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Oryx – Behind the Fashion Scene with Toufic Araman – Fashion Photographer

On 17, Sep 2015 | No Comments | In FASHION | By Toufic

Fashion Shoot in Souq Waqif

Behind the Scenes

Each month Oryx produces a fashion shoot for its sister publication, Oryx Premium.

This month we went behind the scenes with the award-winning Dubai based fashion photographer, Toufic Araman in Doha’s Souq Waqif.

The social heart of Doha, Souq Waqif is known for its buzzing atmosphere, restaurants, and cafés for watching the world go by, and merchants trading fine silks, carpets, spices, textiles, antiques, musical instruments, and Arabian oud perfumes.

There has been a souq on this site for centuries. Recently restored, Souq Waqif features mud-rendered shops, exposed timber beams, and some beautifully restored original Qatari buildings, and remains one of the most traditional marketplaces in the region.

Inspired by Souq Waqif’s unique location, rich history, and vibrant atmosphere, we headed there for Oryx Premium’s latest fashion shoot, and recorded a behind-the-scenes experience of the photoshoot.

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Dubai photographer – Issa Al Kindy – settles copyright breach successfully

On 20, Jul 2015 | No Comments | In COPYRIGHT LAWS IN DUBAI | By Toufic

As a Dubai photographer or want to be based in Dubai/UAE, it is important to be aware of the intellectual and copyright laws. People in the creative field, such as photographers spend nights and days in preparing, producing and post producing in order to bring life and uniqueness to their visual work.

aramanstudio’s very own Dubai portraits photographer, Issa Al Kindy had a first hand experience, when a top international brand used one of his photos which was intended for editorial use in one of their print advertising campaigns without his permission.

Al Kindy luckily knew what he was doing and pursued his rights to success.

Here as some of the tips that he shared on his blog in dealing with these kind of situations:

First: be familiar about the copyright law in Dubai and UAE.

Second: make sure that as the owner of the photos (YOU), properly file and/or archive the images with proper meta data and the Copyright and Creator fields completed on your own cameras and/or post production software before handing over the digital art work.

Third: agreements must be carefully drafted, wherein the scope of work, usage, duration of license must be specified correctly.

Finally: consult a lawyer when there is a breech of the signed agreement.

To learn more about your rights as a Dubai photographer and about the Federal Law No. 40 of 1992 on the protection of intellectual and copyright work, visit Al Kindy blog at:

UAE Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 by aramanstudio’s Inigo Bujedo Aguirre

On 26, May 2015 | No Comments | In ARCHITECTURE | By Toufic


The UAE pavilion created a huge buzz as soon as it opened at this year’s Expo Milano on May 1. Luckily, Inigo Bujedo Aguirre, renowned and internationally published photographer who is represented in the Middle East by aramanstudio in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Egypt, Lebanon, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, was there not only to witness this honourable event, but to also document it through his amazing photos. Read more…

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Gleaming Art at the Fire Station Artist in Residence, Doha Qatar

On 25, May 2015 | No Comments | In FASHION | By Toufic


Dress by Yasmin Mansour


In lieu with one of Qatar’s most important cultural milestone, aramanstudio takes pride in shooting at the newly opened Fire Station Artist in Residence, an art hub accessible for everyone that opened March this year in Doha, Qatar. The gallery welcomes painters, multimedia artists, sculptors, and the likes to showcase and be part of this incredible spot.


During The Doha Fire Station’s opening this year, Sheikha Al Mayassa bin Hamad Al Thani, chairperson of Qatar Museums, attended whilst praising the art space’s cultural importance. And while the whole structure of the old fire station was maintained, the interiors are modernized and artistically turned into something more beautiful than it was.

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