family's story, or any important event or milestone, please contact her for a session

You can find Lana on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lanaphotographs/, or Instagram @lanaphotographs.

An Argentinian afternoon in Dubai | Dubai Family Photography

Who doesn't love a bit of Latin spice to shake up their world? This is exactly what this beautiful family did for me on a lovely weekend in Dubai back in August! Mayra really wanted to get both indoor and outdoor photos of her growing family before the twins arrived, and despite the heat, we managed to get some beautiful shots that day. I won't keep you long, here's a round up of my favorite shots from our time together.

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About Lana Photographs by Lana Abu-Shaheen

Lana Abu-Shaheen is a Dubai family photographer and birth photographer offering in-home and on-location sessions and specializing in documentary and lifestyle photography. If you are looking for a photographer in Dubai or the United Arab Emirates to document your family's story, or any important event or milestone, please contact her for a session

You can find Lana on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lanaphotographs/, or Instagram @lanaphotographs.

Waiting for Alessandra Sofia | Dubai Family Photographer

I met up with Sara, Rashad and Alea on a warm, Dubai afternoon. The sun was setting beautifully into their living room, filling the space with an ethereal quality that I absolutely adore. Although I've learned to love, appreciate and embrace all types of light as a Dubai family photographer, the golden hour is still one of my favorite, specially when it shines indoor.

Sara and Rashad were expecting their second child, a daughter who they would go on to name Alessandra Sofia. We spent a couple of hours together documenting their last session as a family of three. Soon, Alea would step into her role as big sister, and things would forever be changed. 

The idea was to make cupcakes together in the kitchen, and boy oh boy was that fun to watch! I felt like a proud mom watching Alea flourish while taking part in this activity! She absolutely LOVED it and ROCKED it! And I loved that she was having fun. She's a total natural, I tell you. I wouldn't be surprised if we hear baking is in this little wonder girl's future!

Guys, congratulations on the safe arrival of your bundle of joy! And I can't wait to see you all again, but this time as a beautiful family of four!

..and here are the images!

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About Lana Photographs by Lana Abu-Shaheen

Lana Abu-Shaheen is a Dubai family photographer and birth photographer offering in-home and on-location sessions and specializing in documentary and lifestyle photography. If you are looking for a photographer in Dubai or the United Arab Emirates to document your family's story, or any important event or milestone, please contact her for a session

You can find Lana on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lanaphotographs/, or Instagram @lanaphotographs.

Welcome Baby Tulin | Dubai Newborn Photographer

Baby Tulin's story is definitely one for the books, it is the classic example of how, we as humans, make plans for the future, yet at the end of the day, what ends up happening is mainly in the hands of God. Our good effort and intention aside, whatever God wants will happen and we have good faith in His intentions for us.

Noura and I had already been talking for a while about their upcoming maternity photo session and we had also been preparing for birth photography. It was exactly two days before our scheduled maternity session, we had been texting back and forth finalizing on plans. I went to sleep, only to wake up the next morning to the most amazing news; Noura had given birth through the night to her beautiful angel, Tulin. A whole four weeks earlier than her due date! I will never forget my reaction to reading the news, I laughed out so loud and said a little prayer to Noura and Ahmad; baby Tulin was already showing her fun-loving and adventurous personality and she just could not wait to be out in the world! 

Needless to say, the newborn session went absolutely amazing. I always prepare parents to not expect too much during newborn photography sessions, because again, you plan and plan for the perfect session, but baby's cry, and need to be fed, and changed, and burped. And that is why it is always best to just go with the flow of your baby, allow them the space to just be babies. Documentary or lifestyle newborn photography sessions are just absolutely PERFECT at this age. There is no posing, no faking, just natural shots of mom, dad and baby living through a typical two hours in their newfound life, with me happily documenting it all!

Congratulations Noura and Ahmad, Tulin is very lucky to have you both, and I can't wait to see you all again!

A Dubai Holiday Shoot | Dubai Family Photography

A few months ago I got an email in my inbox, which found me looking forward to this session for weeks! Sati and her family were coming to Dubai, visiting from London, and she was looking to hire a Dubai family photographer to document their time while on holiday.  You see, Sati and her husband, Sandy, were celebrating their ten year anniversary, as well as their birthdays. It was such an important trip for everyone, and they wanted to walk away with beautiful memories and pictures to show for their time there. I couldn't be more excited that we worked things out! As you will remember, this isn't my first time documenting a family holiday, as you will remember from seeing my lovely time with Saira and her family, as well as Hosai and her family, so I was really excited to make this happen again!

Sati and her family were staying at Jumeirah's Al Naseem hotel, one of my absolute favorite spots in town (in case you're curious, I also love the Emirates towers, despite being on the older side, but I think it's got so much charm still :) Al Naseem is a lovely family hotel, with many great restaurants, including one of my recent favorites Black tap - excellent burgers, and burger salads if you're on a diet!

We spent time exploring the hotel, playing in the sand. Through our discussion, Sati explained how their family loves to laugh and cuddle, and that it was important for her to get some awesome shots of her kids interacting together now that they are at such a lovely age. She also wanted to get some shots by Burj Al Arab. I think it's safe to say we were able to do all that! I will let you be the judge of this, here's a link to their video and the pictures below!

