Trisha Clancy Photography » Doha based photographer specialising in Portrait and Lifestyle photography for Newborns, Children and Families.

Vive la difference

I had a 1st birthday shoot the other day with the smiliest little baby in the world and the loveliest family from China. When I arrived at the door, the birthday girl greeted me with a stony face. Initial attempts to win her over failed. Beads of worried sweat started to form on my brow as I had nearly pulled all my tricks out from my sleeves when suddenly the most dazzling, beautiful, amazing smile broke out on her face like a ray of sunshine bursting through an overcast sky. It was like finally getting your hands on a dirty big bar of chocolate after fasting for Lent. She made me laugh so hard after that. Everytime I pointed the camera in her direction she beamed.

One of the highlights of living in an expat country is that I get to peek into the lives of different nationalities on a regular basis. I photograph Qatari engagements which are truly eye opening affairs. I am mesmerised each time. Unfortunately, for privacy reasons, images from these events cannot be used but I’m so blessed to have witnessed them. I capture the familiarity of the Irish which always brings a smile to my face.  British, German, Canadian, American, French, Greek, Slovakian, Indian…the list goes on. I watch as each family unit observes different traditions, culture and religion and it warms my heart that my children will have open hearts and minds with regards to the different nationalities they play and learn with everyday. Fear of the unknown or the new is one of the biggest causes of hostility between nations in my opinion and I’m glad that my little ones will grow up with an awareness and an acceptance that we are a multi cultural world.

Here are a few facts about our chosen country of residence. In 1951, there was a total population of 26,237 in Qatar. Today there are 2,307,218. Qatar (Arab) nationals make up less than 15% of the total population, followed by other Arab (13%), Indian (24%), Nepali (16%), Filipino (11%) and Bangladesh and Sri Lankan (5% each). There are 250,000 Filipinos in the country, making them the third largest group of expatriates. Due to a huge influx of male laborers, women account for just 25% of the population.

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