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I was listening to Jackson 5′s “I Want You Back” (which is 45 years old this year?!) while editing these one night and it seems oddly appropriate since Gabi + Reuben + Ben are my first repeat clients and so much of Attakat’s story is tied up in Benjamin’s time on Planet Earth.  See, Gabi took a chance on me, back when I was just a wee bairn; a photographer telling little stories with my camera and thrilled/terrified by the thought of being entrusted to share a part of someone else’s story.

But Gabi saw something in my photos that struck a chord and asked me to take pictures of her and Reuben as they celebrated and anticipated the arrival of their firstborn, a son Benjamin, who named himself in a dream.  These people and our time together was like turning on the floodlights in the chambers of my heart. Everything was illuminated. I walked away from that morning knowing this was exactly what I wanted to be doing and that love was always going to be the answer.

I have never lost the slack-jawed awe that people are willing to let me be a witness to moments like these and I am particularly grateful to Gabi + Reuben + Benjamin for the trust and creativity they allow me to testify to their deep love for each other and the warmth and light that radiate from them towards everyone and everything that is fortunate enough to stand in their sunshine.

These were taken in Dubai, their new stomping grounds, to commemorate an important anniversary.

Happy 2nd Birthday Benjamin!

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I had the fortune of spending an afternoon at the most iconic building in Doha with the most memorable of tour guides.  We didn’t see much art, but Hello Kitty made an appearance and Mademoiselle Maya highly recommends the in-house croissants. She is also quite handy with a camera (see further evidence here) and took her own shots of the beautiful and bewitching Laura.  Together, they are quite the team.

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Sometimes the world seems like a small place full of familiar faces and old friends.  Meeting the Chalmers family for a morning in the souq was one of those occasions.

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