Leave me a comment to let me know what you think, and if you or someone you know, would be interested in a similar session, please reach out, I'd love to work with you!

A Baby is Born, Welcome Nadine | Newborn Baby Photography Dubai

If you're close to me, you would know that I have been wanting to shoot a cultural celebration for quite a while. I have a bucket list of shoots of sorts, maybe I'll share it with you guys some day, who knows maybe you can help me cross another item off my list and we can have some fun together! *light bulb moment!*

Well, I'm a big believer in energy, and I believe that the thoughts that you put out into the universe have a way of making their way into their lives. Which is why, the phrases "be careful what you wish for" or "your thoughts become your reality" ring loud and true to me.. negative thinking be gone! It's hard sometimes, but once you put a conscious effort into "thinking positive" with time, it becomes second nature.

Well, the energy of the universe has listened, and I got an enquiry from a lovely young lady, named Rukayya, expecting her first child. Rukayya was based in Abu Dhabi, and was looking for newborn baby photography in Dubai or Abu Dhabi to capture a Fresh48 session for her baby girl while she was still in the hospital, followed by coverage of a celebratory lunch a week later in honor of the baby girl, a naming ceremony of sorts. The twist? Rukayya is from Nigeria, and this was going to be my very first time shooting a Nigerian celebration. You can image just how excited I was about the prospect (still am!) 

When I showed up on the day, it was Rukayya and her husband Sufyan, their sisters Munira and Amina, and Sufyan's lovely parents. Nadine was just the sweetest sleepy little newborn baby, although she gave us glimpses of her beautiful eyes throughout the session, which I absolutely love! And when we met up a week later, I couldn't believe just how much she had changed in just that one week, and you will see from the video.. she's already quite the stylish little baby. Well done Rukayya and Sufyan, Congratulations on her safe arrival, I'm so excited for everyone for beginning such a beautiful stage of life, and I can't wait to see you all again!

I'm going to leave you with the video from our collective sessions together, and a handful of photos below. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Take me to the Desert | Dubai Family Photographer

You know how it is when you meet someone and you just click… that’s how it was with Michelle when we sat down to chat about what she had in mind for her upcoming family photoshoot. Michelle, being an expat in Dubai, was looking to document her family's time in a location specific to the UAE; a location that when the family looks back on the pictures years from now, they can truly speak to the nature of the beautiful city we live in. I just knew we had to head out to the desert, and I was curious to see how it would all play out with her two angels, Reya and Dalia, ages 3 years and 8 months..

It turned out incredible! What a great family, what an awesome time we had together, and that beautiful sun! I couldn't have asked for a better day and setting. 

Michelle and Shadi, thank you for trusting me to capture these incredible moments for you, and I'm already looking forward to seeing you guys again soon!

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About Lana Photographs by Lana Abu-Shaheen

Lana Abu-Shaheen is a Dubai family photographer and birth photographer offering in-home and on-location sessions and specializing in documentary and lifestyle photography. If you are looking for a photographer in Dubai or the United Arab Emirates to document your family's story, or any important event or milestone, please contact her for a session

You can find Lana on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lanaphotographs/, or Instagram @lanaphotographs.

A Day at the Beach | Dubai Family Photographer

I'm a total water-person, despite being an Earth sign myself :) I feel most at peace near the ocean. So, any family that gets in touch asking for a beach session gets me really excited. You can never be too young to enjoy the beach in my opinion! Here's a look at O, H and N's recent trip to the beach to mark a time in their family life when they were just three. H and O are expecting their second child any day now! Wishing them all the best! Cant wait to meet the little one x

I leave you with the images. Make sure you scroll all the way down to see the cute video!

...and here is the video :)

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About Lana Photographs by Lana Abu-Shaheen

Lana Abu-Shaheen is a Dubai family photographer and birth photographer offering in-home and on-location sessions and specializing in documentary and lifestyle photography. If you are looking for a photographer in Dubai or the United Arab Emirates to document your family's story, or any important event or milestone, please contact her for a session

You can find Lana on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lanaphotographs/, or Instagram @lanaphotographs.

Welcome Baby Sara | Dubai Maternity Photographer

Many of my friends tell me that, when building up a family, going from one to two kids is the most difficult transition. You have to learn how to become a new type of parent. It's like your first time all over again except that your heart expands to fit two little souls instead of just one. I bet all parents secretly worry that they would never love their second, third... child as much as they love their first, and I also bet that they are secretly over the moon when they realize that that is just not true. That you can truly love them all. Equally. 

Mariam and Abdulwahab have welcomed their third child together. A ray of sunshine by the name of Sara. I had the good fortune of shooting Mariam's maternity and family photoshoot in Dubai, and was invited back to shoot Sara's first few days at the hospital as well. Here's a little look at our time together.

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About Lana Photographs by Lana Abu-Shaheen

Lana Abu-Shaheen is a Dubai family photographer and birth photographer offering in-home and on-location sessions and specializing in documentary and lifestyle photography. If you are looking for a photographer in Dubai or the United Arab Emirates to document your family's story, or any important event or milestone, please contact her for a session

You can find Lana on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lanaphotographs/, or Instagram @lanaphotographs.