Since this is my first blog post on my new web site, I thought it would be a great way for you and I to get to know each other a little better!
I'm a Texas Girl, through and true!
You may not know this, but I was born in Houston, Texas. Another little known fact, I'm adopted and when my Brother and I were first adopted we moved to the Dallas area. Growing up I knew that my future would be in media, in any way I could possibly make that happen! I worked for years in a photography franchise and then branched off on my own, my first business name was ZAN Photography, that's so weird right? LOL. I became involved in the event photography industry and was the resident photographer for a super exclusive night club and from there I became a celebrity/nightlife photographer. I had the amazing opportunity to cover exclusive restaurant openings and private parties. I photographed celebrities such as Justin Timberlake, Timberland, Owen and Luke Wilson, Kate Hudson, Tommy Lee and so many more.
Getting Closer to God...
I really caught up in the nightlife industry and all that is involved with it. I got further and further from the things that really matter in life. I worked super late hours and was surrounded by only "party" people so I didn't have a whole lot of room for anything inspirational or anyone who would help me look for something with a deeper meaning. I started feeling more and more empty and really started to long for purpose. I found that void could never be filled by money, or "things", or having a lot of friends. I had all those things and still felt super lonely and empty. I feel like God really was struggling to reach my heart, because of my own faults of course. God really touched me through a different route than anyone would have ever expected. When I discovered the religion, Islam, I found the exact "Black and White" clarity that I knew I needed to implement into my life. As I learned more and more about the faith, I grew further and further from the nightlife industry and closer and closer to living a "cleaner" life.
After I took the leap and made a complete transition to being a "Muslim", I decided that everything in my life needed to have a cleaner focus and that included my career. I let go of all of my nightlife photography accounts and clients! It was a huge sacrifice and I had to learn a completely new industry of photography but the reasoning behind it gave me such a passion and drive to make it successful. I was going to make this work and I was going to do it in a way I could serve my clients well and also know that what I am doing is something I can feel proud of!
I am so proud to be a wedding photographer and also proud to be a photographer who is also a Muslim. I love shooting ALL weddings and families and beautiful portraits and I am so thankful everyday for the new life that I don't deserve but I'm incredibly grateful for. If your my client, I am grateful for you.