This week I’m in Dubai, UAE, with Sakina Paris to capture her journey these days. This photoserie below is taken on a beautiful yacht on a sunny day. French television M6 is making a documentary about big weddings in the Middle-East and Sakina is making the dress for the bride. Together with the bride we went on this beautiful yacht to see Dubai from the water perspective. We had the loveliest time together. Also talented make-up artist Nora Kourkis joined us during these days in Dubai.
My Beirut adventure! I’ve been working closely with Sakina for the last months and because she was invited as the Guest of Honor for Beirut Fashion Week, I was assisting her during this proces. We worked very hard on moodboards for hair and make up, music, video’s, models, preparing the dresses etc. If you want to read more, please click here for the blogpost of Sakina on her website. The show went well and we were hearing only positive reactions! Before, in between the fittings and rehearsals and after the show, we visited also the MBC and LBC studios where Sakina was interviewed on (live) television. Such a great experience to see all of this.
It was also my first time in the Middle East, and I loved it so much! I was overwhelmed by the kind and warm people, the cozy streets, the amazing food and last but not least; the music. I listened to this song during these days, and it became my own soundtrack for this journey (even though the beginning of the song is in Spanish, haha).
I’m very happy and lucky to work internationally: being a Dutch girl working for a French couturier having her show in Lebanon.
Ever since I joined the Sakina Paris team, I have been photographing inside the atelier besides being Sakina’s assistant. This week we planned a special photoshoot: a digital and printed article for ELLE Arabia. Lucky me, Sakina wanted me to take her portraits. Our lovely make-up artist Nora Kourkis from Sweden joined us for the shooting day, and created the most beautiful make up on Sakina.
Photographing and filming are two jobs close to each other. Sakina gave me the chance to edit the video, even though I had no experience in editing. The video is filmed by Manuel Laurent, and the interview is filmed by me.
Make up by Nora Kourkis:
P.s. We are proudly organizing Sakina’s debut at Beirut Fashion Week in Libanon!