This wasn't an ordinary photo shoot. An advocate for social change, Isra wanted to showcase her Chinutay & Co. hijabs in a slightly different way. As an aspiring UN Ambassador, she wanted these photos to be more compelling while dripping with meaning and symbolism. We opted for the Jefferson Memorial as our shooting grounds because of its white marble columns and overall "Washingtonian" feel. We wanted the photos to ooze freedom (that is what our country is based upon, right?) in times when our civil rights and civil liberties are in peril. Subtle, huh? Amidst strong wind and freezing temperatures, we got the shots we needed. The natural lighting was stunning.  I always recommend taking portrait shots outdoors, the sun is way too good to give up. 

Also, in celebration of Women's History Month and International Women's Day, we decided to use a few of my favorite women-empowering books as props: In The Confidence Code, journalists Katty Kay and Claire Shipman explore the importance of confidence in the work place; and I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time, a book on juggling the demands of a successful career with family, friends, and hobbies. 

Scarves shown are Lanai, Belize and Versailles. 

Rawan Elbaba