I was born in Colombia, I am Lebanese, I was raised in LA and photography's so personal to me. Fatima Elreda Photo is a California Wedding Photographer and I want to be your wedding and family storyteller, no matter where you live. Let me photograph your life so your kids and their kids could see you today. I used to sit for hours going through my mama's old photo albums, I'd be so in love with her long hair and young face. Her intimate wedding was beautiful. Only the most loved humans were there. She can point and tell me everyone's story. This is a magical thing to me. To be on the other end of the photos that you're going to pass down for years, that's pretty incredible.
Here are some fun facts about me: I love sushi very much. I’m always obnoxiously early to things (I get annoyed with myself about it too). I freaking love being in nature, the sound of water flowing is so peaceful, and I love hiking if it’s more of a “take your time and enjoy the scenery” kinda thing, rather than “let’s haul ass up 3K elevation in 4 miles.” Stand-up comedy shows are the best live things ever created. The inevitable chaos that life and love are and the way they keep my life interesting is beautiful. I love a lot of things, as you can see, but my favorite thing to do, and what I want to dedicate my life doing, is meeting new people and documenting moments of their lives in photograph form. That’s a whole other level of special.
I want to be your wedding photographer. Documenting the best day of your life gives meaning to mine. I take photography personally, because it is. When my mama shows me her wedding photos, she lights up. She can point to every individual and tell me their life story!! I freaking love that. Let me be your storyteller, to document your wedding day so you can do the exact same thing in decades. Love is beautiful, and that sounds corny as heck but it really freaking is. Specifically, I think the beauty lies in how different it is for everybody. I want to tell your story, in your way. I want to tell your story through my eyes and preserve it for you. This makes me especially happy. I love doing this.
Aside from wanting to be your wedding photographer, I want to photograph you and your family. For as long as I can remember, I’ve thought of how my own family will be. Where we’ll live, how it will look like, and most importantly, how it will all feel. Photographing that piece of someone else’s life is special. Being invited into your home is an honor. I think every stage of life should be documented, wedding days are just a piece of that. I love kids, I worked at a daycare for three years and can’t wait to have kids of my own. In the meantime, I want to document the quiet moments, the cooking time, and the family playtime for you… the moments we never want to forget because they are the everyday things that matter.
I keep saying this is personal, here’s the reason why. My dad has always been an avid documenter. We have so many photos of us doing regular old stuff from before I was born, when I lived in Colombia, and our childhood in Los Angeles. One photo in particular comes to mind of me and my sister at the beach in Santa Marta. I don’t remember this of course, but that image makes my heart so happy. When my brother shared a bunch of these old photos to our family group chat one day recently, the images caused my dad to say “I love these pictures, they revive my soul.” Scroll to see pieces of my life, none of which I even remember but nevertheless, I can’t image life without the photographs of those days. This is why this is personal as heck.
When I photograph you, I think of the future. I think of when you’re older and when things will have changed. How will you feel when looking back at your images? At your younger self, and at your now spouse who is also aging with you? Will these photos spark joy, love, and funny stories? How will your kids feel when they see these images? This photography thing, that’s why it’s personal.
We're 7 years apart. My mom saved the couch cushions when we moved and uses them in her room to raise her legs when they hurt from her arthritis.Dad and oldest brother in Detroit, Michigan
This was taken long before I was born (about 10 years or so). My brother is now married and living in Los Angeles. My dad still sits just like that, right against the couch, some 30 years later.Me and my seester in Santa Marta
My sister is now much taller than me. We were maybe 2.5 and 5.5yrs old, respectively. I love this photo so much, and the way the mama in the background is holding her baby has always made me love it more. Ever wonder how many images you're in that you don't even know about?