Do you like making memories with your family that are timeless? Memories that you can treasure for a lifetime encapsulated within a frame, so you can look back on them and cherish those moments whenever you want.
Qatar has a number of great family photographers who know just how to capture the very essence of family bonds and ties. They can create magic with their cameras that will leave you spellbound when you see the results.
If you haven't had a family shoot with Qatar's beautiful landscapes as a backdrop, then you're surely missing out. Check out some of Qatar's well-known family photographers and why not book a family shoot with them!
Ivan Mangu is from the Philippines and loves taking photographs of families because "you get to meet new people and eventually become friends, you get to see new places, you get to capture the fleeting beauty of those in-between moments and, lastly, you get to appreciate the raw reality of everyday life."
Ivan absolutely loves photography and "everything that comes with it". He actually works for a company, and photography is what he does on the side. His photographs are masterpieces and right now, he's one of the busiest photographers in Doha.
He became serious about photography when he came to Qatar four years ago. At that time, he didn't have many friends and when his wife saw how bored he was, she bought him a camera to start a hobby. He started by taking his wife's pictures and architectural sceneries. Then one day, a friend asked him to capture some shots for his wedding, and after that "the rest was history".
Ivan advises anyone who wants to take up photography to just keep it clicking, keep on learning and trust the process.
You can check out Ivan's portfolio and get in touch with him through his Instagram account: @ivanmanfotos
Najla Nabil is an expat in Qatar from Pakistan. She's been here for 13 years and is a self-taught family photographer. Since she has an aviator husband, the travel opportunities she's had made her want to improve her photography. She says photography "has little to do with what I see, and everything to do with the way I see it."
Najla is a photographer in search of the perfect light and loves what she does because of the "connections you form during a shoot that result in beautiful moments with relaxed, happy people in front of your lens." It’s also given her some lovely friendships over the years, and returning clients.
Najla tells anyone who is interested in photography to "not get overwhelmed with how much others around you may have achieved. We all started somewhere. Find a community online or in your city, where you can get support and share knowledge."
You can check out Najla's portfolio and get in touch with her through her Instagram account: @najlanabilphotography
Voted as one of the 30 most influential people of the community in Qatar for 2019, Bosco Menezes is a "people’s person at heart", so being a family photographer amongst other things, "comes as second nature" to him. Bosco or 'BigB' as he is lovingly known around town, is from India. Since he's an artist at heart and also works in the communications field as an experienced Communications and Marketing Professional with close to two decades of industry experience in Qatar, he's "always involved in something creative".
His advice to anyone who takes on family photography on a professional level is to "go with your heart in everything, especially when it comes to capturing precious family moments."
You can check out Bosco's's portfolio and get in touch with him through his Instagram account: @bigbfotografi
Angela is from the US, and has been doing professional family photography for four years now, but "has been learning and practising for eight". She started taking photographs when her oldest daughter was born because she wanted to learn how to take quality photos of her. Photography quickly became a passion for her that she "wanted to pursue with education and required a lot of time and practice."
Angela loves the connection captured in family photography. As a mom herself, looking back at photos of her kids and her growing family through different phases, makes her emotional: "To look at a photo and have it bring me back to the feelings of that moment or that phase of life, is such a gift! "She loves that she can capture those moments and give that gift to others. In her opinion: "there is no moment too small to be worthy of documenting if looking back at it makes you feel something."
For a photography newbie, her advice would be to pick up your camera after learning basic camera functions in manual mode and shoot every single day, in all different types of light, scenarios, and subjects. The challenge of different setting will improve your skills immensely.
You can check out Angela's portfolio and get in touch with her through her Instagram account: @qatarfamilyphotography
Waqas Nasir has been working as a freelance photographer in Doha for the last 10 years. Waqas is from Pakistan and has always had a passion for photography. After learning more about photography from a professional standpoint, he started out about 20 years ago as a professional photographer with a small studio in Pakistan.
He loves taking photographs of families because "it's always exciting to meet new people everyday, learn more about them and connect with their emotions to create life long memories for them" through timeless photographs.
Waqas always encourages people who want to take up photography as a passion or professionally to "be inspired to learn more and be your own critic to improve work quality."
You can check out Waqas's portfolio and get in touch with him through his Instagram account: @waqasnasirphotography
Geraldine Menezes Fernandes, better known as Camera Queen Qatar in Doha's photography circle, is originally from India, but was born and brought up in Qatar where she is a family photographer. Since she was a child, she would either play around with her father's camera or borrow her brother's. Be it annual days at school, university events or family get-togethers, Geraldine was "always in charge of photography and enjoyed capturing those fun moments." So, it was obvious that she would choose photography as a career 10 years ago.
Her favourite thing about being a family photographer is "capturing those precious moments of love." She believes there is a lot of trust and responsibility on a photographer. She is proud to say: "My own family has grown abundantly as I now cover all major events of most of my first-time clients. I am not only a family photographer, I am their family photographer."
She encourages newbies to enjoy what they're doing, put their heart into it and they'll be rewarded with love and gratitude in return.
You can check out Geraldine's portfolio and get in touch with her through her Instagram account: @cameraqueenqatar
Ana Paula Bauken is from Brazil, but has dual German and Brazilian nationality. She started working with photography 10 years ago as a model, and now she works behind the lens "capturing and eternalising moments." She loves what she does immensely because she takes "photos of different moments, pregnant women, weddings, engagements, parties, etc."
Ana advises emerging photographers to "never give up on your dreams, don't care about the opinions of others, and focus on what you do best."
You can check out Ana's portfolio and get in touch with her through her Instagram account: @dohaphoto_
Ukrainian Halyna Platt is a mother of two, model, ex-cabin crew, lawyer and photographer. She's always liked art, and photography is the way she expresses her creativity. She got her first camera when she was a teenager, and since then, she's loved capturing the beauty around her and editing photos. With time, this hobby turned into a profession, and Halyna became a family photographer because she "loves having fun with the families especially when there are little kids. It’s always full of laughter, it’s energising. And when they come again after a year or so, you get to see how their family is growing... it’s amazing!"
She always tells new photographers that "there is always a starting point, but no limits to how much you can grow and progress in photography."
You can check out Halyna's portfolio and get in touch with her through her Instagram account: @photoplatt
Monica Justine is from India. When she started photography, it was an escape from reality, but with time, it grew into a hobby and then a career. Photography gives Monica "immense joy when you realise their (the people she photographs) memories would be cherished for a lifetime."
Her advice to someone who's just starting out is to "do it no matter what. Even if u don't have the equipment for it, start with what you have at that time, at that moment.. you'll find your way to invest in the future."
You can check out Monica's portfolio and get in touch with her through her Instagram account: @monicajustine_
Izabela Zaremba is a family photographer from Poland and calls Qatar her "second home". Moving to Qatar was a great choice in her career because "the events here are absolutely amazing with a very unique touch!"
Izabela has always been passionate about photography, but started working as a professional after she completed her training and courses in the UK, and when she moved to Libya. She loves covering events like weddings and engagements, and "as a female photographer in Qatar", it's a big advantage as she can "capture amazing parties and unforgettable moments of local females."
She believes for anyone wanting to enter the field of photography, they should find one field in it that enjoy the most and practice that as much as they can.
You can check out Izabela's portfolio and get in touch with her through her Instagram account: @izazphoto
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