— A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE —
TRAVELLER AND EXPLORER
I was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, grew up all over the place (Dubai, Ukraine, UK, India) and now live in India with my wife and kid. My journey into photography began as a hobby while I was studying Medicine in Kiev, UKRAINE.
I started shooting portraits of my then girlfriend, now wife and our pets, a dog and a cat, for fun and soon realised that I had a connection with my camera and wanted to create more.
For the past 11 years I have been shooting for iStockphoto, Getty Images and shot a ton of commercial work locally. My interests lie in Fashion, Portrait, Food, Product and Architecture photography.
Working with Getty Images and iStockphoto, I have sold more than 50,000 images which have been used worldwide in media, news, ads, TV, by companies like Microsoft, Lenovo, Apple, Forbes, US gov, etc.
STUDENT AND TEACHER
I consider myself a student, constantly learning new skills, tips and tricks of the trade. Photography and Photoshop have been pillars on which I stand tall today.
Over the years I have learnt a lot and love to share this information with others. I have no secrets and enjoy teaching and mentoring other photographers and designers. Every year I conduct a few workshops and teach photography and photoshop to those willing to learn.
CANON cameras are my weapon of choice. I shoot with Canon 5D MK III’s and recently Canon 80D for video. My favourite lenses are Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS II and the Canon 85mm. I love these two lenses because the portraits they deliver are beautiful, creamy, rich with shallow depth of field.
One of the other tools I swear by is the CamRanger, I use this on every single shoot to wirelessly transfer images to multiple iPads in real-time, for 2 reasons:
- See a larger preview of every image
- Show the client or Art Director the images and tweak accordingly
I attribute most of my success to my wife Maryam,
who is my true secret to success.
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