Summer Ameen is a Bahraini photographer and filmmaker who specializes in the best things in life: people and food. 

She is a Certified Professional Photographer by the Professional Photographers of America. 

What does it mean to be a Certified Professional Photographer? 

Professional Photographers of America is the leading body for certifying imaging professionals. CPPs must complete a written examination, finish an image evaluation and adhere to a strict code of conduct. When you hire a CPP, you are guaranteed: 

  • Commitment to professional standards
  • Technical expertise
  • Abiding by the ethical standards of the Professional Photographers of America
  • Recognized expertise  in the field of photography. 

Summer grew up in Bahrain, and has since lived in Toronto, London, and Dubai before settling back on the island she calls home. 

Her approach to photography and video production is influenced by her background in anthropology and sociology, as well as her education in filmmaking. First and foremost, she is a storyteller. 

She started her career as a lecturer and curriculum developer for photography and video production at universities in Dubai and Bahrain. Since then she has curated exhibitions and taught a variety of workshops. 

Throughout her 14-year career, she has been honored with various international awards from the USA, Spain, and Canada for her photography and filmmaking work, and her work has been published in a variety of international and regional magazines. 

Most recently, Summer has founded a Photography & Video Production House named Verano Creatives. 

She's into travel, alternative music, the sea, reading about cultures, learning languages, and giving back. 


The Ritz Carlton, Wired Japan, BNP Paribas Bank, DHL Global Logistics, BAPCO, Gulf Air, Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait, Meem by Gulf International Bank, VIVA Telecom, SICO Investment Bank, Seef Properties, Foulath Holding, SULB United Steel Company, Bahrain Steel, Tamkeen, Mahonia Fine Dining,  Al Zain Jewellery, and many more. 


Condé Naste Traveller Magazine, Wired Magazine (Japan), The Ritz Carlton Magazine, DHL Global Logistics Magazine, Professional Photographer Magazine, and various local magazines. 

Exhibited in Bahrain and the USA. 


In Pursuit of Perfection - Awarded a Merit at the International Photographic Competition, Professional Photographers of America - 2022 

The Glow - Awarded a Merit at the International Photographic Competition, Professional Photographers of America - 2022 

Winner - Best Short Film - Canadian Diversity Film Festival - November 2016

Winner - Best Woman Filmmaker - Barcelona Planet Film Festival - October 2016

Winner - Best Director in the Golden Prize Category - Red Carpet Film Festival in Bahrain - November 2016

4 images awarded at the Professional Photographers of America's International Photographic Competition between 2012 and 2013. 


Bachelors Degree (First Class with Honours) in Filmmaking, Middlesex University, UK

Filmmaking Certificate, Surrey Institute of Art and Design, UK 

Filmmaking Certificate, London Film Academy, UK 

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