From KSA to UAE, a Holiday Maternity Session | Dubai Maternity Photographer

Have you ever thought about hiring a photographer while you're on family holidays? I actually love the idea, and loving the fact that more and more families have started contacting me to do that today since the session I blogged last June, (check it out here!)

Roeya and her beautiful family were visiting from Saudi, a sort of baby moon before Roeya's twins make their debut in May. We met on a cloudy, chilly morning this past winter. If you know me, you know I'm a lover of sunshine, so I was a bit disappointed by the lack of sunlight in the sky, HOWEVER, I have to say that we made some beautiful photographs and took full advantage of the beautiful clouds in the sky. We never have clouds in the sky that often in Dubai, so when they make an appearance, we have to snap them up like the paparazzi! 

I can't share all the shots from this session, but this one is my favorite! When nature and the universe conspires with you to document a wonderful moment in time.

A Family Unites | Dubai Family Photography

Nancy and her family are lovers of photography with beautiful memories hanging all over the walls of their gorgeous home, so when she invited me to discuss hiring a dubai family photographer to document a beautiful stage in her family's life, I was so excited to know some of the images we will make together will end up on those amazing walls!

Shooting large families is a wonderful challenge that I enjoy immensely! There's always so much action, so much to keep up with, several different personalities, and you always have to keep things moving along in a fun way, without really adhering to any sort of schedule of planned events.

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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 Seaside Maternity Session | Dubai Maternity Photographer

The first time I photographed the beautiful Sara was in 2016. She contacted me to book a glamour session (you can check it out here) Sara is a wonderful human and friend, so you can imagine my excitement when she contacted me again, this time telling that she was pregnant and wanting to hire a dubai maternity photographer! I was literally over the moon excited for her!

Working with Sara and Wissam was a total breeze. I always love a challenge when I'm working with couples because most of the time, the guys are super uncomfortable and usually dragged to a session by their partners :) Photography sessions are supposed to be fun and carefree. After all, when you book a photo session, you're paying not only for pictures but also for an experience, so you NEED to enjoy it, I think!

Needless to say, we had a blast, and it really shows :) here they are in all their glory xo

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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 New Best Friend | Dubai Family Photographer

The best part of being a Dubai birth photographer is having the fortune to watch families welcome new members into their units. It is always a pleasure watching families grow, and I am always so honored when I get re-invited into their personal spaces to document new milestones. 

I had the pleasure to document little Noor's entrance into the world. I was one of the first people to watch her arrive, and also her first family photographer as well! Just thinking about that gives me the sweetest kind of butterflies :)

Here is a look back at her newborn session in her home, in Abu Dhabi. We spent the day around the house doing normal every day activities that were already part of her normal routine, and I adjusted my shooting to fit in with their family schedule. I can't share all the pictures from the session, but what I can share below are some of my absolute favorite things that I've captured for this beautiful family.

7 Tips For What To Wear For A Maternity Photoshoot | Dubai Maternity Photographer

A maternity photoshoot is one of the most beautiful ways to document your fleeting pregnancy months. When selecting an outfit, you want to pick something that will make you feel comfortable and beautiful. I get this question all the time, "what should I wear?" so I thought I would put together some tips to help you out for your next session. Maternity photos can be some of the most beautiful and intimate photos that you’ll ever take and having the perfect outfit is key to making your photos look amazing. If you’re searching for the perfect outfit to wear for your upcoming maternity photo shoot, here are 7 tips that will surely help you out.

 

1. The maxi dress
The epitome of comfort and femininity. Specially if you're thinking of doing an outdoor shoot. It's non-restrictive, totally flattering, and it also helps that the fabric flows and can create for amazing pictures when movement is involved, bringing lots of life to your photographs

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2. Go for solid colors
This helps bring all the focus to your bump, whether it is dark solids like blacks or burgundy or maybe even pastels. If you're a big fan of prints, then maybe an idea is to have your partner wear a patterned shirt instead. I'm a big lover of prints and patterns myself, so I understand that maybe solid colors may be perceived as a bit boring. So a way to spice them up is to incorporate bright, bold accessories like scarves or jewelry. Simplicity is key though, so try not to go overboard.

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3. Look at the colors inside your home
Think about what colors would be complimentary to the decor inside your home. Your photos will end up on the walls of your home, so you don't want them to clash with your wall color. If your walls are white, brown or beige, what colors will be complimentary? Maybe you can look at the color of the accents inside your home for inspiration.

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4. Use a belt
A great way to accentuate the bump! And also a great way to incorporate accessories into your outfit without overcrowding the photo.

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5. Wear tight clothes
Don't be ashamed of your pregnant body! This is one of the most beautiful stages of your life. And while comfort is always priority when choosing outfits, this doesn't mean that you can steer clear from form fitting outfits. They are a wonderful way to really show off your bump. 

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6. Pick something timeless
Your maternity photos will be treasured for forever. You never want to look back and wonder what you were thinking when you selected your outfit. That is why you can never go wrong with a simple, timeless dress. Lace is always a plus!

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7. When in doubt, bring two outfits
Our session together gives you enough time to change outfits. Having more than one option adds variety to your photos, and you would have more options when deciding which photos you would like to print and hang up on your walls!

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To book your next photo session, click here to get in touch to enquire and book your session today! 

