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Article on Die Zeit

Back in February I was commissioned  by the German journal ‘Die Zeit’ to make a portrait of Christopher and Regina Catrambone for their work in saving immigrants from their perilous voyages trying their luck to reach European... read more

Twins Newborn Photoshoot

2015 brings with it new challenges – I love shooting weddings but weddings are not the only source of joy and happiness in life… Newborns are another example of joy which actually surpasses the joy of the wedding day… the act of giving life to another human is an immense joy and is to be celebrated as best it can be. Unfortunately newborns will not be newborns for ever and quickly they change and start growing up and will only be newborn for a few days/weeks. soon they will be toddlers and sooner enough young adults :) We had this shoot planned since the day I knew Mariam was pregnant… the last weeks were so full of plans and ideas which cam down to this simple shoot in her lovely house with traditional patterned tiles and lovely soft light beaming through the gorgeous windows.. So here I present to you ‘Ofelia’ and ‘Eliora’… Two tiny princesses which filled my day with joy… even if I was with them just a few hours... read more

Blessings….

Again this week I had a thought! It’s now officially 1 year since I quit my day job and definitely it was not easy. I had been trying to bring to the table enough reasoning and pros and cons about doing this step for such a lot of time and never actually managed to do it because trying to reason it out,  you never have enough reason to do it because it is a CRAZY thing to do.. At least that is what society tries to tell you. I thank God to give me the strength and for surrounding me with a wife who supported me from day one, to defy what everyone tried to tell me and risk it all. A year onwards and over 40 weddings later I am so sure that I know nothing yet in this industry and will keep on looking out for my mistakes and learn from them. Last year was a big trial for me as on the day of submitting my job leaving notice I barely had enough work to take my family through the whole of summer, let alone a full year. Yet I only have God to thank for his love towards me and for giving me the grace to look at him and expect his blessings same way a child expects from his parents. God has blessed my wife and me with four beautiful children and with so much life and joy. I have no words to thank him and yet he keeps on blessing us with new possibilities to love and show God’s love to others. One... read more

And 1 year on…

It’s been a year now! I cannot believe it but, yes, next week it will be a year since I quit the security of my day job to follow my dream! When I was young, still learning at school, I was always taught that the world is not a place for dreamers and one will only fail at life if he/she keeps believing in dreams – one has to study hard and work hard and forget he/she is living so that one day one can be proud to have a 50,000 Euros job under his care and a nice car or 2 or even 3 of them and maybe a Villa in Beverly Hills!! Oh how foolish was I to let people dictate this to me! For such a long time I failed to believe it and even thou I was forced to get a job like everyone else and work hard for “money”, money never gave me anything. I spent over 10 years in the “Job” industry and for a big stretch of that time I even tried to juggle a full time Job with over time and a further job and Photography…what a waste of precious time and LIFE!!! and all I can say that I gained was, a HUGE LOSS of life. I LOST so much: I never got to be with my eldest child who today is 6 years old. I have spent the last year trying to make up for the lost time and it shows that I was not there for him for the first years of his life. I have almost lost my... read more

Shoot at Private Residence

A few months back Pippa Toledo Commissioned me to photograph this beautiful Hose which they finished. I loved the light in the place and everything speaks loud about life in this... read more

Joshua and Deborah – Love shoot

Last weekend I shot such a lovely wedding of Joshua and Deborah – and then on Monday we went for a nice shoot for just them 2 in the countryside – The light was just Marvelous – there was a slight haze in the sky which added to the beautiful light bouncing all around.. Hope you’ll enjoy http://ianabdilla.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/105-the_paper_kites-the_mortal_boy_king.mp3    ... read more

Post Wedding at Dusk in Mdina

    A few months back I decided to try a post Wedding Shoot in Mdina at Dusk and afterwards – It was not a usual shoot for me as I had to set up a Light with me as well but I am happy with the result – and I have to thank Daniella and Alistair for being patient enough to try this out – the ambient was fabulous and they were too :)... read more

Abigail+Pedro

So a few months back I had one of the craziest weddings – actually weddings to seem getting crazier one after the other each one I do – and even thou it was gloomy and the weather did in fact turn all rainy, we enjoyed the day like no other day and we got to wet our socks for a couple shots outside in the rain as well. So I present to you the wedding of Pedro and Abigail.. hope you like it… and if you do like it, feel free to share, comment and love… P.S. do not forget to play this song…... read more

