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The will to succeed

Monika Singh
Saturday, March 03, 2018

FOR most women life after marriage changes with more time being devoted to fulfilling the demands and needs of family members while their dream and ambitions die out gradually.

However there are those women who are lucky enough to get the much needed support from their husbands and family, encouraging them to pursue their dream and career.

Shaeen Khan is one of those women whose husband and family supported her in pursuing her dreams of owning her own business and doing what she loves — photography and bridal make-up.

Mrs Khan started her online boutique business when she was 19 and later started her photography business.

Yesterday the mother of one opened her first boutique at the President Plaza in Samabula through her own savings, also assisted by her parents, brother, husband and few of her close friends.

"I was always interested in doing make-up, mehendi and nails and was a photo freak, capturing all the beautiful things I came across.

"As I grew up I started to learn and show more interest in makeup from YouTube.

"Then after getting married I had a daughter and then I thought of doing something so I started doing online business."

Mrs Khan said after her daughter was born their expenses grew and so to supplement her husband's income she found a job.

She said she bought her first DSLR camera online from her savings and borrowed some money from her mother.

"It came in a week but I didn't know anything about it.

"So I got some help from YouTube and some photographers. I started practising in the weekends and now by all the help from the best photographers I learnt a lot.

"I didn't choose photography because of what I get paid but it's just that I love capturing special moments and nowadays at every small event a photographer is a must."

She does make-up, bridal make-up and photography by herself but her friend helps out when they have multiple assignments to cover.

"I understand that most people are looking for good service and cheaper/affordable price and that is why I work within the budget of my client.

"I remember when we used to have family functions such as birthday party, engagements or weddings my family would hire a professional photographer."

She said there were families who had functions but were at times not able to afford expensive services which was why she decided to work budget-wise.

Mrs Khan's business is named after her daughter Alweera who has been a lucky charm for her and her business.

"Ever since my daughter was born things have looked up for us and once this business is successful I will plan another shop in the city," she said.

Mrs Khan said she was very grateful to her family and everyone who had helped her in any way.

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