Greetings and welcome to my hand-spun blog+site. My photography journey has been incredible! It began with fun, then grew into passion, then I discovered profound love for it and there was no looking back. Please look around, the pictures here are the reflections of how I see the world. Enjoy exploring it.

Style me pretty

Today I visited this awesome site about DIY projects for weddings or events. I am so excited to have found it and post the link to the site for all the future brides out there. I often meet brides who look for ideas and inspirations for their wedding decore; I had always wished I could give them a list of places they could visit and get all that they need.

If you are looking for inspirations, ideas, how-to guides, this is the site you need to visit. Style Me Pretty is full of everything you are looking for your wedding; flowers, colors, cakes, invitations, you name it, you’ll find it. I wish this existed when I was getting married!

Here it is -

Oct, 29, 2008
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Cool Hand Luke’s

Couple weekends ago I attended the VIP party at the newest steakhouse/saloon in town, Cool Hand Luke’s. My clients Nezar and Laurel are the owners of the restaurant. Jason and I went and tried out the awesome food the restaurant has to offer. The fried artichoke hearts were awesome. I also tried the grilled apples (accompanied by the juicy sirloin steak) for the first time in my life. Everything we tried was yummy! We loved the Bread Pudding! Jason said it remnded him of the bread pudding he used to have as a kid!

Oct, 28, 2008

I also had the opportunity to meet Laurel and Nezar’s extended family one more time after the wedding. I’m glad Jason was with me this time and he had a chance to meet them all as well. I was sooo positively overwhelmed with the compliments I received for their wedding pictures. Everyone that was at the wedding and noticed me at the party came by and said how much they enjoyed viewing the images. I felt lucky again to have met these wonderfully nice people. I was just happy to be able to capture the sweetest memories for them.

Back to the restaurant business, if you live in Sac or in nearby towns or you are in the greater Sacramento area, be sure to check out Cool Hand Luke’s. It is located on Sunrise in Citrus Heights. I know I’m going back soon and ordering the grilled apples and the bread pudding for sure

  • Jen Stewart Photography: We just drove by there the other day and noticed that was new to that shopping center. Your review of them makes me want to run out now and check it out!!! We will have to go visit soon and I'll let them know that you referred us :)
  • Jen Stewart Photography: We just drove by there the other day and noticed that was new to that shopping center. Your review of them makes me want to run out now and check it out!!! We will have to go visit soon and I'll let them know that you referred us :)
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Bains Family

This was another super busy weekend for me. A family session and a wedding kept me occupied through the weekend. Saturday morning I headed out to shoot with the Bains family. It was a beeeuuttiful day! Not too hot, not too cold… just perfect.

I met Gagan, Gurinder, Jaap and little Kaashni at the Gibson Ranch and Park(Antelope) for the first time. Little Kaashni is the newest edition to the family and it was her first official photo shoot. She fell asleep as soon as we started shooting. But she was totally camera ready when she woke up from her beauty nap :) Jaap, the older sister, was so adorable! She was trying really hard to make her little sister smile for the pictures. Her efforts paid off, she was able to make Kaashni smile :))

I realized one more time, how much I love to shoot with the families. The opportunity to capture the family moments is something I enjoy thoroughly. Here are a few teasers for the Bains family. Hope you enjoy!

Oct, 19, 2008

  • ohana photographers-david and kimi: love that last image! the dirt kicked up, the warm light, mmm....perfection!
  • Jen Stewart Photography: Love these Nudrat! The photos are beautiful and you can just feel the love this family has for one another through the photos. You did a perfect job capturing their bond :)
  • Bains family || Roseville Sacramento lifestyle family portraits » Sacramento Wedding photographer Roseville wedding photographer: [...] Jaap is growing into becoming a beautiful young girl. Last year I had the pleasure to shoot their family session. I was ecstatic when Gagan emailed this year to take their family photos one more time. I LOVE how [...]
  • Roseville Family Portrait: Bains Family | Nudrat Owens Roseville Family Portrait: Bains Family | Nudrat Owens Photography: [...] seeing families every year during their annual photo shoots. Remember Bains family from here and here … this year we met [...]
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Laurel & Nezar’s Wedding

I am so excited to post the pictures from Laurel and Nezar’s wedding! I had been waiting to shoot their wedding ever since I did their e-session in June. The day finally came. Last Saturday, the 4th of October, was Laurel and Nezar’s big day at the Gold Hill Vinyard, Placerville. It rained the night before; I was thankful that it didn’t rain on the wedding day. The sun came out for a little bit. It ended up being a perfectly lit day for a wedding.

