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!

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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 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.

Chicago Visits Dubai | Dubai Family Photographer

I love family reunions. Love them. There's nothing like family getting together, appreciating one another's company and making beautiful memories. And when there are new family members involved, well, it's a whole different ball park! You have a wonderful scenario of grown members growing into their newly acquired roles, flourishing under the light of connection. 

When Saira got in touch with me to tell me that Haleema, Ali and Auntie Shafqut were visiting from Chicago and wanted to book in some time to capture a lovely afternoon in the park with the twins, I couldn't be more thrilled! 

Fast forward a few weeks, and we had a wonderful time! The sun was hiding for the first half of the session, but made her glorious entrance during the second half. 

Thank you guys for trusting me with your first Dubai photoshoot! And I hope to see you this summer in Chicago!

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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.

Closing Chapters to Start Something New | Dubai Maternity Photography

Welcoming a new family member is always such an exciting experience for everyone in the family. The energy and good vibes, specially with younger ones knowing that they are about to become big brothers or sisters, cannot be mistaken. I was very happy that Lama and Anan decided to hire me as their maternity photographer here in Dubai. The shoot was actually quite special and memorable; the family was closing a chapter and moving on from the house they lived in for eight years, to start a new chapter, with a new baby, in a completely different home. So, it was truly a very special time having them show me around their home, doing their favorite things, hanging out by the pool. It was a cold and cloudy day, so unfortunately, no swimming was involved, but we had a great time nonetheless.

Lama and Anan, thank you for your trust, and I wish you all the best in the coming weeks as your family moves from it's current four members to a beautiful five.

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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.

One Year On | Dubai Family Photographer

This time last year, I was busy shooting and editing memories for some of my most precious clients and friends. There has been so much growth and change over the last year, and, tonight, I am happily recalling so many beautiful moments.

I am delighted to have been a part of some of your most important milestones last year, and with a full and happy heart, I want to wish a happy first birthday to your little bubbas and a happy one year anniversary to you as parents as well. Often times, at our children's birthdays, we forget that the day is not only a celebration of their precious lives, but also the birth of a new role in our lives as well, the incredible role of being parents.

Happy Birthday!

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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 Park | Dubai Family Photographer

We managed another trip to the park late last week, despite the gloomy weather. I miss the blue skies and popcorn clouds.

Anyone else feel like summer is going to make it's appearance much sooner than usual this year? It's already feeling icky outside during the day, but I'm grateful for the beautiful breeze we've had these last couple of days after the rain. 

Changing weather means the flu is right around the corner for many young ones, so watch out mommies! 

Enjoy the rest of your week :)

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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.

Following the Morning Light | Dubai Lifestyle Photographer

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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.

This was our January | Dubai Newborn Photographer

On a roll with blogging this week; catching up on all the blogging I didn't get a chance to do last month. January is my favorite month of the year. Fresh start. Fresh temperaments. But, most importantly, it is the month my life changed forever, two years ago, when I welcomed the apple of my eye into this world, my little son - Badr. 

Here's looking at our January, part of my ongoing 365 project.

Five months down, seven more to go!

365 project dubai January 2017
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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.