Naheedence Photographic: Blog http://www.naheedence.com/blog en-us (C) Naheedence Photographic naheedence@gmail.com (Naheedence Photographic) Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:36:00 GMT Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:36:00 GMT http://www.naheedence.com/img/s/v-5/u246188151-o440257302-50.jpg Naheedence Photographic: Blog http://www.naheedence.com/blog 95 120 Shepard Fairey http://www.naheedence.com/blog/2017/12/shepard-fairey The Library Street Collective's Shepard Fairey exhibit is nestled among dumpling factories and the Los Angeles State Historic Park in downtown Los Angeles. The space is hidden at 1650 Naud Street. Recently, I photographed the space during the stunning display of Shepard Fairey's work at his exhibit, Damaged. I loved the setup of the exhibit where you walk in and enter a mock-up version of the artist's studio. You immediately see details like his paint splotched shoes, paint mask and shards of multicolored paper.

Shepard Fairey SculptureShepard Fairey SculptureShepard Fairey Sculpture at Damaged Exhibit in DTLA.

I was happy to see so much of his work and didn't know Fairey created sculptures like the one above. I am always impressed by his wit and attention to detail.

The warehouse where the "Damaged" exhibition is located in Chinatown is thousands of square feet. Library Street Collective is Detroit based and is a member of the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA). NADA is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to the cultivation, support and advancement of new voices in contemporary art. The exhibit ends on December 17th and I feel so lucky to have seen Shepard Fairey's largest exhibit to date.

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Year End Sale on My Handmade Clutches/Zipper Pouches-Original Photography & Design http://www.naheedence.com/blog/2017/12/year-end-sale-on-my-handmade-clutches/zipper-pouches-original-photography-design If you need a stylish clutch or large zipper pouch for yourself or loved ones check out my Etsy shop at:https://www.etsy.com/shop/naheedence 

The video below is a time lapse of myself making large clutches and zipper pouches from start to finish. Coming up with my own designs and learning how to sew a large clutch was a very exciting project for me. I hope you will support my art and buy a pouch today! They are gender neutral and I place extra cushy lining in the pouch so they can also be used to keep your tablet safe. Watch My Time Lapse of Zipper Pouch Creation!

I first came up with the idea of placing my images on merchandise a few years ago. I started with the zipper pouches and am hoping to launch a line of pillow covers in the coming years. The bags are made in Los Angeles and the materials are sourced locally, all are made in the USA. I get the zippers from a great place in the fashion district of downtown Los Angeles called Zip Up Zipper.

Sewing these bags allows me time to be crafty. I enjoy meditating during the process and learning the skill of sewing. I am always amazed by how much I learn each time I sew. Similarly, each time I shoot a photo session I learn something new. I love mastering the art and craft of stunning visuals and am happy to create a bag to display some of my photography and designs. I put my heart and soul into these bags. I tried out different designs, fabrics and learned how to sew them from scratch. I had to try a few printers who print on fabric for me to get the sharp look I was going for. It took a long time to perfect them. 

My next step is to approach some local shops in Los Angeles and sell some bags on consignment. The bags fit a 10 inch or smaller tablet perfectly. They can be used for anything from makeup and toiletries to art supplies. Wish me luck and stay tuned, buy a bag for someone this holiday season! Check out my shop at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/naheedence

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Downtown Los Angeles Public Library Main Branch http://www.naheedence.com/blog/2017/12/downtown-los-angeles-public-library-main-branch I have always been fascinated with the passage of time. The words "This too shall pass" make me feel the importance of capturing time through photographs. The Los Angeles Public Library is a cultural and informational hub. Will that change in the future? I wonder how changes in technology will effect how information at the library is exchanged. Remember the Dewey Decimal System, I bet you most people under the age of 25 aka millennials do not!

Self Checkout at the los angeles public library in downtown la

We live in a time when public education is being defunded. That's why it is more important than ever to visit a library and surround ourselves with books, computers and discovery. Part of my job as a photographer is to pay attention to every detail of my surroundings. I take those photographs and create an essay in my mind about what story I want to tell.


