Adil and Anika's One Year Anniversary Shoot

When Anika reached out to me about her and Adil's anniversary shoot, I knew we would all have a great time working together. If you have any of them on Facebook, you know they're a fun couple. Adil's one heck of a prankster, and the pranks he pulls on his wife and records for our enjoyment, are some of the funniest things to pop up on my Facebook feed.

We had a great time strolling through the South Street Seaport, and then taking a water taxi to Red Hook. I was dying to get a few shots on the water taxi itself, and I knew it would depend on the security personnel on the vehicle. Luckily, the people we got were pretty chill, and we got to snap a few frames by the edge of the boat.

I've shot in this area in Red Hook before, and it's a great place to shoot that's not too busy. Most people are shocked that you can make nice images from a place that is essentially the parking lot of an Ikea. We used our surroundings as best we could to incorporate them into our shots and had a fun time shooting here. They were really wonderful to work with, and it turned out to be one of my favorite portrait sessions to date.

Julie and Adam's Fire Island Wedding

Julie and Adam's wedding story featured on Huffpost Weddings:

Lead Photographer: Aaron Rahman
Second Photographer: Fahad Malik
Lead Videographer: Sasha De Silva
Second Videographer: Saad Rahman
Hair and Makeup Artist: Sidney Marie Vargas (
DJ: Rob Mantegazza

We met Julie and Adam for their engagement shoot a few months prior to their wedding, and they were an absolute blast to work with. Think marinas, boats, laughter, and margaritas, which were exceptionally hand-made by Adam himself. This is exactly how we love our engagement shoots to work out. It was a casual and fun affair, and we all got comfortable with each other very quickly. 

Little did we know that as comfortable as we were for their e-session, we would be just as uncomfortable for their wedding. It’s not that they did anything differently. They were both as insanely likable as they always were with us. But, Adam and Julie are all about the beach - self-proclaimed “Long Island Beach Bums.” A beach wedding meant that the weather could be a huge factor, and boy was it ever. 

As ceremony time approached, the sky was getting darker and darker. The storm was approaching. I conferred with Adam many times before the ceremony started. We agreed that if it got too bad, we would relocate the ceremony to the reception venue just a few minutes away. We prepared for the rain by having some plastic garbage bags to wrap around our cameras. While we do use professionally “weather sealed” Canon bodies, “weather sealed” certainly does not mean “weather proof.” 

Right before the ceremony started we could see the storm clouds in some of the portraits we took of Julie, Adam, and especially the bridal party. It was pretty surreal. The winds were gusting at least 30 mph. One of our umbrellas for our lights literally blew away, and we had to adjust as best we could. I looked over at Adam, waiting for him to let me know if we were still going ahead as planned. He gave me the go-ahead, and we began shooting. 

Ask any professional wedding photographer, and they will tell you how hectic a wedding day can get. Add a storm into the mix, and all hell can break loose, and it did. Torrential rain started falling down on the entire wedding party, and in the midst of the chaos, we weren’t able to grab our plastic bags in time. The ceremony was live, and we had to shoot it. After trying to make it through the entire ceremony, it just became too much for anyone to handle. We all ran for reception venue to relocate, and we were all soaking wet.

The rain had a devastating impact on us, as I quickly found out how much punishment our camera bodies could take. The unthinkable started to happen. Our cameras were soaking wet, and they wouldn’t be fully functional until much later. We had six cameras on hand and at some points only two or three were fully working. The reason we had so many is because we were shooting both photos and video, and we always have extra backup cameras on hand for emergencies. This certainly was an emergency, and I’m so glad that we had backups of just about everything. We weren’t the only vendors affected, as the DJ lost power for some time, and the photo booth crew’s equipment were damaged as well.

Some of my colleagues like to joke with me about me bringing everything I own to a wedding. I pretty much do, and I’m glad I did this day. We needed pretty much everything we had to be able to shoot the rest of the wedding, and I needed the support of every member of my team, who I am extremely thankful for. My team members consist of my girlfriend, my brother, and my best friend, so it certainly helps to have the people you trust the most in the most dire of situations.

Just by looking at the images, you might not be able to tell exactly how chaotic it got for the wedding party or for us. We care so deeply about our couples, and I did get pretty emotional at one point thinking how much distress the weather would cause Julie and Adam. But, those fears were unfounded. By the end of the night, everyone forgot about the rain, and danced the night away. Every single time I saw Julie smile and laugh, I felt a sense of relief - for us and for them.

Even if we shoot a thousand more weddings, Julie and Adam's wedding will be an experience that will easily still sit at the top of the "Most Memorable" list. Mother Nature had her way with all of us on this day. The storm forced our entire team to make some incredibly difficult decisions, but it couldn't stop us from celebrating this awesome couple.

Merve and Emre's Wedding Highlight Film

We love working with our Turkish couples, because they know how to throw a wedding, and they’re incredibly sweet. This video is proof of that. After Merveand Emre’s beautiful wedding, we tried to get the couple for a post-wedding video session, but unfortunately, their busy schedules wouldn’t allow for it.

But, we’ll do anything to make our couples happy. Like, secretly meet up with the bride’s closest friends to get their thoughts on the Big Day kind of do anything. This post is the first time our bride will know about this surprise! We had a terrific time shooting and putting this together, and you’re all welcome to watch and relive their wedding.

Wedding videography: Sasha De Silva and Saad Rahman
Post-wedding videography and post-production: Aaron Rahman

***Please watch in 1080P for best quality***

Olga, Mike, and Natalie's Family Portrait Session

It's been 16 years since I went to junior high school with Olga and 19 years since I went to elementary school with Mike. They ended up meeting in high school and eventually got married. And, here I am photographing them with their precious little girl, Natalie.

Photography brings people together in the most amazing ways, and I'm genuinely so glad to be a part of it.

Protyoi and Jean's Wedding Highlights Film

They had a little over a month to plan the two biggest days of their lives, and man, did they ever succeed. We had the pleasure of meeting up with Protyoi and Jean recently to get a few thoughts on their wonderful wedding and take a look back at the moments that made it such a memorable experience for them, their family, friends, and for us. This wedding personally meant a lot to me, because I was able to reconnect with some of my high school buddies, and I can't thank Pro and Jean enough for letting us be a part of their wedding.

Please watch in HD.
Wedding videography - Sasha De Silva
Post-wedding videography and editing - Aaron Rahman
Assistant - Fahad Malik