I love my job, my religion and my life.
I’m Muslim and currently observing the holy month of Ramadan, and one of the main principles of Islam is fasting. During Ramadan, from sunrise to sunset, nothing is supposed to touch your lips — food, drink or anything else. Ramadan is a time for straightening ones religion, reflecting on your life, and be better in all aspects of life. It is beautiful and I love it with my whole heart.
We also reflect on our privileges as a person during the month. No matter where we are in the world, we all enjoy some sort of privilege. One privilege is being able to eat and drink. Here in America, we can eat freely, whether it’s from a restaurant or something we purchase from the grocery store. There are many who can’t just walk into a store , let alone have the ability to purchase food. And it’s not just food, but we can buy literally anything and everything we need or want. We are so lucky if we can nourish ourselves, have a roof over our head and clothes to wear. It’s definitely easy to forget, which is another reason we practice self-restraint from worldly things during this time.
Fasting is Tough!
No matter how many times a person fasts, I’m not sure it becomes “easy.” Your head is pounding, you become exhausted more easily and can lack energy to keep moving. But while I’m a Muslim, this isn’t something I broadcast. And while Ramadan can be at any time of the year, this year is lines up perfectly with wedding season.
To be honest, as a photographer, it’s difficult to work during Ramadan. It is especially challenging during the hot summer months when you can’t drink during the day. But I still give it my all, perform to the best of my abilities and work extra hard to make sure nothing is lacking in my performance. Though I may be suffering from hunger or thirst, or both, my clients getting married during Ramadan get the same Sofi Seck Photography fierceness as those getting married any other time.
And actually, as your body goes through ketosis (When your body doesn’t have enough carbohydrates from food for your cells to burn for energy, so it burns fat instead), things become more clear. I’ve found that once I’m dialed in, I’m dialed in. Over the years, I’ve learned to push myself beyond what I think is possible. I am focused and I have a clarity that is difficult to pin down sometimes.
At the end of Ramadan, you’re supposed to be a better person — and I can honestly say: I think I am. I want to make sure that all of my obligations are met and met to the fullest extent. I love being dedicated to every part of my life and continually improving as both a Muslim and wedding photographer.