Interview with Fadi Yousif (@fadireadh)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

Thank you! I enjoyed taking pictures ever since I was a little kid, but I never thought that I would be doing as my career because I wanted to become a computer engineer. I took my first photography class in high school and that’s when it really began. I became more and more interested and purchased my first DSLR camera which was a Nikon D3100. After learning a few techniques and developing my skills I got an offer at a local studio after graduating from high school. I started working as a photo editor and then moved to shoot professionally. While doing this, I was still going to college as an engineering student and I had never thought that I will be doing photography/cinematography as my career. After finishing 3 years of community college and 1 year of university, I finally decided that engineering was not the right path for me, even though I was an honors student. I switched my major to Visual Arts: Media and received my bachelor’s degree in 2018 and now I’m a full-time photographer/cinematographer.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

I’ve been in multiple interesting stories throughout my career, but one of the most interesting ones is when I was shooting a wedding a few years ago. I started shooting the details of the bride like her dress and jewelry. Then, moved on to make up shots, and when it was the time for her to get into her dress it was not fitting her because she had picked up some weight from stress-eating because of all the wedding preparations. She had to go get her dressed altered and come back in a matter of a couple of hours before the ceremony begins so we can continue the day. Fortunately, we found a tailor close by and he was able to help us, we finished right before the time of the ceremony and continued the day as nothing had happened.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

I advise them to take it a step at a time and not stress out. Learning to manage stress is really beneficial when It comes to shooting especially in a fast-paced environment. Another thing is working with a purpose. If you don’t feel that what you are doing has a purpose or if it doesn’t satisfy you then you probably shouldn’t be doing it. One last thing is doing an analysis of the workload you can handle. If you’re working more than you can handle I suggest hiring an assistant to take out some of the workloads either while shooting or in the post-production, no one can do everything by themselves.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

There are many people who helped me along the way like family, friends, professors, and a few photographers in the field. One of the people that I’m grateful for is a friend of mine called Noah. He’s a great photographer and has been doing this for a while too. I met him in a shoot a few years ago and we became friends since then. Anytime I need expert advice or an opinion he’s the first person I ask because he’s honest and his criticism is constructive. Another person who has helped me a lot is one of my college professors, his name is Brian Cross. He’s one of the best people I’ve ever met. His work is great and he taught so many things that will stay with me forever. He changed my perspective on so many aspects of both photography and film.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I try to help as much as I can. When someone asks for advice or a recommendation I’m always happy to help and answer questions. I’ve also participated in some humanitarian causes by helping them promoting the cause and/or specific events.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

Yes, I do, and it is “be the change you wish to see in the world”. I was a member of a non-profit for a couple of years and that was actually our tagline. We collected donations by hosting public music events around San Diego county. I believe this quote is relevant to everyone, not just me. We truly need to be the change we wish to see. If we don’t start with ourselves we wouldn’t be able to change this world into a better place, and even small actions matter.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

I would really appreciate that! They can find me on Instagram @fadireadh. I also have a Facebook page, @Fadi Yousif. And I’m on snapchat @fadireadh.

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