The photo above is just outside in the courtyard of The Los Angeles Public Library. I predict in 5 years there will be a lot more pedestrians in this park with all of the changes happening in DTLA.

 

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Mehndi Ni Mehndi http://www.naheedence.com/blog/2017/11/mehndi-ni-mehndi I remember having mendhi placed on my hands and feet as a child. I was so excited to see the colors meld into my skin. The longer you left it on, the darker it became. It's been a couple of years since I've had it on my palm. There are thousands of designs and I like to photograph while they are being "inked" on. It takes a steady hand, an eye for design and a lot of practice to get it to look lovely. Then again, almost any design looks good, in South Asia you see men and women with only a burnt orange circle of mendhi on their hands. Mendhi is used by Hindus and Muslims worldwide to celebrate many occasions, especially weddings. According to a dictionary of Urdu, classical Hindi, and English the use of mehndi and turmeric is described in the earliest Hindu Vedic ritual books. It was originally used for only women's palms and sometimes for men, but as time progressed, it was more common for men to wear it. Haldi (staining oneself with turmeric paste) as well as mehndi are Vedic customs, intended to be a symbolic representation of the outer and the inner sun.

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90th Birthday of a Hard Working Immigrant http://www.naheedence.com/blog/2017/11/90th-birthday-of-a-hard-working-immigrant This portrait of my grandfather is very special to me. I photographed the portrait in Detroit a few months ago. My grandfather turned 90 years old and is close to my heart. 

My family emigrated here slowly from Pakistan in the late 1970's. They are hardworking and we thank them each day for all of the sacrifices they made so the future generations of their family could have a better life. 

The photo to the left is from 1952 shot by a forgotten photographer. The portrait on the right is him at 90. May we all be so lucky to have our health and happiness at his age. 

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Family & Children's Portraits at my studio in East Los Angeles aka NELA http://www.naheedence.com/blog/2017/11/family-childrens-portraits-at-my-studio-in-east-los-angeles-aka-nela I had a third photography session with loyal customers who I am so honored to capture. I photographed their first little one when she was born, then when she was 2 and now the second came along and we had a session with her and the familia. The session was full of fun and laughter. I love the photograph above because I can't decide what the kids are thinking, but whatever it is, it has got to be good! It is a mix of shock and happiness balled together in one.

Outdoor Portrait PhotographyA family shares laughs in East Los Angeles at Naheedence Studios.

I imagine families looking back at their photos in 30 years and reliving their memories through the photographs I capture. As a child of the 80's I daydream of them sifting through an old photo album with photos you can peel off from the album pages. Although, I know it will more likely be a photo printed directly on the page that may have lost some of its color over time.

I love capturing a family through the years to see how they've grown. During the photo shoot Papa was full of silliness. The littles and Mama were loving it. Toward the end of the photo shoot we shot some more formal portraits in the studio and outdoors. I often sing "Happy Birthday to You" during family sessions. It loosens up the kids and if I shoot continuously I am sure to find a gem in there somewhere. Tickling usually works too.

I am looking forward to photographing more happiness during the 2017 Winter Season. Please contact me to book a session for your loved ones today!

 

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Photo Session with Celebrity Chef Mick Brown http://www.naheedence.com/blog/2017/10/photo-session-with-celebrity-chef-mick-brown

Chef Mick Brown visited my studio for a portrait session last week. We had a great time and he left me with the most delicious roasted vegetables and a whole smoked fish that my family happily devoured. Mick was grillmaster champion at cutthroat kitchen in 2015. He has his own catering company that focuses on healthy BBQ.

My idea for the photograph stemmed from how important tools are in a chef's life. We all have our go-to wooden spoon, pan or barbecue fork that we can always rely on. This barbecue fork was given to Chef Mick by his father. His father passed away recently and this fork is part of a set that he uses often. He has sweet memories of how his dad taught him to cook.

I also wanted to incorporate a sense of power in the image. A Chef has control over what we put into our bodies. Our bodies keep us going and that is a very powerful role for a chef to fulfill. Of course not all chef's cook for health but this photograph was about Chef Mick Brown, not Mario Batali ;)

I have worked with him on portraits before and we always have plenty of laughs. Connecting with my clients is one of the most important parts of my job as a professional photographer. I love it!

