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BiaSHEara: Vendor Spotlight: M & Z Event Management!

 

Hello everyone! Today's blog post is exciting as I get to feature two amazing Event Planners! Maryam and Zuhur of M & Z Event Management. I am featuring them as part of the BiaSHEara series which focuses on highlighting the work of women who are of East African heritage and who are entrepreneurs serving the Greater Toronto Area. However please note that the BiaSHEara blog series also features "womenpreneurs" from all different backgrounds as well (as you will have noticed if you have read past blog posts).

I first heard of the M & Z Event Management team when they contacted me about shooting a wedding for one of their clients at the beginning of this year (See that wedding HERE!). They showed up to my client meeting along with the bride and asked all the right questions about the way I shoot weddings. This was key as it ensured that we were all on the same page. On the wedding day they were very professional and took their jobs seriously. Amongst the many services they provided, I was most impressed with the fact that they made sure to take the time to communicate the agenda to the photographer during the course of events (I know it sounds like that should be a given, but I have seen my fair share of "planners" and "coordinators" who just don't think this is important for some reason) this included making sure the bride's entrance was smooth which allowed me to do the videography and photography at the same time all by myself (something I rarely ever do due to the logistics of it all).

M and Z Event Management also assisted me in planning and successfully executing a "Styled Wedding Shoot" earlier this year. With their help we were able to put together a great styled shoot with one of the most dedicated teams. Stay tuned for some exciting news on that styled shoot!

If you are looking for planners for your event, bridal shower or wedding then get in touch with them at the following e-mail: mandzeventmanagement@gmail.com or you can also visit their instagram page HERE.

Above: Zuhur of M & Z Event Management.

Above: Maryam of M & Z Event Management

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A Cinematography Post! Vintage Themed Styled Shoot

Hi Hi Hi! Today's post is exciting for me as after a very long time I am finally releasing the video I shot and edited from a styled shoot that I planned and organized along with my friend Husaina from HBaraya Photography.  We had a very talented team of vendors and team members come together to bring the shoot to life and I have to give them all a shoutout on here so here goes:

VENDORS AND TEAM:

Photography at this shoot was done by Husaina Baraya of HBaraya PhotographyHusaina was such a lovely partner to team with and it was a pleasure to work with her. You can soon see her new website at www.hbarayaphotography.com.

The absolutely stunning dresses that the models wore were generously provided by the designer Mishal of Behsah

The beautiful beautiful floral Headpieces, bouquets and centrepieces were done by none other than Bilquees of Zuhoor Designs, and it was stunning. If you have read my blog posts before, you will have noticed that she has done the flowers for majority of the weddings I have covered and that is because she is simply the best out there. None other like her.

Brittany Lynn of Events By B.lynn researched her way into setting the scene for us with the vintage victorian theme. Along with her right hand woman Brenda, they were able to take us back in time. 

Castlefied Designs provided us with two beautiful invitations for the two looks and I loved the colours! Sophie the designer and founder, is amazing at what she does but I really don't need to tell you that, as her work speaks for itself.

Nada of Vanilla Bean Cakery  went way out of her way to design the two beautiful cakes for the shoot and WOW WOW WOW you have to see the beautiful purple cake she created. To say it was stunning would be very much an understatement. I am not just saying this but I truly believe she is one of the most talented cake designers that I have come across in my time as a wedding photographer.

Noura of Nur Artistry did a fabulous job on the Make-Up and we appreciated that she came all the way from Kitchener to be a part of the shoot. I think she did a most lovely job showcasing the two looks.

I can't thank Yasmin Mathurin enough for assisting us with the shoot that day and offering all the advice she had when it comes to film-making, like letting us know where exactly the reflectors should be placed lol. She is a great journalist and film-maker, with a passion that is inspiring. 

Our Models Kate and Lisa were incredibly fabulous! We are grateful for their patience.

Finally I would like to thank Natasha of Natasha Events and Travel for finding some time out of her day to come assist us with the shoot. We truly appreciated it

So... do check out the video above (hit the HD button) and enjoy all the details featured in this shoot. It was a lovely one!

Also see below for some of the lovely photos taken by Husaina and go follow her photography page on Instagram!!!

DISCLAIMER: THE IMAGES BELOW WERE ALL TAKEN BY HUSAINA BARAYA OF HBARAYA PHOTOGRAPHY

Beautiful Halima Jama!

Hey Beautiful people! Happy Friday! Welcome to another entry on my blog!  Today I am sharing images from a portrait session I did with a fellow photographer! I really could not wait to post this one!

Halima Jama is a well known wedding photographer in Toronto, Canada who has also worked nationally and Internationally! I was so delighted when she contacted me to take some images of her to celebrate her reaching the milestone of having over 25,000 followers on Instagram! How amazing is that! It is nice to see another Black, Muslimah and East African Canadian Photographer excel in her craft and she truly is an inspiration MashAllah.

It was freezing on this day and I can't for the life of me remember why I suggested Scarborough Bluffs as a location for the shoot fully knowing we would be by the lake and it would probably be windy and crazy cold! Which it most definitely was! Oh wait....... I remember now! It is because it is my absolute favourite place in the Greater Toronto Area! 

Bilqees of Zuhoor Designs who created the beautiful floral crown that Halima wore joined us for the shoot and I can't say enough great things about her! She made sure the crown stayed in place during the shoot and accompanied us on our crazy trek through the woods, trying to get to the other side of the bluffs including stepping over rocks to pass through a stream. Actually she almost ended up in the stream herself when she stepped on a patch of snow that was just hiding a hole close to the stream. Pretty dangerous stuff. 

I have to say however that even in the winter this location did not disappoint! I wish you could have seen the hues of the sky when we were by the water. It's too bad it was just too cold to stay by the water long enough to get some decent photos that would do it justice but alas check out the image of Halima jumping by the water in one of the shots below. Absolutely fantastic!

All in all even though it was crazy cold and I definitely started to feel like I was catching something when I got home (shoutout to Ginger tea though for rarely letting me down when it comes to zapping that just getting sick feeling hehe) I really enjoyed this portrait session and I am going to suggest that everyone wear a floral crown at least once in their lives! Then call me to take a photo of you wearing it! Go Ahead! You deserve it! :P

Enjoy the blog post!

Floral Crown designed and created by Zuhoor Designs www.zuhoordesigns.com

Halima's Hijab (Head Covering/ Scarf) is by www.amalscloset.co

If you would like to book me for a portrait session then get in touch HERE!

And now for some Behind The Scenes Images.......

Here is Bilqees of Zuhoor Designs Fixing Halima's Floral Crown

I just love these two very talented ladies MashAllah!