Akbar Sayed

Akbar Sayed

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You're in the middle of crying and laughing at your wedding (cause that's how much emotions work) and a strand of hair slightly turns out of place. You'd obviously want to be stopped and have your hair completely redone and then fake that moment right? Yeah, I didn't think so. Your wedding is a day that you two get to enjoy yourselves and come together and we believe in capturing that as it happens - not taking over the wedding and making it a fancy photoshoot. Capturing authentic moments is what we do and when you need a little direction we'll gently guide you too. We take special care to learn all of the details about what's important to you on your wedding day through a 4 step process so that your day goes as smoothly as possible.  
When you're comfortable you'll be relaxed. When you see your partner you'll be happy. When you're happy and relaxed is when you'll have the most fun and when you'll look the best. I help people feel comfortable.

Where are you located? Do you charge a travel fee for weddings not in your location?

Located in Leesburg, Virginia. There are no travel fees for the DMV and there are minimal fees to cover air fare/gas, hotel for further locations.

How long have you been in business? How many weddings have you photographed as the main photographer?

I started shooting wedding events in 2009, since then I've shot over 100 weddings as the main photographer.

Describe your "style" of wedding photography.

I love to be photojournalistic and allow the action to occur naturally. However, during certain moments when direction is needed we don't hesitate to give it. I focus on delivering beautiful, timeless images that you'll love to show your grandkids one day.

What's the typical wedding coverage package that you offer? What is the price?

The weddings we shoot represent cultures from all over the world. There's no way to have one package that fits everyone's needs so each package is tailored to each wedding.

Do you have a studio where we can meet? Do you use Skype?

I find that meeting clients at the location of their venue is a great way to not only go over needs and wants but also have a walkthrough of the day. My preferred way to chat is in person and if that doesn't work then video calls (Facetime, Google Hangout or Skype).

What are your professional degrees, credentials, affiliations? Have you taken any recent educational workshops or classes?

I have a strong affinity for people. I love being able help anyone at every moment. I started my career out as a Registered Nurse after receiving my Bachelor's in Science and Nursing from the number 7th ranked nursing program in the country at the University of Maryland Baltimore. While in nursing school I started to grow more and more interested in photography although I never imagined it would ever become my full-time profession. Since 2015 I've been shooting full time and nursing part time and I love it.

Is there anything else you'd like to share about yourself?

When I'm not working on the business I'm probably running around with my two boys and my beautiful wife. If that's not the case then I'm probably at yoga or playing video games.

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1 Real Couple

Sabreet + Arun
September 9, 2017