I am going to submit some of my photos from the session to The Smithsonian Museum Chef Portraits contest. 

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Wedding Season Bookings 2018! http://www.naheedence.com/blog/2017/9/wedding-season-bookings-2018 Photo by Los Angeles wedding photographer Naheed Choudhry. Naheed is an award winning wedding photojournalist based in the Echo Park/Silverlake area of Los Angeles.

I am happy to announce I just booked my second wedding for next year!  My clients always tell me they are drawn to my work because the photos look real. No over processing and trendy filters, just beautiful moments captured perfectly in the heat of the moment. I am so passionate as a wedding photojournalist in Los Angeles and continue on my path to be the best storyteller.

Los Angeles wedding photography by Naheed Choudhry. Wedding photographer in Echo Park/Silverlake.

As a wedding photojournalist I only get one chance to capture the fleeting moments during a wedding. As a master of light I can shoot both in the brightest light of the summer to the darkest dance floor at a reception. After shooting over 100 weddings I give my clients an idea of how long it may take to shoot ceremonies, portraits and everything in between.

The photos above display a bride being lifted in a chair on a dance floor during her reception and a groom wiping the tears from his mother's eyes during the emotional day. Each of these moments lasted for a few seconds and I was there with two cameras and a lot of energy to get the shot!

My clients are sometimes surprised by how many moments during their day I capture. They tell me since they weren't able to see their guests at every moment they are happy I could show them so much of the day they missed. I am a great storyteller and prove it through every photo.

Dear brides, I hope you will consider me in your quest to find the right wedding photographer. After the dress, flowers, ceremony and reception you will look back and want to have beautiful photos with me to capture your day perfectly.

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Labor Day 2017: Disgraceful days for immigrant and women workers http://www.naheedence.com/blog/2017/9/labor-day-2017-disgraceful-days-for-immigrant-and-women-workers This Labor Day I reflect upon America's countless undocumented immigrant workers, women and history. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey the tough facts are that more than a quarter of all Texas construction workers are undocumented immigrants, according to a Pew Research study from November 2016. Of the nearly 1.7 million undocumented immigrants residing in the state, about 400,000 work in the building trades.

Houston will need to add thousands of workers to its construction industry labor force to restore the immense damage that has happened. According to Richard Fisher, the former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. With Trump's anti-immigrant stance such needed labor will not exist. As job shortages continue he doesn't back down from his policy to harass, arrest and detain immigrant workers. The same people who can help rebuild Houston. 

According to the Economic Policy Institute’s 2016 analysis of federal labor statistics, the median wage for U.S. women is about 16.8 percent less than the median for men — with women making about 83 cents to a man’s dollar. According to economist Elise Gould, that’s a gap that only increases as women become more educated and climb the corporate ladder.

Donald Trump has revoked the 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order former President Barack Obama put in place to ensure that companies with federal contracts comply with 14 labor and civil rights laws. The Fair Pay order was put in place after a 2010 Government Accountability Office investigation showed that companies with rampant violations were being awarded millions in federal contracts.

“Engineer Delores Brown tests circuits for the control system of a U.S. communication satellite. Mrs. Brown was the top graduate in 1967 from the school of engineering of Tuskegee Institute in Alabama”

By an unknown photographer, Honeywell, Inc., unknown location, ca. 1973

African American women found it easier to pursue professional careers because of court rulings such as the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision, which called for an end to segregated schooling, legislation such as Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which outlawed discrimination based on race and sex, and affirmative action policies.

National Archives, Records of the U.S. Information Agency (306-N-2594)

Child Labor By W. Pack, February 18, 1915

Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, workers at public markets stocked merchandise and haggled over price with customers. These markets were run by municipalities and provided shoppers with a variety of goods at a central location. By the time this photograph was taken, public markets were already facing stiff competition from retail grocery stores and commercial wholesale markets.

