In addition to his property photography business (ProPropertyPhotos.com), Wasim is an award-winning commercial travel, property and nature photographer (www.WasimOfNazareth.com) and videographer and co-founder of Superswell VR (www.SuperswellVR.com), a virtual reality video production company specializing in immersive experiences. He spent the better part of a decade creating marketing and advertising video assets for companies such as GAP, Mattel, and GM while starting and running his own print publication, and has dedicated the past several years using the imaging and marketing skills he has acquired to help organizations and groups that he supports, such as the National Park Service, the World Forestry Center, Outdoor Project, Ecology in Classrooms & Outdoors, and the WHYMusic Social Emotional Learning program for public schools founded by the Earthtones organization. Muklashy currently devotes much of his time to various humanitarian and environmental causes, and has self-tasked himself to develop original multimedia assets to help bring more attention to our underfunded protected public spaces. He is the creator and lead of popular social media platform Ello's official Outside Community, ElloOutside, and is also the creator and curator of The Future Is Pretty Rad (www.TheFutureIsPrettyRad.com), a popular Google Plus collection covering everything from sustainability to 3d printing, and beyond. Wasim spends whatever time he has left documenting the surrounding parks and landscapes and open spaces through photography and VR, with the goal of exposing as many people as he can to the beauty that surrounds us each and every day...and reminding us to pay attention to it.
Everything! From telling stories, to meeting people, to gaining access to events, situations, cultures and viewpoints that I may never have experienced otherwise. I feel these interactions and experiences help me grow both professionally and personally. Perhaps most importantly, photography allows me to point my lens at all the beautiful that life has to offer, in a way that makes me remember that every day, all the time, everywhere, there is something beautiful...we just have to remind ourselves to be aware of it.
I most enjoy doing travel shoots, nature and landscape shoots, and architecture and property shoots. As far as the travel shoots, I enjoy those because I learn more about myself, the world, and our place in it every single time I'm put in a new location. I feel alive and curious and my camera allows me to capture that curiosity. Regarding nature and landscape shoots, those are the ones that make me feel most at peace and in awe of the natural beauty that surrounds us, that not enough of us get to experience or pay attention to, so I get a lot of joy of sharing that type of work that reminds people of the beautiful planet we have been gifted with. And finally, I love doing architecture and property photography because every property is a challenge to capture the intention of design. Each property is different, and they all have different personalities, and I find it quite enjoyable to try to capture their essence in the way the architect and designer intended.
2013 National Park Service 'Spirit of the Mountains' Photo Contest Winner2014 National Park Service 'Spirit of the Mountains' Photo Contest Winner2015 American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) Photo Exhibit Winner2016 American Forests Photography Contest Honorable MentionPhotofocus Featured Photographer2015 Outdoor Photographer Magazine Photography Contest Travel Theme WinnerAmazon's DPReview.com's PIX Conference Panelist & Featured Speaker
I once published a music magazine because I thought it would be a good idea while the music industry and publishing industries were both on the decline. It wasn't a good idea. I once opened an organic cafe because I thought it would be a good idea during a recession when all businesses, not the least of which being the restaurant industry, were on the decline. It wasn't a good idea. Oh, and I love tacos. A lot. Tacos are always a good idea.