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Meet Raya Al-Hashmi of Raya on Assignment in Portsmouth

Today we’d like to introduce you to Raya Al-Hashmi.

Raya, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I got started in business branding photography through an innate desire to document and share peoples’ genius. It began as a passion and hobby and turned into a profession and lifestyle. I studied journalism at the University of New Hampshire and after completing my degree was faced with a world where journalism looked different than what was taught.

I knew that I needed to create the outlet, and so was born my company. I grew up all around the world, from the West Coast to the Middle East, to England, and eventually back to the East Coast. Now I serve many businesses in a variety of industries on the seacoast.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has been an experience of fear and freedom right alongside each other. It reminds us how wildly resilient and able we all are and that when we accept and use our talents- we can do anything. I didn’t study business and I was the first in my family to become a business owner so I have been teaching myself a lot as well as seeking guidance from some lovely mentors. Starting this company has been the most brilliant way to move through the world and the one that makes me feel so alive.

Please tell us about Raya on Assignment.
Raya on Assignment is a business branding photography company. I work with entrepreneurs to international corporations to help share their story through photography. I focus on the people, products, services, locations, and culture of a company to help share their light. I believe forming rapport and trust with my clients is number one- it all starts here- something great that my background in journalism taught me- so I make sure I’m doing this. Being photographed can be challenging for some people so if I can make them feel comfortable- the rest flows.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My dad was getting his doctorate degree when we were growing up so when he would come home after studying at the university- those were my favorite times. I would sit on his lap and we would eat dinner together.

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Miles Woodworth of Seacoast Flash

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1 Comment

  1. Raya Al-Hashmi

    January 2, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    Thank you Boston Voyager Magazine for the feature. I love what I do and I love sharing it with others.

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