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Face Off with Nabeel Nawaz

In a world where photography and photo shoots are factors that play a key role in the completion of everything, we struggle to land on an artist who would go the extra mile to make us or our events look nicer and more extravagant. We look for an artist, who would capture the moments that everyone else, even we, might miss. Someone who would make sure that the tiniest of detail has been highlighted well.

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One such artist, who caught our attention and stood out in the spotlight, is Nabeel Nawaz. This fashion photographer, filmmaker and visual director graduated from University of Gujrat, where he received a BS in Multimedia Arts. He is also currently doing his M.Phil in the same field from the National College of Arts (NCA). Nabeel Nawaz offers some terrific services that are bound to blow you away! From fashion photography to advertising, plan and design, TV commercial direction, production, and social media advertising, this man has done it all. Nabeel Nawaz is known for fashion, glamour, and commercial product photography with TVC for various brands as well as multinational companies. He and his creative team have also collaborated with different designers.

We decided to get some insight on this man who has an ocean of talent. Want to know more? Then, keep on reading!

Can you describe that “moment” (experience, emotion,) when you knew that photography was something you just had to do?

NN: I have always been into photography from an early stage. It started off with taking simple sketches of everyday life and continued with film making and portrait photography. Above all, I always tried to portray my subject in the most cinematic and exquisite way possible. That is how my art of taking images evolved into fashion photography.

Is there something you ask yourself or think just before you push the button?

NN: Yes, I always ask myself, “what story am I telling”. This is an important question and one that helps me make numerous decisions in terms of composition, framing and exposure. In essence what you are asking is ‘why am I taking this shot? What is its purpose and what am I trying to convey?’ This is purely a way to keep a record of that moment when I am trying to capture its emotions. Is it part of a larger series of shots or will it be the only shot to commemorate the moment, etc?

If you could take your art in any direction without fear of failure or rejection, where would it lead? What new thing would you try?

NN: In our society, sculptures are a much underappreciated form of art. However, their relative permanence and structure have great potential for influence. Perhaps, I will pursue sculpting. Maybe, I will try to reflect the effects of our social taboos through stone; in a hope that they might reflect the permanent damage to people around us.

What would be some tips you would give to a beginner photographer?

NN: Don’t go crazy buying the most expensive equipment right away. Don’t be afraid to experiment. You’re using a digital camera; the cost of errors is zero. Go crazy – you might end up with something you like. You’ll certainly learn a lot in the process.

Do you have a favorite photograph that you have ever taken?

NN: I have some images shots from “The Happy Bride” and another one for “The Angelic Symphony”. These images were seen all over the media and brought good results for me. I also got tons of appreciation on that.

What are some favorite things about being a photographer? What are some challenges you’ve encountered?

NN: Most of the time, I cannot express what I am feeling in words. I ‘see’ better than I ‘talk,’ so photos make life easier. Photography for me is my medium of expression. I like to think that everything is a like a theatre play and that I am directing the scenes. I like to conceptualize the sets, the scenes, the subjects, and everything else.

It’s a lot harder than I thought but photography constantly brings new challenges that you don’t expect; it’s a never ending well. Even if you have mastered it and are a professional photographer who has been snapping shots for years, there is always a creative aspect where you can change how you take an image. You have to come up with new ways to capture the world and how you want to see it personally.  This takes a lot of problem solving as well as trial and error to get it perfect.

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Whose work has influenced you the most?

NN: Marcio Rodrigues. He is a classic and old school fashion photographer, who leads us in brilliant contemporary styles. On the other hand, Shane LaVancher is also a great artist and his work is often compared to paintings, as it represents a collision between the worlds of fashion and art.

What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?

NN: One thing that I did know was that my photographs looked nothing like some of the wonderful images I saw online or in photo magazines. What I wish someone had told me was that even if you labor away in photography for the rest of your life, you will never snap a perfect frame. Your photographs will certainly become stronger as you hone your technique and acquire more capable gear, yes, but don’t ever think that you will reach a day when you can say, “Ah, now I’m perfect. All my photographs will be flawless from here onwards.” That day will never come. It is a journey of constant learning.


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