Carmel [Edmond Maternity Photography]

I can’t imagine a more befitting first session in my new studio than with the beautiful mother-to-be Carmel. It’s a funny coincidence that I had experienced the pregnancies and births of my two children on Mt. Carmel in Haifa, Israel. Now with the opening of my studio, Ms. Carmel comes to me. Milestones for both of us. And hopefully both resulting in a joyful, healthy and prosperous future.
Congratulations dear Carmel and Jason! It is an honor to be a part of your very special time as a new family!

 

 

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mary jane poole - Negeen… you know I am always a fan! What a lovely woman she is. I spent the day, as I do every Saturday, with Francesco’s and Loredana’s baby girls, Fiammetta and Lavinia, now 17 months!!! and I often think about those fun years a Firenze. Come visit again! Love to you and Victor and your “babies”, who are no longer that at all!

Ziada [Edmond newborn photography] » Negeen Sobhani Photography - […] literally,  a bundle of cuteness. As beautiful as mom Carmel was in her maternity portrait session, we LOVE seeing her little gem in her owns arms. Congratulations Carmel and Jason! Share Posted in […]

Kate + Erfawn [Texas wedding photography]

In a lush, flowery pocket of Lake Grapevine known as Paradise Cove, Kate and Erfawn brought their loved ones from various corners of the globe (as their guestbook/world map demonstrated) to celebrate their union on their wedding day. Melodic prayers and poetic verses were recited as the sun descended on the horizon. Words of counsel from the Baha’i Writings resonated with those gathered and created a vision for the beautiful life Kate and Erfawn would create together:

Let your hearts be like unto two pure mirrors reflecting the stars of the heaven of love and beauty.
Together make mention of noble aspirations and heavenly concepts.
Let there be no secrets one from another.
Make your home a haven of rest and peace.
Be hospitable and let the doors of your house be open to the faces of friends and strangers.
Welcome every guest with radiant grace and let each feel that it is his own home.
Live in such harmony that others may take your lives for an example and may say one to another:

‘Look how they live like two doves in one nest, in perfect love, affinity and union.
It is as though from all eternity God had kneaded the very essence of their beings for the love of one another.’

Congratulations Kate and Erfawn! May the vision expressed in these verses forever be your reality. On this day, we saw the glimmerings already.

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Hannes Uys - Insanely beautiful work Negeen!

Aleah and Vafa [Michigan wedding photography] » Negeen Sobhani Photography - […] met at her best friend and his brother’s wedding near Dallas last year. A fateful missed flight resulted in their spending an entire day together and 363 days […]

nine

Happy 9th birthday to my love, my light and my angel.
“Oh my, my how you’ve grown / Well it’s been, it’s been…a little while”  – U2 In a Little While
My little love on May 13, 2005, ’07, ’09, ’11 and ’13 in the dress I wore the night I learned I was expecting. She gets photographed in it every year on her birthday, and we watch in awe and adoration at how she grows to such loveliness.

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International convention

This week as a thousand delegates from more than 150 countries went to Haifa for the 11th annual International Baha’i Convention, I can’t help but look back on the convention that I experienced in 2008 and recall the impression that historic gathering made on me.
Seeing the diversity of the entire human race in one room is strangely humbling and empowering at the same time. You feel small because you realize your “world” is actually a tiny fleck in the vastness of the human experience happening to billions of people in every corner of the earth every minute of every day. Still, you are filled with hope when see the unity and connection they share in perhaps the most diverse gathering of people in the world –  a diversity not only in nations, but also in social, economic and professional backgrounds. An Italian industrialist, a presidential adviser from South Africa, a student from South America, a Bulgarian musician, a Ph.D. working with international research, a small business owner from Cameroon, and hundreds of  others gathered to cast their ballots and elect the international governing body of the Baha’i Faith.
The non-partisan, non-campaigning election process itself was itself remarkable. Over one thousand delegates representing 153 countries crossing a stage and casting their ballots with such dignity and grace. It was one of those occasions where the images were so impressed in my mind that I almost didn’t need my camera. Well… almost.

 

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skewed vision

I often tell my clients that they cannot see themselves the way I see them through my lens. It requires them to trust that I recognize a beauty that is inherently there, but sometimes concealed from their own eyes. Nothing illustrates that fact better than this portrait project:

The results are fascinating.
So how beautiful are we? So much more than we think we are.

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