Please, call me Najma.
I’m a Poet and Photographer: therefore I am no ordinary photographer, I am ‘A Poetographer’.
I used to work as a Project Coordinator and a Project Manager for two different Graphic Design/Branding Solutions Companies; but significantly, after having graduated with a Master of Media and Creative Arts, I lived, worked and traveled in Asia, North Africa and around the Middle East for three years. Currently I’m living in my home town, Birmingham, where I was bred, but I can still travel just about anywhere.
PORTRAITS: My clients include members of the general public as well as parents of young children and babies. I also specialise in working with performing artists such as dancers, musician, and actors.
FASHION & BEAUTY: I work collaboratively with models stylists, makeup artists and fashion designers on portfolio development and commercial campaigns. Sometimes I work with little input on the overall concept, but quite often I have created themes and have styled the entire shoot right down to arranging the location and creating the story board.
EVENTS: Includes weddings/parties, product launches, live performance shows and various corporate and creative functions. I document all the actions and proceedings of that special time in a prestige editorial fashion, so that you have a record to tell the spectacular tale of how your special event unfolded.
FINE ART: Having a keen interest in the world around me, my non-commercial work varies between, People, Landscape/Nature Cityscape, Street Photography, Still Life, Abstract to Experimental. I also combine my digital photography with some of the poetry I write which I call, Poetography. Currently I am working towards exhibiting and selling my art work. Some of which you can view here in the gallery under Fine Art, there is also a lot to view on Flickr , Facebook and so much more I’m constantly working on. I usually post the Poetography on my blog Phosphorescence1001. In addition to this I also work at schools as a free-lance artist. Currently I am working on a project with vulnerable children using a combined photography and creative writing workshop to help them express their emotions.
The philosophy employed at PhotoGiraffe is emphatic on ‘Emotional Intelligence’, because emotions connected with people; places and events are deeper and more priceless than a plastic smile that can still hide a great deal of emotion and raw beauty. Therefore an emotional connection between the photographer and client is far more important than pointing a camera and asking people to smile. That’s why PhotoGiraffe’s photography is about emotional intelligence, an ability to relate to people, to take photographs that speak folds, telling a unique story with every shot.
That’s why poets with cameras make Poetographers, because every photograph taken by PhotoGiraffe is raw, full of depth and has a strong significance for the Photographer.
I consider the work I produce to be priceless. What gives me satisfaction is when I see my clients faces light up when they see the results from the shoot. I love that moment and of course the compliments I receive for the work I do for you makes me go that extra mile. That’s why money is not as important to me as your satisfaction in the work I produce. In fact, my prices are very competitive. I have packages that you can choose from, but mostly I cater for your needs and often create a bespoke package that is suitable for my customers, because every client’s needs are different. So if you would like a quote contact me with your specific needs and I can work out a cost for you or I can send you a copy of my pricelist if you like?