Ahad Halari - No One Would Come to You if You're Not Confident About What You're Doing (Photographer & Cinematographer)

Ahad Halari
is an Indian photographer, cinematographer and editor based in Mumbai. He is the CEO of Ahad Halari Photography.

Tell us about your background and journey.

I started in 2013 January. As my hunger for working after my 10th Boards was inspired by my dad. As days kept passing by I was the youngest one to earn in our family. I started for money and I fell in love with something which showed me a different perspective of looking at things differently. 

Past 8 years my life has been surrounded by people who believe in me and want me to work towards it. As a freelance photographer, it was difficult for me to reach where I am today.

My first show was with Dj Chetas thanks to Vishaal Rasquinha who gave me an opportunity and saw potential in me.

How and when did you realize your passion for photography?

It was never my intention to be. It just happened so quick, I didn't have time to think. I just kept going and it became an important part of my life.

What are some tips you would like to share with amateur photographers?

Believe in your work. No one would come to you if you're not confident about what you're doing. Do it for free when you have to build your profile not because you're shy to ask.

Which click of yours stands out the most in your eyes and why?

I've been following RUKES for a while and he had a shot of Martin Garrix where everybody had their camera on. The shot was blissful. I had to recreate the shot and I did it when I shot Marshmello at Sunburn Festival Mumbai. 

I'm very picky about my shots in a single event. I had clicked more than 2000 pictures. Never miss a moment.

Would you say that photography is a financially sustainable career?

It has a lot of investment, I agree. You will either learn on the field or you need to research how to go about it.

Which fellow photographer or photo has had the most influence on your growth?

It's really difficult to pick a photo that influenced my growth. I would rather pick a video that I edited for MADOC in 2019. It was a compilation of all our gigs together. That day he said " proud to have you " and it made me ecstatic.

Interviewed by - Divye Satija

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