Oct, 09, 2008

Laurel’s grandma made her beautiful wedding dress. The workmanship on the dress was beyond imagination. And Laurel looked absolutely gorgeous. Her bridesmaids were super cute, the groomsmen were fun to shoot with. I can’t write enough about the bride and groom. The couple and their families were genuinly nice. I am lucky to have such sweet people to work with.

I was already pumped up for their wedding, especially after capturing their henna ceremony. I was going through the images and couldn’t decide what not to post. Here are just a few that caught my eyes at the first glance. I couldn’t even get to the reception shots yet

so you know, there will be another set of shots from their reception.

  • Amy: Adore the group shots of the groom with groomsmen and bride with bridesmaids. There looks like there was a lot of joy at this wedding.
  • Rebecca: beautiful! The earring, the shoes and the girls jumping while the bride looks so serene are awesome!
  • Kerri: Hi Nudrat! Saw your post on OSP and came by. WOW these are incredibly beautiful. Trinity is stunning and you caught them both in very nice moments...
  • Lucky Red Hen: Beautiful! :)
  • ohana photographers-david and kimi: gorgeous shot of the bride next to the window!!!
  • conrad lim photography: I love love that first picture..rolling hills, fall colors, and great looking couple. good job!
  • Anonymous: Nudrat! It's Mangesh. I love these photos. I visit every now and then and you've come a long way as a photographer. You are no longer a photographer but now an artist. If you look at your early pics and the pics from the last wedding, you will see a great difference (at least I did). You've added your own creativity and originality and the combination is simply beautiful!

    Great job girl! You have definitely found your niche!
  • Jen Stewart Photography: Nudrat, are you kidding me????? these are AWESOME!!!!!! That first shot made my jaw drop, it's GORGEOUS!!! And they just were all amazing photos! Great job, I'm sure they are beside themselves excited at how beautiful the photos turned out!!!
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Laurel & Nezar’s Henna Ceremony

Friday night was super exciting for me! It was Laurel and Nezar’s pre-wedding Henna ceremony in El Dorado, CA. It was a fun, musical and a very traditional Arabic night for everybody. I had the best Arabic food that evening(and I regret for not having a bit more). Nezar’s mom, aunt and sister made the best of the best kababs, dolmas, cous cous, hummus, and what not!

Oct, 05, 2008

All the ladies that night were dressed in traditional Arabic outfit. The colors were vibrant, and the embroidary works on them were incredible. As I mentioned on my earlier post, Laurel and Nezar looked like the king and queen of arabia.

They looked absolutely gorgeous!

After the food started the actual henna ceremony, where Nezar’s family presented Laurel with gold jeweleries. How lucky was she! And then Nezar’s aunt and mom put henna on their hands.

No party is complete without dancing! This was no different. I loved the traditional music. I was even more excited to hear the song “Nari Nari” that I had an mp3 of, way back when I was in college

It sure brought my memories back.

It was an awesome experience for me! I felt the warmth each and every family member had for each other. Laurel’s grandma came and gave me a big hug when she saw me. Nezar’s mom showed how much she cared for everything that was happening around. I was sooo happy for the blessed couple. It was my pleasure to be there and capture Laurel and Nezar’s pre-wedding night.

  • david santos: Great posting!!!
    Really beautiful. Excellent imagination!!!
    Have a nice week.
  • ohana photographers-david and kimi: everything about this ceremony is beee-auiful!!! love the 2nd shot!
  • Ashley: Wow, the bride is absolutely stunning! Great job.
  • Amy: She is absolutely gorgeous. Really lovely wedding, it must have been a joy to capture it all.
  • Jen Stewart Photography: wow-E-WOW!!!!! That second shot is to die for!!!! Every one of these photos are so full of beauty and energy and life! Nudrat, you are a phenomenal photographer!
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