I put together this slideshow for my friends Hasan and Noorien whose wedding I shot back in February. I've never done a slideshow before and I wanted to do something different. This allows them to easily send a link to their friends/family and it summarizes their wedding day well.
A wedding and event photography blog by Ahmed Rashid.
I was invited to be a judge for the DC Muslim Inter-Scholastic Tournament (DC MIST) Photography Competition yesterday. DC MIST holds competitions for high schoolers in the DC area covering many different subjects and categories. I was honored to be invited to be 1 of 3 judges for the Photography Competition which was held at The University of Maryland College Park.
The Photography Competition had 72 entries, much more than I thought there would be. I was very impressed by many of the entries. As high schoolers, most of these kids don't have access to fancy and expensive equipment. But many of them submitted fantastic images using the tools at their disposal. We trimmed the competition to 15 finalists, who were all interviewed for 5 minutes to ask them about their work and how it related to this year's theme. I truly enjoyed speaking to the contestants and was blown away by their ideas and thought process behind their work. I was very happy to hear that many of them were taking Photography classes and have access to a Studio as well.
At the end of the day, the judges worked together to identify the top 5 entries. The 15 finalists will find out the results next week at the awards ceremony and be eligible to compete in the National competition. It was a very rewarding experience and I look forward to being a judge next year!
After speaking to a consultant, I decided to completely re-do my website and start over. I spent considerable time working with a Google SEO expert to make Ahmed Rashid Photos easier to find on the web. We made some significant changes (some can be seen, some are in the background) and I hope this increases my visibility to those who have photography needs in the DC, MD, and VA areas. I will be much more active in this Photography Blog moving forward. As always, I appreciate any referrals you send my way. And most of all, I appreciate your support!