Capture the Essence

Jihane el Fadli, a 23-year-old photographer from the Netherlands, is a lovely artist, who is especially wowing brides-to-be with her dreamy photographs. We got a few tips and tricks for taking stunning photos for our November issue.

Jihane el Fadli is a name you will probably be hearing a lot more of in the future. She believes in herself and in her dreams. And her secret is simple: she actually works on the dreams she has. She was born and raised in the Netherlands, which in her own words, is a lovely country which encourages you to be the best version of yourself. She describes herself as a dreamer, a discoverer, a go-getter and an adventure seeker. With thousands of followers on her social media accounts, she is more determined to become an even better photographer.

What do you do in your daily life?

I enjoy myself as much as I can, every day of everything that God has blessed me with. The sound of the birds, view of the beautiful ocean, good conversations with my friends, a hug from my mother, conversations with God… It’s all so meaningful, and it is feeding my soul more and more every day. I am living a meaningful life filled with beautiful people around me who are my biggest inspirations. It’s like an ocean of love.

How did you become a photographer?

When I was still a kid my parents would photograph and film me every single day. I still have boxes full of beautiful memories, the most beautiful gift my parents could have ever given me. At the time I did not know that one day I would fall in love with freezing moments. When I was in high school I would make pictures of flowers, my outfit, my room and everything I liked with the SLR my father had given me. At the age of 17, a friend of mine who was getting married asked me to take some photographs of her and her future husband. I told her very clearly that I was not a ‘professional’, but she believed in me and felt that I would do the job to the best of my ability. That is how I started my journey. A beautiful and inspirational journey it has been… First people believed in me, which is how I came to believe in myself. Hard work pays off, and that is what I did. I worked hard, on my skills and on the person I was becoming. Every day I try to be better than the day before. Is it easy? No. But no one told me it was going to be easy.

Continued on Hijab In Style’s November 2018 issue…

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