Everything. It's been because of their ongoing support through the years that I've continued to pursue photography. Many times I've thought of abandoning photography altogether. Anything you do, you get in slumps. But then you get some little bit of encouragement and you're suddenly renewed.
Your gear: go!
I've been shooting with the Canon family since I decided to pursue photography. My first camera was a Canon Rebel and that camera was awesome! I used to joke that it was filled with magic beans because the photos that came out seemed better than they should've been. Today, I'm shooting with a Canon 5D MKIII. For lenses, I primarily use a Sigma 24mm, a Sigma 120-400mm, and a Canon 24-105mm.
There are a couple of other lenses I use sporadically (and a couple more I have my eye on) to add something different to my work.
When did you first start taking photos?
It was the fall of 2007. I had just moved to South Beach and fell in love with the place. I discovered the work of another photographer and it inspired me to get out and shoot street photography.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your photography?
I was born and raised in Saudi Arabia. Long before Desert Storm. Before anyone could pinpoint Saudi Arabia on a map, for the most part.
I don't know that it influenced my photography but I would absolutely LOVE to shoot in Saudi. It's such a unique spot in this world and there are landmarks there that would make for amazing backdrops.
When you're not taking photos, how do you spend your time?
I like to spend time with friends. Good friends make a life good.
Do you remember the first model shoot you ever did?
Definitely. I was so nervous because I had absolutely zero experience. And I'm an entirely self-taught photographer. So while I had garnered some respect with my street photography which I had only begun shooting a few months earlier, model photography was something entirely different that I barely even knew how to approach. I looked at a LOT of photos, analyzing angles and composition and whatnot. But it didn't alleviate my fear that I would just be wasting some poor model's time.
As it turned out, the first model I shot was a adult starlet by the name of Madison Scott who had tons of experience already in front of the camera. That helped tremendously since she already knew various poses. And the shoot went great. There are still a couple of photos from that shoot that I love.
Who are your favorite photographers?
People I've met over the years. Jammi York. Rom Zareski. Adam Leaders. And then, the man who inspired me to get into photography, Miami Fever. All of them have their own style which I entirely dig.
What is the greatest joy of photography for you?
It really makes me happy when I can take a photo of someone and them fall in love with themselves through that photograph.
What are you working on next?
Right now, I'm hyper-focused on underwater photography. Almost an obsession at this point. That said, there are a couple of different projects (above ground) that I'm looking to shoot this winter.
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