Izzayakom

Helloz and welcome to my new blog! I am a London based Sudanese modest fashion blogger, turbanista, and a photographer in the making! I document my personal style, the latest trends in the industry, places I've been, people I've met, and of course random thoughts. Hope you have a nice stay!

Fashion Photoshoot : Urban Arabian

Fashion Photoshoot : Urban Arabian

That Time I Did a Fashion Photography Course

A few months back I signed up to do a fashion photography course that was being offered by London Institute of Photography . I'll have to admit that when I signed up, I was doing a night shift, I was a bit disoriented and I wasn't in the right mindset to make decisions on spending a sizeable amount of my income for a course. I remember waking up the next day in the afternoon and thinking to myself: "did I just spend a rents worth of money on a photography course??!!" but the money was spent and I decided to go rather than cancel the registration.  I must say, it was the best decision I've made while being half asleep. 

The course is run by the extremely talented Holger Pooten, when I checked his website I was mesmerised, such strong visuals. I was a bit intimidated and had to calm myself down on the way to Brick Lane, what if he was mean and broke my spirt? do I really want to do this in this very vulnerable stage in my life? But then I met him, sweetest person I've met. He is the perfect mentor, gentle but honest. He is there to help you bring out the best of you. I felt at ease knowing he was going to be my mentor, and so, the week long course started.

Holger Pooten, Mary (the other student on the course), and I. Face swapping like pros!

First of all, I realised I knew absolutely NOTHING about photography and how to use my camera, I've been doing it so wrong for so long, so so wrong! I only started taking photography seriously less than a year ago and I did some reading online, everything I've read did not do me any favours. It could be that I was reading the wrong sources, I also attribute my wrong ways to the fact that I learn by seeing something being done in front of me and practice it straight away, only reading and trying to apply the knowledge on my own meant I didn't know if I was doing it right or not. Anyway, at the end of the week, each student directed their own photoshoot, I was an absolute mess and I really struggled, I don't know if it was the nerves or the inexperience or both! I did not do well! I had no intention of ever looking at those photos again! Only bad memories were associated with them. But, a few days ago I had a second look at them and decided to do some editing, they're still not as good as I had originally wanted them to be, but I suppose it's a learning process. I have actually registered with LIoP again to take the full Professional 10 week professional photography course and I am currently on it, Hopefully by the end of it, I'll have half a clue!

Without further ado, presenting to you, my first ever proper fashion photoshoot 

Event: Aatiya London X Bubble Gum Hijab Launch Party

Event: Aatiya London X Bubble Gum Hijab Launch Party

Horraaaay It's EIIIIIIIID!

Horraaaay It's EIIIIIIIID!