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Asian Wedding Photographer Experiences!!!

I have done more than a fair share of photography at Asian Weddings. The style of photography is now getting too typical and people are coming up with new poses. Editing is not what it used to be and now people demand more!

In my case, I think simple is better. However I don’t like the shots of family’s and groups. I prefer to take singular shots of people and this can be hard in Asian weddings when no one is listening and your are struggling to raise your voice. 

You may also have a brideZilla who can be impossible and also very reluctant on posing which can be both annoying and stressful! The more clients cooperate, the better the pictures! 

I’ve also noticed as a female photographer, families can be very caring and nice and you can get attached to them. You may even make a few friends with some of the aunties! Overall, the seperation feeling at the end of a booking is strange. You kind of learn about the family in the time that you have spent with them. 

It is also important that you as a photographer should make your clients feel as relaxed as possible! After all, they will look much better smiling rather than anxious! 

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Düden şelalesi – Duden Waterfalls Antalya (Truly Magnificent!)

This year was my first visit to the Duden waterfalls in Antalya, Turkey. It was truly unexpected as if i had entered a fairy tale such as Alice in Wonderland. The sights are magnificent and the waterfalls are just amazing!

There are many caves surrounding the waterfalls which you can enter. They are much cooler inside. However, they are very low and you are bound to hit your head if you are not careful. The entry is 4 lira per person which is very less to see a paradise! Words cannot describe its beauty- one must see for their self. Pictures definitely do not justify its true magnificence.

 

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The 2nd Ottoman Sultan: Orhan Gezi

Orhan, Son of Osman and the greatest king of them all according to the famous Moroccan Traveller Ibn Battuta. Orhan Gazi (1288-1360) was the second ruler of the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman Empire was founded by his father Osman I. It was Orhan who introduced the expansion of the Ottoman Empire into the Balkans.

There is a myth which may or may not be true which is that Osman (Father of Orhan) had a dream that a tree grew out of his chest and that the branches and roots grew to cover Asia, Africa and Europe. It was Osmans Shaykh who interpreted this dream and said that the descendants of Osman would control the Empire that controlled all three regions.

During the reign of Orhan, Busra (Bursa), Nicaea (Iznik) and Nicomediar (Izmir) fell into the hands of the Ottoman Empire. As a model Islamic ruler, Orhan would capture cities and provide mosques and school to them. He was known for his charitable acts where he donated large amounts of money to the poor and spent the time to listen and talk to them.  Bursa was known as the Ottoman Capital and was where Orhan Died in 1360.

John VI Cantacuzenus was the Byzantine Emperor and had an important role to play in helping the Turkish and the Ottomans in the conquest of the Byzantine Empire. Orhan Bey had married Theodora, the daughter of John VI Canacuzenus.

Orhan’s second marriage was to Holofira who was at the time the daughter of the Byzantine Prince. Holofira was to get married to the Prince of Bilecik but she eloped with Orhan and left her wedding ceremony. Holofira converted to Islam and changed her name to Nilufer Hatun. She would be the one to give birth to the third Ottoman Sultan, Murad I

You can visit the mausoleum (Gumuslu Kumbet) of Orhan which is located in Bursa – not very far from Istanbul. You can get there by car, ferry or train.

*The picture shows the Tughra (Signature) of Orhan.

 

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The Tanneries of Morocco

Visiting a Tannery was quite an experience. I still remember the nauseating strong smell that came from the visit. Although the scent was overpowering, I had learnt a lot from the experience. This is what experiencing teaches you.

A Tannery if you don’t know, is a place where a process of leather production takes place. The process involves treating skins and hides of animals to produce leather. Tannin, an acidic chemical is used to process the skin.

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These days, the process of tanning is more automatic. In Morocco, exist several tanneries which you may visit to observe the manual and traditional ways of tanning. In Fez, exists tanneries which are almost 1000 years old so you can imagine how much leather has been produced here. The final stage is to produce the leather into a product such as slippers, hand bag etc. which is then shipped to European countries and sold there.

Hides of sheep, goats and even camels are used to be processed into leather. The many workers in the tanneries may find the job exhausting and even manual. For example, a worker at the tannery would use their bare feet for hours to knead the hides. So much effort can go into the production of leather. Imagine this is the hot weather where temperatures can reach 40 degrees Celsius

In Fez, the Chaouwara Tanneries lie in the Medina of Fez next to the leather Souk. The scent can be smelled throughout the bazaar. The leather is dyed in many colours. Vegetable dye including henna, saffron and others are used for the colouring. The leather is sun dried before being used to make the final product.

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Although the strong scent which can be unbearable, it is definitely worth a visit (A very educational experience).

 

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Update on my Travels/Life

It is now my last week of work which means I need to find time to travel. Travelling and photography is something I have passion for. I recently stopped blogging because there was a lot of work to catch up on before I leave and less time spent on my travels.

Normally, I would take a weekend break and travel. Whether this is Local (e.g. London) or abroad, I ensure I have enough time to see everything and stick to any travel plans.

For my photographs, I have recently been using the Nikon D7200 DSLR camera which provides the highest quality of pictures. The pictures are so clear and professional. You can see all the images from my travels on my Instagram page: TravelHistorically.

I am currently considering looking for a new destination to travel to. Having looked at my options, I am thinking that Spain, Italy or Greece are my top 3 options. I shall probably confirm this on my next blog (hopefully I would have booked everything by then).