 

 

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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 Photoshoot in Bastakiya | Dubai Family Photographer

I love the contrast of modern and traditional. It speaks to me deeply. And one of my favorite places to observe this contrast is none other than in old Dubai, specifically in Al Bastakiya. This is one of my all time favorite places to shoot in Dubai, and I'm always very excited when clients agree to meet there!

Kirsty and her little family were a dream to photograph. We had a blast blowing bubbles and chasing Noah around the little alleyways, and using art to make beautiful photographs.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I've enjoyed making them!

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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 Birth of Noor | Dubai Birth Photographer

It was UAE Flag weekend, I got a call from Fatima late on November 1 telling me that she has gone into labor. I remember tossing and turning all night thinking of Fatima and praying for things to go well, anxiously waiting for her to let me know active labor has begun. Finally, at 6am, Fatima started showing signs of active labor and I rushed to City Hospital to meet her. 

I don't know what it is about birth, but I find birthing mothers to be incredibly beautiful. Is it the hormones? is it the strength? is it the vulnerability? I'm not quite sure. But I've never seen a laboring mom that did not look beautiful. Maybe it's just me that feels this way, so don't worry if you don't agree :)

Fatima labored beautifully, and she welcomed a little princess, Noor, in all her glory, and true bearer of the meaning of her name (Light.) Noor brought happiness and sunshine into the room the minute we all heard her first cries.

Congratulations Fatima and Abdelaziz <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.

Mommy and Me at Two | Dubai Family Photographer

I think one of the biggest disadvantages of being a mother who is also a photographer is that you forget to get yourself in the frame. I made a promise to myself last year that 2017 will be the year I change that, and I'm happy to say I've fulfilled that promise for my child. 2018 will be the year I take this forward one more notch, in what way, I still don't know, but I know it will be fun!

This is Fatima and Talah's second Mommy and Me session with me, and it was just as fun as the first time. It was lovely seeing how much Talah has grown, and how much her love for her mom has grown exponentially. Two years old is always a tricky age to photograph because the kids are really curious, some of them have just mastered walking, so they are taking full advantage of that fact, and hence, rarely want to do what you want them to do. The secret is to let the children take the lead, and follow wherever they go, and the result, is magical memories of their exact moment in time, captured to forever enjoy.

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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 Twins Turn One! | Dubai Family Photographer

I'm a total sucker for birthdays, and when it's twins, you know it's doubly fun! 

Ayla and Abdulkader turned one this past October, and although they will probably never really remember this first birthday, I'm so happy Rim decided to hire me as a family photographer here in Dubai, because Ayla and Abdulkader will be able to see just how loved, adored and blessed they are to be surrounded by so many people who love them and love their parents.

Thank you for allowing me to be there to share in your joy! And I look forward to many more beautiful times 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.

The Birth of Sanad | Dubai Birth Photography

As a mother who went through a c-section myself, when Kseniia contacted me to cover the birth of her second baby, I was over the moon at the fact that she was trying for a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Csection) Many people falsely assume that just because you had one csection, it is guaranteed that you will always have to do that, which is not true. 

I watched Kseniia labor so gracefully and when it was time for Sanad to make his entrance into the world, I watched Kseniia ROCK her VBAC! As usual, my tears were flowing; the energy in the room was stupendous!

I LOVE BIRTH!

..can I say that again? I LOVE BIRTH!

Here's looking at a small sample of her incredible story. Thank you Kseniia for allowing me to be there on this amazing day!

Welcome Baby Amaya | Dubai Baby Photographer

This is part two of my session with Zaura, who booked my favorite package (only second to Birth, of course :), the Maternity and Newborn combo package! I always get really excited when I get to see sessions come full circle. Click here to see Zaura's amazing Maternity session, and how we decided to switch things up and shoot more lifestyle for the newborn session.

Shooting newborns is not an easy task, and I have major respect for all photographers who do that on a daily basis. Not only do you first have to get past your oooohhh's and aaahh's and lovey dovey eyes enough to focus on actually taking pictures (ehem, totally guilty of that..hey! I love babies! Can't help it!) but you also have to work around their temperaments. Babies love to eat, sleep, poop, cry and repeat, and during lifestyle sessions all of this stuff happens, and then some :) so I always like to remind my families to just go with the flow of the baby, not to have too high expectations of the baby "performing" to their expectations. Trust the process, trust your photographer, and watch the magic happen :) With that said, baby Amaya was a true rockstar. Don't believe me? Check her out for yourself!

 

Welcoming Baby Adam | Dubai Newborn Photographer

Welcoming a new baby into the family is always a celebration worth commemorating. When Lara contacted me in October wanting to hire a Dubai newborn photographer to document her first child's first moments after birth, we quickly scheduled a coffee meet up to get to know each other and plan out the session. Lara, like me, grew up in the UAE, and calls the UAE home. Her little boy Adam doesn't know it yet, but he was born into two awesome families that truly love and respect one another, and I couldn't wait to be around that amazing energy. And when the time came for that, I wasn't disappointed!

Born at Al Zahra hospital, Adam was welcomed by his parents, both sets of grandparents and his uncle, who all were present at this session while we filmed some of his very first moments. If you know me, you know I love working with groups, and Lara's family did not disappoint. We had an awesome time, and I hope that you can sense that by looking at the beautiful images we were able to make together that day.