The Wedding of David+Alexandra

Back in September we had the Lovely and Crazy wedding of David and Alexandra. What a couple; so down to earth and in love with each other. It was a beautiful Day to say the least and the light was awesome. They had a lovely wedding ceremony and Eucharist in the chapel of St Edward’s College in Cottonera and then we all headed to Villa Blanche in Hal Far for the wedding celebrations – and what celebrations I have to say!! the Bride and Groom ans well as the guests did not stop dancing… there was so much energy going on. It was a great day as well since I worked for the first time with a fellow photographer Stephen Vassallo who did an awesome work – some of the photos here are his. you can check out his work here. we will definitely be working again together in the near future. Hope you enjoy the wedding as much as we did!!... read more

Wedding of Andras + Gabriella

And I am back to blogging (finally)… This was an awesome wedding full of details and colours, textures and traditions, shadows and clouds, sea and wind, and let’s not forget – awesome light!! A fabulous day in September. What better day than this to marry?!! the wedding preparations started off at the client’s Sliema Apartment and then the groom and the Guests took off to Qawra on a Maltese traditional Bus were they waited for the bride to arrive!!! The Location at Qawra was just awesome; we could feel the sea spray on our cheeks!! the place was beautifully planned ad set up as per the Bride’s wishes!!! awesome choice of colours and textures!! so let me not talk anymore but let the pictures do the... read more

Photoshoot for ‘Gianni’, Valletta

So been up to doing some new stuff for quite some time but never managed to fit in a proper shoot in all the craze of the wedding season – untill last December when I got to shoot some nice clothing pieces for Gianni in Valletta – Big thanks goes to Arielle Lapira, Jais Zammit and Wendy Grima for modelling… Make sure you go and visit the store they have awesome pieces!!... read more

Shoot at Methode Electronics Malta

Earlier this year I had this Fantastic Shoot of this Modernistic Place at Methode Electronics in Malta. The Project was designed and taken care of by Pippa Toledo Design ltd. It is the new Presentation area displaying the products of Methode Electronics and also a few nice toys :) Hope you enjoy it... read more

The Proposal of Natahaniel to Jessica

A month or so ago I received a call from Nathaniel and he explained that he was going to propose to his fiancee’ Jessica and needed a photographer to record the event…  Well we spent a lot of time planning the whole thing and for a jiff we almost had to change location due to weather… but we managed and the best part is that Jessica had no idea at all!! The weather was just right – well a bit chilly and the soil was still all wet and muddy since the previous day it rained heavily and till that very moment the place was full of sea spray. By the time i placed the family and friends properly in their position, i had my shoes with an inch or more of mud on them hehe… but I enjoyed it all and then I just could not ask for anything else – fresh wet greenery, beautiful clouds and AWESOME GOLD LIGHT… hope you like… P.S Jessica walked in that mud in a pair of brand new Stiletto shoes!!! Women never cease to impress me on how they manage to go “off-roading” in... read more

Alistair + Daniella Pre-Wedding

Earlier on in November, we had this lovely pre-wedding shoot at Riviera and it was magnificent. Fabulous Sunset and Lovely scenery – and best of all – one of the loveliest couple ever. last weekend I photographed their wedding too and i cant wait to share some of their best moments too. hope you like these... read more

GrandMaster Suite at The President’s Palace

A few years Back in my last months at Pippa Toledo Design Ltd I had the opportunity to Photograph the GrandMaster Suite at The President’s Palace in San Anton Gardens. It was renovated about 2-3 years ago by Pippa Toledo herself for the use of the President’s various Fund raising activities in the aid of “The Community Chestfund” Hope you Like... read more

James and Antonella

James and Antonella will be tying the knot in a few days too and can’t wait either for that day to be here soon. Such a lovely couple… they spent the whole session arguing if we were in Zurrieq locality or Qrendi… hehe we had a lot of fun and ended up in the sea as well.. and the sunset was more than gorgeous… I love recording these intimate moments between couples… love is so full of raw emotions… don’t forget to play the below audio file :) http://ianabdilla.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Woodlock-Lemons.mp3... read more