Love {♥} Again // Safa + Saad {Next•Day•Edit}

ö If you read our last blog post on Safa & Saad’s Portrait {film} then you know I’m in the blogging mood! Just a few months ago we had the pleasure of covering Safa and Saad’s exquisitely planned & super-fun 3 day wedding! I still remember walking into their barn for their mehndi and being pretty blown away with the venue. Set on what I believe was a horse ranch both Safa and Saad nailed this venue down to the T! Aside from the fact that my team & I were initially running around trying to get everything set up - the night was amazing!

Love {♥} Again // Safa + Saad {Next•Day•Edit}

ö Let me start off by shouting out my photo-G-homeboy, Mir from Mir Anwar Photography who I’ve worked with previously with during Farah + Rohail’s wedding! Mir killed the stills from that wedding and never failed to deliver with Safa and Saad’s wedding! What’s dope about working with Mir is that he’s super ninja-like {never in my line of sight}, easy going and we just get along really well. So it made the process of sharing camera time with the bride and groom, easy-peasy! My second round of shoutouts go out to Amna from Lemon Truffles Design Inc. I remember the conversation I had with Safa and Saad quite vividly about choosing a decorater and Safa in particular raved about Amna. Well let me be the first among many to continue on with the raving! & make it well known that Amna and her team not only did a killer job with decor on all 3 days. But they were super, super polite and humble. Amna - you’re going to be in this industry for a long time due to your vision, work ethic and ability to be so humble :)! When I get hitched - I’m giving you a call! My last shoutout goes out to both Safa & Saad’s family and wedding party. When you watch the edit and their mehndi performances you’ll really gravitate to just how much fun, down to earth and really, really forward these group of peeps are! 

Love {♥} Again // Safa + Saad {Next•Day•Edit}

ö These three days were a lot of fun to film and kudos goes out to Suen and Sri who helped me film across all 3 days. But boy oh boy was I tired by the end of day 1. Day 2 and 3 had a day break in between, which meant that I had more than enough time to get Safa and Saad’s next day edit ready to go. Now before I go on I must admit that after filming more than my fair share of weddings - it’s been a while since I’ve attended one. I guess I spoke too soon because I had a family wedding to go to during the day break of their wedding which inevitably left me with NOT ENOUGH TIME TO EDIT. This meant that after day 1 and 2 my time and file management needed to be on their A game. I’ll be super vague and not so technical when it comes to how I structure next day edits. But in short - the more organized you are, the more time you have to be creative and finish on time. I still remember cutting this together just 40 minutes before it was played on Day 3. My fingers were shaking and I was super nervous as I burned the final DVD. Did I get it all? Did I miss something? Well we played the next day edit and it’s response from everyone that night was great!

P.S - Do your awesome brides blog? Mine do! Check out Safa’s blog dedicated to all things about her wedding!!! MyBigFatPakistaniWedding

So without further adieu, here it is!

 

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RUN ~ Safa ℓ Saad // Portrait {film}

ö After a busy two months into 2014 - we’re back & in full swing might I add! These last two months have been crazy busy! Our 2013 wedding season was nothing short of epic, fun-filled, momentous and extravagant weddings that our brand got to cover! From shooting in Edmonton {more on that here} to shooting in New Jersey {more on that in few} to coming back to Toronto and filming all over the GTA - it feels good to back & bloggin’! I present you with Safa et Saad’s Portrait {film}!


RUN ~ Safa ℓ Saad // Portrait {film}
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ö I was introduce to Safa + Saad immediately after Farah + Rohail’s wedding back in 2012. I remember getting a plethora of phone calls the day after up until about 5 days after Farah’s wedding and one of them stood out :) - Safa!!! She left me a hilarious voice-mail just expressing her desire to meet with me in person and her love for our work! A little afraid, nervous and humbled all at the same time, I finally got in touch with Safa and we spoke a few times for a long time. Eventually I had the great, great, greaaaaat pleasure of meeting Safa & hubby to be {at that time} Saad! I remember Safa walking into our meeting with her “binder” and Saad coming in with nothing but some great looking loafers - I joke - you both looked great!

ö Conversation was filled with laughter, honesty and just a great vibe from these two. Sidenote: if you’ve met with me then you know that I love me some Second Cup! While a lot of the times when I meet with my brides and grooms, I tend to have a lot more in common with the bride - this instance was a little different. Saad and I got to talking about his choice of DJ and from there conversation went into and about my new laptop, about clothes and Safa’s eyes definitely shined with a bit of jealousy! :P! I’ve got love for you Safa but Saad’s got me with his taste in music, loafers and tech knowledge! I can see why you like the fella!

