Hi, I’m Khalil. I am a Commercial Photographer living in the Bay Area, California. I almost had someone write this for me, then I thought, ‘that would be silly, here I am, sitting at my laptop, writing this introduction to you, the person on the other end of this short biography, and I’m going to pretend it’s not me?’ This should be intimate; true to what I’m feeling. The truth is I’m feeling very thankful that you are reading this, but more importantly that I’m able to do what I truly love in this life and that is the ability to photograph almost anything.
I began to fall in love with the thought of photography at the age of 20. I loved the art of it, and how you can capture light, shadows, color, the way to tell a story without saying a word.
The feeling that I needed to learn about photography came to me shortly after leaving home, while traveling abroad. I found myself on a boat for 2 months in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean with a disposable camera and 24 exposures. I would sit by myself staring at the stars, or waking up before the sun, looking at the different textures of the light hitting the water at any given time of day and it looking vastly different than just moments before. I remember then, that I needed a camera in my hands. I needed to document these moments in time that I would never get back. I fell in love. There’s no other way to put it.
From there I went on to take courses at the local college where I was living at the time. I learned about developing film and printing photos on black and white paper and was around to witness the birth of digital imagery. It took off from there, I put the chemicals down and learned about photography directly from my camera.
Fast forward to 20 years, gallons of blood, sweat and tears later, (Ok no blood) I find myself in the best profession in the world. I am able to create images for brands, large and small, that are shared on social media platforms, print and product ads.
I’m fortunate to work locally in California, and I specialize in Product and Property Photography. I have a huge arsenal of studio lights for my product work, and camera equipment to document almost anything with. From drones, to the ability to create 360 degree views to be shown as a tool that construction professionals use for a visual X-ray tool, to wide angle lenses for Real Estate or Interior Design clients, I have an array of tools.
I live in the town of Oakland but photography has taken me around the world. I’m grateful to have traveled to several different countries to shoot product on location. Where else would you get Icelandic sand but from the source itself?
I really enjoy my work, I love it when my clients are happy and just fall to pieces and collapse into a puddle of tears when they’re not. Kidding. But my success comes from operating with the formula that I won’t stop working until we are all happy with the end result.
In the future of my photography, I see myself continuing to bring light, clarity, and focus to each project that I do– I am passionate about my work and excited to bring beauty and truth to my projects.
Thank you for visiting my site and viewing my work and please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions!
Sony GM 24-70mm
Paul C. Buff Digibee 800
Godox AD400 Pro
Neewer Ring lights
DJI Phantom 3
DJI Mavic Air
DJI Mavic Pro 2