Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Nader, and I’m a commercial portrait and fashion photographer from Phoenix, Arizona.
How did you get your start?
I started years ago as the buddy with the disposable camera in high school. Yep, disposable. Kodak and Walgreens made some money from me back in the day, haha. As an adult I was doing corporate video production, and decided to invest in a DSLR for the first time in my life. From there, I took a ton of crappy images, but stuck to it and fostered my craft for several years. I’ve been shooting full-time for about 3 years now.
What inspires you?
People and light. It’s really that simple. I love sculpting with light, and I love interacting with my subjects to create.
What do you like about AZ?
I’m originally from Chicago, so my go-to answer used to be the weather. Nowadays, I have to say that Arizona has inspired me to connect with the planet more. Sounds cheesy, but the breathtaking views throughout this state have made this city boy appreciate nature and Earth with all of my heart.
Where can we see you(r) work?
What would you like to accomplish before you die?
I want to see as much of the world as I can while engaging with and photographing the wonderful people who inhabit it.
What is your mantra?
Memento te hominem esse.