RQ Photography - Vendor Spotlight
What do I do? Capture special moments through photography.
Location: Austin, TX
Rafia answered our Meet the Vendor questions:
How did you start working as a photographer?
“I was a photographer as a hobby since I was 19, and people appreciated my work. I’ve always loved documenting all the beautiful memories. I enjoy seeing the world from the lens’ view. It’s a completely different perspective. In 2015, I finally decided to make my dream of becoming a professional photographer come true. I was a little scared, but also prepared. On September 1st, 2015, I launched my Facebook page to start this exciting journey.”
Tell us about the first special occasion that you photographed:
“The first event I covered was a grand opening of a local cafe by a 30-year-old woman in Chicago city. I was a little nervous but made sure that I did my best to collect all the important moments of this day. I'm so thankful to this woman for trusting me and giving me a chance to show what I could do.”
What is your favorite thing about being a photographer?
“I love the fact that I can choose my own hours, and I enjoy working with loving families. Getting to know all the wonderful people is one of the best gifts that this job has given me. Baby sessions and family Christmas sessions are my favorites, both personally and professionally.”
What is your favorite photo?
“This is the first cake smash I did, and I absolutely fell in love with it. It was the cutest. It was so funny and heart-warming to see his reaction when he first tasted the cake. ”
Can you share a fun fact about your business?
“It was actually my hubby who bought me the camera as a surprise. He knew exactly what I wanted and gifted it to me on my 27th birthday. I’m so thankful to him for being supportive and encouraging me to pursue my passion.”
What do your customers say about you?
Here are a few testimonials from my customers:
"Highly recommend her. It was such an amazing experience to work with her. She’s passionate about her work, and it shows. She guided us perfectly well throughout the session, answered all my questions in a timely manner, just an overall stress-free experience. Will definitely be booking her in the future."
- Ayesha Anwar
"Rafia is amazing and easy to work with. We loved all the pictures. She made sure the kids were comfortable, leading to a fun and easy photo session! Thank you Rafia for all the awesome pictures. It is hard to pick my favorite."
A tip for our parents who take pictures during their kids’ birthday parties?
“Don't wait for the perfect smile; just get your kids’ attention and take the picture. When we stress too much about a certain pose we want, we end up losing the moment. The pictures will come out naturally when we don’t force the smiles.”
Anything else you would love to share?
“Photography isn’t just a job for me. I love it from my the bottom of my heart. I feel happy when I see the kids enjoy their sessions. I want to make my customers feel welcomed during the picture-taking so that they can enjoy it as much as I do. For new parents, I have a room where they can have snacks or even rest while I do the shoot (I know you need it!).”
Rafia is a professional photographer who deeply cares about her clients. She captures all the memorable moments with her camera while making everything easy for parents. We’re sure RQ Photography will be a fantastic addition to your little ones’ parties!