NEVER envisioned myself photographing weddings.
I was an accomplished photojournalist, the only woman in
the world under contract with Newsweek Magazine. I photographed
breaking news and political stories across the USA and in
more than a dozen countries for Newsweek, including The
Pope’s historic visit to Cuba and three presidential
It’s funny how life changes when you least expect
it and how your vision of who you are and what’s important
can turn 360 degrees. 2001 was a life changing year for
me. I turned 40, our son Mikey was born and the World Trade
With my three-week-old in tow, I photographed the Towers
crumbling across the river. The crowd shrieked as tower
2 collapsed, Mikey cried wanting to be held.
They say there are a few defining moments in your life,
that day was one for me.
September 11th affected us all differently. For me, a great
desire to photograph new beginnings grew. After two decades
of photographing countless tragedies, the opportunity to
document the beginning of a family seemed so much more important.
A day filled with love and joy and everything good about
life. A day of commitment, a vision of the past, a glimmer
of the future.
It’s a privilege producing a photo journal of the
first day of a couple’s life together; recording their
A Wedding Journal.
I can’t envision myself NOT photographing weddings.
world-wide hire New York City based photojournalist Najlah
Feanny for her "Day-in-the-Life" style of reportage
photography, commissioning her more than 2000 assignments.
From national issues involving the Supreme Court, women's
rights, poverty and guns, to news stories covering hurricanes,
floods, wild fires and school shootings, to the business
world of mega mergers, chief executive officers, politics,
presidential campaigns and The White House.
Her work has appeared on more than two dozen magazine covers
including Newsweek, Time, US News & World Report, People,
Forbes, Chief Executive and has been widely published in
Business Week, Fortune, Money, Der Spiegel, Stern, Focus,
Macleans, The London Sunday Times, Paris Match, The New
York Times, The Wall Street Journal and numerous other publications.
She has contributed to several books including "An
American Journey" and “America 24/7”. Foreign
assignments have taken her to Africa, Bahamas, Brazil, Cuba,
Canada, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Haiti, Italy,
Jamaica, Mexico, Panama and Scotland.
Najlah is a former NEWSWEEK magazine contract photographer
and currently has six photographs hanging in the permanent
collection at the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential