My Amazing 2017 - As Seen Through Instagram

Beach football in Bali - Ali G Studios
07 January 2018

What a year 2017 was and how quickly it flew by! As a Hong Kong-based photographer I was honored to find myself booked for both amazing domestic events, working with talented models and artists, and photographing incredible destination weddings all over the world. Naturally, I’ve been documenting it all on Instagram, every photographer’s essential social media outlet. Here I share with you my Instagram highlights of 2017. And if you'd like to connect with me there, I'd love to hear from you! Look me up at @aligphoto.

January 

Forest Angel Simone Meuser was my Photo of the Month and biggest Instagram hit for January 2017. No prizes for guessing why.

 

February

Wedding season started as early as February for me last year with the beautiful wedding of Jacquie & Rajeev in my base-city of Hong Kong. Seeing two people in love making it official never gets old, even better when it takes place at The Peninsula Hotel.

 

March

This throwback photo of gorgeous Indian bride Sonam Uttamchandani at her Singapore wedding has got to be up there with my favorite bridal portraits ever. The combination of the intricate henna art by Ima Habsyi, makeup by Natasha Moor and styling just pop. Go team!

 

April 

April was an amazing month for me as I had the honor to be chosen as official photographer for DaBanggHK, a never-before-seen Bollywood extravaganza in Hong Kong. Unsurprisingly, the first released photo of Bollywood icon Salman Khan sent fans into a flutter on Instagram.

 

Here's the first #salmankhan photo for all you hungry #bollywoodfans. Coming fresh from #DaBanggHK. Keep it here for more from the show. . . . . . . . . . . . @beingmudassarkhan @reveleventshk #dabangg #dabangghk #dabangg17 #DaBangHK #reveleventshk #dabangnz @salman._khan @beingsalmankhan @salmankhanfanclub @salmankhanworld @salman_khan_tubelight #BeingHuman @bollywoodreport @bollywoodstylefile @bollywood @instantbollywood @bollywoodstyle @filmfare @india.today @thetimesofindia @ibollywoodlife @indianexpress @missmalini @hellomagindia @vogueindia @cosmoindia @graziaindia @feminaindia @filmfare #bollywood #actor #bollywoodstars #bollywoodstar #bollywoodottie #bollywoodactor #bollywoodstyle #bollywoodworld #sexyindian #indian #bollywoodglam #bollywooddance #bollywooddiva #bollywoodlove #indiandiva #bollywoodreport

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May

May's Photo of the Month was taken in Los Angeles with gorgeous mom-to-be Elena Samodanova, who also happens to be a judge on Dancing With The Stars. Beautiful makeup work by Anna Natykan. Doesn't she just look majestic! 

 

Photo of the Month - May 2017 - features celebrity Dancing With The Stars judge @elenasamodanova and her beautiful baby bump, all dolled up by my good friend & makeup artist @hanna_natykan in Los Angeles. The bts video was posted in my feed below #aligphoto . . . . . . . . . . . . . #maternityshoot #maternity #maternityphotography #pregnant #pregnancy #mumtobe #momtobe #mommytobe #itsaboy #itsagirl #losangeles #makeupartist #beautyful #dancer #followforlike #motherhood #babybump #professional #professionalphotographer #ilovemyjob #instamoments #instabeauty #familygoals #familygoals #vogue #nikonphotography #russian #portraitmood @maternityandco @destination_maternity @destinationmaternityme @voguemagazine @voguebrasil @britishvogue @vogueindia @ellebrasil @elleindiaofficial @glebsavchenkoofficial @nikonasia @nikonusa @phottix @portraitphotoawards @global_photography_awards

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June

April's Bollywood theme then popped up again in June, where I had the chance to photograph the multi-talented and super pro Bollywood star Ellie AvrRam in Mumbai.  She told me she always wanted a portrait in her leather jacket, so we made it happen, and she rocked it!   

 

July

As it started getting unbearably hot back in Hong Kong, I hit the water with gorgeous model Anais Barclay for a cool down aboard a yacht. What a scorcher of a shoot that was! 

 

What words come to your mind when you see this image? For me it's freedom & passion. Very fortunate to create this photo with @anaisbarclay on a yacht shoot last weekend. Big thanks to @joey.kong for handling the water! #aligphoto . . . . . . . . . . . #hongkong #hkiger #sunsets #fashionphotographer #fashionshoot #editorial #fashionmagazine #fashionmodel #vogue #fashiongram #fashiondiaries #topmodel #beautyofnature #beautywomen #strongwomen @vogueindia @voguemagazine @maximmag @elleindiaofficial @victoriassecret @portraitmood @aligphoto @nikonasia @phottix @nikonphotographers #portraitpage #wcw #passion #freedom #sensual #raindrops #hawt #wetnwild #wildandfree #cover #magazine @nextdoormodel @s3_magazine @thewomanbook @modelsmundo @psmmagazine

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August

Amazingly talented and inspiring dancer TJ Milne was the highlight of my August. After planning to work together for more than a year, we finally got our photo shoot in central Hong Kong, a city which comes with its own set of wonderfully unique backdrops.

