Thursday, October 7, 2010

Celebrating Shayema {Plano, TX Phtographer}

Today's post is dedicated to one of my very dear friends - the very beautiful Shayema. Her son Arbaaz and my son Stephen were in preschool together and she and I developed a lovely friendship. She's one of the most giving people I know with a remarkable gift for hospitality. I thank God for her friendship.

Recently Shayema entered a new stage in her life. One that took courage and bravery beyond comprehension. My mother took this same journey when I was just a child. What a special gift it has been for me to be able to witness the way Shayema has handled herself throughout these past few months. It has provided great insight into what my mother must have gone through so many years ago - something I could not understand at the time.

Not only has my respect and love for my mother grown these past few months, but I can't tell you enough how proud I am of Shayema. She is a woman of deep integrity, grace, and inner beauty. I can't wait to see what God has in store for her!

Today needed to be something more than just a portrait session. Today it was all about celebrating Shayema. I felt a deep need to celebrate her freedom. To celebrate new joy that is on the horizon. To celebrate independence. To celebrate hope. It was an honor to give her this gift!

We started out with her traditional dress from Bangladesh. Then it was on to the fun: a little ice cream, window shopping (or trespassing - whatever you decide to call it), and a few "just-for-the-fun-of-it" poses. Today's session will be one I hold dear to my heart for a very long time - just as I will Shayema.

I love you very much, Shayema. You are stunning - inside and out!


  1. Excellent shots! Liked all.

  2. Excellent work....

  3. You are looking so gorgeous!

  4. very nice!we love u too Sayema.

  5. Oh wow!! Fantastic shoot and such a lovely write-up too. Don't we all just know it. Awsome Tammy & Shayema api xx.

  6. Great pictures! What a wonderful way to write about a friend. Wish you both an everlasting friendship.

  7. Tammy you are a great photographer and i loved all the pictures ...Loved your note that describes your intense friendship with Shayema ..My best wishes and prayers are for you and your family ...May God bless you and help you fulfill all your dreams ...regards Shabana

  8. Bushra Tawfiq ChowdhuryOctober 26, 2010 at 9:20 PM

    love all the pictures...specially the model

  9. Shayema...stunning!
    Tammy: I loved your post. It does take a lot of bravery and courage to go through what Shayema has...Loved how you got to understand what your mother went through.
    PS: can you make me look as beautiful as Shayema? LOL

  10. Thanks Everyone for taking the time to comment and spread a little encouragement my way. Much love to all of you!
    Tatiana, I would love to photograph and celebrate YOU! And, YES, she is brave and courageous beyond her years! A special friend for sure.

  11. Aww, you all are so sweet, made my day.
    Blesed to have such loving people around me.
    I am fortunate for sure .
    Tamm, Tatiana is a true should shoot her.
    Tatina, she is an amazing artist and a fun person to be with. Besides taking the pictures ,we had somuch fun while taking those shots. It's priceless.
    So, you should experience it too , Tatiana.

  12. It's my good fortune to come across a personality in my life who is absolutely beautiful from inside out! With pure mind, heart and soul. Are you sure that you not an angel in disguise? Because humans like you are very hard to find!


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