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Once Upon A Time by Paul Tupman

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December 2007, I was asked by friends, who were expecting their first child out here in Riyadh to capture the pregnancy in my own unique way… A trip out to the desert followed and the rest, as they say, is history.

Nearly 6 months after the arrival of little Kennedy, we were back out at the desert yesterday re-shooting, plus One!

With searing temperatures reaching into the 40s first thing in the morning over here in summer, this was a shoot that lasted all of 15 minutes… I’ve never clicked so furiously at my shutter and bare feet have never gotten so hot!


  • Graham Dean
    Graham Deanover 6 years ago

    Stark and beautiful, family thrives anywhere.

  • Thank you Graham… family is a big part of the culture out here… it certainly does thrive.

    – Paul Tupman

  • wellman
    wellmanover 6 years ago

    Your friends sure are lucky to have you for such priceless images – (I remember the pregnant series well) Am already eagerly awaiting the graduation shots followed by the wedding party followed by the 3rd generation! Brilliant work as usual

  • Thanks so much Wellman… it was fantastic to be asked back to follow up on the pregnancy shots, so I’ll keep an opening in my diaries for graduation, wedding, grandchildren…

    – Paul Tupman

  • Cvail73
    Cvail73over 6 years ago

    Beautiful, simply beautiful.

  • Thank you Cvail73, I really appreciate that. :-)

    – Paul Tupman

  • Basia McAuley
    Basia McAuleyover 6 years ago

    Ohh I was waiting for these photos Paul!!! And, they are sooo beautiful! I loved the pregnancy ones and having these makes them all the more special. I really hope that they have the ‘before & after’ displayed proudly in their home, Beautiful!!!!

  • Thank you so much Basia… I was so happy to be back shooting this again. Such a brilliant setting, a wonderful model (or should I say models) and yes my friends have been very happy with the results. :-)

    – Paul Tupman

  • Judith Oppenheimer
    Judith Oppenhe...over 6 years ago

    beautiful series, love the few blades of grass (?) to the right of the image

  • Thank you again Judith… and yes that is a bit of grass to the right. There isn’t much of it around and I’m not even sure how the small amounts of it survive in summer!

    – Paul Tupman

  • Shree
    Shreeover 6 years ago

    lovely emotions and very well marinated with your expert sepia skills…loved the whole journey

  • Thank you so much Shree.. I found that the soft sepia tones suited these images very well. :-)

    – Paul Tupman

  • Jean M. Laffitau
    Jean M. Laffitauover 6 years ago

    Loooooove this series!!

  • Thank you so much Jean.. I really appreciate comments like that. :-)

    – Paul Tupman

  • Tracey-Anne Pryke
    Tracey-Anne Prykeover 6 years ago

    It just don’t get any better than this……10 out 10

  • Thank you Traceyanne… 10 out of 10, I like!

    – Paul Tupman

  • Rhana Griffin
    Rhana Griffinover 6 years ago

    Oh Paul….

  • :-)

    – Paul Tupman

  • lex7
    lex7over 6 years ago

    I like this one because not only can you see her face, the fact that she is with child.. but she is already holding a child… really beautiful.. tones are fantastic.. great job.

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