National Archives, Records of the Bureau of Agricultural Economics (83-G-21)

“Lace House Dry Goods Co.” By an unknown photographer, St. Louis, Missouri, ca. 1909

This photo of a Chinese Business was part of the Immigration Service's investigatory case file of Lew Wa Ho, a sales clerk with the store. As a merchant, he could legally enter the United States under the Chinese Exclusion Act, which restricted most Chinese immigration. He returned to China, married, and came back to the U.S. in 1909. He may have submitted this photo as proof of his occupation.

National Archives, Pacific Region (Seattle), Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service


 

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Family Photo Sessions in East Los Angeles-NELA http://www.naheedence.com/blog/2017/8/family-photo-sessions-in-east-los-angeles-nela

I photographed a couple of family portrait sessions that are candid and beautiful. I know the interwebs are loaded with millions of family photos but every photo I capture of a family will be a moment captured for a lifetime and beyond. I feel so lucky to be able to create a historical document for a family. 

The photos above are from the first session. Below I photographed a surprise baby and his mother and daughter. Unfortunately papa was at work. Below are a couple of photos from the day. We had about 15 minutes to capture some good memories. Sometimes I have more time. But both of these sessions laster under 20 minutes! You need to work with lightning speed, babies are not patient!

 

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Regent Theater Downtown Los Angeles http://www.naheedence.com/blog/2017/8/regent-theater-downtown-los-angeles Recently I was hired to photograph the Regent Theater in downtown Los Angeles. They are opening the music venue up to events other than music shows. The Regent is located in the heart of the Theater District. The building captures a great period in turn of the century American architecture. 

My client wanted to express the ambience of the place with its dark blue lighting. The darker photos show the expansive mysterious feeling of the environment when you first walk in the space. I shot of mixture of darker photos to capture the ambience and brighter HDR photos to show more details of the space. 

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Regent TheaterRegent TheaterCanon 5D Mark iii The HDR photos capture more detail and show the space with brighter lighting, though those photos display more of a magenta hue. The brighter photos give you more of an idea of the concrete flooring, the details of the furniture and the unique medallions featured throughout the theater. The darker photos give people more of the mysterious feeling when you first walk into the Regent.

It is a tough call for me to say which photos I like better because they both tell the story of the space just in a different way. HDR is an interesting way to photograph and give a more detailed and three-dimensional feel to a photo. Oftentimes the technique also reminds me of a painting.

I love the way downtown Los Angeles is changing before my eyes. From night on Broadway to the many art walks throughout the year. The old downtown that many Angelenos think of is no longer. Stay tuned to my blog to view the latest images and stories of Los Angeles and it's rapid changes. Below is an photo of the bottom floor bar at The Regent.

I am headed to Detroit for a couple of weeks with my family. I am visiting my mother, father and brothers. We are also meeting a new family member, my daughter's cousin who is the first to be younger than her. I will be back to my blog after my vacation in the Motor City. Home of Motown, home of too many great musical artists to name. Also home to so many memories of my childhood, teen years and University experience.

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Real Estate Photography in Los Angeles http://www.naheedence.com/blog/2017/8/real-estate-photography-in-los-angeles Open house, real estate photographyReal Estate photography by Naheed Choudhry Caballero.

Through the years I've photographed homes, businesses and prospective lands for buyers. Nowadays, I shoot video of properties as well and do walkthroughs of a space. Recently I photographed for a home going for upwards of $1.5 million dollars...To some that may not seem like much but to this Detroiter, turned Brooklynite turned East Angeleno, that is a hell of a lot of money.

The space is huge and the backyard and curb appeal is on point. When I photograph a space I like to do a combination of HDR along with traditional ambient lit spaces. I use strobes and on-camera flash as well but if the light is right I might use ambient light and just go for a more natural look.

With my 16-35mm f2.8 wide angle lens shooting interiors and exteriors is as fun as shooting landscapes. Often you run into challenges: a room with ugly yellow lights and no windows, a space that is not that clean, a space with a dark ceiling and not much ambient light etc. Setting the white balance and the right exposure is of utmost importance in camera. You have to be technical and shoot the right angles to make the space shine even if it in not that great. This is when your real photographic talent is put to the test.

Shooting interiors and exteriors is a great addition to my portfolio. At events I have to photograph the space as well as the action. Often times people don't keep that in mind. During on-location photo shoots you have to know what ambient light you can use, if you will need a reflector or where the shade is located. These are all elements you use in every photo shoot. 

