Doha, Qatar. The Williams Family.
Several months ago I got this email asking if I’d like to come out to the Middle East to do a family session…
“Hi Jonas! My name is Kat and I’m a fan of yours. I’m inquiring to see if you might be interested in a family photo adventure? I have been living in Doha, Qatar with my family for the past 5 years. One of my two daughters was born here and we are heading into our last year in the Middle East before returning to Canada next summer. Though I struggled with it when I first arrived, this place and my life here have come to mean something to me and I’d really like to capture a bit of that before we leave for good. I’m wondering if you’d like to come to Doha and do your thing and take our pictures? Whatchya think? Thanks, Kat W.”
Yes, I still pinch myself that I get to do this for a living. Our trip was amazing. I’m not sure words can quite do it justice. Kat and her family opened their lives and their city to us. When we weren’t shooting we were visiting museums, amazing restaurants, and being shown the sites. The locals were so gracious and kind. Some even posed for my camera!
At one point while we were there, Kat was driving us back from our shoot in the desert. The sun had just set and the evening twilight seemed completely magical. We were listening to Billy Bragg singing ‘Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key’ from an iPhone plugged into the SUV stereo. Kat and her two girls, Neve and Vesper, were singing along. I misheard the chorus and thought they were singing ‘Way Over Yonder In the Monarchy.’ I was thinking… this is perfect! It wasn’t until I got home and looked the song up that I realized my mistake. Still didn’t change the fact that it was a perfect moment.
Thank you Kat, Brett, Neve, and Vesper for giving us so many perfect moments. Thanks for opening up your home for us to capture this precise point in your lives together. We’re so excited for your many adventures ahead!
*Sidenote: you can also check out Kat’s awesome photography on her own Attakat blog.
Soundtrack: Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key by Billy Bragg & Wilco (iTunes)
Williams Family. Doha, Qatar.
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Photographer: Jonas Seaman
Second Shooter: Mary Ellen Williamson