RUN ~ Safa ℓ Saad // Portrait {film}

imageö After our initial meeting, we met again and I was so blessed to have these two book me {a little over a year before their big day} and commit to having my brand and creative team - film their wedding {just this past August of 2013!}. We spoke over the phone, sent emails constantly, text messaged and even went out for brunch and this all, jump-started the creative process for getting their Portrait {film} in order! Something simple, full of colors, fun, quirky and something that embodied a mixture of how they met + their free spirited personalities, taste in activities & fashion forward closets was the idea for this Portrait {film}.

RUN ~ Safa ℓ Saad // Portrait {film}
imageö After an intense couple of months of communicating and planning. Just the day before our two-day shoot for this {film} both Safa and Saad gave me a call. All was well as this phone call was merely just to go over plans and have a quick prep talk with my star couple. ….And then it came *dun, dun, dun*, they dropped some serious news on me - a song change! We originally planned on using The Wanted’s “Glad You Came” for this Portrait {film} and boy am I ever so glad we didn’t! Visuals in my opinion are 80% driven by what you see and 20% by what you hear. Nevertheless, I was shocked and a little worried because my vision and ideas that I had were all centered around the cadence of this particular song. Oh no, right?! Let’s just say it all worked out and that I’m glad these two put me to the test.

ö Everything that you see in this {film} is all a product of immense planning between all of us but If there’s one thing I can’t deny - Safa & Saad were tres au naturale! I tell this to everyone that I show this {film} to, “I showed up, stood behind my camera, hit record & they did the rest”. A big shoutout to you both, Safa and Saad for not only planning everything so well but for executing your role in terms of outfits and being as authentic as possible.

Less words, more moving images ~ Enjoy folks!

 

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Soruban + Tarini // The Amazing Race {running late}

ö I remember getting a phone call in early January this year from Soruban with regards to having me covering his wedding that was happening in Scarborough, a short and very quick 5 months later. We spoke briefly once and we both got hit by the case of well - being way too busy! A month or two passed by and we exchanged another phone call or two, a few more emails and finally but surely - Soruban had booked us! A huge credit goes out to Drew Haran for kindly referring me in good faith to Soruban & Tarini!

ö Soruban + Tarini // The Amazing Race {running late}
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ö Soruban + Tarini // The Amazing Race {running late}image

ö Soruban and Tarini lived in Edmonton but Tarini had grown up in Scarborough up until she was about 16 years old. After which she moved to Edmonton where she’s lived since and grew up right next to Soruban, which is where their relationship began and sparked!

ö I distinctly remember telling Soruban and Tarini that if there’s one thing I loved doing - it was being fun and different and creating something outrageous with my work. Call me cliche but we whipped out one heck of a Portrait {film} that I’m really proud of! Sor is in the I.T field and Tani worked in the medical field (she’s on her way to becoming a doctor in fact!) They both worked crazy hours so finding the right time to make their Portrait {film} happen was vital. A few weeks later I flew down to Edmonton and met up with Soruban + Tarini the day before our shoot to discuss everything and nail out all of our ideas and concerns.

ö Soruban + Tarini // The Amazing Race {running late}image

ö Soruban + Tarini // The Amazing Race {running late}image

ö Soruban + Tarini // The Amazing Race {running late}image

ö The next two days we were in for a whirlwind of surprises with shooting a bit of their Portrait {film} inside of West Edmonton Mall {nuts right?!!}, inside of a car posed as a taxi cab, at a park, on a two-seater bicycle and on foot! A LOT of running was involved. A lot of participation was involved. I put both of them through the paces to make this work and they certainly gave it a %110 all the way through! 

ö The idea was simple for their film - they were running late…literally! They figured if they posed as if they were running late to their actual wedding and if we filmed it as if they were running all over Edmonton to Scarborough in their Portrait {film} - it would only make sense and make for an epic entrance to their wedding reception, right?! Filming this certainly put me to the test with my inner athlete! Running all over the place, driving all over the place, shooting in hot weather and doing some crazy but super fun stuff! 

ö Soruban + Tarini // The Amazing Race {running late}image

ö Soruban + Tarini // The Amazing Race {running late}image

ö That being said I would like to take the time to thank Drew for referring me to Soruban and Tarini! Secondly, I would really like to thank Soruban and Tarini for having me out to Edmonton! Edmonton - you were so good to me! I never imagined that my job would allow to me to travel to so much but you two put complete confidence in my vision and my craft and in letting me bring your idea to life! Thank you for being super patient and understanding throughout the entire process! Don’t forget - stay tuned for their Next Day Edit from their wedding to hit the blog real soon folks! 

 

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