Sometimes clients wonder why I don't "specialize" in one type of photography. I used to shoot for newspapers. During that time I needed to shoot every aspect of the story. The location, the people, the time etc. Afterwards, sometimes on the same day, you would move on to a food photo shoot for the features section, then you would shoot a portrait of an artist who is exhibiting at a museum nearby. I got used to that and don't want that to change. I love all types of photography and will incorporate that into my shoots forever. 

Also, photographers need to adapt during this ever-changing time of visual storytelling. I am from the school of thought, the more you know the better!

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The Main Museum in Downtown Los Angeles aka Beta Main http://www.naheedence.com/blog/2017/7/the-main-museum-in-downtown-los-angeles  

The Main Museum in Downtown Los Angeles is scheduled to be completed in 2020. They have a small gallery setup called Beta Main at the moment and I visited recently. It has a lot of promise and I commend them for displaying the work of artists, including photographer Star Montana, who are generally not the focus of "modern" museums in Los Angeles. The space is small right now but the renderings are amazing and I am excited to see the end result.

These photographs are of an exhibition called "Circle Chairs, Triangle Chairs by artist Alice Konitz. Beta Main is located at 114 W 4th St. Los Angeles, CA 90013. Downtown LA is becoming more developed by the day. From the arts district, to the historic district and beyond it is an exciting work in progress. Since I am located a 10 minute drive from DTLA I am very happy to see the once dilapidated land put to positive use. 

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Allysse's Quinceañera http://www.naheedence.com/blog/2017/7/quinceanera I photographed and shot video of a Quinceañera recently in metro Los Angeles and it was quite the affair. We started in Arcadia, went to All Souls Church in Alhambra, then off to Cascades Park in Monterey Park and finally traveled to Ontario (all the way to Ontario!) to the Airport Hotel for the reception. The photos above were shot at the home of my client. I have worked with this client before and knew it would be easier this time around since there was no need to 'break the ice".

When the birthday girl came out her court was excited to see her. Above her mother laughs with her as the audience reveres her beauty.

As a photographer it is difficult to keep a low profile during church ceremonies because sound travels and reverberates so easily. I captured this angle when my client's daughter did a short prayer in front of the Virgen De Guadalupe at All Souls Church and I was able to follow her. 

In the photograph below her friends have a laugh during their exciting day. I've posted a snippet of the video below for your viewing pleasure. 

Alysse's Quinceañera

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UCLA Graduation 2017 http://www.naheedence.com/blog/2017/7/ucla-graduation-2017 UCLA GraduationUCLA Graduation2017 graduating class at UCLA school of geography I shot some documentary photography and portraits in Los Angeles during UCLA graduation day recently. It was for a family album for a client who hired me to visually tell the story of the day. The UCLA campus is lush and beautiful. It was buzzing with hundreds of graduates from many schools throughout the campus. Above is a photo I captured in the summer heat during a long ceremony. 

UCLA GraduationUCLA Graduation2017 graduating class at UCLA school of geography Mother of the graduate was all too proud that her youngest son graduated and was ready to begin his new life. She said "You want to equip your children with the tools for success" and I could not agree more. Below is a portrait I shot with so many people walking around it was difficult to get a clean backdrop. I was happy to find this little area and shot the portraits as fast as possible. 

UCLA GraduationUCLA Graduation2017 graduating class at UCLA school of geography

Many people don't realize how little time a photographer sometimes has to get several great shots. Here I was photographing portraits with only minutes after the ceremony until my client was scheduled to attend an event. I also parked partially in a red zone so took a risk so that I could start my shoot on time. I had some luck that day and did not get a ticket after all!

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Beautiful Baptism in Los Angeles http://www.naheedence.com/blog/2017/6/beautiful-baptism-in-los-angeles When I photograph a Baptism I keep a few things in mind. Most importantly is that this is a significant milestone for families and a most precious time. It is a quiet event and it happens quickly. Churches usually don't have the best lighting so I keep that in mind too. Between the emotional and technical I create a balance to make sure the families know I am ready and respectful of their time and space. 

