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Traveling quite frequently to Dubai and having experienced the wonders of shooting in the desert landscape, I am always keen to organise a shoot that is not commissioned when I’m there. In November this year, I had the opportunity to take my wife on holiday to Dubai, whilst having to fit in only one or two business meetings. With at least one spare day in hand, I organised a “Desert” shoot with my friend and associate Bernie Richardson . Bernie and his wife Bindi have settled in Dubai from New Zealand and run their own photography business, shooting weddings amongst other things. Really talented – http://weddingphotographerdubai.me/ With their help, we organised two models – a bride-to-be, Emily(a professional dancer) and  model Josh McCartney. Hair and make-up were done expertly by Monica from Blush Beauty in Duabi, and we borrowed two gorgeous dresses from dress designer Barbaranne of www.houseofmoirai.com. We rented some gear from my good friend Kashif Joosub, a fellow South African who runs the highly successful Light House Studios. Gathering at Bernie and Bindi’s for a delicious lunch, as well as preparation, we set off towards the desert. Only this time, it was going to be a desert terrain with a difference. They had done a recce a week before and discovered a stark, grey-stoned countryside across the border in Oman. This was a backdrop like no other that I’d ever shot in before – a hauntingly magnificent lunar landscape was how we described it. Unfortunately, it was an incredibly windy day and we’d waited for it to subside, but with only an hour or so of sunlight we had to forge on. With my loving wife holding the gold reflector as best she could in the conditions and a battery powered strobe, we managed to capture these images.  It was a fantastic time with Bernie and Bindi and one more country visited on my photographic journey.

 

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