I realized this morning that I haven't blogged since December and that made me sad (and a little embarrassed that I've been neglecting this space that long!). I love blogging sessions so much. For me, each session tells a story and while it's nice to share an image here and there on social media, you don't really get the full story of the session without seeing more. So I'd like to start sharing more with you here - probably once a week for now - and first up is this perfect little session from the Royal Camel Farm. I had so much fun with this one, watching these girls explore. Stay tuned because this family will be back this summer for a maternity session!
So so excited to share this maternity session with you on the blog today! When Steph mentioned she was friends with Fatima, the owner of La Fontaine, and that she wanted to do her maternity session there I squealed a little to myself. I had never been to La Fontaine but had heard from many friends how beautiful and special it is. It's a gorgeous space coveted for weddings and other events in Bahrain. In fact, there was a wedding to be held there the evening of Steph and Patrick's maternity session but Fatima (and the bride and groom) were gracious enough to let us shoot while wedding set up was happening. I arrived a little bit before the expectant mama and dad to be and Fatima showed me around. I got to see the stunning fountain, spa, views, and more. If you haven't been to La Fontaine, I highly recommend visiting. Grab a few friends and getaway for a couple hours to this little oasis in the middle of Bahrain. I can't wait to meet (and photograph) baby in a couple of weeks!
It's been a busy month and I'm so excited to get back to the blog a bit and share more families with you. Last month was my second time photographing the Tatum family. It's always a lot of to fun see the same families back again and to watch kids grow up and this little man is no exception. Just a small baby last time we were all together, this time he was up and running, exploring the Sheikh Isa House in Muharraq. This is what I love about lifestyle and documentary photography: getting to capture kids just how they are, in the craziness and sweetness of the moment.
A few weeks ago I visited Oiuam and her son Adam in their home for a documentary session. Oiuam is a local blogger in Bahrain, a doula, homeschool mama, and leader of the Amwaj moms group. I had so much fun hanging out and watching them go about their morning routine. I love these types of sessions where everyone is relaxed and I just observe with my camera.
For a full report on our time together including the interview Oiuam shares, head over to her blog: https://chanelmama.com/2017/11/12/say-cheese/.
And follow her on Instagram to enter the mini session giveaway: https://www.instagram.com/chanelmama.bh/.
Here are my favorites from our time together!
One of the best parts about living in Bahrain as a family is the new and interesting experiences available to kids. I love when families go for creative session locations, places where you can relax, explore, and have fun. This session at the Royal Camel Farm with Stephanie and her two girls was exactly that. Part documentary session, part lifestyle: we started off wandering around to pet and feed the camels (and fell in love with one mama and her nursling) and ended with some gorgeous sunset images. With sessions like this that are so very Bahrain, my hope is that looking at these images years from now will take this family right back to these moments and remind them fondly of the adventures they shared during their time living on this special island.