The baby was fussy at first but by the time she was being baptized she was calm and even fell asleep during the ceremony. Everybody was a bit for relaxed once she was in her slumber. Her dress was quite ornate and draped her making her look like she was floating.

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We Need Journalism Now More Than Ever http://www.naheedence.com/blog/2017/6/we-need-journalism-now-more-than-ever The photo above was shot by yours truly at a Brooklyn gathering in 2009. As I sit here eight years later in Los Angeles I remember what happened in that time. All of the steps we have taken to create a more just system seem to be a thing of the past. THEY ARE NOT.

We are at a crossroads here in the US and the world. The overt racism, failure to acknowledge climate change and constant lies told by the POTUS we hear daily are taking a toll on our livelihood. We cannot become victims and shut ourselves down. Let's make a promise to always go the extra mile to respect each other. Help an elderly person, give to charities, tune in and be aware of our surroundings and pay attention to in-depth news. All of this banter about fake news is just a way for politicians to make people think all news outlets are a sham. Sure, reporters make mistakes, they are human. However, to question and ignore every proven fact means we need to reiterate factual information all the more. Here is to the journalists who report facts, to Amy Goodman, George Seldes to the group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting. 

The photo above was photographed by me at the "Immigrants Make America Great" rally in 2017. For all of us and for future generations, we have a responsibility to make the world a better place. Let's unite against the senselessness and become stronger together. As Bernie Sanders said, "President Trump, you made a big mistake. By trying to divide us up by race, religion, gender and nationality you actually brought us closer." 

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Picture Perfect Portabello http://www.naheedence.com/blog/2017/5/picture-perfect-portabello Closeup of a portabella mushroom. Portabello mushroom photographed by Los Angeles food photographer Naheed Choudhry.

Shooting photography with a Macro Lens is one of my favorite activities. I love to capture every minute detail of a still life subject, especially food. In the oversaturated food photography times that we live in now food photography that doubles as beautiful art can be hard to find. There are thousands of amateur food photographs on Pinterest and Instagram, of course there are always exceptions. The portabello mushroom above looks so perfect, almost too perfect to eat. If my client allows I like to shop for the food I photograph and search for the perfectly shaped apple, the loaf of bread with the most grains on it and the mushroom that isn't smashed to bits! Here is to the beauty of the Macro lens and of my trusted Alien Bee 800 lights, which I now love like my best friend :) Most photographers become attached to their equipment and for me it is hard to let go of any of my gear. I usually donate my older gear to students but I always feel like I am losing a part of something near and dear to me that I have fond memories of.

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Summer In Los Angeles http://www.naheedence.com/blog/2017/5/summer-in-los-angeles Echo Park Los AngelesEcho Park Los Angeles For the first time in many years I will be staying in Los Angeles this summer. I won't be shooting any weddings in New York City. I won't be going on any overheated adventures in the desert. It is all to stay near and dear to my beautiful and energetic toddler. I have a few projects lined up: Riding around LA with my camera outside the sunroof getting footage for films, capturing time lapses at Ernest Debs Park and learning some new photo software and equipment. I have finally upgraded to the coveted Adobe Creative Cloud for photographers so no longer need to use any older versions! I will still keep the oldies but goodies for that one client who is still using Photoshop version CS3.

There may be other exciting things on the horizon for me including taking the next big step in my photo career. I will keep you posted. With Mother's Day approaching and the summer just around the corner I am hoping for some big things to happen for me and everyone this summer. 

Pictured above is the beautiful Echo Park Lake at sundown in LA and windmills along the notorious 10 freeway .

 

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Mother's Day is fast approaching and my large clutch style zipper pouches are a perfect gift for any mom with an eye for great design. The high end pouches are handmade by yours truly and all materials are made in the USA. The clutches are durable and are only $35.00

You can purchase the designer bags here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/naheedence

Order by Mother's Day 2017 with the coupon code: MOM2017 and get free domestic standard shipping, free gift wrap and a beautiful handwritten card. That is up to $10 of savings depending on your location. The bags ship within one week of purchase. If you send me a message on Etsy that it is a gift I will include a small card and gift wrap for FREE.

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