I'm back in Qatar! Shooting here is always a pleasure.
Naturally, having mostly worked in Europe, I have a lots of gardens and greenery in my portfolio, so shooting in a completely diverted setup and coming up with a beauty is challenging in a way, and tests my skills as a photographer. Arabic architecture reminds me of the elegance of centuries past, when sultans adorned with glittering jewels built grand palaces. It seems like the sun is always shining here, beating down hot on the heads of those wandering the markets and backstreets.
There's a sort of old world charm that makes me eager to get back within the country's borders.
The reason for my return to Qatar was a couple photoshoot for lovebirds Trixie and Remz. Both travelled from the Phillipines and settled down in Qatar for work, not knowing that fate had a plan in store for each of them. Sometimes you have to travel to far off places to meet your soulmate... Trixie and Remz didn't call this place home until they found each other.
They ended up being at the same social occasion at the same time; once Remz saw Trixie, he knew he had to talk to her. She was tiny and delicate, with a big smile that radiated positive energy. Remz found a clever way to get her information, and after messaging her on Facebook, the rest was history. They have been inseparable ever since.
We chose the quiet streets of the Souq market, the one in Al Wakra. Bright beige walls reflect the brilliant Middle Eastern sun so that the entire market is glowing. No amount of sunshine, however, could shine as bright as Trixie. Remz couldn't help but hold her in his arms, resting his chin on the top of her head. She is the perfect height for him to do that!
Things got silly when Remz swept her up in his arms. Trixie is rather light, so she couldn't do anything about it – I can tell they love picking on each other. There's a warmth and deep familiarity in their conversations that gives the impression they've known each other for years.
My favorite shot is actually not one of Trixie and Remz, but of a cranky street cat that decided to complain when the noise of our photoshoot disturbed his nap. He must have been getting a suntan on the rooftop when the sound of laughter woke him up. I can't say I blame him – I'd be cranky too! Aside from this fussy kitty that I named Abdullah, I'm quite proud of the picture of Trixie and Remz on the blue bench. Something about it seems very Timeless (did you see what I did there?).
I give Trixie and Remz my very best wishes for a long and happy relationship. You guys are made for each other!