This past May, I visited my family in London for two weeks. The first weekend I was there, the weather was very warm and sunny so we decided to go to the zoo!
I hadn’t been to the zoo in years before this visit so I brought my camera along to capture this moment. My 12 year old nieces were amazed by the concept of an analog camera so after explaining the basics to them, I handed over the camera and let them shoot a whole roll. Watching them discover the intricacies of film photography (“There’s no screen? How can you tell what you took??”) was a lot of fun and the three of us had a good time.
Here are some of the photos they took! I think they did a fantastic job for their first time 🙂
A while ago, I captured my sister taking a photo of my cousin in the first Photo². Less than a year later, my sister and I are back at it again with another photo in the photo, this time of my youngest sister, Safiya.
One of my photography goals for 2019 was to take more pictures of the people I love. This Eid, I had the chance to take portrait-style photos of my sisters and my cousin while they were all dressed up. I loved the process and I’m looking forward to taking more pictures of my loved ones!
It was sometime in the Fall of 2013 when I decided to make a declaration on Facebook: if I have a cat, I will name her Luna.
I had just finished re-watching an episode of Sailor Moon and remembered how much I loved Luna and decided to share my love with my friends. Shortly after I made the post, a classmate of mine commented and let me know that if I was serious about wanting a cat, he knew someone who was looking for homes for some kittens. I messaged him instantly and a few days later, I had a small grey kitten to take care of. He didn’t have a name when I adopted him but after a few days of hanging out, the name came to me: Kovu.
Kovu is the name of a character in the movie, Lion King 2. He has a difficult personality and comes off aggressive and rude. But as the movie progresses, we learn that he actually has a heart of gold and uses his cold exterior as a way to defend himself against the harsh realities of the world. Now my Kovu doesn’t talk so I wouldn’t know about his past and whether or not he had a difficult upbringing but something in his eyes reminded me of the Kovu from Lion King 2 and so the name stuck. Like his namesake, Kovu has grown into a cat with a big heart. He still has his moments but at the end of a long day, he doesn’t shy away from showing us some love. Here’s to 5 years with Kovu and hopefully the start of 5 more!
P.S. Kovu is on Instagram! If you want to see more of him, you can follow him @kovuthekitten. He loves making new friends 🙂