 

Photo of the Month - August 2017 Title: A Chance Encounter Artist: @tjmilne2 The story behind the photo: Professional dancer TJ & I had wanted to work together for over a year, and it finally happened a few weeks ago. Part of our photoshoot took place in Hong Kong's central business district, but with only one shot remaining after a couple of hours in the heat, we decided to make our way to the central pier area. On the way, I commented, "Wouldn't it be great to have a very old man or woman next to you and create a contrast?" As we walked thru the underground tunnel to cross the highway, we came across this sweet old man playing his instrument for passers by. He was kind enough to let us photograph TJ together with him, and that's how 'A Chance Encounter' was born. #aligphoto . . . . . #vogue #ballerina #ballet #photographylovers #professional #trending #editorialphotography #creativedirector #ig_photooftheday #professionalphotographer #justgoshoot #followforlike #ilovemyjob #intense #fashionshoot #fashionmagazine #nikonphotography #onstage #liveauthentic #dancelife #stories #lovewhatyoudo #amazing #oldman #musicislife #danceislife #moodygrams #picoftheday #dancephotography @danceonig @danceersworld @worldofdance @dance__floor @dancers_of_ig_ @ballerinasofig @voguemagazine @ellehongkong @elleindiaofficial @ballerinaspiration @phottix @nikonasia @nikonhongkong

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September

Then it was off to the United States for Lysa and Yi’s nuptials. These two were so fun to shoot - a wedding photographer’s dream come true.

 

The first photo from Lysa & Yi's beautiful wedding this past weekend. Friends & family came from all over the world to celebrate this amazing couple in the suburbs of Washington DC, and I was so happy to be their wedding photographer. #aligphoto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #weddingmakeup #shesaidyes #weddingforward #wedding #bride #bridetobe #weddingday #weddingphotography #bridesmaids #weddinginspiration #instawedding #weddingparty #weddingideas #weddingplanning #weddingphoto #weddingtime #instabride #gettingmarried #weddingblog #dreamwedding #weddingphotographer #weddingidea #weddingfun #candid #prewedding #bigday #destinationweddingphotographer #loveauthentic #weddinghair @weddinginspiration @wedding.photo.inspiration @thebridestory @weddingideas_brides @weddingdresslookbook @asiaweddingnetwork @weddingphotoinsiration @weddingideas_brides @theknot @junebugweddings

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October

Here’s a cheeky little video of simply stunning model Eugeniya White while on a photo shoot in Mumbai. Impressive makeup work from the ever-talented Natasha Moor put the gilding on this rose.

 

Tuesday inspiration comes from the photoshoot I did in Mumbai with celebrity makeup artist @natasha.moor and famed womenswear brand @koecsh by @kreshabajaj Here featuring top model @eugeniya.whitee and @natashamoorcosmetics #aligphoto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #portraiture #portraits #bollywood #bollywooddiva #fashionphotographer #makeupart #hollywood #followforlike #onfire #photoshoot #ilovemyjob #profile #naturalbeauty #instabeauty #editorial #vogue #star #celebrity #fashionblogger #nikonphotography #gq #tuesdays #india #fashiongram #portraitphotography #magazine #published #models #videogram @voguemagazine @vogueindia @gqindia @gqstyle @elleindiaofficial @ellehongkong @phottix @nikonasia @bollywoodstyle @bollywoodreport @maximmag @maxim.india @instantbollywood @bollywoodfashionblog @lofficielindia @fashionphotographyappreciation

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November

Say hello to Valentina! Queen of the jungle and Playboy model Valentina Kolesnikova sent my feed into a frenzy in November with this steamy pic. It certainly didn’t hurt that she re-grammed it to her 450,000+ followers either. Here’s to content sharing with the world’s top models! 

 

December

One of my favorite things about being a professional photographer is watching families grow. I first photographed Kate and Arun's engagement five years ago. Now there are two new additions to capture. What a great way to end 2017!

 

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Ali G Studios   IG: @aligphoto   Twitter: @AliGStudios 

A big thanks to Phottix for the professional lighting equipment provided to Ali G Studios. 

All photos are © Ali Ghorbani and Ali G Studios

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