Get To Know @MohammedAli6561 - The Curator of AKASHA Content

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AKASHA launched our first product in November 2017, in the past 7 months the brand has grown immensely through the power of social media and the amazing sustainable community on Instagram. 

One of the main reasons behind this is the amazing content and high quality product photos we've managed to consistently upload to our website and social media. So today, we're turning the spotlight on Mo; our resident AKASHA Content Creator and a huge supporter of the brand.

Tell us about when you first got into photography?

The first time I even held a DSLR was on my 21st birthday! My brother and dad bought me my first DSLR camera, and from then on I was engulfed in a world where I enjoyed 'capturing moments'; a mantra which has sought out to putting meaning behind each image I procure. From there, it was a matter about learning the science behind how a camera works; from aperture, to shutter speed, to ISO. I have just passed my one year mark, so I accept the fact I have still much to learn! 

Having only used YouTube tutorials, as well as plenty of trial and error, I am very much self taught. As with mastering any skill, it was a means of time, repetition, and patience. Even now to this day I am still learning! 

From there it is just a matter of going out and doing it! I have never looked back since. Safe to say, I fell in love with photography. Everything revolved around 'capturing the moment', and it has not let me down yet. Photography has opened up so many doors for me, and has allowed me to stimulate my creative side. It has also given me the opportunity to witness and capture moments such as a rising sun, shooting stars, as well as creating treasured memories. 

What style of photography do you enjoy and why?

In my photography, I use a multitude of styles. However, my most enjoyable, and often the most rewarding style of photography, is tied between three contenders. The first has to be astrophotography. There's something satisfying about waiting 30 to 40 minutes to see whether you've nailed the perfect star shot you were chasing after freezing your fingers off hoping your camera doesn't die to the cold, or finding out it was out of focus/your lens cap was on the whole time...believe me when I say there is no middle ground. 

The second has to be taking dynamic, fast paced shots. With this type of photography, you never know what you get when it comes to taking photographs of instances too fast for the human eye to entirely process. This is the true embodiment of what it means to 'capturing the moment'. 

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The third favourite has to be shots in which I use a Lens ball. This involves use of a crystal ball in which you take a photograph through. This is a challenging style of photography as a Lens Ball can only be used in few instances, and it's often hard to decide when it can be used as such. Saying this, it is something which I see as being as a skill to recognize when these instances are. 

What gear do you use?

The DSLR I currently use is a Nikon D3300.
My gear consists of;
- 2 kit lens' (18-105mm, f/3.5-5.6 and 18-55mm, f/3.5-5.6)
- Prime lens (50mm, f/1.4)
- Zoom (70-300, f/4.5-6.3)
- Telephoto (70-200mm, f/2.8)
- Flashgun (Hahnel Modus 600RT)
- Two lens balls with glass stands
- Tripod (Manfrotto Compact Advanced Aluminium Tripod, and an Amazon Basics tripod as a backup)
- Joby Gorillapod 3K kit
- Obviously spare batteries and a 64gb Sandisk memory card
- Finally I can't forget my trusty AKASHA bottle ;)

Do you hope to mix health and fitness with your photography in the future?

Health and fitness is an element I have incorporated previously as part of my page, however this is something I would wish to revisit and make consistent again. I want to be seen as a person who can marry the concept of being a photographer, and being able to live a health fitness lifestyle. That is the goal, and something I aspire to reaching. It is a huge part of the reason I was drawn to AKASHA in the first place!

What is your favourite Akasha photo you've taken?

My favourite Akasha photo is where the bottle is placed on the ground in the middle of a bustling city centre, and a person has walked right behind it. This has to be one of my favourites as it took about 15 minutes to wait for enough people to walk by. When I looked up, people were asking if it was okay to walk by. Right after I said yes, I managed to capture the perfect picture in a single take.

Are you looking forward to capturing shots of our new bottle designs this summer?

Yes! I am definitely looking forward to see the high quality products Akasha are pushing out. It presents me with the challenge of taking more pictures with a rich diversity in colors; I always welcome a challenge. Shooting for such a brand is always stimulating, and pushes my creative boundaries. Akasha promotes the idea of a healthy mind in a healthy body, and this is something I identify with. Being associated with such a brand is something I am grateful for, and something I am always looking forward to working with. 

To see more of Mo's photography, check out his Instagram Page and show him some love! 

You can use the code 'MO15' to get 15% off your AKASHA bottle today.

Check out the slideshow below to see some of our favourite AKASHA shots that Mo has taken.

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