Najam Images name is derived from the word Najam (Nudge - em) that means Star. Yes, I am Najam :)
Hi, how's it going? :)
I primarily shoot professional headshots and family portraits. Photo sessions can be done at my cosy and well-equipped studio, outdoor or on-location.
Outside of work and photography, I enjoy keeping myself fit, living an outdoor lifestyle and I am passionate about nutrition and health. I also like networking with people from different interest groups and with different opinions. I like to get out of like-minded comfort zone and into a zone where I am going to be able to learn, grow and make a bigger difference.
While working in Information Technology Industry for more than 15 years now, I have shot everything that fascinated me from vast planes, wildlife, forests to modern infrastructure and people.
However, I realised that it was neither the landscape nor the infrastructure that hit my soul, it was the people that I enjoyed the most. But why? There is a reason behind it which I never perceived unless I sat down and thought about my past and the significant incidents that happened to me.
A non-photographic story
In 1990, when the first Gulf war broke out, I had to travel with my parents and siblings from Kuwait to Pakistan by road crossing through Iraq, Turkey, Iran, and half of Pakistan. I was young but young enough to observe my surrounding very well. My travel experience was not an ordinary one, I saw the war-torn areas and, then, the scenic road trip that led to many amazing places, moments, and people. It has broadened my mind and the perspective. It was my personal journey to anguish, hope, solace, and love that masks the world.
How multiculturism and diversity led me to portraits?
I also have lived and worked in Pakistan and Qatar also. I feel myself blessed that I got an opportunity to work with the people from more than 20 different countries including the USA, UK, India, Germany, Australia, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Philippines, Syria, Jordan, Sri Lanka, and Egypt. hence, had the chance to meet new people every other day and explore their respective cultures and traditions.
Meeting with people from culturally diverse backgrounds provoked an intense interest in portraits. I gave my life a shot and picked up the camera in 2009.
In 2011, I migrated to Australia with my wife and son and chose Melbourne to be our new home. Australia has given me heaps of opportunities in photography.
Finding the niche
Two years ago, while finding my niche, I ran into Peter Hurley. He is an authority in headshots. Peter is also a great mentor. I liked this genre of the portrait; therefore, become a member of Peter Hurley's Headshot Crew that is world’s largest team of headshot and portrait photographers and started mastering my professional headshot and portrait skills.
Another Niche: Family Portraits
Family is one of the universal and permanent institutions of mankind. The family back home does not consist only of husband, wife and their children but also of uncles, aunts and cousins and grandsons. This system is called joint family or extended family system. I have grown up in this family system; therefore, I am good with chaos and heaps of children in one place :)
Kids weren't meant to sit, behave and smile at the camera. That's not who they are... they're nuts! I prefer them to shoot them in this state otherwise, you will never be able to capture the memorable moments.
Family portraits are memory assets that can always pay you back when you see your kids or grandkids as they truly are is an awesome thing.
Therefore, I chose family portraits as my second niche.
Let me build your memories as the assets ...
I believe a headshot or family portrait should stand on its own — it should show the micro-expressions that are shown on the face of humans according to the emotions that are being experienced. Unlike regular pro-longed facial expressions, it is difficult to fake a micro-expression.
You think you are not photogenic? A famous American portrait and fashion photographer, Lindsay Adler said, “I think ‘photogenic’ doesn't have to do with the way people look, but instead how they feel and behave in front of the camera.” My job is to break down those barriers, help my subjects feel confident, and then find the angles, poses, and lighting to highlight that individual’s strengths.
You made the right choice coming here. Lemme Ennoble your Image. Welcome!
C'ya on the other side of the camera!