A portrait can be created for many different reasons. One reason is to preserve your hertiage through photographs. I am truly inspired to create when there is a story involved. I can weave elements of your background into the actual portrait with clothing, jewelry, symbols and poses. This mom wanted her daughter to have a tangible connection to her heritage. In addition, she wanted to capture the beauty of her daughter at this wonderful stage of life and celebrate their loving relationship. Her hertiage is remarkable and begins in Oman. She is a sixth generation Oman princess.
In planning the portrait, the clothing helps tell the story. The Indian clothing is telling a story of a very close connection with a family that lives in Pune, India. It is not the exact country but the theme is there.
So, here’s a story about a princess from a line of Omani Sultanate princesses.
The story starts with Jilfidan who was a girl slave purchased at the age of 12. The Sultan of Zanzibar had 40 children, one of whom was Salme. She is rather famous because she eloped with a Hamburg merchant named Heinrich. Unthinkable at that time! Salme and Heinrich had 3 children, one of which was Rosalie, Maxi’s great grandmother. How many of us can trace our lineage back through 6 generations? To read more you can go to Amazon and read Memoirs of an Arabian Princess, 1898.
Barbara Glaeser is a photographer and artist. She has been in love with photography for over 25 years and still enjoys learning all there is to the business and art of photography.