December ‘16
Al Daawi: A glimpse through her lens

December ‘16
Batool
Batool


    


We had a brief talk with the founder of Blow Creative Studio, and she’s hell a lot more inspirational than we had imagined. She’s always had a passion for Arts; her interests developed from fashion to filmmaking, and finally to photography, where it did not take her long to find her feet before founding her own business. Here’s what Batool Al Daawi has to say on how she learned so much at such a young age and why she chose this career path.

Tell us about yourself and your business.

I’m a fashion, commercial and celebrity photographer. I’m also a filmmaker based in Cairo and I work in the U.A.E as well as in Lebanon. I’m the founder of Blow Creative Studio - a video and image production company in Cairo.


Why did you choose this career path?

I’ve always loved photography since I was very young, but used to be more into painting and fashion design. After my studies in film and broadcasting, I realized that photography combines my passion for film, storytelling, cinematography, directing, fashion and painting - all in one field. So I began my self-teaching journey until I reached a point where I realised I needed proper education, that’s when I set off to New York City where I studied photography and filmmaking and at that point, I fell more in love with what I currently do.


What inspired you to start Blow Creative Studio?

I found myself forced to produce my own work from the very beginning before I taught myself how to produce shoots. As time went by, the team started growing and more photographers and stylists came to join, so we started training the talents and bringing in more talents to join us. Eventually, we developed into a full production team that produces TV, digital content, ATL, BTL advertisement, photo-shoots and more.


How would you describe your style?

I think it’s edgy and dark, but it also depends on what I’m shooting and on my mood.


What’s the secret to your success? How did you manage to get so far?

I don’t know, I’m still too young to figure out a secret to success; I don’t even consider myself one who can define it, but I think learning helps a person succeed in general. There’s no limit to education; I keep teaching myself and learning or taking courses whenever I have the opportunity. I read books, watch documentaries and movies; I experiment a lot and I always try to scrutinize my work to see what I can do better. I also don’t like to compare my work with others’; I don’t like to think that there’s some sort of competition. I believe one of the things that makes someone succeed is when they invest in themselves and don’t waste their time or effort thinking about others’ work, and instead make use of that time and effort to spend it on bettering their skills.


By Rania Ihab