Life is an adventure. For every one of us.
It’s a process of exploration. Exploration of our earth, but also ourselves and each other.
We hold the reins of our own life, but for the most part we do not know what is in store for us. We try to be our best, and hope for the best, but each moment ahead of us requires a courageous step into the great unknown. I wonder if it is when we get most complacent of this fact that life serves us with appropriate reminders.
Joining Susi and Omar on their adventure was something I knew would be a special experience, but I didn’t fully anticipate how much of an adventure it would be for myself. For the most part, that adventure will come through in the photos but perhaps what will not, is my inner adventure, in my heart and spirit.
There’s been a lot of changes in my life in the past couple years. Of course, that means that there’s been some stormy weather at times, some that felt almost impossible to navigate. I did however, get through it, and have come out of it better and stronger with more love to give. More love to give to the important people in my life but also more love to give to my art, and the steady stream of incredible couples who I am lucky enough to photograph and in return enrich my life. Susi and Omar are no exception to this. As I walk into this new chapter, it feels like a comfortable, yet unfamiliar place. I’m a little scared. Fortunately, I have gained a new best friend, and loving companion – Katie. Prior to us finding each other, we were both fiercely independent, but now, neither of us would know what do do without the other. Katie and I share the same passion for what we do, and photographing this wedding with her was one epic and overwhelming feat that I quite literally could not of have done without her. When I look at these photos, I am reminded of that.
For that reason, it didn’t feel like we were just tagging along on Susi and Omar’s adventure. We were very much on an adventure of our own and I have no doubt that every second will be etched in our minds forever.
As for our new friends Susi & Omar, these two are a very special pair. Their energy is peaceful and gracious. Their love is calm and gentle. They are two beautiful souls. I hope you enjoy their story.
(2017 AIPP Album of the Year)
With recent issues of terrorism and political unrest, Egypt has suffered a significant decline in tourism. As Australians we were advised by our government to ‘reconsider our need to travel’. However during our time in Egypt we were met with nothing but first class kindness and hospitality. Locals we encountered constantly went out of their way to help us, including even assisting us crossing the busy streets of Cairo! All they asked for was for us to encourage our friends and family to travel to their beautiful country and assure everyone that it is safe to do so. In our three weeks traveling throughout Egypt we barely encountered any other Western tourists. So anyone that has ever wanted to visit Egypt, now is the time! Egypt is a place that is very different to home, and that is what makes it so special. I can assure you that you will be welcomed by warm, friendly and hospitible people.
Second Shooter – Katie Harmsworth
Susi’s dress – Custom made in Germany
Hair – Mohammed Al Sagheer
Makeup – Irina Rise
Venue – Maison Blue
Planner/Stylist – Marley Feckry @ Decarma
Video – OJO Creative Studios
Omar’s suit – Orange Square